Review: Earls Just Want to Have Fun (Covent Garden Cubs #1) by Shana Galen

January 31, 2015 Review 0

Review:  Earls Just Want to Have Fun (Covent Garden Cubs #1) by Shana Galen

His heart may be the last thing she ever steals . . .

Marlowe is a pickpocket, a housebreaker—and a better actress than any professional on the stage. She runs with the Covent Garden Cubs, a gang of thieves living in the slums of London’s Seven Dials. It’s a fierce life, and Marlowe has a hard outer shell. But when she’s alone, she allows herself to think of a time before—a dimly remembered life when she was called Elizabeth.

Maxwell, Lord Dane, is intrigued when his brother, a hired investigator, ropes him into his investigation of the fiercely beautiful hellion. He teaches her to navigate the social morass of the ton while his brother attempts to confirm her true identity. But Marlowe will not escape so easily. Instead, Dane is drawn into her world of danger and violence, where the student becomes the teacher and love is the greatest risk of all.

Title: Earls Just Want to Have Fun
Author: Shana Galen
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Rogue You Know
Series: Covent Garden Cubs #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: The Rogue You Know
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Source: Publisher
Published: February 3, 2015
Genres: Historical Mystery, Historical Romace, Suspense
Pages: 384
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames

This was a bit of a different, though fun, historical romance.  I have to begin by giving the author kudos for, what appears to me to be, authentic cockney speak without actually trying to spell out the dialect.  She used only terminology.  It was wonderful and kept me engaged in the story.

What do I mean?  Okay, this story introduces a “gang” of street kids who live near the famed Covent Garden.  They have a language almost their own.  Words like “bubble,”  “racket,” “flash ken,” “bubbies,” (one of my favorites) just to mention a few.  The context in which they are used usually explains what the word means, but, if not, it is explained as one continues to read.  It adds to the story to realize, and hear, the cockney accent without having to wade through a painful attempt by the author to write the accent.  I enjoyed it.

Back to this “gang” of street kids – one of them, known as Marlowe, is actually a young woman who was kidnapped as a young girl and raised to this life.  She has little to no memory of her former life and does what she must to survive in this harsh world of the streets.  Suddenly, she finds herself in the world of the “swells” and forced to take a bath.  She is sure she is going to get sick.  She doesn’t trust anyone here and the feeling does seem to be mutual.  But, the food is good and plentiful, the bed is so soft it is like sleeping on a cloud, so why not stick it out for a bit while the “swells” decide if she really is Lady Elizabeth Lyndon.

Sir Brook Derring is the “swell” who was hired to find Lady Elizabeth.  He is a younger brother and rather than going into the military or taking the collar as many a younger son, he is an investigator for the Bow Street Runners.  A most unusual occupation for a member of the ton.  But Sir Brook is making it work and is the hero of many a young debutante, much to the chagrin of his older brother, Maxwell Derring, Earl of Dane.

The Earl of Dane is rather rigid in doing his duty as an Earl.  That does not include taking a thief into his home.  It really doesn’t matter that she may have once been a Lady of the realm.  She is now a thief and therefore not his problem.  But he acquiesced to his brother’s wishes until Lord and Lady Lyndon can claim the baggage.

I completely enjoyed watching the omnipotent Earl meet his Waterloo.  Not only does Marlowe completely attract his baser self, but she turns his ideals upside down.  I despaired that there would be a happy ever after.

This was a totally fun and exciting read.  There was suspense, adventure, betrayal, a touch of scandal, and of course, romance.   Everything one could want in a historical romance, but with a bit of a twist.  Well worth the read.

I seemed to have missed the prequel to this series, but I didn’t notice until now, so don’t worry.  The events of the prequel were mentioned, but not really important to this story other than maybe to introduce Sir Brook.  Earls Just Want to Have Fun reads quite well as a stand-alone novel.

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