I Kissed A Rogue by Shana Galen
Overview by Publisher:
Once she spurned the man…
When the Duke of Lennox hires Sir Brook Derring, England’s best investigator, to find his daughter, Brook intends only to rescue the lady and return to his solitary life. He deals with London’s roughest criminals every day of the week; surely he should be able to endure seeing his first love again—the perfect girl who broke his heart…
Now her life depends on him
Lady Lillian-Anne Lennox has always done her best to live up to her father’s standards of perfection—at the cost of following her heart. When she’s kidnapped and her perfect life is shattered, Lila has another chance. Together, Lila and Brook navigate not only the dark and deadly side of London, but the chasm of pride and prejudice that divides them.
I loved this book! Shana Galen is one of my favourite authors, so it pained me greatly to have to wait to read this book, as my to-be-read list was so long!
This series has been fantastic! The Covent Gardens series has dealt with the collision of the slums of Regency England and the aristocracy. Sir Brook Derring is an investigator and a very good one at that. We have seen him in the previous books and this is his story.
As a young man, Brook fell head over heels in love with Lila. She not only broke his hear with her callous treatment, she crushed him. He has never forgotten nor forgiven her. So it was the perfect back story for this book!
I loved how Shana Galen wasn’t afraid to make Lila an unlikeable character. She didn’t shy away from the wretched things in Lila’s past. She was someone that I would have not enjoyed reading about seven years before. Lila has to face the past, the mistakes she made and how they effected the man who had loved the spoiled brat she was.
In order to protect Lila, Brook is forced into a sham marriage and then a secluded ‘honeymoon’. This could not be worse for him. He has zero intention of remaining married to her, but something magical happens…he gets to know the real Lila. I loved that this story has the theme of forgiveness and redemption running through it. Shana Galen take a wholly unlikeable young lady and gives her the depth of life experience to change the narrative.
The feeling of Brook’s betrayal and heartache is palpable in his words and actions. His anger is understandable and this sucks in the reader by making you care deeply about what will happen to set things to right between the two.
While emotions are difficult for the two to reconcile, the sexual chemistry is not. While there are always some great lusty scenes in Shana’s stories, this book was exceptional. Brook delights in teaching his young wife the benefits of marriage – even a sham one. It’s the intimacy they develop that opens the door to revising the past.
Once again, Shana Galen has written a fantastic story. This book has wonderful characters, emotional depth and some fantastic intrigue that had me guessing the whole time. I have really enjoyed this series and the outstanding characters.