"A fascinating look into class differences amidst romance, action and adventure"
Reviewed by Monique Daoust
Posted March 1, 2016
Lila, Lady Lillian-Anne Lennox, comes to in a cellar with
her hands tied. She had left a ball early when her carriage
is attacked and she is kidnapped; it's not random, her
abductors know who she is. She manages to free her hands,
and tries to escape and thus doing, she witnesses a murder,
and one of the villains sees her. She is eventually rescued
by a man she once spurned. Lila's father, the Duke of
asked for the best, and he got the best: Sir Brook Derring,
Investigator. This decision does not go over well with
either Brook or Lila.
Shana Galen captured my attention literally from the very
first sentence of I KISSED A ROGUE: I could easily imagine
the cold and malodorous cellar, Lila's fear and disgust;
author's descriptions have never been more vivid. To say
least, not everybody likes Lila, in fact, almost no one
likes Lila; she has made many enemies over the years: she
was spoiled, selfish, and at times nearly as snotty as her
father. And yet, the way Ms. Galen portrays her, I didn't
hate Lila; her behaviour, although reprehensible, is
understandable because of the difference in the classes at
the time, which the Duke minded to the extreme.
I KISSED A ROGUE might be my favourite instalment in this
brilliant Covent Garden Cubs series. I love Brooke:
everyman, and even
though he is the second son of an Earl, he works. The
delves even more deeply into Regency society than in the
previous books, and the class differences are glaring. I
also love the way characters from the previous books appear
in this book, and how the author has not changed their
essence. The romance between Brooke and Lila is not an easy
one, and that appealed to me tremendously, because I
their road to romance was even more captivating and
realistic. And Shana Galen being who she is, it will
surprise no one that I KISSED A ROGUE has plot twists and a
few stunners every few chapters, and apart from a most
welcome romantic lull in the middle, the beginning and the
end are filled with action and excitement, and the pace is
dizzyingly good. I KISSED A ROGUE is a smashing read!
Once she spurned the man...
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
Now her life depends on
Lady Lillian-Anne Lennox has always done
best to live up to her father's standards of perfection-
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
that divides them.
ExcerptThe church was all but empty. Brookâ€™s mother and her
husband sat with his sister and Dorrington on one side,
while the Duke of Lennox and the Earl of Granbury sat on
the other. Behind them, one of the Kingâ€™s attendants took
a seat. Brook supposed he was there to ensure the Kingâ€™s
wishes were followed precisely.
There hadnâ€™t been time for Dane and his wife to come in
from the country. If his older brother had been present,
Brook would have asked him to stand beside him. As it
was, Lila had no attendants, so perhaps it was for the
best Brook stood before the bishop alone as well.
The bishop, a jowly man with white hair and a ruddy face,
cleared his throat and began. For the first time since
her father had brought her in, Lila looked up at him. Her
warm brown eyes looked too big against her pale skin,
which was as white as the silk gown she wore. The gown
had a leaf design in silver netting, and she had a small
silver leaf ornamenting her hair. Pearls circled her
throat and danced at her ears, and with her hair piled
high in a coil of ebony, she looked every inch the dukeâ€™s
The bishop had droned onâ€”something about Godâ€™s will and
not entering into marriage unadvisedly; clearly the
bishop did not know about the Kingâ€™s will and adviceâ€”but
now the officiate paused and cleared his throat again.
â€śInto this holy union Sir Brook Erasmus Derring and Lady
Lillian-Anne Pevensy now come to be joined. If any of you
can show just cause why they may not lawfully be married,
The bishop paused at this, looking first at Lila then
â€śOr else forever hold your peace.â€ť
Brook ground his teeth together and glared at Lila. She
lowered her gaze again.
â€śI require and charge you bothâ€”â€ť the bishop began.
â€śMay I have one moment with myâ€”er, betrothed?â€ť Lila said.
She had spoken to the bishop, but her gaze was on Brook.
He raised a brow.
â€śYou can speak to him after the ceremony,â€ť the duke said
from the pew.
â€śJust for one moment, Father,â€ť she said.
â€śMy Lord,â€ť the duke said to the bishop. â€śPlease
â€śI am sorry, Your Grace, but I cannot. Lady Lillian-Anne
must come to this union of her own free will.â€ť He glanced
at Lila. â€śIf you need a moment, my lady, you may use the
She nodded and gave Brook an imploring look. With a shrug
directed at his mother, whose face was the picture of
disapproval, he followed Lila to the side chamber. The
room was full of books and vestments, all in order, and
in the middle were a small altar and a sacrarium, where
the bishop washed his hands.
Lila stood before the altar, like a sacrificial lamb.
Brook stood just inside the door, keeping it open for
â€śDelaying the inevitable?â€ť he asked.
â€śI had to make certain you knew this was not my doing,â€ť
she said, her voice breathless. â€śI never told my father
to go to the King. I did not want to force you into
Brook leaned a shoulder against the doorjamb. â€śI must
admit, your previous refusal was quite definitive and
robust. This sudden change of heart surprised me.â€ť
â€śOh, stop speaking so formally! I am trying to tell you I
have no more choice in this than you.â€ť
â€śThe bishop will ask for your consent in a few moments.
All you need say is I wonâ€™t.â€ť
â€śAnd then my father will disown me, and Vile Valencia
will make certain I am shipped off to Cheapside to live
with my motherâ€™s great-aunt, who is so poor she can ill
afford to feed herself much less me.â€ť
â€śBeezle will find you inside a week there.â€ť
She closed her eyes, seeming to summon patience. He
couldnâ€™t blame her. He was being an arse.
â€śYou must be the one to say you wonâ€™t have me.â€ť
â€śOh, no.â€ť He pushed away from the jamb. â€śAnd have the
King throw me in the Tower? Not bloody likely.â€ť
â€śHe wonâ€™t throw you in the Tower.â€ť She folded her arms
under the square neck of the gown, pushing her breasts up
until they swelled at the bodice.
â€śIâ€™m not taking that chance.â€ť
â€śThen we have no choice but to marry.â€ť
â€śI assumed that was the reason we were both in the church
at half eight in the morningâ€”you in your bridal silk and
me in this stiff-necked cravat Hunt tied far too
â€śBut you donâ€™t want to marry me!â€ť
â€śI want to be thrown into the Tower even less.â€ť
â€śNice to know I rank above imprisonment.â€ť
â€śBarely,â€ť he said, pointing a finger at her. â€śBesides,
the King mentioned annulment. Iâ€™m to keep you safe and
capture the man who killed Fitzsimmons and abducted you,
and the King will see the union annulled.â€ť
â€śOn what grounds?â€ť
â€śHow the devil do I know? On whatever grounds His Majesty
â€śBut what if you donâ€™t capture this Beezle, or whoever it
â€śAnd whatâ€™s to happen to me after the marriage is
â€śI donâ€™t know, and I donâ€™t care.â€ť He glanced behind him
and into the sanctuary. Lennox had risen and was looking
pointedly in his direction. The Kingâ€™s attendant was
scribbling something on a sheet of vellum. â€śLetâ€™s finish
He turned to exit the sacristy, but her hand on his upper
arm made him pause. He looked down at the gloved fingers,
so white against his dark blue coat, and then at her pale
â€śBrook, I donâ€™tâ€”I just donâ€™t want you to hate me for
â€śItâ€™s far too late for that.â€ť
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