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Rejecting the Rogue

(The Restitution League #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  244 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Thieves make the best rogues. And the worst heartbreakers.

Philomena Sweet, Victorian London's finest safecracker, knows it better than most. The worst rogue of them all, dashing jewel thief Spencer Crane, smashed hers long ago. And now he's back, fleeing danger from their past. Danger he won't survive without her help.

She'd love to refuse. She'd kill to stab him with her p
Kindle Edition, 382 pages
Published December 15th 2017
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Blushing Reader
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a great story and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series!
This started out so well for me. Then we meet the putative hero.
Hmm... he was weak. he was selfish, not especially smart and had little or no moral compass. The heroine had it all over him. what she saw in him apart from a strong sexual attraction was anybody's guess.
The book was too long for me. There was way too much detail, and events kept repeating themselves, as the characters consistently stuffed up their attempts to fix their problems. Each time that happened, I was like

The hero, Spencer,
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed @ Thoughts By Tash
Review copy kindly provided by the author in exchange for a honest review
It’s hard to describe this well put together historical romance. It has a bit of everything and whilst the basis of this book is a second chance romance. There is much more to this story then another romance and in the process of this story, the romance becomes part of the natural course . As it hard to deny that feelings and chemistry has gone away.

Specially when it’s the person who you loved
Dec 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I went into this story inflated with the anxiety and anticipation of unearthing what unforgivable sin the hero had perpetrated against the heroine all those years gone by.I had my suspicions though it took some reading to confirm it.I unfortunately became somewhat deflated upon the manner in which this heinous crime was unfolded.

I would have liked the hero's explanation to have been more believable than just fear and the heroine not to have been so accepting of blame though forgiveness was right
Jan 30, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I really enjoyed it. Philomena (Meena) and Spencer Crane have a previous history from several years ago. They are brought back together through outside factors. Both of them are accomplished thieves and need to work together to defeat a common enemy. Can they manage to put their past behind them? The secondary characters of Meena’s cousins, Edison and Briar were an intriguing addition and I hope to read more of them in the series. There is dang ...more
vaneeta naik
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I really enjoyed it. Philomena (Meena) and Spencer Crane have a previous history several years ago, highly entertaining story with a second chance at love.
The story is full of action, adventure, suspense,humour,intrigue not a moment u feel is so entertaining dat it grabs u till d end... it is fast paced & very well scripted... the plot is so captivating dat u r on d go since d 1st page ...The side characters r also so well placed r q
Lori D
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A female safe cracker and a rouge of a jewel thief! What could be more entertaining? Not much I'd say!. The Restitution League is brilliant combination of well trained thieves, all trained for different jobs but with a different twist. Formed by Philomeena Sweet's father, Meena, her two cousins and Spencer were trained to steal for him using a lot of ingenuous weapons and techniques. Now they are more about righting wrongs and doing good. Full of adventure, suspense, really bad people and unique ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic story, full of surprises and funny.
The story is well written, deep with strong and surprising characters.
It will kept captive until the last page!
I recommend this book to all that love historical romance with strong women. You will love it!
I received this book as gift and this is my voluntary and honest review.
Space Cowgirl
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stealing His Heart💖
Adult HistoricalThriller and Romance
England 1881
Meena💃 and her cousin, Edison, are involved in a life of theft, her specialty is opening safes. Lord Crane🐺🍆🌋, Her former fiance is also involved in thefts, mainly because he is being blackmailed. They meet again after some years at a ball given by a Lord Blackborough to show off his Egyptian artifacts.

Meena💃 is there to retrieve a stolen journal from the Lord's safe, an incriminating journal. Lord Crane🐺🍆🌋 is there to get the s
Alexandra Mack
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Meena, aka Philomena Sweet, is the best safecracker in all of London. When a man comes to her, desperate to retrieve the journal with all of his secrets, she knows that she will be able to pull it off. Little does she know that her old flame Spencer will get in the way of her perfect heist. She wants to help him get an old enemy off his back, but she might be betraying her client in the process. Not to mention the fact that every time he looks at her or touches her, sparks fly up and down her sp ...more
Jamie Jack
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Delicious Victorian Romantic Suspense

We're in a slightly fantastical Victorian England. The heroine, Philomena Sweet, has done numerous despicable deeds with her cousins at the insistence of her father. She is now determined to make restitution, one case at a time. Renowned for her safe-cracking skills, she now uses them for good and not for evil.

A client comes to the group, asking for help to retrieve a journal that contains many secrets that could be damaging and is now being held for potentia
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Victorian England comes alive within the pages of this series!

I have to admit that I started reading this series out of order by reading the third book first. I enjoyed that book so much I just had to get books 1 and 2 so I could start from the very beginning. I love the whole Sweet family of reformed thieves and their adventurous life as they each meet their soul mates.

