The Rogue You Know

Shana Galen
The Rogue You Know
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Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date
September 2015
Book 2 of Covent Garden Cubs
Historical Romance

"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.

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Oct 05, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
160 people found the following review helpful
4 "An Adventure for a Necklace" Stars! Historical romance lovers of improbable matches between two members of opposite classes will enjoy THE ROGUE YOU KNOW. I'm so accustomed to historical romances always featuring a hero who is a duke or some other sort of titled upper class designation that I was instantly attracted to the thought of a story where a lady falls for a commoner, and a thief (an original bad boy) no less.

Although this is the second book in the Covent Garden Cubs Series, it can easily be read as a standalone as the romance between the hero and heroine is fully contained within this story. That said if you read Earls Just Want to Have Fun, you will be pleased to know that Marlowe and Maxwell make a reappearance in this book.

We first meet our hero, Gideon Harrow, in the streets where he has spent most of his life as a thief and a con. He is a good friend of Marlowe, having both belonged to a gang of thieves living in the London slums. He is presently on the run, having stolen a very valuable necklace, which he hopes will be his ticket out of the outlaw life he leads, and in an attempt to find Marlowe and hide his stash, he finds himself at the house of Marlowe's sister-in-law, Lady Susanna Derring.

Susanna, the daughter of an Earl, has spent her life living in London's high privileged society. Constantly chastised by her mother, who is on an ever-ending plight to find her a suitable match. In the process, Susanna has felt like she has missed out on life, never being able to do the things she really wants to do. One of which is visit Vauxhall Gardens.

When Susanna interrupts Gideon in his attempt to hide the necklace in her home after breaking in, she ceases her opportunity to get out and experience life for once. In that regard, she proposes a trade, she will return the necklace to Gideon if he takes her to Vauxhall Gardens.

So begins Susanna's and Gideon's wild journey which will take them from London's underworld to the discovery of their own secret wishes and desires, never mind the truth behind one of their families. But even if during this crazy adventure they share forbidden experiences, will society ever truly allow a thief and a lady find to a HEA together?

While I do have to say that the beginning of this book felt a little bit cliched, particularly when it came to the heroine, who initially came across as completely naive in trusting a thief to protect her on her journey, the story does eventually embrace depth and become an addicting read. Moreover, there are some unexpected plot twists mixed in, which keep the readers on their toes. In addition to a compelling romance between two characters who both seem to grow up and mature in the process of discovering each other and themselves in the process.

All in all, THE ROGUE YOU KNOW was an enjoyable romance and I look forward to exploring more of the Covent Garden Cubs Series.
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