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The Gentleman and the Thief

(Proper Romance Victorian #2)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  142 ratings  ·  117 reviews
A gentleman scribes penny dreadful novels by night and falls in love with a woman who is a music teacher by day—and a thief at night.


From the moment Hollis Darby meets Ana Newport, he’s smitten. Even though he’s from a wealthy, established family and she isn’t, he wishes he could have a life with her by his side. But Hollis has a secret: the deep coffers that
Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: November 3rd 2020 by Shadow Mountain
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Beth { h i a t u s } F.
3.5 -

This was difficult to get into and enjoy. Once you do, it's a little predictable but otherwise entertaining. It's not bad if you're looking for a historical fiction/romance/mystery book, though!

I found I really liked the previous book in the series, but this one wasn't quite as good. Eden's my favorite author so I've read nearly every one of her books. It is similar to her other works both in the plot and with the characters. I have to say, Ana was the only new/fresh character with the who
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, romance, netgalley
Thank you, Netgalley, for the Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All views and opinions are my own.

Secret societies, sneak thieves, gambling rings, human trafficking...I anticipated a nail biter full of adrenaline and shocking identityreveals. What we get is a cute, fluffy piece that wraps up tidily and stays well safe of the PG-13 line throughout the book. Anything wrong with that? Absolutely not. I think I was anticipating something with more bite. And that's my fault due to my pre-conceived
Randi Annie Framnes
We follow Holly Darby, who tries to make himself more useful to DPS. He works on solving two mysteries. First, and foremost, he tries to keep his brother out of danger while he wonders about musical teacher Anna Newport’s strange behavior of late. Holly and Anna soon find themselves using their unique skills in the same fight solving both of their problems.

The Gentleman and the Thief by Sarah M. Eden is the second book in the Proper Romance Victorian Series published by Shadow Mountain Publishin
Lizzie  J
"Would you let me court you properly, Ana? Come call on you? Scrape and bow to your father in an attempt to gain his good opinion? Nervously ask you to dance at balls and ride with me in the park and sip tepid tea while sitting in awkward, nervous silence?"

3.5 stars

I really enjoyed the majority of this book. I feel like I might have enjoyed it more if I'd known at the beginning that this is the second book in a series. I thought it was a standalone, so many of the beginning aspects were sup
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved the first book in this series and had seriously high hopes for this one. Sarah does a well crafted story and always writes a good series. In the first book you have the start of the Penny Dreadful society introduced. Hollis is a member and writes stories, but is a member of the Ton of London. Ana used to be a member of the Ton until her family was cheated out of everything. These two meet in the first story and this is their adventure. It was a fun read, like the first book this includes ...more
May 12, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, 2020
The Gentleman and the Thief follows Hollis Darby, a member of Society who secretly writes penny dreadfuls to support himself, and Ana Newport, a music teacher who moonlights as a thief to steal back every momento taken from her family after they lost their fortune due to a shady business partner. The main action in the story centers around the efforts of the Penny Dreadful society -- a secret society made up of authors of penny dreadful novels who seek to make life better for the poor and workin ...more
May 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
I loved Eden's The Lady and the Highwayman, but The Gentleman and the Thief did not deliver. On the chaste to steamy scale, it's a 1. Like, I would give it to a 12 year old to read, that's how romantic it is. I expected more romance, but the main story, while between the male and female protagonists, is centered on the mystery of who/what is going on in the house next door to Ana's father's house. I didn't come to this book for that story-- I wanted sweeping romance! And promoting reading for en ...more
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a fun romp through the seedier corners of Victorian-era London. An intriguing secret society of authors is working behind the scenes to help the downtrodden victims of a wide-spread criminal ring. This one focuses on the gambling rings that ruin gentleman of financial means. Hence the focus on Hollis, the one member of the Dread Penny Society who is welcomed in high society, and Ana, whose family was ruined by the gambling of her father’s crooked business partner.

