Review: The Rogue You Know (Covent Garden Cubs #2) by Shana Galen

August 21, 2015 Review 0

Review: The Rogue You Know (Covent Garden Cubs #2) by Shana Galen

"Pure Galen: a lively pace, wonderful repartee, colorful dialogue, a marvelous cast of characters and...emotional depth with just enough humor to make you smile and cry." —RT Book Reviews, Top Pick, 4 ½ stars for Earls Just Want to Have Fun

She's beyond his reach...
Gideon Harrow has spent his life in London's dark underworld-and he wants out. A thief and a con, he plans one last heist to finally win his freedom. But when everything goes wrong, he finds himself at the tender mercies of one of Society's most untouchable women-Lady Susanna Derring.

...and out of her depth.
Susanna has spent her life in London's glittering ton, under the thumb of a domineering mother-and she wants out. When a wickedly charming rogue lands at her feet, she jumps at the chance to experience life before it's too late. But as she descends into London's underworld, she finds that nothing- not even Gideon-is as it seems. As excitement turns to danger, Susanna must decide what price she's willing to pay...for the love of a reformed thief.

Praise for Love and Let Spy, an RT Book Reviews Top Pick:
"Splendid... an absolutely sublime love story... infused with beautiful, tender, and touching moments." -Fresh Fiction
"An utterly wonderful historical romance." -Books of Love

Title: The Rogue You Know
Author: Shana Galen
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Earls Just Want to Have Fun
Series: Covent Garden Cubs #2
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Earls Just Want to Have Fun
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Source: Publisher
Published: September 1, 2015
Genres: Historical Romace
Pages: 384
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames

I do enjoy this Covent Garden Cubs series.  It is such a different look at the historical novel.  We get to see the seedier side of London.  The side I am sure most do not want to acknowledge the existence of.  That underbelly where the thieves, hookers, murders, and all manner of other nefarious characters thrive.  It is scary and dirty, not to mention smelly.

In Earls Just Want to Have Fun we met Lady Elizabeth who grew up as Marlowe in Seven Dials – one of those seedy underbelly places.  Although she makes little more than a cameo appearance in this book, we do get to know her best friend – if anyone in the lower bowels of London can trust another enough to have a best friend – Gideon Harrow.  As can be expected, Gideon does what he can to survive, which means he is one of the best thieves there is.  But, he wants out.  One last score should do it.

Then there is Susanna Derring, Lady Elizabeth’s sister-in-law.  She has always done everything right.  Tried in every way possible to please her mother.  But, nothing seemed to be enough.  She could feel herself dying of suffocation.  All she wants is one little adventure and Marlowe did promise her one.

So, what happens when the thief meets the wannabe adventurer?  An exciting romp through the bowels of London.  Action, adventure, near death experiences, and – of course – romance.  Sir Brook Derring has to get involved to do a bit of investigation.  I loved the delightful twist toward the end of the book but, when is Sir Brook going to find his love?  He seems to only find it for everyone else.

If you are looking for a different kind of historical romance, you will want to check this out.  The characters are interesting, the story moves at a nice pace, and like all good romances, there is a satisfying ending.   Try it.  You will like it.  I did and I look forward to the next book in this series.

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