Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Touch Of A Thief by Mia Marlowe

Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Touch Of Seduction #1
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 320
Book Source: from the lovely Mia Marlowe

Synopsis: London's most talented criminal is about to be fingered...

Lady Viola Preston can relieve a gentleman of the studs at his wrists without his being any the wiser and pick any lock devised by man in less than a minute. But she's careful to wear gloves when she steals jewels. Because when Viola touches a gemstone with her bare skin, it "speaks" to her, sending disturbing visions—visions almost as unsettling as the sight of the cool-eyed stranger who catches her red handed.
Now Viola will only be stealing at Greydon Quinn's behest. And even more daunting than the violent history of the red diamond he's after is the prospect of a night in the devastatingly handsome lieutenant's arms. Touch has always been Viola's weakness, and the full body-to-body contact Quinn has in mind is about to shatter her defenses and set her senses reeling.

If you like your historical romance deliciously naughty then you'll love Touch Of A Thief. But there's more to this one than smokin' hot sex scenes; the characters are fully fleshed out, the plot is packed full of adventure, mystery and danger and loosely touches on aspects of British rule in India in the 1850's.

Lady Viola is a strong, sassy heroine, an impoverished aristocrat supporting her family through her aptitude as a jewel thief. Quinn is of the English ton, a lieutenant serving in India with an obscure past and some talent in Kama Sutra, making for the entertaining and provocative scenes I previously mentioned :)

With an opening scene designed to ensure a captive audience, the story progresses from India to England and France. Prince Sanjay of Amjerat is stripped of his Princedom, a rare red diamond is stolen from an Indian temple and Sanjay, Viola and Quinn join forces in a quest for justice.

What I really loved (besides the sex scenes lol) was the psychometry element; gemstones 'speak' to Viola, an original and refreshing angle in a historical romance.

Touch of a Thief is a fun, sexy read with trademark witty dialogue.

Mia wrote several novels as Emily Bryan and many of you know how much I love her work. Touch Of A Thief is no exception.

Want to know more about Mia Marlowe? Visit her website.


  1. So this was the hot one :) hihi, nice

    And gemstones, that is truly new, and cool

  2. Great review. I need to read more historical romances, because I quite enjoy reading them. :) And I like that beside the hot scenes/romance the plot is filled with adventure and mystery. ;) I love that!

  3. I really really have to read one of her books! I know I've been saying this forever, but I will do it very soon! This one sounds like it will be a great read!

  4. Love historical romances, but sometimes if the sex scenes are too wicked they detract from the romance for me. And I'm reading it for the romance.

  5. I love the way you describe this as being deliciously naughty, I am now wondering if it is available in Europe off to take a look. :)

  6. oohh sounds deliciously fun and exciting. Thanks for the recommendation. And I LOVE the new look! Sorry I haven't been by sooner. It's so cute!!!!

  7. @ Stacy, this one has romance, chemistry and sizzle, a balanced combination ;)


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