Earls Just Want to Have Fun
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-...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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!! ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Was this super unrealistic?
Did the hero and heroine fall in love in the span of 2 days?
Did I care?
Because it was cute, well written and simple with minimal drama! My kind of lighthearted romance
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more