I especially liked the vivid depiction of the Victorian era and the industrialization occurring in that time period. If any of
Judy Munoz
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have never read anything by this author before, but I will definitely be reading more in the future. This is a thrilling historical romance with a refreshing bit of a twist. This is the first book in the author’s Restitution Series and this first story centres on Philomena Sweet and her former fiancé, Spencer Crane. All of the are all engaging and charming and a little bit unique, but very likeable and entertaining. The romance is a slow teasing build throughout the story - incredibly steamy a ...more
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rejecting the Rogue is a well written, highly entertaining story with a second chance at love for Meena and Spencer. It has intrigue, suspense, action, adventure, some steamy scenes and best of all a happily ever after love story.
The author weaves the tale in such a way as to bring the reader along for the ride through an abundant supply of well described action, love and family scenes. The love story between Spencer and Meena is believable and well developed throughout the book. Meena’s family
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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5.0 out of 5 starsA well written story
Bysewsummoreon January 10, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a free ARC copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review. I loved this story, it was full of drama and suspense as Spencer and Meena manage to thwart the efforts of vengeful criminal to frame them for crimes they did not commit. It had been many years since Meena had last seen Spencer and she was not happy to involved with him again but events forced them into working toge
Annette Drewett
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Exciting story, set in Victorian England. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of all the new inventions used in this family’s escapades. Riley has quite a way with words and ensures that her characters are realistic in their dealings with each other and Society itself. Meena and Spencer are star-crossed lovers who get a second chance to make things right. Circumstances, misunderstanding and fear kept them apart for many years. When they are brought together again, the sparks are still there, ...more
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Stellar! There is no other way to describe it. The book has all the elements that are appealing to me: a good entertaining plot, well-fleshed leads and wonderful supportive characters. Without giving much away from the plot, I love that the conflict between them was *real* and it took them years, conversations and a lot of soul-searching on both sides to overcome it. Meena is wonderful and her family is just a fantastic band of highly qualified misfits! Crane was great and the little insight int ...more
Becky Cox
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Philomena Sweet, what a great character. I look forward to more excitement with Meena and her cousins! She is witty, strong, intelligent, beautiful and down right naughty when the occasion arises.

Spencer Crane is so swoony. He messed up in a big way and he knows it. He is trying to make amends in his life. Another exciting adventurous and yes, oh so sexy character.

I enjoyed the historical factor to this book as I am a sucker for a good historical story. The author did a great job of setting the
Gwen Larson
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A new historical romance author to love!

With REJECTING THE ROGUE, Riley Cole has joined my list of favorite historical romance authors. Her characters are well-crafted. Their quirkiness is delightful. And there are enough twists and turns to the mystery to keep my clicking my Kindle to advance the page!

REJECTING THE ROGUE is the first book of her Restitution League series and I cannot wait to read the next title. There were so many characters in this first book to follow that I see at least thre
Carol Bisig
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved It!

This is a great Victorian Era Story. How Philomeena, her two cousins, and the handsome Spencer, were taught by her father, how to be the best in their field! That the field happened to be pickpockets, safe cracking, different types of Oriental weapons, inventing ingenious Bond type devices, well, that's just a bonus. What a unique, entertaining story! I deducted one star, for the use of the term giggling, to describe an intelligent twenty six year olds laughter. She is smart, kind, cons
Sonia N.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I won a copy of this book from this amazing, and talented Author:)
I enjoyed reading this Victorian romance. It is action packed and a page turner!
Meena and Spencer have a past and let's just say, she is not too happy yo see this handsome rogue again. I enjoyed the characters, the attention to details, and the dialogue.
You can slowly see the attraction between Meena and Spencer throughout the story! It could have had sizzling love scenes, but I still loved this book.
I liked this book because i
Linda Maidani
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this sexy historical romance with great characters, romance and lots of intrigue. Meena and her brother and cousins were forced by her father to steal and kill. When he finally went to prison, they began helping those that could benefit from their skills but couldn't afford to pay. She went to a ball in order to steal an incriminating diary and replace it with a fake one. In the process, her ex fiance took it away since he was forced to steal it. This started a huge collaboration of her ...more
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This is not your typical historical romance. Although romance, and a steamy second chance romance at that, is a great part of the storyline, mystery, intrigue and suspense are so intertwined, that the story grabbed me from page one and led me on a merry dance till the end. The characters are amazing, well-developed and with a depth that made me feel as if I was really aqcuainted with them, while the writing was wonderful, making me feel every and each of the characters' emotions. I c
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book one of the Restitution League Series a well written book I enjoyed reading. This is a new Author to me.
Philomena Sweet is the best safe cracker in London and dashing jewel thief Spencer Crane is her ex who broke her heart a long time ago. Spencer is running for his life and needs her help. A second chance Victorian historical fiction novel with suspense. I recommend this book. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Highly intriguing with a Victorian setting headed by a badass female protagonist. The POV switch between the male lead added to the heart and ache. Liked the communication that was carried out between the two after their fallout. The other side characters added to the story. As for the plot it was simple and interesting enough. I liked this more for the setting and the sometimes fun scenes.

Special thanks to InkSlingerPR and the author for this review copy.
Samantha Henthorn
I have read this book on my smartphone, and enjoyed it with its female safecracking protagonist and her tales of dating a bad-un! I enjoy historical fiction, and although the characters are not (I don't think) based on real people, it is written of the time. It reminded me of the TV series 'Ripper Street' in a good way. ...more
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Philomena is a world renowned safe cracker and Spencer is a thief who has crossed paths with her before and now he is running from danger and right into her arms. Will their love story prevail or will they catch up with them and kill them. I loved this book and can't wait for the next one.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jeanne Richardson
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the 1st book I've read written Riley Cole; she has done a great job at writing a good book; I will definitely be reading more of her books.

The story line caught my attention at the very beginning and kept me interested throughout the entire book.

I loved the chemistry between the characters.

I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and I’m voluntarily leaving a review.
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have been trying to expand my Historical Romance horizons but it has been hard for me to do so but I really loved this book. The mystery, the angst, the romance all of it just loved it. Can't wait to read the second book in this series and hope to read more from this author. ...more
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