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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Book Review: Night Thief by Lisa Kessler

Night Thief  (Night Series novella) by Lisa Kessler
*Nominated for Best Novella of 2012 by Grave Tells Book Reviews

After the fall of the Mayan civilization, Kane, an immortal Night Walker, has taken refuge in France for over 800 years. The modern world holds little interest for him until the night he meets the Golden Thief and is robbed of much more than his pocket watch.

Marguerite Rousseau is living a double life. By day she is the assistant to an eccentric French artist, Antoine Berjon, and by night she dons elegant evening gowns to woo French dignitaries before lifting their wallets.

Sparks ignite when Kane captures the thief, but Marguerite harbors a dark secret that could ruin them both.

This historical romance caught my attention from the beginning. A woman is using her beauty to beguile men while she pick-pockets them of their riches. Le Voleur D’or is wanted by the French Police for her crimes. When Kane spotted the beautiful woman stealing from a man he is stunned and follows her, but loses her quickly in the crowd. 

Marguerites attention is drawn to a tall handsome man and she cannot take her eyes off him. Taking care of business, she hurries to return home before her master realizes what she is doing.

Kane is intrigued and searches for weeks for the elusive night thief. When he fails he decides the best way find her would be at some of the parties where there will be rich men. And there she was. Taking his favorite watch, he flashes it for her to see while they are dancing. After realizing his watch was taken, Kane follows and confronts her. But Marguerite denies that she is the villain the police are looking for. Claiming she has found the items.

The couple is drawn together from the beginning. Lisa has done an excellent job setting the scene and having it play out. Kane is an Immortal, a Night Walker who is living in France. Originally from a Mayan civilization, his coloring made him stand out. In France he fits, in looks only. He can’t stand the dress and goes against tradition quite a bit and wears his shirts open instead of all buttoned up and stuffy. He enjoys the freedom of showing his chest and abs. Marguerite is a strong woman trying to escape her vampire master. Stealing from the rich to get enough money to buy safe passage for her and her cousin to leave the country.

The one thing that stuck in my mind was how Marguerite’s Master was able to smell that she had been with another man. He beats her and takes her blood. As a Night Walker, Kane was not able to sense the vampire until the woman he loves reluctantly tells him of her situation. As a Night Walker he has the same weaknesses as a Vampire in having to sleep during the day and drink blood to survive. I thought this was a slight flaw in the story line, but other than that, I loved how Kane was protective and respectful of Marguerite. He has mad fighting skills yet he can still be weakened which gives him a needed vulnerability even as an immortal. The love scenes between Kane and Marguerite were sweet, sensual and romantic. For a novella, the author did a good job with the story line with enough action and romance to keep my attention.

4 Sheep

Review By: Author MaryLynn Bast 

About the Author:
Lisa Kessler is an award winning author of dark paranormal fiction. Her debut novel, Night Walker, won a San Diego Book Award for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror as well as the Romance Through the Ages Award for Best Paranormal and Best First Book.

Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award.

When she's not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, performing with the San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego. You can learn more at

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  1. Intriguing! I don't read romances anymore, but this one I would get into. It might be the backdrop and the intermingling with all those French accents, "Excusez moi? No, I did no take ze-ze-ze, watch, monsieur!" *bats eyes*


  2. Great review, I have read some of her stories, and really enjoyed them. Putting this one on my wishlist as well.

  3. This is not the typical PNR I would read BUT after seeing what you thought, I am interested! Nice job!

  4. Thanks for reading and reviewing Night Thief!!!

    I'm glad you enjoyed the book!

    Lisa :)

  5. Interesting. I love historicals and paranormal romance but you really don't see too many combinations of the two. Will have to check this one out :)

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    1. this is a quick and sweet read. worth checking out :)