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Stealing the Rogue's Heart

(The Rookery Rogues #4)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  242 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Scoundrels, thieves and rebels inhabit the rookeries--where the women are fierce and the men are dangerous.


Beautiful, innocent Mina Mason has led a sheltered life as the sister to the most notorious crime lord in England. Her family's wealth and expectations keep her in a gilded cage, never able to act on her true desires. Like kissing --
Kindle Edition, 167 pages
Published January 24th 2017 by Quillfire Publishing
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Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of the things that long-time readers of historical romance frequently discuss is the fact that the genre is awash in heroes and heroines from the aristocracy and that we’d really like to see more historicals featuring lower and middle class characters. I think anyone who has been around romancelandia for any length of time will be able to hazard a guess as to the reason for all-the-noblemen-all-the-time; in a nutshell – dukes sell and publishers are reluctant to take a chance on books that d ...more
2.5 stars

This is the fourth in the series. I have not read any other books in this series but I found it was somewhat easy to read as a standalone. It was just a mediocre book. Lack of connection to the characters made me really not caring what happened. But mostly, it wasn't any part of the hero or heroine actually doing anything that lead to the ending. Mostly half decisions and other people helping that moved the story to a conclusion. Seriously, Charlie and Mina are clueless people who could
This didnt work for me. Too many characters thrown into the pot with little chance to get to know them.

But its the cover that really bugs me. Am I the only one who - at first glance -sees a VERY short-bodied man who has one leg (naked) hanging out of the bed while his other leg is bent beneath him, as if he is sitting on it??

Its was only on much closer inspection that I realised the leg belonged to the woman. ;)

One of the worst covers I've seen for clarity and 'fitness' for the novel - but it
Apr 28, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Two street gangs, both alike in villainy,
In filthy London where we lay our scene.
From old rivalries to a fragile peace,
Torn asunder fighting for a girl’s esteem.

There is nothing like a romance between star-crossed lovers. The conflicts seem insurmountable but the emotions are almost as large to keep characters fighting for their relationship. In Stealing the Rogue’s Heart, Erica Monroe borrows a little from Romeo and Juliet to set the stage for her tale of love ripped apart by the brutality of t
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
SCORE! Erica Monroe delivers another wonderful Regency- and there isn't a single member of royalty or the ton in the story! Her writing brings readers into a side of London's Regency era that few offer.

It is as if Romeo and Juliet are reborn - this time as family members of two warring gangs of London. Childhood friends- they depend on the friendship of the other to help sustain them through the unpleasantness of their existence.

Both sides share a truce, a precarious peace, until violence erup
Marcie Brown
Infinite internal self loathing

The book was just okay for me. There was so much internal self loathing that if you took a good 80% of it you could cut the book in half. The romance was minimal almost nonexistent. The romance took about two pages from both times.
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Erica brings us to the other side of town, where the real story happens. Gritty and dirty but just as much passion and love. Mina and Charlie grew up in rival gangs but also best friends. Two best friends who do not realize what they mean to each other until it is almost too late. As two rival gangs fight for what they think is theirs, Mina and Charlie must battle on their path to HEA.
Stealing the Rogue's Heart (The Rookery Rogues #4) by Erica Monroe is one of those WOW, Pre-Victorian Historical Romance, set against the backdrop of London's working class. While, Book 4 of 4 in the famous "The Rookery Rogues" series, it can be read as a stand alone, with re-appearances from characters in the previous books.

This story captured my heart, in the first chapter and I held on tight throughout, as I read Mina and Charlie's story. Mina Mason, has led a sheltered life as the youngest
Tracy Emro
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC I received from NetGalley and the publisher*

This is not your typical historical romance, this story is dark, at times depressing, violent and well just plain awesome!

Mina Mason is the sister of the crime lord, Joaquin, leader of the Kings gang. Charlie is Mina's love and a member of a rival gang, the Chapmans. I was expecting a Romeo and Juliet type story with a happy ending - but what I really got was a story of love conquering all.

The Kings and th
Cathy Geha
Jan 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Stealing the Rogue’s Heart by Erica Monroe
The Rookery Rogues Series #4

Quick easy read of a romance set in the rookeries of England in 1833. Mina is the wealthy sister of two brothers running one of three gangs in the city. At 19 Mina seems naïve with little knowledge of where the family money is coming from. When her older brother decides to marry her to someone old that will further their business she makes the decision to nix that idea, convince the man she loves in a rival gang to marry her a
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sorry that I did not waste my time with rewriting my reviews for each book. The summation for When a Rogue Falls applies to all the books. Just dig through for this book’s review.
When a Rogue Falls - This collection consists of the previously published stories from nine authors. All are new to me, except for Aubrey Wynne; her book is the reason why I chose this collection. Although I have a couple of collections with these authors’ books, I never was interested in reading their books. The revie
Meghan Lloyd
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
A pleasant, quick read with lots of action! All the feels of Romeo and Juliet without the death, which is good, because I always thought Shakespeare really messed up the ending.

