Earls Just Want to Have Fun by Shana Galen [Book Review]

Posted May 27, 2015 by Zeee in Reviews3 Comments

I received this book for free from the Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Earls Just Want to Have Fun by Shana Galen [Book Review]Earls Just Want to Have Fun written by Shana Galen
Publisher Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: 2015-02-03
Genres: Historical Romance
Series: Covent Garden Cubs #1
Format: eARC
Pages: 384
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Flame Rating: three-flames
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His heart may be the last thing she ever steals...

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.

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Earls Just Want to Have Fun by Shana Galen is the first book in the Covent Garden Cubs series and I was blown away!  This book has all the things I LOVE about historical romance!  We have a street-smart heroine and a stickler-for-propriety Earl and what do we get?  An explosive romance and a fun read!

What I liked:

  • This story is sort of like Pygmalion – where the rich hero trains the uneducated heroine to be a lady.  I thought this was going to be the usual Pygmalion story but I was wrong!
  • This brings me to the next thing that I liked:  THE HEROINE Marlowe.  I loved her strength and her snarky attitude towards the Earl.  I also liked how she was taken cared of by the other Covent Garden Cubs.  Because – the slums, and the dangerous men out to get all the lovely young ladies in Seven Dials!
  • I also liked Maxwell, Lord Dane.  Despite him being the snooty lord, he turned out to be a sensitive hero, that showed that he really loved Marlowe.  I was already dreading his attitude when he was presented to us in the first few chapters because of his snootiness.

What I did not like:

Possibly NOTHING!  I really enjoyed this book and I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series!


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About Shana Galen

Shana Galen is the bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Booklist says, “Galen expertly entwines espionage-flavored intrigue with sizzling passion,” and RT Bookreviews calls her “a grand mistress of the action/adventure subgenre.” She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston’s inner city. Now she writes full time. She’s happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers, so send her an email or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.

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3 responses to “Earls Just Want to Have Fun by Shana Galen [Book Review]

  1. I had mixed feelings about this, and about Marlowe. She wasn't so endearing to me. I've gotten picky with my HR heroes and heroines from reading so much from the genre!

  2. redizabzh

    It looks like quite a fun read, I'm adding it to my list, thanks ! The title had already caught my eye and filled my head with that Cyndi Lauper song, lol 😉