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    11 2 15 Free on This review can also be found at Carole s Random Life.4 Stars I am always looking for something a little bit different That can sometimes be a little hard to find for somebody who reads as many books as I do This book gave me exactly the unexpected element that I look for in a book I used to read a lot of historical romances but moved to other genres when I found most of them to be overly predictable Shana Galen has created a wonderful story and a heroine that is anything but predictable I don t remember ever encountering a character quite like Marlowe.Marlowe lives with a group of thieves She spends most days dressed like a boy looking for easy marks and carrying out the plans of her group Satin makes the plans and is the boss of her group of thieves, which she refers to as cubs Satin rules with a heavy hand and everyone within the group makes sure that they do their job.Marlowe is taken by two men as she plays her part Before she knows what is going on, she finds herself in Earl Dane s home where she gets cleaned up and fed Dane s brother believes that Marlowe is actually the Lady Elizabeth who was abducted as a small child Dane is given the job of keeping an eye on her until Lady Elizabeth s parents can be contacted Dane doesn t realized that he has met his match in Marlowe.Marlowe was so wonderfully original I loved her rough speech, her distaste for bathing, and the fact that she would rather wear men s clothing that a dress Marlowe had a certain innocence about many things that really showed that she had never had anyone around to teach her She also had wisdom regarding the lives of the poor that Dane needed to taught They really made quite the perfect couple.This book was wonderfully written I found myself grinning quite often and found a lot of humor in the things that Marlowe would say and they manner in which others reacted to her The chemistry between Marlowe and Dane was spectacular and their feeling felt so genuine on the page The growth of both Marlowe and Dane as characters added a lot to the story They both needed to figure out what they wanted and whether it was worth the cost.I would highly recommend this book to fans of historical romance This is the first full book of a new series I did read the preceding novella but that would not be necessary to enjoy this story since there were only a few short mentions of that story This is the first full length novel by Shana Galen that I have had chance to read but I plan to look for her work in the future I received an advance reader edition of this book from Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

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    Highly, highly improbable Regency sex romp about a 20 year old woman who was kidnapped by a London street gang as a 5 year old and forced to learn to pick pockets, run scams, etc An investigator finds her fifteen years later and kidnaps her back, after determining that she s the long lost daughter of a lord Elizabeth now Marlowe has forgotten her past and fights tooth and nail, swearing like gutter scum The investigator inexplicably dumps Marlowe on his brother, the earl, while he goes off to investigate something else Marlowe of course turns out to be lovely once all the dirt is washed off And she s still a virgin But notwithstanding that she s somehow retained her chastity all those years in the London slums, she gives it up to the earl after knowing him just a few days o.O The mind, it boggles.I d rather either she d stayed out of his bed, or have the book and the earl deal with her having slept around or having been raped at some point in her life in the slums, likely as not.Also, if I never hear the word bubbies Marlowe s slang for her breasts, which she mentions All The Time again in my lifetime, it ll be too soon.Kindle freebie right now, but I can t recommend it unless you like this genre I skimmed most of it I was mostly interested in the reunion with her parents and deleted it.

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    KINDLE FREEBIE as of 11 2 15 runs with the Covent Garden Cubs, a gang of thieves living in the slums of London s Seven Dials But there was a time she went by a different name and when a private investigator thinks that she may be the missing daughter of a lord and lady, she is introduced to the spectacle of Society.Maxwell, Lord Dane, is intrigued when his brother ropes him into his investigation of the fiercely beautiful hellion who is believed to be the lost daughter of the Marquess of Lydon He teaches her how to navigate the social morass of the ton, but Marlowe will not escape the Cubs so easily Instead, Max is drawn into her dangerous world, where the student becomes the teacher and love is the greatest risk of all.Suspenseful and passionate, Earls Just Want to Have Fun is a captivating historical romance Fans of Julia Quinn, Sabrina Jefferies, and Elizabeth Boyle will love this story that combines action and mystery with enchanting romance.

