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.
There’s something really easy about Shana Galen’s writing, which makes her books fast-paced and entertaining reads. I haven’t read that much from her, but what I’ve read I’ve enjoyed.
Covering a VERY short timeframe, this historical romance (I assume it’s supposed to be a Regency romance, but we’re given no dates) requires a massive suspension of disbelief, but the originality is what kept me turning the pages. We get to see London’s darker and poorer side, and it makes for a more interesting read than many a glittering ballroom book.
The action never really stops in The Rogue You Know. However, that also means the storyline takes place in a very condensed timeframe; the first three-quarters of the book happens over only twenty-four hours. In that time people fall in love, lives are changed massively, all sorts of things happen. After sleeping with the hero more than once hours after meeting him, I seriously doubt our heroine hadn’t thought about pregnancy, no matter what she said!
Well-researched – very well-researched, actually – this is an adventure book. It’s not one you should take too seriously, but unlike a lot of lighter-hearted historical romances, it never becomes silly. It’s a great balance of dark and light.
As ever, this is a book that could have done with a British or Antipodean editor, though I’m so glad this is one US author who uses the word arse! However, for example, as most of the book is set in London’s less pleasant places, the word trash popped up so many times it was a huge distraction.
I like Shana Galen’s writing. I like that she’s not afraid to write action and adventure into her historical romances, and I love that she writes about more than one social class. The Rogue You Know could be picked to pieces and have its improbabilities exposed, but it’s not that sort of book. This is a story you read for fun.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.