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The Companion's Secret

(Rogues and Rebels #1)

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In this tempestuous new series, rebellious hearts prove hard to tame—but can England’s most dangerous rake be captured by a wild Irish rose?

They call him Lord Ash, for his desires burn hot and leave devastation in their wake. But Gabriel Finch, Marquess of Ashborough, knows the fortune he’s made at the card table won’t be enough to save his family estate. For that he need
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Kindle Edition, 230 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Lyrical Press
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OLT
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
(4.5 stars) I'm rounding up to 5 stars for this book. IMO, it's worth it for meeting my criteria for really good historical romance. (1) My HR reads have to be well written. I dislike grammar and spelling mistakes and over-the-top anachronistic language and behavior and I love intelligent writing that flows and pleases. (2) My HR reads also have to have complex, complicated, very real and well-developed characters. (3) The romance of the story has to develop organically and realistically, but st ...more
Jultri
Nov 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Susanna Craig's writing appeals to me, but unfortunately the plot meandered a bit and I just got bored. I never understood why the hero turned rakish and felt that he should live up to his evil reputation and why he had a large chip on his shoulder against society. He was brought up by a loving uncle after his father passed away. He knew, he had saved his father's reputation by taking the blame for his death, so why should he spend his life punishing himself and feeding society's ill impression ...more
Caitlyn Lynch
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Miss Camellia Burke is a poor cousin sent to live with her wealthy aunt and cousin as an (unpaid) companion. That’s about the only thing she has in common with Fanny Price, though, so don’t go thinking this is anything like Mansfield Park.

Daughter of an Irish solicitor, disgraced by a long-ago mistake and possessed of a sharp tongue and decided opinions, Cami is a fabulous heroine. Secretly working on a novel expressly designed to get the English to understand the perspective of the Irish (in t
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HR-ML
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: revenge-trope
London 1798. I read this after reading OLT's review.

Gabriel (a marquess) cultivated a persona of heartlessness.
Nasty rumors spread RE the circumstances of the death of
Gabe's sire. His good-hearted best friend Fox studied for the
church. Camellia (1/2 Irish heritage) served as companion
to her aunt Lady Merrick, a countess. Gabe wanted revenge
on Lord Merrick so he courted his sweet, beautiful, dull dtr
Felicia. Gabe & Felicia knew they did not suit. Felicia later
felt an attraction for someone el
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
The Companion's Secret by Susanna Craig is book One in the Rogues and Rebels series. This is the story of Gabriel Finch, Marquess of Ashborough and Camellia Burke.
This was such a great romance. Gabriel has a bad reputation and in moving forward thinks to marry after he hears of his cousins plans. Gabriel has found the perfect women to help him with the his money issue and his reputation. But Gabriel can't seem to keep from looking toward Cami the cousin of his perfect possible wife. Cami is wor
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Marissa
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Lyrical Press for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.

Susanna Craig was an unfamiliar name to me when I started this book but now she's an author I'm excited to keep reading. I loved this book because its elements are a welcome departure from your run-of-the-mill historical romance. A bespectacled author heroine involved in the Irish rebellion? Yes please! I'm eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.
Romancebooksandmore
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
I won this book in a good reads giveaway for a fair and honest review.

Cami the lowly spinster cousin who lives in Ireland and comes to England to live with her Noble Uncle and aunt the Earl and Countess.

Ash the Marquess who has a past he can’t out run so he plays into it. All the haunting ghost but now he must marry to save his title from his uncle an cousin. He plans to marry Cami’s cousin Felicity only he can’t keep his eyes or mind away from Cami.

Cami just want independence and no
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Suze Lavender
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gabriel is a lord with a terrible reputation. He's the Marquess of Ashborough and many people fear him. He's rich, handsome and much disliked. Someone is after what he has and he needs to take action before he'll lose it all. What he requires to save his name and his estate is a devout wife. Lady Felicity seems to be the ideal candidate. She's lovely and well mannered, she has a flawless reputation and her father needs money, so getting a lucrative offer from Gabriel would be well received. Howe ...more
Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
This is book one in the new “Rogues and Rebels” series from Susanna Craig, and my goodness me, it’s going to be a scorcher of a series going by this first installment. It is an exciting, fast paced story an highly enjoyable a thrilling romp through a dangerous time.