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    Adorable story MarloweLady Elizabeth was kidnapped at the age of 5 and raised as a thief on the streets She was given a new name and forced to commit crimes in order to eat Fifteen years later, Marlowe is detained by an investigator and told she is the missing Lady Elizabeth I absolutely enjoyed this story The hero almost let me down in the end, but his brother talked some since into him and he came through like a champ

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    I ve given this a B at AAR, so 4.5 stars Shana Galen s new Covent Garden Cubs series gets off to a terrific start with Earls Just Want to Have Fun which is fortunately a book with much emotional depth than it s overly cutesy title would seem to suggest.The story is, at first glance, a simple cross class romance with a bit of Pygmalion thrown in as her Eliza Marlowe, a thief from Seven Dials gets to see how the other half lives when she is abducted from the streets by an investigator hired to trace the whereabouts of a girl who went missing fifteen years earlier.Marlowe belongs to one of the many gangs of thieves that inhabit that area of London the Covent Garden Cubs and is one of the best pickpockets and housebreakers in the gang She has a very dim recollection of once being called by a different name and of living a different life, but has learned to dismiss them as mere dreams The only life she s really ever known is the one she lives now harsh and grim, living in the slums with the gang and in fear of their brutal leader, Satin.Maxwell Derring, the Earl of Dane, is a young man who takes his responsibilities to his title and his country very seriously He s active in parliament and is feeling rather pleased with himself at having just helped to squash a bill which would have allocated funds to help the poor he believes they re poor because they are lazy He s not a bad person he just thinks that it s important to concentrate on improving the lot of farmers to increase food production or to focus on the defence of the realm, so the plight of the poor is not something with which he concern himself Dane had no idea that allowing his brother, Sir Brooke, to make use of his carriage would end up in the abduction of a street urchin, so he is naturally not at all pleased at finding himself suddenly charged with keeping the smelly, dirty, foul mouthed creature at his London home until Brooke can contact his clients with the news that he thinks he has found their long lost daughter The first part of the story is delightfully fluffy as these two characters from different worlds provoke, irritate and strike sparks off each other As far as Dane is concerned, Marlowe is a menace to society and he can t wait to be rid of her Marlowe thinks Dane is a stuck up prig and wants nothing than to get away Yet even as they are chafing under the necessity of sharing a roof, they are unable to ignore the stirrings of attraction that are starting to simmer between them Their verbal sparring is sharp and funny, and Ms Galen does a terrific job in developing their slow burn romance.Even though Marlowe eventually decides that she will remain at Derring House of her own free will to await the arrival of the couple who may or may not be her parents, she knows it s only a matter of time before Satin locates her and either snatches her away and returns her to the slums or forces her to injure the Derrings in some way She realises there s only one thing to do she has to free herself from him once and for all, but doing that won t be easy and is fraught with danger.What could have been a fairly fun of the mill story is elevated to something much by the quality of the writing and characterisation, and by the way in which the author interweaves what is essentially a light hearted, Cinderella like tale together with a serious look at the conditions endured by the poorest in society In those sections of the book which take place in Seven Dials, she immerses the reader in the sights, sounds and smells of the area, bringing home to both reader and hero just how hard life is for these slum dwellers as they eke out a meagre and miserable existence Crime and disease are rife, life is held cheaply, and there is no hope of anything better And Marlowe s reaction to the opulence and luxury surrounding her at Derring House firmly brings home the massive gap between rich and poor she has never slept in a real bed and never had enough to eat, yet here she is in a house where there is food than anyone could possibly eat although she tries and a single room is bigger than the flash ken she inhabited in Seven Dials.The two principals are strongly characterised and well written, although Marlowe is probably the fully fleshed out of the two She s gutsy and clever with a great sense of humour, but Ms Galen never allows the reader to forget the fact that hers is a dangerous way of life, and that in spite of her courageous spirit, Marlowe is afraid of Satin and what he might do to her and to the man she loves Dane begins the story as upright and uptight, an old head on young shoulders who comes to see that he s bored with his ordered existence and surprised to find himself enjoying the company of a most unusual young woman I appreciated the fact that he s not a playboy as so many of the titled gentlemen inhabiting the pages of historical romances are he s a complete gentleman, sweet, tender, kind and most definitely sexy Through his association with Marlowe, Dane comes to understand that he has been badly mistaken in his views, and to want to do something to help His volte face might seem rather fast, but it works because of the matter of fact way in which Marlowe talks about the things she and others have endured and will continue to endure because of the way they are forced to live.Ms Galen s writing style is immediately engaging and pulled me into the story straight away There s plenty of warmth and humour Dane s relationship with his siblings is clearly a very affectionate one, and I very much enjoyed his interactions with Crawford, his very proper and all knowing butler My one complaint is that the ending is a little rushed, but otherwise Earls Just Want to Have Fun is an enjoyable and emotionally satisfying story, and Marlowe and Dane make a likeable, well matched couple I m eagerly looking forward to the next book in the series.

