ARC REVIEW: To Kiss A Thief by Susanna Craig

Saturday, August 20, 2016
Can a marriage made for money blossom into something more?
Sarah Sutliffe, Lady Fairfax, dreams of love—until she overhears her new husband proclaim his heart will never be hers. Devastated, she offers no defense when a sapphire necklace disappears during a ball and she is accused of its theft. Instead, she runs away from the scandal…and the heartbreak.
St. John, Viscount Fairfax, has sworn never to love again. How could a mousy merchant’s daughter tempt him to break that vow? Three years after Sarah vanished, St. John uncovers her hiding place. Now, he’s out to prove she’s a thief before she steals his heart.

I always feel as if I've hit jackpot when I find a really angsty historical romance to gorge myself on. To Kiss a Thief by Susanna Craig was an angst filled historical romance, whose two main characters had to fight against all the odds including themselves to be together. The story starts of with a beautifully painful catalyst, our heroine Sarah a newly wed is found in a compromising position with a man who is not her husband, and two make it worse she's accused of theft. My heart was in my throat as her parents looked on while accusations were thrown at her and while her husband the hero of the story looked on without a word before he finally left. At this point I thought everyone in this book aside from Sarah was a jerk.

The story picks up 3 years later when St John realises the truth of his wife's whereabouts, his wife is not dead and she is closer than he ever thought. I feel like I have to warn anyone wanting to read this book, St John was a jerk in the very beginning, he was cold and at times cruel. He treated Sarah terribly but there are reasons and the author allows the reader to delve deeper into his character. St John and Sarah's marriage was arranged, St John's family needed Sarah's money and Sarah's family married her off for the title and the connections it would bring. Sarah's introduction to the ton was doomed from the very beginning, and as much as she hoped her husband would one day feel something for her, his actions showed it could never happen.

The heroines character was not very complex, all Sarah had ever wanted was love and acceptance, her innocence was probably what got her hurt in the first place, but you can't help but love her. When St John was told to marry Sarah, he resented his father, being for to marry a woman below his station was the worst of punishments. Yes I really loved St John's character, yes he was flawed and treated Sarah horribly. But he was redeemable.

He was beginning to know his own heart, but until he felt more certain of hers, it would be far wiser to hold his tongue.

The story is rich in vapid characters out to hurt the heroine and at times I felt like walloping St Johnny over the head because all it would take was for him to stand up for her, but because of his doubts he would look on and allow her to suffer. GRRR. I'll leave it at that but if you enjoy angst and HR with heroes who are hard to love and heroines who have an air of innocence, but still show strength, then you should probably gives this a go!

"St John. But-"
He shook his head. "Once more," he said, lifting his finger away to replace it with a gentle, searching kiss.
"St. John," she breathed when their lips parted.
Se felt rather than saw his smile.
"Better. Now... you were saying?"
What had she been saying?

ARC kindly provided by publisher in return for an honest review

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