Title: Earls Just Want To Have Fun (Covent garden Cubs, book #1)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Shana Galen
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Feb. 3, 2015
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
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, but Marlowe will not escape so easily. Instead, Dane is drawn into her dangerous world, where the student becomes the teacher and love is the greatest risk of all.
We are introduced to the villain of this book, Satin, in Galen’s VISCOUNT OF VICE novella (reviewed by Deet on Jan. 30, 2015). Marlowe is a cub, or thief, in his gang of young pickpockets. She has grown up with this monster after he abducted her in Hyde Park when she was five years old. Now Sir Brook has found her and is certain she is the missing Lady Elizabeth but her parents are away in Scotland. He takes her to his brother, Maxwell, Earl of Dane’s townhouse and soon leaves her to be taken care of by his brother. Nothing about this arrangement is satisfactory to fiery Marlowe, the handsome Earl, his demanding mother or the disgruntled butler.
This is a terrific story with a Pygmalion vibe. Marlowe is naïve and totally out of her element and Max feels he just doesn’t have time or desire to put up with her. Of course that all changes over the next few days as Samantha, the Earl’s sweet, kind sister, works her magic in making Marlowe presentable.
In this, Galen’s first full length novel in the Covent Garden Cubs series, we are treated to heated encounters and sizzling chemistry as well as action and adventure. There is humor and accomplished writing from a talented author. I highly recommend this book and this series promises to be an award winner.
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