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    4.5 StarsI love finding a new Historical Author Based on the reviews I wouldn t have picked up this book, but it was one of the few that was available from the library and I figured why not I m so glad I took a chance on Earls Just Want to Have fun The title is ridiculous and has NOTHING to do with the book I will admit I was VERY hesitant in starting this b c of the title The Earl is actually a stand up guy and does the right thing He s hardly a player, but it s a good thing.Also, I m not sure if this is the final cover, but the girl has dark hair, NOT blonde I don t like it when the book doesn t match the cover, but of course that didn t hinder my reading experience.This book is a slow burn romance, a friends to lovers kind of read So if you want smutty or steam, you ain t gonna find it here Okay, there s a little steam, but don t go into this book looking for a steamy read It s all about the love story.I really liked the premise of the book and I was sucked into the story from the first page It s a heavily dialogued based book and light on the descriptive writing, which is exactly the type of books I like to read I also like that it s low on angst, but heavy on the tension I read this book in one sitting and even though this was a hefty book, I could have read of it Marlowe is a thief That s all she knows Until one day someone kidnaps her Dane is a standup guy He does the respectable thing, but his life is comfortable and pretty repetitive His brother is another story and his brother happens to kidnap Marlowe because he believes she s the long lost daughter of a rich upper class family Dane doesn t have time to get into these issues, he s a rich noble guy, but his brother leaves town and now he has to deal with Marlowe until his brother can track down her long lost parents.I love the tension between Dane and Marlowe It s so cute I usually don t like rough Heroines and I love a good damsel, but Marlowe can hold her own She s very keen on getting back to her old life as a thief, but the longer she stays at the house the she likes it.No, she doesn t want to stay because it s the rich life, she wants to stay because she likes the family and I find that REALLY adorable.This book pulled at my heart strings and I m not sure why it got low reviews I loved this book I gobbled it up and I was sucked into Marlowe and Dane s world No, it s not an insta lust, over the top romance, but it s filled with a lot of good bits and a well developed story That s a win in my opinion.

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    Marlowe, has always been a thief and housebreaker, and has always tried to prove herself as one of the boys But there is a part of her life she doesn t remember, when she was young and her name was Elizabeth, a life that is no longer hers But during a housebreaking mission, she is taken against her will and placed in the hands of Maxwell, Lord Dane Maxwell is furious at his brother for putting a scrawny and ill mannered chit in his hands to take care of That is the last thing that he needs Maxwell, doesn t think much of Marlowe, except she is a danger to society, and he has a hard time convincing her of the truth of her true identity Marlowe has lived her life on the streets, but she suspects that she may be the woman they are looking for, a woman with a future, and she wants to believe in that future, and she can t deny the attraction that she feels for Maxwell, but there is a danger to them being together, a man who would destroy her before he could ever let her go Wow That is all I have to say about this one Shana Galen is such a talented writer, and I feel like every time I read her, I am amazed by how well I enjoy her stories I would say she is a top favorite author of mine, and always has been since I first started reading her I wasn t sure what to think about this story before I started reading it, but once I got into the first chapter, I knew I was in for a fun and wild ride and I was right You never know what a story will bring out to the reader, but this story by far gave me thrills and laughter and pure excitement After finishing this story I just want to do a little happy dance in the street under the moonlight LOL kind of crazy with the cold weather, but I had such a fun time reading this one, and it has been a while since I have enjoyed a book so much.The story is pretty basic, at first you view it as an ordinary story, but somehow this story turned from ordinary to extraordinary You don t see it coming until you are fully entrenched The story starts off with Marlowe on one of her pickpocketing days, and she was such a hoot, I loved her I really found her amusing and quite entertaining She definitely has spirit and isn t afraid to show it She hates her bubbies and thinks of them as useless, which was hilarious to me, on how she views her body Like being a woman is a curse But in her lifestyle choice, it is a curse What she does, being a beautiful woman has little purpose, at least until she meets a man that makes her quiver in delight and desire Maxwell, is a lord of the Ton, involved in politics, and thinks of himself as content But when Marlowe is brought to him and he is forced to take care of her until she is ready to