Series: Covent Garden Cubs #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on July 7th 2015
Genres: Historical, Romance
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.Contains mature themes.
The title Earls Just Want to Have Fun grabbed my attention when it came up as a read for book club – and it turned out to be a really fun book!
I think what I liked most about Earls Just Want to Have Fun was the female main character – Marlowe. She’s not your typical historical romance heroine – she’s not a prim young lady, a secretly scandalous lady, or an experienced widow… She’s a common thief, a pickpocket. She was kidnapped from her life as Lady Elizabeth as a child – a past she doesn’t remember and knows nothing about. So when she gets pulled back into that world, she goes kicking, screaming and biting. Literally. She was hilarious!
And then there’s Dane. He’s a lord, sits on parliament and has no compassion for the poor of England – until Marlowe is hurled into his life. I loved watching her unsettle his assumptions, as much as I loved seeing her devour a meal.
I don’t have a reason for why this isn’t a five star read for me – it just didn’t always hold my attention, as much as I did enjoy it. I wish I had listened to it, as I think it would have been a real treat to hear a good narrator saying things like “bubbies”. It made me laugh and I enjoyed the use of vernacular and slang, but I think I would have enjoyed it even more in audio.
A really enjoyable historical romance, a bit off the beaten path – I recommend Earls Just Want to Have Fun for a fun read.Berls had fun with Earls Just Want to Have Fun. 4/5 stars! Click To Tweet