Author: Rebecca Connolly
Series: London League #2
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: August 1, 2018
Publisher: Phase Publishing
A disgruntled operative…
Gabriel Statler, Lord Wharton, has a problem. His duties as an operative for the Crown are being compromised for the sake of his cover, where he is known only as the Rogue. His days are now filled with trivial investigations, and none of the problems are ones he wants to solve. Then he meets a mysterious young woman who holds more secrets than he likes, and, against his better judgment, he takes her case.
A determined client…
Amelia Berger needs the Rogue, and she needs everything he can offer without revealing everything she knows. Her secrets are her own, and she has far too many to risk revealing even one. But when working with Rogue turns into something entirely unexpected, she finds that the secrets she began with are not the ones she most needs to protect.
Sweetest Epilogue EVER!
This book ended on such a sweet note. I wasn’t at all sure I could possibly enjoy a book about Rogue because he was so awful in the first book. How could someone so unpleasant be lovable? But he was. We get the first hint that there is a good person underneath all the gruffness when we see him interact with Daisy and that he does actually like his aunt even though he doesn’t want to admit to that one. Maybe we would all like to be able to be just a little like Rogue and speak our minds at will instead of being part of polite society? Sometimes, at least.
A couple things I wasn’t too sure about…how could the house they had rented so long ago be sitting as they left it? Why did they leave so much stuff behind? Why did the owners not clean it out and rent it to someone else? It would have made more sense to me to find the belongings sitting in a shed or attic or something. I was also a little disturbed by both characters being so callous about “collateral damage”. A guy lies and she makes him disappear. He burns down a building to dispose of a body. Nobody seems to care…
But despite my questions there, I did enjoy the book. It was fun to read and a good little mystery. We didn’t always get to hear the clues like the characters did so it was impossible to know who her father was until the author showed us. The story focused more on the relationships as they worked to solve the mystery. You have to assume they were meant to be together since they actually fall in love with each other twice as different people.
The story does stand alone but probably makes more sense if you read the first in the series before this one. And the Gent actually comes from the Arrangement series so the first introduction really begins books ago.
Language: yes, mild
Violence: yes, some
I loved the clash of personalities between Amelia and Gabe. They each have a plethora of secrets, and it was fun seeing them grow closer together despite their lack of trust in certain areas. Although they aren’t attracted to each other at first, they have great chemistry and are somewhat taken by surprise by their passionate feelings for each other. The mysteries they are working to solve keep the pace of the book hopping, and I loved how each layer unfolded with some surprises along the way. The dynamics of the various members of the London League are fascinating and I can’t wait for more books in this series!
(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)