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Earls Just Want to Have Fun

(Covent Garden Cubs #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  2,349 ratings  ·  395 reviews

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-

Paperback, 363 pages
Published February 3rd 2015 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
11/2/15: Free on Amazon!

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4 Stars!

I am always looking for something a little bit different. That can sometimes be a little hard to find for somebody who reads as many books as I do. This book gave me exactly the unexpected element that I look for in a book. I used to read a lot of historical romances but moved to other genres when I found most of them to be overly predictable. Shana Galen has created
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Highly, highly improbable Regency sex romp about a 20 year old woman who was kidnapped by a London street gang as a 5 year old and forced to learn to pick pockets, run scams, etc. An investigator finds her fifteen years later and kidnaps her back, after determining that she's the long-lost daughter of a lord. Elizabeth (now "Marlowe") has forgotten her past and fights tooth and nail, swearing like gutter scum. The investigator inexplicably dumps Marlowe on his brother, the earl, while he goes of ...more
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
Nov 02, 2015 marked it as own-need-to-read
KINDLE FREEBIE as of 11/2/15:


Marlowe runs with the Covent Garden Cubs, a gang of thieves living in the slums of London's Seven Dials. But there was a time she went by a different name and when a private investigator thinks that she may be the missing daughter of a lord and lady, she is introduced to the spectacle of Society.

Maxwell, Lord Dane, is intrigued when his brother ropes him into his investigation of the fiercely beautiful hellion who is believed to be the los
Sammy Loves Books
Adorable story!!



Lady Elizabeth was kidnapped at the age of 5 and raised as a thief on the streets. She was given a new name and forced to commit crimes in order to eat. Fifteen years later, Marlowe is detained by an investigator and told she is the missing Lady Elizabeth.

I absolutely enjoyed this story. The hero almost let me down in the end, but his brother talked some since into him and he came through like a champ!!
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B+ at AAR, so 4.5 stars.

Shana Galen’s new Covent Garden Cubs series gets off to a terrific start with Earls Just Want to Have Fun which is – fortunately – a book with much more emotional depth than it’s overly cutesy title would seem to suggest.

The story is, at first glance, a simple cross-class romance with a bit of Pygmalion thrown in as her Eliza – Marlowe, a thief from Seven Dials – gets to see how the other half lives when she is abducted from the streets by an invest
Jacqueline's Reads
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

I love finding a new Historical Author. Based on the reviews I wouldn’t have picked up this book, but it was one of the few that was available from the library and I figured why not?

I’m so glad I took a chance on Earls Just Want to Have fun. The title is ridiculous and has NOTHING to do with the book (I will admit I was VERY hesitant in starting this b/c of the title). The Earl is actually a stand-up guy and does the right thing. He’s hardly a player, but it’s a good thing.

Also, I’m not
Lover of Romance
Marlowe, has always been a thief and housebreaker, and has always tried to prove herself as one of the “boys”. But there is a part of her life she doesn’t remember, when she was young and her name was Elizabeth, a life that is no longer hers. But during a housebreaking mission, she is taken against her will and placed in the hands of Maxwell, Lord Dane. Maxwell is furious at his brother for putting a scrawny and ill-mannered chit in his hands to take care of. That is the last thing that he needs ...more
Liz F
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley.

Should I be embarrassed that I love historical romance and I've never read Shana Galen before? I mean, she's got 20 or so books published so she's got to be popular. Oh well. I've read just about every single book that Lisa Kleypas has written (historical AND contemporary) but I've never read Julie Garwood. Go figure. But now that I've read Shana Galen... oh man, I'm never looking back!

Marlowe, the heroine, was awesome! Now that's NOT to say th
Vikki Vaught
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic start for Shana Galen’s new Covent Garden Cubs series. Earls Just Want to Have Fun is as dynamic and brilliant as her other stories have been. Ms. Galen is one my favorite authors and I don’t even have to read the blurb before I download her books. I am fortunate enough to have the honor of reading this book in advance of publication through Net Galley.

I adored the start of this book. It grabbed me and had me hooked from the first page. It starts out with Marlowe as a young fiv
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review.

I struggled with how to review this book. I’ve struggled on twitter, and struggled in messages to friends, because there are things about this book that just do not click for me. I’ve spent several weeks knee deep in contemporary, and futuristic erotica, so this was a bit like jumping into a pool of ice water. For me, Galen relies far too much on lower class/thief slang for Marlowe. If I had to see the word “bubbies” one more time after the first 25
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Beanbag Love
Mar 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Maybe a little over three stars. One of my friends just posted a "want-to-read" for this one and I remembered I'd recently read it but couldn't remember a thing about it. I had to go to the description. Not an enthusiastic endorsement.

But for the price (free) it was diverting for the time I read it. Not bad at all, just didn't knock my socks off.

It's a rather ridiculous and overused trope. The girl who has ended up in a kids' gang in the slums of London. She poses as a boy for the most part to d
Juliette Cross
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
REREAD: July 2019--Just as fabulous as the first read. Historical romance at its best.

Wonderful! Witty, sexy, and full of heart. Unputdownable. Shana Galen is one of my top fave historical romance authors now.
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Dane is such a stuffed up, self-important earl, that he seriously makes the BEST hero to Marlowe, a common thief. Except there’s nothing really common about her at all.