meet her parents, he must groom and teach her to be a lady, and Maxwell can t think of a worst fate being placed upon him I loved the sparks between these two, and boy can they fight I loved their interaction and once they got past the whole kidnapping issue, and Marlowe came to terms with what was happening, their relationship really started to progress Their connection was so different and I just had the hardest time putting this one down, the reader starts to see how perfect they are for each other in the end, because what they have together is what is important than trivial things This author has succeeded in beginning a series with a solid beginning, a tale of adventure, passion, danger and fascinating twists and turns that will enthrall you completely Entertainment and laughter on every page A PURE DELIGHT

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    Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley.Should I be embarrassed that I love historical romance and I ve never read Shana Galen before I mean, she s got 20 or so books published so she s got to be popular Oh well I ve read just about every single book that Lisa Kleypas has written historical AND contemporary but I ve never read Julie Garwood Go figure But now that I ve read Shana Galen oh man, I m never looking back Marlowe, the heroine, was awesome Now that s NOT to say that I loved her from start to finish Holy crap, I did NOT In fact, there was a point while reading this, that she was such an annoying asshole that I almost quit reading I swear But I am SO glad I stuck with it Marlowe definitely redeemed herself And oh her story is so sad She was kidnapped off the street when she was, like, five years old And then she was raised in a house with criminals and became a criminal herself The book doesn t go into ALL of the details about her upbringing but I was glad I think it would have been too harsh and too sad to be palatable As bad as her life is, things take a turn for the worse when she s recognized by someone on the street as the girl she was before she was a criminal Did that make sense I m trying to say that someone stops her on the street, calls her by what she THINKS is her real name and tells her that her parents are looking for her Sure, this is almost 20 years after she was abducted but it s a shock Even worse, she doesn t really remember much from her time before she was kidnapped so who s to say if the man was legit or if it was some kind of con For sure, the 1, top thing I loved about Marlowe was how she was at the same time a street wise hard ass and a vulnerable young girl I have no idea how the author wrote her so perfectly but Marlowe embodied BOTH traits and straddled the line between them.Lord Dane is pretty great too He sounded absolutely delicious Tall and a little muscular but not beefy Yum yum At the start of the book, he s such a prude and so proper I wanted to have someone shake him just to muss his hair or put his cravat askew LOL I was on his side when he was first dealing with Marlowe She was pretty awful and, like Lord Dane, I wished he could just turn her out on the street But, of course, if he did that, there wouldn t be a story, would there I enjoyed Lord Dane s arc over the book He s proper and SO uptight at the start of the book but Marlowe brings something out in him by the end of the book I guess she brings him some measure of freedom Like a release from propriety, maybe It feels like he s able to relax and be himself a little around her and it was so nice to see him loosening up.Marlowe and Lord Dane were great together by the middle of the book, but not so great at the start They were the perfect picture of two people who were like oil and water She was so rude and crass and he was just so shocked by her behavior It was fun to see him shocked but I have to admit that her behavior wore a little thin after a while That was around the time that I considered quitting the book But Marlowe was no dummy In fact, she was quite intelligent So she was able to tone down her behavior a little and made an attempt to fit in But it wouldn t have been much fun if she d turned right and proper like Lord Dane and I was glad she didn t.I would absolutely recommend this book to any historical romance fans Oh there was one little thing that drove me nuts all the slang So many terms for criminals and prostitutes and marks and rich people it was completely confusing Half the time, I had no idea what they were describing but I just went with it That s why I think readers who are already fans of historical romance will like this You ll likely have seen or read a lot of the terms before but someone new to historicals will have their head spinning Other than that, this was a blast to read, from start to finish Go out and get this one 4.5 stars