Camellia Burke has left her Irish home and gone to live with her aunt in London to take on the role as companion, unbeknown to everyone she isn’t just a spare relative who is taken in to become what is little more than a servant; she
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Cathy Geha
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Companion’s Secret by Susanna Craig
Rogues & Rebels #1

Oh my…my…oh my…what a story this one was! Complex characters, historical references, expectations to be met, secrets to unravel and romances to observe as families dealt with issues that impacted their lives in more than one way…that there were happy endings for Camellia and her cousin Felicity was the icing on the cake.

Gabriel Finch, Marquess of Ashborough - or Ash for short - has a reputation that has put him outside society’s boundarie
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Liana
The Companion's Secret, book one in Susanna Craig's Rogues and Rebels series, is one of my favorite reads of 2018 and the year is only halfway done! It features an Irish author heroine in need of inspiration for her villain, and a debauched marquess, Lord Ashborough (dubbed Lord Ash because everything he touches turns to ash) who's in search of a gently-bred, well-connected wife. When Gabriel set his sights on Cami's cousin, their forced proximity sets the pages on fire! It was a delight to read ...more
Ash
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
3.25 stars
Grade: rounded up to a B-
Amy Hay
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Companion's Secret deftly spins the tale of Camellia Burke and Gabriel Finch, the Marquess of Ashborough, better known as Lord Ash. Part of a large Irish family, Cami comes to London to advance her career as a writer. When her editor demands a more dastardly villian, Cami convinces herself she can take care of her cousin and better flesh out her novel's nemesis at the same time. She does not count on falling in love with the damaged Lord Ash. While their love story anchors the novel, Craig d ...more
Nicole
Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I received this book from net galley for an honest review. Thank you!!

This novel was a nice read. It brings together a stubborn and independent woman and a man who is considered a rake, gambler, and to some a murder. Gabriel Finch, Marquess of Ashborough, wants to save his estate. He collects a debt at a card game and blackmails an introduction, where he will eventually propose marriage to the young lady. He is not accepted by polite society after many rumors have been spread by his uncle, who h
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kate
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I won, I won

Ok it's not the first book I've won from goodreads but it's always a kick. However I will admit that if I don't like the book I win (under 3 stars) I don't leave a review. Seems rude to criticize a gift. Even though you're supposed to.

However no problem with this book. For me it was 5 stars. Liked the hero. The heroine. The family . The servant. The best friend. The dogs. Most of all liked the story. No problem giving it 5 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Looking forward to the next
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Krystal
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it
On the whole, I enjoyed this story. I enjoyed the way the author was able to weave together true historical events (the uprising in Ireland) with a completely fictional tale - and manage to weave another fictional tale (the book Cami was working on) into it as well.

Where I feel this book missed the mark a bit is the areas in which things felt rushed. I would have loved to have seen more of Cami's family - it seemed as though they were introduced, and then they were gone again before we really g
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Tracy Emro
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 stars

Gabriel Finch, Marquess of Ashborough aka Lord Ash, has a reputation of destroying everything he touches, he is a gambler, an unrepentant rake and possibly a murderer. When he overhears his cousin using Gabriel's estate as collateral for a wager, he makes a decision. He will marry, have an heir and make sure his cousin never inherits. Problem is, he is not exactly welcomed in good society and finding a bride the traditional way might prove impossible. But not to worry, blackmail and
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Rose Blue
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars as reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-L1

