My Rogue, My Ruin (Lord Of Essex Series) by Amelie Howard and Angie Morgan
Overview by Publisher:
The Marquess of Hawksfield’s lineage is impeccable and his title coveted, but Archer Croft is as far from his indulgent peers as he can get. His loathing for the beau monde has driven him to don a secret identity and risk everything in order to steal their riches and distribute them to the less fortunate.
Lady Briannon Findlay embraces her encounter with the Masked Marauder, a gentleman thief waylaying carriages from London to Essex. The marauder has stirred Brynn’s craving for adventure, and she discovers an attraction deeper than the charming thief’s mask.
Brynn is a revelation, matching Archer in intelligence, wit, and passion. Stubborn and sensuous in equal measure, she astonishes him at every turn, but when someone sinister impersonates Archer’s secret personality, and a murder is committed, Archer begins to think he doesn’t stand a fighting chance without her.
I love a book with a hero who is like Robin Hood. Archer is a Marquess and wealthy, but he risks it all to steal from his peers and gives the money to worthy causes. I always enjoy historical romance novels that don’t shy away from the extreme differences between the classes. With very little social security for the working and poor classes, it must have been hell for so many people. Books like this one always catch my attention because I love social justice woven into a great historical romance.
Hawk (Archer) stops Lady Brynn’s carriage one night. He steals from her and her family, but can’t shake how she stood up to him and challenged his right to steal. He quickly encounters her at the ton soiree’s and realizes that she is just more than an intrigue to him. He enjoys her company, although he embarrasses her and insults her on more than one occasion.
Brynn is taken by two men. The dashing and daring Masked Marauder who steals from the ton and the cold and aloof Marquess who is stealing kisses in the gardens from her. She loves the mystery of the Masked Marauder, but when she encounters him stealing and shoots him, she becomes invested in his plight. She is also becoming entangled with Hawk and his father – a pawn between the fighting father and son.
With this much happening, things rapidly start to unravel. The plot is fast moving and well developed. The complicated knots of Hawk and Brynn tighten and make things really interesting. The secondary characters, along with a murder plot, make the story more interesting and engaging.
I found it hard to believe that this book was written by two authors. It was so seamless and consistent. I admire how challenging it must be to craft a story with another person and to write that story in harmony. These authors have done a great job!