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05 Mini Book Reviews {The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen and All Grown Up by Vi Keeland}

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LRM_EXPORT_414518637632045_20190707_110134042{1} The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen

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.

One kiss.
Two men.
Three lives.
Entwined together.

And somewhere between these two men, I had to find my forever.


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To be honest, I was a bit apprehensive when I started reading The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen. I’m not into love triangles and Wolfe Keaton’s character scared me, irritated me. He’s an asshole, yep. But as soon as the story picked up (I don’t back down just because), I noticed how I became so invested with their story.

I was rooting for Francesca. I was rooting for Wolfe. I was rooting for them to make things work between them. He’s an asshole. He’s rough. She pushes his buttons. She’s undecisive. They misunderstand each other. They lack proper communication. They make me crazy.

See, their story and characters are definitely a far cry from being perfect. They were perfect at being flawed.

Especially Senator Wolfe Keaton. Seeing how his character changed was like seeing a platonic relationship bloom into a romantic one. It was such a sight to see that the walls he built around him since he was young…little by little cracked. The ice inside of him started to thaw and with warmth slowly slipping out. It was beautiful. Totally hands down to LJ Shen for writing such a great character development. I love it.

I adore Francesca Rossi’s guts. She’s brave. She was the perfect lady to face Wolfe’s asshole ways. For that, I’ll adore her forever. Maybe there were moments when she felt weak but you know what, she still knows what she wants. She knows how and when she needs to fight for herself, for her freedom.

One of my favorite quotes from the book: “Always remember, Francesca—you’re worth more than the sums of your mistakes.”.Something that I/we could remember by.

I don’t know about you but I love The Kiss Thief so much.

{2} All Grown Up by Vi Keeland

A new, sexy standalone from #1 New York Times Bestseller, Vi Keeland.LRM_EXPORT_137502185192545_20190714_121447765

When I first encountered Ford Donovan, I had no idea who he was…well, other than the obvious. Young, gorgeous, successful, smart. Did I mention young? If I did, it bears repeating. Ford Donovan was too young for me.

Let’s back up to how it all started. My best friend decided I needed to start dating again. So, without my knowledge, she set up a profile for me on a popular dating site—one that invited men ages twenty-one to twenty-seven to apply for a date. Those nicknamed Cunnilingus King were told they’d go straight to the top for consideration. The profile wasn’t supposed to go live. Another point that bears repeating—it wasn’t supposed to.

Nevertheless, that’s how I met Ford, and we started messaging. He made me laugh; yet I was adamant that because of his age, we could only be friends. But after weeks of wearing me down, I finally agreed to one date only—my first after twenty years of being with my high school sweetheart. I knew it couldn’t last, but I was curious about him.

Though, you know what they say…curiosity kills the cat.

My legs wobbled walking into the restaurant.
Ford was seated at the bar. When he turned around, he took my breath away.
His sexy smile nearly melted my panties.
But…he looked so familiar.
As I got closer I realized why.
He was the son of the neighbor at our family’s summer home.
The boy next door.
Only now…he was all man.
I hadn’t seen him in years.
I left the restaurant and planned to put the entire crazy thing behind me.
Which I did. Until summer came.
And guess who decided to use his family’s summer home this year?

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I knew Vi Keeland was going to release a novel. I knew All Grown Up was its title. But I didn’t read its blurb. I surprised myself and went in blind. So color me surprised with its plot.

☑️ age gap
☑️ thirty-seven year old lady, two years out of marriage, son is in college, striving to do things she wasn’t able to do when she was married
☑️ twenty-five guy, total package, owns business…a huge sweetheart
☑️ Now, be surprised.

Reading All Grown Up by Vi Keeland made me realize something…I totally need some recommendations of books with younger man-older woman trope. Please help me rectify this situation stat.

Its reverse trope is pretty common and I’ve pretty much indulged myself with it. With that said, it made me love All Grown Up even more. It’s refreshing getting into our female character’s, Valentina, head. She was so transparent with her struggles, conflicting emotions and realizations. I get her and where she’s coming from. Especially with that past and ex-husband.

Mr. Ford Donovan, I swoon. He was the perfect man to knock around Val’s heart. His experiences in life allowed for him to mature in so many ways. How he carries himself makes it feel like he’s way beyond his years. He was so sweet and patient towards Val. He pay attention to her, her wants, thinks about her and her sentiments. Their first date is totally one for the books. The lengths he’d go for just to make Val comfortable and for her to have a nice evening…sigh. Val’s a lucky gal. Swooning.

“You don’t sit around expecting things to happen the way you’d like. You make them happen, dumbass.” I adore Mrs. Peabody and her dreams & real talk moments with Ford. This is such an epic wake up call to all of us.


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