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 ton, but Marlowe will not escape so easily. Instead Dane is drawn into her dangerous world, where the student becomes the teacher and love is the greatest risk of all.
Rating: Narration – B+; Content – B+
A few months back, I listened to and reviewed The Rogue You Know, the second book in Shana Galen’s Covent Garden Cubs series. At that point, I’d heard narrator Beverley A. Crick only one other time and had been sufficiently impressed by her performance to want to listen to her again. I’ve since listened to her a few more times, and as I’d enjoyed both story and performance in Rogue, I decided to back-track and pick up its predecessor, Earls Just Want to Have Fun.
The book is a kind of mix of Cinderella and Pygmalion, as our Eliza – in this case, a street-urchin by the name of Marlowe – gets to see how the other half lives after she is abducted by the investigator hired to trace the whereabouts of a girl who went missing some fifteen years earlier. It’s an enjoyable and well-written story that has more depth than its overly-cutesy song-title appellation might suggest.
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