There is everything to l
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love a good Sarah Eden and I was so grateful to have received an early copy of this book via NetGalley. I loved how this book took place between the people who weren't all that high in society's standing. It was a unique concept and one that isn't explored enough. One main character has to put up appearances of wealth while working for the underground while the other puts on appearances to save what is left of her families heirlooms. I enjoyed both characters, their wit and charisma.

I liked t
Sage Knightly
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This was a very enjoyable read for me. It was fast, entertaining, simple, and I didn't hate the characters. The rating is based on my personal enjoyment.

Hollis gambled his way through school and has been made all the better for it. He comes from a rich yet poor family (due to his father and grandfathers before gambling away their money) and his brother is trying to bring them back to a respectable financial standing. Hollis stays out of trouble and keeps appearances up for his brother'
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Okay so apparently this is the sequel to an earlier book and quite honestly, they should make that SO much clearer because I had no idea until I read another review (the first is called The Lady and the Highwayman in case you're curious). Finding out there is another one in this series has made me very happy though so I can't complain. I guess I will be reading the first book in the series after the second, but I'll survive.

This book was an unexpected favourite. I went in thinking I'd just get a
Korbie Harrison
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of The Gentleman and the Thief from Sarah Eden, in exchange for being a part of her street team for the launch of this book. I've loved all of Sarah's previous books, and I was incredibly excited to get to be a part of this team! It more than lived up to expectations, from the moment my book package arrived (complete with a signed and personalized ARC of the book, a custom street team bag, bookmarks, and a dread penny society pin!) to the moment I finished th ...more
LianaReads blog
May 31, 2020 rated it liked it
The story was interesting from the first chapter for me and had me reading it all in one sitting. I liked the characters and the events, although I wanted or better said expected more from them at some points. I don't usually read closed door intimate scenes but that's what I've got.
I'm sure many people will enjoy this one.
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the romance in this one. Full review to come!
Elise Derr Griffin
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
NOTE: This is book 2 in the series. It doesn't give away much, but will make more sense if you've read The Lady and the Highwayman.

Miss Ana Newport is a music teacher at Thurloe Collegiate School for Girls. Her father was once a successful businessman, but his partner's poor choices resulted in a loss of the family's fortune and good standing in society. Several years after being rejected and mistreated by the ton, Ana is taking action to recover sentimental items stolen from her
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Between 3 1/2 and 4.

This is the second book in the Penny Dreadful Society. We already know Hollis and Ana as they were secondary characters in the first story, and now it's their turn.

Hollis is a gentleman of low means and writes penny dreadful stories under a nom-de-plume. He likes Ana, likes to spend time with her, and he's the one to recommend her as a music teacher to his brother's daughter.
Ana's family used to be in society but that all changed when her father's company was bankrupt, and
Oct 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads, romance
The Gentleman and the Thief follows the romance between Hollis, gentleman by day and penny dreadful author by night, and Ana, piano teacher by day and thief by night. Hollis is part of a secret society of authors pooling funds to help the city's less fortunate, and Ana is seeking objects wrongfully taken from her family after they went bankrupt. In the light of day, Hollis is in love with Ana and spends time with her among mutual friends and when she comes to teach his niece the piano. In the da ...more
May 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, on-kindle
I read the first book and enjoyed it. It was cute seeing a book about two people hiding their affinities for writing gothics and falling in love. With a slice of Scarlet Pimpernel thrown in.

While this book was the same, featured the same world building and the same characters (plus some new ones), I was not as impressed.

