The Rogue You Know by Shana Galen

September 4, 2015 Historical Romance, Reviews 1 ★★★★

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Rogue You Know by Shana GalenThe Rogue You Know by Shana Galen
Series: Covent Garden Cubs #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on September 1, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: the Publisher
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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.

 

After twenty-odd years of growing up under the strict, all-seeing eye of her mother, Lady Susanna is finally presented with an opportunity for adventure when a handsome thief – Gideon Harrow – stumbles in through the library window.  Susanna knocks him out with a candlestick, takes his prized (stolen!) necklace, and then demands he take her to Vauxhall Gardens in exchange for the necklace’s return.  But this is no simple trip – neither have any money, half of London is after Gideon’s head, and the other half are looking for the missing Susanna!  Along the way, Susanna meets people she otherwise would never have seen, allows herself to loosen the strict rules and expectations her mother place upon her, and maybe even begins to fall in love.

In a clear and acknowledged nod to Disney’s “Tangled” (and perhaps a little “Titanic” too), THE ROGUE YOU KNOW is an exciting romp through London’s lower class, pushing our hero and heroine together, and showing them that love is found where you least expect it.

Despite her strict and regimented upbringing, once Susanna escapes her mother’s house she becomes quite headstrong and brave, but her innocence and kindness also shine through.  She faces down a hoard of men out to capture Gideon and befriends the large mutt snapping at Gideon’s heels.  She is determined to make it to Vauxhall and shows both strength and fortitude in accomplishing that goal by any means necessary.

Gideon is our reluctant hero.  At first, he wants nothing to do with Susanna, her family, or her request to see Vauxhall Gardens.  He just wants to get the necklace, fence it, and leave London forever.  But in a truly satisfying character arc, he starts to care for Susanna and soon Gideon will do anything to protect her.

Though their love will set the society tongues wagging yet again, Susanna and Gideon are a wonderful, romantic match.  They both fall hard and fast for the other, recognizing this adventure they are on may be their only opportunity to be together due to the sharp class divide that stands between them.

I should note that this is the second in a series, but you can read this without reading the first novel.  (That said, I also highly recommend reading the first novel too!)

Overall, THE ROGUE YOU KNOW is a fast-paced, action-filled romance with some great laugh-out-loud moments.  If you enjoyed “Tangled,” you will love this book.  This will get readers out of the ballrooms and into some of the back alleys of regency London.  I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!

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