When Gabriel Finch, Marquess Ashborough, overhears his cousin and heir, bragging at a gaming hell about his anticipated future fortune, Ash knows it's time to make some changes in his life. He needs to marry and produce an heir, but his own reputation is so black that no society lady will welcome his suit. Ash manages to buy up all the gaming vowels of a young lord about to be ruined, and offers them to the young man's father in exc
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Elodie
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was an awesome discovery, the author immersed myself in her world full of secrets, plots and betrayals.
Lord Ash or Gabriel appears at first as the usual rogue, gambling, drinking and whoring until he has to change his ways to save his own estate from falling to his uncle and cousin’s hands. Then the more I get to know him, the more I loved him, he is so far from the dark dissolute he lets everyone thinks he is.
He is the one who has quite a secret, and more than one.
Camellia was also a
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Janet
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gabriel Finch, Marquis of Ashborough, is known as Lord Ash, for his desires burn hot and leave devastation in their wake. Overhearing a cousin trying to wager his principal estate makes Ash realise he needs to marry & have an heir to make sure his uncle Sebastian can’t inherit. He sets his eye on Lady Felicity. Camellia Burke came to London as her aunt’s companion, and she’s brought a secret with her: she’s written a scandalous novel. Now, her publisher demands that she make her fictional villai ...more
Suzannah
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Companion’s Secret by Susanna Craig is book one in the Rogues & Rebels Novels. I enjoyed this book. It has a bit of a slow build, but once the ball begins to roll there is no stopping it. I literally read it in one day - staying up late into the night because I couldn’t put it down.
Gabriel Finch, Marquess of Ashborough is the perfect tortured hero. He is plagued by a tragic history and carries the blame for another’s death. The heroine Camellia Burke is a spinster and her aunt’s companion. M
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SH
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have loved every book of Susanna Craig, and ‘The Companion’s Secret’ has now topped that list. Camellia Burke, is acting as her aunt’s companion whilst trying to publish a fictional novel, highlighting the plight of the Irish. When her publisher requests that she undertake a rewrite of her novel, she decides to find her inspiration in the Marquess of Ashborough, Gabriel Finch, who is courting her cousin, Felicity. Lord Ash, as he is commonly called, has forced the hand of Felicity’s father in ...more
Mclaudia
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beautifully done if a little formulaic in its brooding hero with a heart of gold premise. Nice chemistry between hero and heroine, and I enjoyed reading the bits of Ireland's history in there, since you don't see it that often. Should probably round it up to 5 stars, and looking forward to Erica's story.
Cat
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I received a copy of this in a Goodreads giveaway and it has not affected my review.

I enjoyed this historical romance with complex characters. I don't think I've ever read an Irish historical before! This book features an Irish heroine living with English relatives and writing an allegory in hopes of bringing attention to the Irish people, their culture and their politics (the author's note has some cool historical notes, her heroine was actually based on a real-life figure). Her publisher says
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Pj Ausdenmore
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoy a good plot-driven romance in the books I read but what really pulls me in and holds me are the characters. Give me complex characters who engage my interest and my emotions and I'll keep coming back for more. That's a key reason why I've been a fan of Susanna Craig's stories since reading her debut, To Kiss a Thief, two years ago. In The Companion's Secret, Craig has crafted a hero and heroine in Gabriel and Camellia who captured my interest immediately and held it throughout their stor ...more
Louise van roekel
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I received this novel via Netgalley and enjoyed it. The story is a bit different from your run of the mill historical romance as next to the romance it gives us a little bit of history about the Irish uprising. Camilla is a strong heroine who is writing a novel and trying to gain her independence through publishing the novel. The hero Gabriel has never been loved and thinks he is not deserving love and wants to settle for an arranged marriage with Camilla's cousin Felicity. Garbiel's reputation ...more
Alice
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book by Susanna Craig that I've read. I found the book to be very well written and enjoyable. The Companion's Secret was gifted to me through a Goodreads giveaway.

The companion had at least three secrets. She's writing a book no one knows about. She's fallen
in love with Lord Ashborough. Her Irish brothers are involved in the Irish uprising. Lord Ashborough is known as Lord Ash for leaving cinders behind in all that he does. He has a secret, too. And he believes everyone he love
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Pamela Flowers  Jolly
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What makes a book truly good? What about a book makes me awaken early and remember how much I want to finish the story I reluctantly didn’t finish the night before? Whatever it is, this story had it. A mysteriously woven rake, with a sad childhood and bad reputation? A bespectacled but intriguing spinster who writes novels? A passion that can’t be denied? These are present in many stories, but few grab my interest from the very first pages, and this one certainly did. There is a formula to roman ...more
Kel K.
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received this book for an honest review.

The companion's secret is about Camillia Burke, an Irish women who comes to live with her aunt. While there she starts to fall in love with Lord Ash who is destined to be her cousins husband. During their encounters they become infatuated with each other and fight against their growing attraction. I liked Camillia's character. She was content with who she was and was passionate about her writing for a book she tries to get published. I did feel like ther
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Rebekka
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a little slow to start, but it picked up pretty quickly. The ending fell short in my opinion. The books going great and then boom all done. It feels like there isn't much of a pretty bow on top closing for Gabriel and Camilla. Other than that its a great book!

This book was received through a Goodreads giveaway.
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