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 town 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.
I absolutely adored this book. I can’t say enough good things! I haven’t read a Regency romance in forever and randomly decided to read this one. By the end it reminded me why I love Regency romances.
Marlowe/Elizabeth was wonderful. I loved her spunk and that she didn’t put up with Dane’s pompousness (not sure that’s a word, but it fits). She cared so much for everyone and was overall just a fun and lovely heroine. Lord Dane was a great hero. He was more proper and lordy that the usual hero’s for historical romance, but I liked it. Sometimes I hate when authors do that, but as usual Shana Galen did a wonderful job not only writing Dane that way, but fitting the story together. There is a undertone of danger in parts of the novel. It had just enough to keep everything intriguing. Plus I love undertones of danger in historical fiction! There wasn’t a lot of it, but just the right amount.
The secondary characters of Dane’s brother and Marlowe’s good friend were both very interesting. I liked the focus on them and I hope that those two come up in the future.
I have never been disappointed by Shana Galen and this novel was no exception!