Wednesday, January 21, 2015

ARC Review: Earls Just Want to Have Fun (Covent Garden Cubs #1) by Shana Galen

Title: Earls Just Want to Have Fun (Covent Garden Cubs #1)
Author: Shana Galen
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Historical Romance - Regency
Length: Novel
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 5
Sexual - 3

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 while his brother attempts to confirm her true identity. But Marlowe will not escape so easily. Instead, Dane is drawn into her world of danger and violence, where the student becomes the teacher and love is the greatest risk of all.

The first full novel in the Covent Garden Cubs book really gets off to a great start.  We get to learn a little about our bad guy in the prequel, Viscount of Vice (review link below), and he really takes on the roll of a gang leader in this one.  We get to really see what a bad person he is and as a result, we really admire Marlowe for surviving the streets for so long.

Now, Marlowe was a very unique character.  I think I learned more insulting names in one of her conversations than I have in all my historical reading.  I was laughing all the time and I'm so glad that she was as rough around the edges as she was.  It made her story so very real and quite convincing.  When she is suddenly whisked away into the world of Lord Dane - it's quite a culture shock for everyone.

Lord Dane was a pretentious jerk.  He looked down on Marlowe and anyone that was poor - thinking they were a stain on the earth.  It was entertaining to watch her slowly change his world views until he does a complete 180.  In the end he was a wonderful man and one that I easily fell in love with.

There is quite a bit of adventure in this for a historical romance - which was a very nice change of pace.  With the addition of Satin and his street gang, things got really interesting really fast.  I can't wait to see what is next in this series.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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