About the Book:
Covent Garden Cubs #2
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.
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Eve Hart's Romance Review:
This is the second book in Shana’s Covent Garden Cubs series, and I was expected this book to be as charming, witty, sexy, and heart catching – and it was! Well, there were a few things I could’ve done without, but the story itself was a great tale of adventure (or is that misadventure), missed connections, regrets, everlasting love, helicopter parenting gone wrong, and the spirits of two broken people just trying to live. Really live.
While I enjoyed the intelligence of Susanna, I was more than a little peeved at how totally idiotic she was – seriously? You didn’t think any of your plan through? Not even how you’re going to pay to get to where you want to go? Susanna had more fire than brains and it got her and poor old, long-suffering Gideon into a lot of trouble. Not that Gideon didn’t get himself into a lot of trouble right from the start.
I enjoyed the madcap tour through Seven Dials and St. Giles, and the descriptions of the people and conditions broke my heart. How could it not? Shana did an amazing job bringing the environment and the secondary characters to life in a way that made me feel like I was there, choking down bread rocks with Susanna and Gideon.
What didn’t I like about this tale, other than the heroine lacking in commonsense and survival instincts?
Well…several scenes could’ve come straight from Disney’s "Tangled." The heroine leaves the protective “tower” of her mother and joins up with a thieving rogue with a “smoldering” look he assumed would sway the heroine. They race to stay ahead of a man who the hero double-crossed and end up in the kitchen of a smuggler where the heroine tells the room of stanky ruffians about her “dream” to see Vauxhall Gardens… “Don’t you have a dream…?”
Despite the copious eye rolling for the first 1/3 of the book, it eventually became a fun, intelligent, super-hot read.
I give Shana Galen’s The Rogue You Know a well-deserved….
Pulse Points™: YYYY