Saturday, September 5, 2015

The Rogue You Know by Shana Galen (Covent Garden Cubs #2)

Release Date: September 1, 2015
Page Number: 384
Series: Covent Garden Cubs
Publisher: Sourcebooks

Susanna Derring has spent her life under her mother’s strict surveillance. For the longest time she believed her mother was just trying too keep her to gentry standard and ensure Susanna had a suitable husband. But  after a chance coversation with an old friend she suspects there is something her mother is hiding and  the answers are at the  the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. Now, if only she had a way to get there…

Cue Gideon Harrow, a thief (and friend of Susanna’'s sister-in-law)who has to do one last act of thievery so he can afford passage out of London and start a life as an honest man.

When Susanna catches Gideon trying to hide in her library (Tangled style except with a candlestick not a frying pan) she makes a wager. He escorts her to Vauxhall Garden and she’ll give him the necklace he needs to pawn to get his passage out of London. What is supposed to be a one night outing turns into a series of mini-adventures and close calls in London’s Seven Dials neighborhood.

One of the things I like about this series is it does the Regency Romance But Not In A Ballroom. Galen seems to always create interesting ways to put her characters in the actual city of London instead of cramped up in residences and cottages.

Overall I didn’t like this book as much as I liked the first one. This book just felt way too precocious. Susanna is able to charm all the dangerous people into doing what she wants and she is always helping the poor people she meets along the way. Also, they get followed by this stray dog that is like an animal in a Disney movie. It seems to know exactly what all her commands are and it comes in right in the nick of time to save them.

I was pretty lukewarm on the romance between Gideon and Susanna, I didn’t feel much chemistry between them and the romance happened really quickly. There is also a secondary plot involving Susanna’s mother that felt kind of rushed.

The Rogue You Know is a fast paced story, but the quickfire romance leaves a lot to be desired.
Despite not loving this book I think I will read the third book in this series, I Kissed A Rogue because it has a pre-established relationship which is a trope I like.

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