Thanks to the amazing Mrs. Julien I borrowed her copy of To Love a Thief as neither my library, nor my pre-moving library’s online catalog contained it. Which really is sad, as this one was definitely a favorite so far this year! Out of the 20 or so I’ve read this year, TLAT is definitely in the Top 5. Ladies, as always, your recommendations are just stellar. Come April, July and October, aka when I live out of hotels for a month at a time, I will need all the recommendations I can get.
So To Love a Thief is the story of Gideon Cole and Lily Masters. Gideon is an up and coming barrister trying to put his father’s debts and lifestyle behind him, while Lily is an orphan in St Giles, supporting herself and her sister as a pickpocket. She tries to “pick Gideon’s pocket” sadly, it wasn’t an euphemism in the book, fails, gets caught, and ends up in a complicated Pygmalion/My Fair Lady scheme to help Gideon get the woman he supposedly wants.
And it all worked it out in a really delightful fashion. This is the author that gave me Alex and Genevieve. Gideon and Lily were real people, with real problems who learned, grew and in the end compromised together for what they wanted. This is my type of romance. Also, there was a pretty solid repartee between the two of them, especially for Julie Anne Long. She swings, at least from the ones I’ve read so far, from very sweet to antagonistic and not in the fun way. This one was a treat with just the right amount of wit/sweetness blended together.
Thanks again Mrs. Julien! I’m finding so many great, new romances thanks to the Read!