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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Brava; 1 edition (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075826352X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758263520
  • ASIN: B008SLSNKC
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,617,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Award winning author Mia Marlowe writes historical romance for Kensington Publishing and Sourcebooks. Her debut title received acclaim from romance luminaries. #1 New York Times bestseller Victoria Alexander says Mia's Touch of a Thief has "adventure and heat and everything I want in a great story!" UK's BooksMonthly has crowned Mia Marlowe "the queen of saucy historical romance."

Mia learned much of what she knows about storytelling from singing. A classically trained soprano, she won the District Metropolitan Opera Auditions and shared a stage with Placido Domingo. As she prepared for operatic roles, she devised back stories for her characters. Since she's worn a real corset, and had to sing high C's in one, she empathizes with the trials of her fictional heroines. But in Mia's stories, they don't die in a Parisian garret. They get to live and keep the hero!

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Techie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
Touch of a Thief is an erotic romance with layers of suspense and paranormal in an international setting during 1857. It has three main characters without being about a love triangle. The romantic couple, Viola and Quinn. And Sanjay, whose story leads up the premise. Every one of them experienced a loss that marked their destinies. All of them know injustice, abuse and deceit. Being wronged by the successions laws of the time.

Lady Viola Preston loses everything when her father dies without a male heir, hence his title and possessions go to an uncaring relative. And she is forced to steal in order to support her mother, her sister and her niece. Viola becomes the Mayfair Jewel Thief.

Lieutenant Greydon Quinn is a British noble returning home after serving in India. He also carries a painful secret akin to being the heir of an aristocrat.

A worse fate has befallen Prince Sanjay of Amjerat, who has lost his princedom under the British rule in India, because he is an adopted son to the late prince. The loss of his principality coincides with the stealing of a rare and malefic red diamond from the temple of Shiva. The diamond must be returned to the temple where its evil powers are bridled, or the outraged people of Amjerat will be in uprising against the British authorities costing the lives of innocents. When Quinn and Sanjay learn that the red diamond is going to be added to the English Queen's royal collection, they follow its trail of sorrow and death, intending to bring it back where it belongs.

When Lieutenant Quinn returns to England, Sanjay accompanies him posing as his Indian servant. They set a trap to catch the Mayfair Jewel Thief with the purpose of blackmailing the burglar into stealing the red diamond for them.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marcy W. on May 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
As I've said about other books by Mia Marlowe in her previous incarnations as Emily Bryan and Diana Groe, this author gets better with each book. Although I sometimes wonder how long I can go on saying that, on the strength of past experience I'm betting (and hoping) for a very long time!
In "Touch of a Thief", Ms Marlowe adds a touch of the paranormal, just enough to add to the fun, not so much that one must suspend all reason to enjoy the read. When our heroine, Viola, touches a gem with her bare hand, she receives visions of what the jewel has 'seen'. This 'gift' is almost more of a burden -- but for our purposes, it works well to bring Viola and Greydon together.
As always, Ms Marlowe's historical and settings research is thorough and well-integrated; and expanding the scenery beyond the English Channel is always interesting for me. It is her characters that really make the story, and that includes the secondary ones as well as the hero and heroine. The relationships are so well drawn that these people leap off the pages; dialogue is one of this author's leading talents. Another is her ability to write very sensuous scenes without resorting to cliched clinches; keep a fan handy as you read!
I'm looking forward very much to the next "Touch of ..." book, relying on Ms Marlowe's wonderful imagination for a fun and unusual story, and her excellent writing to lure me in and keep me reading till the very end. I highly recommend that you join me!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ABookADay on December 26, 2011
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Great concept regarding a cursed diamond and a respectful officer trying to return it home, but not in any way believable and the ending was a disappointment.

This is a full length novel involving Viola and Greydon. Viola and her mother and sister are in dire straits in London so she turns to stealing to put food on the table. Apparently she becomes a 'famous' theif due to her practicing lifting stuff and having an unsavory contact/fencer who can provide her with maps of London homes. She has a special skill where she can 'hear' real stones from fake ones. This is an interesting concept used through out the novel.

Greydon is back from years serving in the military in India where he befriends an Indian Prince who acts as his servant upon his return to Britain. He is searching for the cursed diamond that was stolen from a temple in India. He wants to return it to its rightful place in India and is upset at the treatment of the country by the British.

So he blackmails Viola into helping him find the diamond after discovering she is this 'infamous thief'. Their adventures take them around the world and finally back to Britain for a grand finale of sorts I suppose. They fall for each other and the sizzle level is a solid Medium.

The kicker here is that the ending just sort of drops off with loose ends left. It was quite unsatisfying with the potential to be great. Overall, just on o.k. here but I may try this author again.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sofie T. on May 28, 2012
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This is actually my first review. This is due to the fact that there are already so many good and thorough reviewers out there, that I haven't felt the need to add my voice. But I just had to make a note about this book. It was just so boring and unbelievable.

I know that's a little harsh and a lot of readers have apparently enjoyed this book, but to me it was soooo repetitive and predictable and the plot was thin I thought. Also I found the author's description of what I can only term as nympho-tendensies of the heroine truly unbelievable. No woman has that little control over their "passionate nature". I actually felt a little insulted by the author's apparently low opinion of her heroine's strength of character.

If you only read for the sex scenes spiced up with some weird words for genitalia this is the perfect book for you. If you enjoy a bit more character and plot find something else to read
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