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A Dangerous Invitation (The Rookery Rogues) (Volume 1) Paperback – December 17, 2013
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Check out new release STEALING THE ROGUE'S HEART, which features Daniel and Kate from A DANGEROUS INVITATION!
A Dangerous Invitation: A reformed rogue must break free from the shackles of his past if he expects to win back his first love, a spitfire who works as a fence for stolen goods.
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Basically this is a second chance romance with a murder mystery. Kate and Daniel were in love and betrothed three years ago, before their lives were destroyed by a murder and the downfall of her father's shipping business. Daniel was accused of murder and ran without a word to Kate. Kate was beyond hurt by his leaving and then six months later her father died and his company went bankrupt - leaving her penniless and homeless. She learned to survive in the rookeries and has made a life for herself, that doesn't include Daniel.
Daniel has spent the better part of the last three years drinking and whoring his life away. He is innocent of the murder - but in my mind - guilty of betrayal. He has sobered up and now wants to clear his name and reclaim Kate. He wants to be worthy of her and seems shocked that she doesn't want to have anything to do with him. He convinces her to help him clear his name and they work together to uncover the real murderer.
So here is what I did like. I liked that Kate and Daniel are just regular people, not nobility. I liked that Ms. Monroe shared enough information about their past relationship to give me an idea of why they each reacted as they did. I thought the writing was very well done and the mystery was thought provoking and not oblivious. I liked how she handled Daniel's addiction and recovery. I thought the love scenes were timed perfectly and very warm. I loved the secondary characters of Atlas and Jane (I would read a book about either of them). I liked that the villain(s) get their comeuppance and that Kate and Daniel get a HEA.
What I didn't like was Daniel's behavior for most of the book and how he behaved during their time apart - I have a hard time sympathizing with a drunk who left the only woman he "loves" without a word and then proceeds to drink himself to death and sleep with countless (the authors word - not mine) other women. I get that he was trying to be noble and left her so she could marry and have a better life - but the sleeping around while he "loves" her seemed wrong. And I also agree with other reviewers who said he didn't give Kate enough time to process the huge amount of information dumped on her. He was self centered and in my opinion unfair to her - he left her without a word, doesn't contact her at all for 3 years and then expects her to just accept him at his word without any questions? Seriously? I also have to mention that my mother read this book and was upset that the author kept saying Dorking was in Sussex - My mom is from a small town in Kent, England and knows Dorking very well - it is in Surrey - NOT Sussex.
When all is said and done I thought this was a decent read and I would recommend it. I will definitely read the rest of the series and keep an eye out for this author.
If that is the kind of story you are looking for this isn't the book for you.
This story takes place in the underworld of London. It is in the seedier side of town, St Giles, Seven Dials, the Rookeries - all the places where danger is as common as sunshine. The streets are filled with whorehouses and gin mills. As Ms Monroe has written it you can almost smell the stink of the streets.
This book is filled with thieves, pick pockets, murderers and body snatchers/ resurrectionists. In the midst of all this darkness Kate Morgan and Daniel O'Reilly try to overcome their past. She was the daughter of a merchant and he worked for her father. They were betrothed until he was accused of murdering a fellow employee. He escaped and it has been 3 years since they have seem each other. Kate's father died soon afterwards leaving her penniless and on the streets where she supports herself as a fence for stolen goods.
When Daniel returns to clear his name and find the love of his life, Kate must choose between her former love or her belief in her father's innocence. In the 3 years since he has been gone, Daniel has overcome his addition to gin.
This is a long, hard book to read but if you can make it through it is well worth the time.
As in the others, the writing is skillful and full of details. However, there are rough spots. There also are confusing scenes. Kate is at Daniel's flat (room?), and suddenly she's thinking about her own flat as if she's there. I thought they were going to a cemetery during the day, but then lanterns are being used; then Kate is moving through a market crowd (has to be daytime, right?), but the people in the cemetery are still using lanterns.
And the more you start thinking about it--how could Daniel not be discovered as careless as he seems to be? And when the explosion happens, how could Daniel possibly be digging through the rubble by himself without any helpers or bystanders? And how could Kate go from complete loss of hearing back to normal hearing within a few hours?
Also, I found it hard to move through the book. I blamed it on being interrupted frequently, but it could been just too hard to concentrate on it. It seemed to take a long time to get started and never did pick up much speed. In my opinion, the characters thoughts about their relationship are too repetitious and make the book too long.
Still, four stars for the good writing and details.
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