Tuesday, September 8, 2015
ARC REVIEW The Rogue You Know by Shana Galen
Lady Susanna feels suffocated by her mother. She wants something more than afternoon tea, ballrooms, trying to find a husband she doesn't want and her mother constantly attached to her hip. In a rare occurrence Susanna escapes to the retiring room without her mother only to told a bit of gossip about her mother. Now that she has that little seed of information in her mind she wants more and she thinks she can find it at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. Her mother vehemently refuses, she will never go no if and's or buts about it. But fate has other plans for Susanna and who should show up escaping from a group of thugs none other than Flynn Rider, oops sorry, Gideon Harrow.
Gideon Harrow, is a thief one of the best in London, and he just dug his own grave by stealing a necklace from one person for someone else but keeps it. Now he was half of London's criminal class after him. He shows up at the Dane townhouse in search of Marlowe, the current Lady Dane former thief and old cronie of his, only she isn't there he finds Lady Susanna instead. Lady Susanna takes the necklace and says she'll return it after he takes her to Vauxhall Garden. Nothing goes as planned. They have no ride, no money and Susanna wore shoes not meant for walking. Along with a stray dog Susanna names Beauty, they narrowly escape the villains of Seven Dials, make friends and fall in love along the way.
Meanwhile back at home Susanna's mother is at her wits end scared out her mind for her daughter and faced with the knowledge that this is her own fault. She is determined to remedy it. Brooke the second son of the family who works with the Bow Street Runners as an investigator is looking for Susanna and gets the truth out of his mother. Gideon doesn't think he is good enough for Susanna and despite his better judgment he falls in love but he is willing to push her away and hurt her before bringing her into his lifestyle.
Overall, despite the beginning I really did enjoy the book. I loved the characters even Gideon after he stopped acting priggish. It really did have a great HEA and a very exciting climactic end.