Goodreads Rating: 4.18 / 5 stars
My Rating: 2 / 5 stars
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: January 6th 2019
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.
Francesca Rossi, a mafia princess, has been in love with her childhood best friend Angelo Bandini. She thought she’ll experience all the firsts with him until someone stole that blissful dream from her. Senator Wolfe Keaton is a powerful and arrogant man. He has a leverage against Francesca’s father, Arthur Rossi and plans to destroy his empire by marrying his daughter. Kissing her in the masquerade ball turned their lives upside down. Apparently, Francesca had her first kiss with the enemy.
Sadly, I didn’t enjoy The Kiss Thief. The hero reminds me of Troy Brennan from Sparrow. Wolfe Keaton is a problematic asshole and he did something unforgivable. Though he redeemed himself, I was completely turned off by his actions. He treats Francesca like a child & honestly, she’s a spunky heroine. I like her guts and Wolfe should know better she’s not a girl who sleeps around.
I don’t mind age gap romances, in fact I enjoyed some of it but Wolfe and Francesca’s romance is unconvincing. Like, Wolfe hurts her and I wish he GROVELED more. If you’re going to ask me, I wish Francesca ended up with Angelo. He came from a mafia family and he has nothing but utmost respect for her. The guy has a good heart and I’m so bummed because I’m rooting for him. I guess they’re meant to outgrown each other.
Overall, the writing is good but the hero ruined this book for me. Crossing my fingers L.J. Shen’s next book will be better.