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    What a fantastic start for Shana Galen s new Covent Garden Cubs series Earls Just Want to Have Fun is as dynamic and brilliant as her other stories have been Ms Galen is one my favorite authors and I don t even have to read the blurb before I download her books I am fortunate enough to have the honor of reading this book in advance of publication through Net Galley I adored the start of this book It grabbed me and had me hooked from the first page It starts out with Marlowe as a young five year old child playing in a park only to be nabbed by a rogue from Seven Dials, looking for a new cub for his gang of pickpockets When Marlowe again appears after a scene break in the book, she is grown up and has only vague memories of being Elizabeth, which she dismisses as fantasy and wishful thinking Being a part of Satin s gang is now all she knows and a fine pickpocket she has become While moving in on a target, all does not go as planned When she runs into the mark, she slips her nimble fingers into his jacket and takes his blunt The man does not react as she expects him to when he catches her He smiles and says, Good day, Elizabeth I ve been waiting for you Instead of trying to convince her to come with him after telling her he has been hired by her parents to find her he tells her where to find him and walks away.Later that evening, while moving in on a house the gang planned to rob, someone grabs her and throws her into a waiting carriage She soon discovers it is Sir Brook, the mark from earlier in the day, and his brother, the Earl of Dane They take her to Dane s townhouse in Mayfair Sir Brook leaves her with Dane when he is called off on some urgent business The attraction between Marlowe and the earl is instantaneous and combustible Can this unlikely pair find a way to bridge the gap between their social stations, or will Dane let her go rather than shake up his life I am extremely impressed with the way Ms Galen developed Dane s character She takes him from a sanctimonious, boring prig, who talks of the weather and politics, to a caring and generous man Dane is not a rake, which I find refreshing, and he is a beta male, not an alpha as so many heroes are in most books She has me rooting for the couple s Happily Ever After , even though there are so many cards stacked against them When they finally make love, it is one of the most tender love scenes I have ever read.Marlowe is a straight forward female, definitely a spunky kid character arch with a bit of the waif thrown in She has to be to have survived growing up around criminals She hides behind her sarcastic wit to cover up her insecurities I fell in love with her from the first page, so even when she comes across with a snarky attitude later in the story, I am able to overlook that There are several humorous scenes in this story, which lightens the darker moments, and there are several of those This is a fast paced book, and I found it difficult to put down In fact, I read late into the night, trying to finish it If you have never read any of Shana Galen s books, then this would be an excellent one to start with You will not be disappointed Happy reading

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    Earls Just Want To Have Fun Covenant Garden Club by Shana GalenOverview by 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.I didn t just like this book, I ADORED it Shana Galen has always written excellent stories with great characters, well researched historical facts and plot lines that leave you breathless Marlowe is a pickpocket who knows a life of grime, danger and survival She has been part of a gang run by the evil Satin since she was a young child She remembers precious little about her life before she became a thief, but her very existence relies on her cunning and skills She lives in the Seven Dials neighbourhood, one of the very worst slums in London The author skillfully describes what hell this area was like the smells, the filth and the degradation of human life Her whole life changes in the midst of a robbery She is called by the name Elizabeth by a mark It shocks her as she is dressed as a boy and while that isn t her name, it triggers faint memories of another life In her world, a throat can be slit over a shilling and this strange man has placed her in danger from her gang She is curious about what this man has said, but values her life too much to investigate.The decision is taken from her as she is abducted during a robbery It may have been the best thing as she has blossomed into a beautiful woman and her gang leader may start to develop plans to move her beyond robbery schemes and into prostitution She is abducted by Sir Brook and his extremely reluctant brother the Earl of Dane She fights like a hell cat and her coarseness is funny at times She has a vocabulary that would make a seasoned sailor blush I loved how the author took the time to describe how dirty she was, how the smell of her made the men gag and how different she was from their worlds.As soon as she is abducted, she is dumped into the care of Max, Earl of Dane as his brother runs off to solve a problem at Bow Street He implores Max to keep Marlowe at their home as he truly believes she is the missing daughter of Lord and Lady Landon To say that Max is displeased is a drastic understatement And so the fun and games begin Marlowe is coarse and foul She knows nothing of being a lady or even simple politeness To a gentleman like Max, she is than an oddity, rather a creature from another planet Since Brook has disappeared, Max must deal with her After forcing her to bathe, he sees a beautiful young woman who stirs his blood even as her table manners repulse him.The story is so