For one, there were the two penny dreadfuls. The stories were a weak imitation of penny dreadfuls, in my opinion. They were not gothic, creepy, or macabre enough. One had to do
Rebekah M
This was my first time reading anything by this author and I am so excited she has many more offerings! I’ve already added several to my TBR list and can’t wait to dive in!
This book was captivating from the very start and I couldn’t put it down. I loved the romance, the mystery, the wit of the characters and plot.
I was sympathetic to the street urchins and couldn’t help but want to see justice served and their abuser apprehended.
I loved reading the Penny Dreadful stories and I thought they we
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! And imagine my scream when I found out this was actually the second book in a series. What?? Now I need to go back and read the first book and definitely I'm excited for the next one in the series.
The storyline was so interesting and it flowed well, the characters were really interesting to follow and the setting was just stunning. It's witty, super fun, cute, addicting and everything I enjoy in this kind of novels.
The only reason for my 4⭐ is that I expected more of the roma
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I'm loving the Penny dreadful proper romances! This was equally as fun as The Lady and the Highwayman! I was so glad to revisit the Dread Penny Society and all of the fun characters from the first book. I enjoyed having Ana and Hollis as main characters in this book. And I especially loved the ghost school story that was told in between chapters! I hope we get at least one more book out of this series!

*I received an ARC of this via NetGalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing in exchange for an hon
Precious ✨
May 23, 2020 is currently reading it
Shelves: arc-s, unreleased
I got approved for a ARC via Netgalley! :)
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

This was a really sweet, charming heartfelt romance with a transportive Victorian setting!
Aug 12, 2020 rated it liked it

This book was a bit messy, it was marketed as a romance and sadly this was almost nonexistent, I was confused when most of the book revolved around solving a mystery. Also the penny dreadfuls added in the story, they were okay, I just didn’t understood what was the connection to the plot, it doesn’t serve to further it at all.

Arc provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is another fabulous book from Sarah M. Eden. All the hallmarks of her writing--characters you wish were real; snappy dialogue that will make you laugh out loud; details, based on extensive research, that make the setting come to life; and a plot that keeps you reading, eager to find out what's going to happen next--are present in full force. After being introduced to Hollis and Ana in the first book in the series (which you don't have to read first to have this book make sense but you SHOUL ...more
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended for fun, adventurous, clean reading - 4 STARS

This is my first time reading a book by this author and steps outside my normal choice of faith-filled stories. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Besides the book itself, there are 2 penny dreadful stories within this book. That was great fun as I found myself wanting to find out what would happen next within those!

London, 1865 - "Hollis Darby learned two things at the knee of his not-so-dear, long-departed, low-life, scoundrel of a father: how
Jessica Bybee
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sick of being their contact in the upper reach of society, Hollis would love nothing more than to show the Dread Penny Society (DPS) that he can be trusted more. Working to gain their trust, Hollis investigates a string of thefts that are making the young urchins of the streets more vulnerable. Which busy trying to catch this thief, Hollis becomes more acquainted with Ana Newport, the music teacher at Thurloe Collegiate.

Ana has her own wishes and secrets. She is the thief Hollis is looking for.
Jordyn Gines
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sarah Eden is one of my favorite regency romance authors. She is a fantastic writer and always weaves a good story with danger, intrigue, and romance. This book is no exception. I enjoyed it and loved how sweet and innocent Ana appears and yet once you get to know her, she has much more to her than meets the eye.

I enjoy that the whole purpose of this book for this secret society to rescue abused and mistreated children. The stories within the stories are entertaining but I didn’t love them as m
Teenage Reads
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Teenage Girls
Through his connection with Fletcher, another member of the Dread Penny Society (DPS), Hollis, was allowed to attend a social event with Elizabeth Black and her music teacher, that soon became the love of his life: Ana Newport. From her charm and beauty to her talents as a musician, Hollis fell hard for the girl who felt out of place at social events as he did. Ana felt this way because she used to be a golden member of society, yet when her father’s finances fell through, she felt the atta
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Gentleman and the Thief by Sarah M. Eden is an excellent historical fiction novel that has it all: mystery, suspense, action, well-developed characters, and a touch of romance.

This is the second book in the excellent series: Proper Romance series. This takes place in the Victorian era London, England 1865. This is such a great series (The Lady and the Highwayman is the first book). I love the overarching concept of the Penny Dreadful Society. Getting to learn these characters in their respe
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