Monday, 21 September 2015
Review: The Rogue You Know (Covent Garden Cubs)
Author: Shana Galen
Original Title: The Rogue You Know
Release Year: September 2015
Literary Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: England, Regency
Series: 2nd of Covent Garden Cubs
Vote: 9 1/2
Funny, thrilling and so passionate and sweet (not canonically so maybe, but sweet all the same).
Predictably I fell in love with Gideon in the previous novel in the series; and I was quite attracted to Susanna's character as well. Therefore my expectation was high.
I'm happy to confirm it has been met.
When you have one of the protagonist who apparently is/was in love with someone else, the situation is already slightly perilous...but Shana Galen did a great job here, she managed to balance the emotions, the previous and the new ones, very well, and the result is very satisfying; the love between the hero and heroine feels very genuine and everything falls in the right place.
I loved several things in this romance, apart from the characters, which in turn are perfectly portrayed. Gideon isn't what I'd expected, he's actually very ironic and cheerful, despite the struggles and despite what it would be expected from a character with his background; the parts were he is running from someone, and there are several, are very entertaining, fast and funny.
I found very smart the idea to keep Susanna very ladylike despite all the difficult vicissitudes; especially for the first half of the romance she's very "delicate" and she struggles with the life in the darker and poorer side of London, she doesn't complain, but her inner thoughts are adorable; she's strong willed, even stubborn, proud and courageous therefore she never really expresses her discomfort although she finds herself in unthinkable situations; she affronts them with admirable aplomb.
Clearly her character, background and manners look even more refined when compared with Gideon's. And I adored this aspect immensely. They are really like day and night, light and darkness; the dichotomy is so strong to be harmonious.
The chemistry between them is highly engaging, I appreciated that the author decided not to contain too much the passion, they feel a strong attraction towards each other and they don't try to fight or contain it to exhaustion. There is this aura of carefreeness between them and about them, which seems strange considering the situations they are in. An example of what I'm talking about is the "pub scene", which is like a dream, I loved it; it's one of the best thing I've ever read in a romance.
Concluding, although Gideon and Susanna are the undisputed protagonists, it's worth to be mentioned the relationship between Susanna and her mother, lady Dane. I was glad for the developments they managed to make.
I enjoyed lady Dane's personal story, it's very sweet and heartwarming; the mother-daughter bond is strong, deep, touching but also complicated. Susanna is not precious to her only because she's her daughter but also because, secretly, she is part and result of the love of her life; Susanna is the most valuable jewel her beloved lover has given her. And for this reason she protects it dearly and possessively.