skillfully developed Her world and experiences are explored as she learns to fit into the world of the wealthy She experiences many simple things that in most historical romance novels wouldn t even be a thought The simple act of having her hair done and wearing proper lady garments are foreign to her and it s hard not to fall in love with her as she explores this strange new land she is inhabiting It seems that her skills learned on the street of mimicking and blending in help her begin to approach some low level of suitability, but she is a feisty and spirited woman who longs for the freedom she has had all her life.Max has become the centre of her world He introduces her to new food, teaches her manners, keeps her belly full at all time and most importantly he gets to know her Max has no compassion for the poor and recently defeated a bill in Parliament that would have helped people like Marlowe, yet he can t help himself from being drawn to her She doesn t banter about the weather, she takes delight in the simplest of things and wistfully dreams of learning to read The two of them spend all their time together and without the guise of lord and lady, they get to know about each other in a very real way Max knows that Marlowe is all wrong for him He is keeping her in his home, much to his mother s horror and sister s delight, in the event that she really is the long lost daughter She doesn t believe that she is and he doesn t either, but just like Marlowe is having an adventure in the land of the ton, Max is having an adventure with a woman unlike any other that he has met As the days go by, his attraction to her reaches fever pitch He finds her honesty refreshing He loves to see the wonder in her eyes He admires her tenacity and cunning at surviving the life she has led.But danger stalks them Satin finds out where she is and forces her to steal from the Dane family or he will kill her We learn that he has beaten her badly before and in that world, lives are as expendable as tissues Marlowe must decide if she trusts Max to help her outwit Satin and his team as new morals develop and she no longer wishes to rob his family blind or see them hurt As they devise and develop a plot to trap Satin, they also further their attachment to each other Max wants her and although Marlowe is a virgin, she also wants to learn about passion from him A perfect example of why this book was so enchanting was the cockney language that permeates the story When they start to explore each other sexually, I almost fell off my chair laughing as Marlowe refers to her breasts as bubbies You can take the woman out of Seven Dials, but you can t change everything Max has no wish to change most things about her and he definitely wants to see her bubbies The passion between the two was special It s hard to describe how you feel as a reader when the love scenes make you feel hot all over and yet deeply touched at the poignancy of the emotions of the characters The sex the two share is sweet at times and sometimes burning hot Max is eager to instruct his pupil about the ways a man can pleasure a woman He was gentle and careful, but the feisty nature of Marlowe who experiences everything with her whole heart makes their time together truly some of the best love scenes I have ever read Their plan to trap Satin is dangerous and relies on the help of his brother and some of her slum friends It s a great story when you are so worried for the characters and emotionally drawn into their battle I worried like crazy that all would work out There was some touch and go moments that made this story leap off the page Marlowe will never be safe or free unless Satin is taken down It s remarkable change in Max that he is willing and eager to help her As he enters her world, the blinders are off his eyes about the lives of the poor and now he is determined to make helping to better their lot in life his personal mission I love when characters evolve in such a profound way It wasn t a quick change in opinion, but rather an accumulated understanding of the deep needs within his own city and something within his power to change That is what makes Shana Galen such a gifted author She creates characters that are people you admire and want to spend time with.Max doesn t know what he wants from Marlowe She will never agree to be his mistress and she is not suitable as a countess It s a dilemma that he must decide Marlowe is about to leave his life either as the daughter of a lord and lady or back to the thieving life she knows The tension you feel as he makes his decision is so heart wrenching it makes you want to yell at the pages for Max to fight for Marlowe like he s going to fight for the poor Shana Galen writes stories that challenge you as a reader and through all the highs and lows, the endings always somehow have bittersweet moments to balance out the happiness This story was a wealth of information about the lives of the poor in London It was so much deeper than taking an ugly duckling and turning her into a swan, it was the compromise and coming together of two people who need each other to be complete.Reviewed by www.kiltsandswords.com Thank you to net galley for an advanced copy for an honest review.

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