I Kissed a Rogue
Book 3 in the Covent Garden Cubs series
By Shana Galen
Narrated by Beverley A. Crick
Published by TANTOR MEDIA
Publication date Mar 1, 2016
Running time 9 hrs 14 min
In Print and Digital from Sourcebooks/Casablanca
Audiobook provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Once she spurned the man…
When the Duke of Lennox hires Sir Brook Derring, Bow Street’s best investigator, to find his daughter, Brook intends only to rescue the lady and return to his solitary life. He deals with London’s roughest criminals every day of the week; surely he should be able to endure seeing his first love again—the perfect girl who broke his heart…
Now her life depends on him
Lady Lillian-Anne Lennox has always done her best to live up to her father’s standards of perfection—at the cost of following her heart. When she’s kidnapped and her perfect life is shattered, Lila has another chance. Together, Lila and Brook navigate not only the dark and deadly side of London, but the chasm of class and prejudice that divides them. www.shanagalen.com/i-kissed-a-rogue.php
The Covent Garden Cubs series has thus far focused on a person who was a part of the Seven Dials underworld of the Regency Era. In both of the previous books, neither was born to the gutter, but they landed there nonetheless. It is a bit reversed in this one, but tells us all too well how easily, and how without effort on the victims part, it was possible to “be ruined” in Regency society. And, how much institutionalized poverty ( such as that created by a class system as existed in Regency England) can destroy a person and to what degree a gap between the very wealthy and the poor can weaken a society.
Each of the books in this series has focused on these very important themes while engaging the reader in a steamy Regency Era romance. The characters are mostly to type with a little more depth granted to the central characters’ personalities. Of Lilah and Brook, however, Lilah is the character who has had the most growth as she traveled through her mother’s death and was changed by the experience.
Brook on the other hand, has never forgiven her and is stuck in the past in that he never allowed himself to get over Lilah. A common trope in romance novels, the “I’ll never love again” theme is hard to accept for anyone who was in any romantic relationship as an adolescent: We’ve all been screwed by someone and gotten over it. In his case I think it has more to do with humiliation than actual hurt. It may take time but often we realize as adults that our adolescent (and he and Lilah both were young then) relationships were growth experiences and we allow ourselves to forgive the other parties and ourselves. In romance novels it is always possible for the character will realize this through the events of the story.
Like Lilah, will Brook have to experience real, adult trauma in order to grow up emotionally? Will the day be saved?
While this book didn’t quite grab me to the same degree as the first two books, I like Galen’s writing because she uses the story to deliver these important themes. The same trope is not repeated in each story, thank goodness, as has been happening in the series I read a little too often of late. Also, she creates really sexy hook ups. In this one the hero and heroine set out for a somewhat different style of Regency Era relationship.
I liked Beverly Crick’s narration. It seems to have become less “singsong,” and also less dire in the dramatic delivery of certain lines. Her male characters have been consistent through the books, and for the most part, the women change from book to book. Brook has been a consistent character through all three, showing up the most in this one since he is a main character. His brother, the Earl, and his wife, a former Covent Garden Cub, have minor parts herein.
So, I enjoy the series, and recommend it for the social themes and steamy relationships.
SHANA GALEN: http://www.shanagalen.com/
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