They say your first kiss should be earned.
Mine was stolen by a devil in a masquerade mask under the black Chicago sky.
They say the vows you take on your wedding day are sacred.
Mine were broken before we left church.
They say your heart only beats for one man.
Mine split and bled for two rivals who fought for it until the bitter end.
I was promised to Angelo Bandini, the heir to one of the most powerful families in the Chicago Outfit.
Then taken by Senator Wolfe Keaton, who held my father’s sins over his head to force me into marriage.
They say that all great love stories have a happy ending.
I, Francesca Rossi, found myself erasing and rewriting mine until the very last chapter.
And somewhere between these two men, I had to find my forever.
Captivated from beginning to end
This book gripped me, not only am I a lover of all things angst and suspense but throw in a Mafia feel to the whole plot and I'm basking I'm in another world, relishing in the plot and this was definitely a book I got lost in.
About the plot:
Francesca Rossi is a 19 year old Mafia princess who has grown into the ways and traditions of her family, she expected to marry a Made man. Her holidays and celebrations have been filled with people from her own world, she has fallen in love with one of her childhood friends, her first kiss is reserved for only him and she can't wait to one day marry her childhood sweetheart Angelo Bandini and tie as tradition expects to tie the Rossi and Bandini family together.
Francesca is a young woman who has been sheltered and has done what is expected of her until a huge plot twist for her life explodes into her plans re-writing her pages and the twist comes in the name of Senator Wolfe Keaton.
Wolfe, what can I say other than swoon, I loved that he was an older character, don't get me wrong I loved L.J Shen's previous books but the fact that Wolfe was maturer was a plus for me, he wasn't a boy taking orders or a boy who is just discovering this dark and cruel world he lived in, Wolfe had been there, experienced the cruelty committed by others and dealt with his own devastation and he was well on his way with his plans and his own personal mission of revenge.
Senator Wolfe is definitely a wolf in sheep's clothing to the public but behind the mask he is a man out for revenge using the power of his position to get what he wants and that is to break the man who took his family by taking something of his.
Wolfe uses blackmail and his position to convince the head of the Rossi family to give him the hand of his daughter. Wolfe has no interest in the Mafia princess other than hurting the enemy by taking the apple of his eye, his pride and joy, his only daughter.
"You're a collected debt, a retaliation, and, quite frankly, pretty decent arm candy."
The Kiss thief is a story of revenge and an enemies to lovers romance. The blurb suggests love triangle but it isn't, well, not in the cheating kind of way, Francesca has feelings for Angelo Bandini, in her eyes he is her chosen prince, a dream, her ideal man but that is all snatched away the night Wolfe takes her from her home with the blessing of her father and the promise of an imminent wedding to plan. A woman in love with a boy while battling with her feelings for a man.
Francesca finds herself not only living in the home of a man she doesn't know but also engaged to be married and then the fun begins, Francesca has backbone and won't surrender without a fight, I don't think Wolfe expected the petite princess to have such a sharp bite, I loved these parts of the story, the push and pull, the fights and then the surrender, two very stubborn characters.
I loved the development with these characters, the growth in their hate to love relationship, overall I loved everything about this book and could not put it down!
A gripping story with an emotional roller-coaster ride from beginning to end, brilliantly written, I want more.
Told in first person dual pov and leads to a hea. Available in KU.
Arc received for review purposes
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