Marlowe is found by Sir Brook (an inspector-one who specializes in finding missing persons) and while she makes off with his money, he leaves her with a name- Lady Elizabeth. No one knows that Marlowe has a fantasy where a nice woman sings her a lullaby and calls her Elizabeth. No one. Thrown off he
Duchess Nicole
Nov 08, 2015 marked it as to-read
Free on Amazon as of 11-8-15. First in series.
Angie Elle
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Thank you to SOURCEBOOKS CASABLANCA and Netgalley for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Sing it with me while bobbing your head from side to side…Earls Just Want to Have Fu-un! I really enjoyed this first full-length installment of the Covent Garden Cubs series. The premise is reminiscent of Lorraine Heath’s Scoundrels of St. James series, which was a huge hit for me, so I’m really excited to see what Shana Galen has in store!

This book kicks off the same way the n
Sara Reads (mostly) LOTS of Romance
4 Improbable Stars

Was this super unrealistic?
Did the hero and heroine fall in love in the span of 2 days?
Did I care?
Hell nah

Because it was cute, well written and simple with minimal drama! My kind of lighthearted romance
Feb 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Another funny, quirky romance from Galen, featuring the transformation of a lowly thief into lady of nobility.

Marlowe is a thief, and has been as long as she can remember. But, it turns out she just might be the long-lost daughter of nobility, Lady Elizabeth. Which she learns when she is kidnapped off the street by Sir Brook and his reluctant brother, Lord Dane, an Earl who does not see the lower orders in a favourable light. Poor people are just lazy after all. Lord Dane beliefs are entrenched
I keep asking myself I liked this book and frankly, I don't even know. It was a nice change from most of the HRs I've been reading, even if it was wildly unrealistic. I loved the heroine, but the hero was pretty awful. It was a really interesting plot but I'm not sure it was handled that well. So, final verdict?

Plot: This is basically a mash-up of My Fair Lady and Cinderella. If Cinderella's prince was actually an elitist prig of an earl with a stick up his ass and Eliza was a woman named Marl
Entertaining. This is a typical class separation story. The story was prety good, and I liked that the author slowly depicted the changes the characters go through. The antagonists are well developed and have sincere motives. I adore Gideon.

What I didn't care for? the repeated use of the words "noodle" and "bubbies" it truly made me cringe every time I read them. I also noticed inconsistancies with the charater Marlowe. Apparently she always carries lockpicks, but yet struggles to locate the key
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing

This was such of fun and yet emotional read. This book had it all; chemistry, romance, sexual tension, action and heartwarming too. Good pacing and well done story line. We need more historical romances like this.

Dane/Max what an incredible hero!!! He appeared somewhat proper but what he really needed was just the right women to loosen him up. He was a well-rounded hero; white knight, sweet, hot, tender and a gentlemen. Can you tell I am in love with this guy? Marlowe/Elizabeth was a feisty and
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A 5 year old Elizabeth is kidnapped. 15 years later a Bow Street runner believes he has located her. After the runner Brooks and his brother Maxwell, Lord of Dane obtain the street urchin Marlowe ( possibly Lady Elizabeth). They take her to their home and send for her parents to confirm her identity.

Marlowe has had it very rough living as a thief on the streets of London. She has an often hilarious adjustment period at the Earl's home. She doesn't fare well in such a rich environment.

Marlowe a
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A surprising 4.5 stars. One of those that initially didn't appeal but was recommended so I gave it a go. Pygmalion come Oliver Twist and very well written also an excellent, thoughtful storyline. The silly title really doesn't describe the content; in fact it has little relevance. My first Shana Galen but definitely not my last.
Susan (susayq ~)
Fun Read

3.5 stars

While I really enjoyed this, the slang Marlowe used just about killed me. I am guessing it was appropriate for the time as it wasn't modern, but it was words I had never been introduced to. And they were used a lot.

As for the story, I liked it. I am curious how the next book will play out.
Susan Gorman
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved Earls Just Want To Have Fun, the first book in Shana Galen's new Covent Garden Cub series! The novel has all of the elements of a regency romance that are important to me; memorable characters, great dialogue and a believable storyline Ms. Galen is well known for writing fast paced adventure novels with glamorous heroines, dashing heroes and nasty villains. Earl's Just Want to Have Fun includes the author's trademark writing style plus a new element. The book touches upon society's view ...more
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Historical Fiction aren't really my thing, but this one is forcing me to reconsider.. This is a very solid romance novel.. It has everything I like about a romance but set in a historical setting.

Marlowe lives as part of the Covent Garden Cubs gang. As the summary explains, she is a thief and a vulgar creature. One day she meets a stranger who calls her by a name that picks at this wisps of memories of a long forgotten life. Some days later, she is captured by a man and delivered to the The Lord
I've given this a B+ for both narration and content at AudioGals, so that's 4.5 stars

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 a
Nicole Laverdure
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Charming and refreshing!
Beautiful debut for Shana Galen's new book EARLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN! I really enjoyed the first story in the Covent Garden Cubs series. Her characters were charming and fun to follow. Marlowe is a pickpocket who runs with the Covent Garden Cubs, a gang of thieves living in the slums of London’s Seven Dials. Let's start at the beginning, she was abducted at the age of 5 and her disappearing remained a complete mystery until she is recognized by Maxwell, Lord Dane's brot
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was so good I could not stop reading. I laughed out loud so many times my husband asked me what I was reading. Marlowe grew up as a thief, stealing to get by. Dane is a proper earl who spends his time being boring and proper. Then Dane is put in charge of Marlowe while his brother tries to prove that she is Lady Elizabeth. Dane's first impressions of her are hilarious but the butler's reactions alone were enough to keep me laughing. There is the mystery of Marlowe's true identity, the leade ...more
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Shana Galen is three-time Rita award nominee and the bestselling author of fast-paced, witty, and adventurous Regency romances. Kirkus says of her books, "The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun," and RT Bookreviews calls her books “lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching." She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven year ...more

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