Mina Mason is the younger sister of Joaquin Mason, the leader of the Mason gang and the enemy of the rival Chapman gang. Charlie Thatcher is the adopted son of the leader of the Chapman gang, though his future there becomes rocky when his love for Mina is brought into the light. After a bloody brawl which leaves his loyal
Angel Hatfield
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mina has a privileged upbringing because her brother Joaquin/Quinn is the leader of the Kings one of the three gangs operating in East London. She had been sheltered from the nastier parts of her brother’s business. Then Mina feels the bars she lives behind are their own cage to a young woman at nineteen. One time a week for the last four years Mina has been allowed to spend a couple of hours on a Friday night at The Three Boars Pub. Charlie is her childhood friend and works at the pub as a bart ...more
Lightning review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

Stealing the Rogue’s Heart is the fourth book in the Rookery Rogues series. I loved the first book in the series, A Dangerous Invitation super hard. The series is set in London’s East End and follows the lives of people who—gasp!—are not in the aristocracy. I so want more historicals that don’t follow only the upper classes. You don’t have to read the series in order, but a lot of the characters from previous books make cameos so it’s fun to have th
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enticingly gritty and emotionally ensnaring!

Everytime I read this it instantly transports me to the cruel drudgery and hardships of the rookeries, it never gets stale where every emotion is just as potent, stomach churningly touching and captivating as if it was the first time I read it.  The characters and setting seem to jump off the page and consume you; sucking you in and ensnaring your attention; helped along by some expressive East End cant, well written dialogue, vivid imagery and the hea
Short & Sweet!
I love childhood friendship turning into adult love! It is one of my favorite themes. Of all the Rookery Rouges books this one is probably the fluffiest (though still dark). It was a nice little reprieve from the gravity of the previous books. Writing about life in the pre-Victorian slums is a great idea, but binge reading this series can leave you a little gloomy. I enjoyed Charlie & Mina’s romance, it had just the right amount of angst and just the right amount of sweetness. I c
Lenna  Wright-Berry
Great story

Has the Romeo and Juliet feel. Mina’s oldest brother is the head of the King Gang, rich men that steal by other means, while Charlie is just a pawn member in the Chapman Gang full of pickpocketing and thieves. Charlie and Mina knew each other before the Gangs too over their lives, Mina saved a cold hungry little boy who she found on the steps of one of her father’s gambling dens, and they been in each other’s life since even when their family/gang despised their friendship. Things ar
Mar 08, 2021 marked it as never-ever-never  ·  review of another edition
Just no. I made it thru the first scene/few chapters.

First of all, the story starts off with both the hero and heroine are already infatuated with each other. Where is the fun in that? In a romance, I like to watch the H/h fall in love with each other.

Secondly, the heroine struck me as an idiot for wanting to hang at a bar every Friday night (that's owned and inhabited by rival gang members) and sip on alcohol and NOT expect to be harassed by drunken patrons. In modern times, yes, females frequ
Jan 23, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was a standard pre-Victorian romance between Mina, the sister of the leader of one of the leading gangs the Kings, and Charlie, a member of the rival Chapman gang. What was unique about this story was that it doesn't involve the nobility, but everyday people. The book shows that class differences didn't just exist between the nobility and the common people, but between all levels. The one thing that I wish was expanded upon was Mina and Charlie's history. I really like friends-to-lover ...more
Sissy's Romance Book Review
'Stealing the Rogue's Heart' by Erica Monroe is book Four in the "The Rookery Rogues"series. This is the story of Mina Mason and Charlie Thatcher. Mina and Charlie were childhood friends and they are both very protective of each other. In addition they are from rival gang but that hasn't stopped their friendship. Mina has overall been protected and kept innocent of their dealings. But now her brothers are going to marry her off to a man older than her father. Her brothers have made a stand again ...more
Deb Diem
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stealing the Rogue's Heart is not my favorite book by Erica Monroe, but is still a good read. Ms. Monroe has given readers a well-written book. Mina is being forced into a marriage she doesn't want by her brother, leader of the King gang. Charlie is a cog in the wheel of rival gang, Chapman Street Thieves. Charlie and Mina have been friends since childhood and love each other. Their story is loaded with drama, action, humor, spice and suspense. I enjoyed reading Stealing The Rogue's Heart and lo ...more
Candace N
The fact that this story is full of gangs and grit, rather than nobility  makes this book unique and stand out. It was different and I liked that about this book. The story was pretty easy to follow and most of the characters were interesting. I wouldn't say I was completely captivated by the story but it was a solid read. ...more
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really interesting story - hooked me from the beginning and I was anxious to see how hero and heroine would resolve their predicament. Received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Sandra Tomas
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two Hearts, intwined!💞

This book was a refreshing read for me! I loved Mina and Charlie,he faught for her, she faught for him,
They faught for there love against
The odds .I recommend this book too anyone,who loves alittle dangerous Passion.
Thank you!💞
Sally Hannoush
Childhood friends to more

This is the fourth book in the series. I enjoyed the story and read it in one sitting. I liked the characters and the dark side of London. The ending is wonderful.
Pat Christie
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

She’s the sister of a criminal gang, she’s in love with a member of a rival gang. Her brothers are going to marry her off as a business deal, she’s not having it. Fights ensue but one brother helps them get away.
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Wonderful historical descriptions, artfully explained in story form. The ending came up too fast for me and I wish there was more explanation for the hasty ending. Nicely written and researched, thank you for writing this book.
Ann Gonzalez
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was a good book that took place in the bad parts of London instead of the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair. I enjoyed the book, but now I want to read Jane and Chris's story.
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm always a sucker for a childhood sweetheart kind of romance and when it is set in the past? Even better so I enjoyed this one quite a bit. It was just what I needed at the moment. ...more
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USA Today Bestselling Author Erica Monroe writes dark, gritty historical romance. Her current series include Gothic Brides (Regency Gothics), The Rookery Rogues (pre-Victorian gritty working class romance), and Covert Heiresses (Regency spies who are the children of a duke). She was a finalist in the published historical category for the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Romant ...more

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The Rookery Rogues (4 books)
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