- Series: The Rookery Rogues
- Paperback: 374 pages
- Publisher: Quillfire Publishing (September 23, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0990022951
- ISBN-13: 978-0990022954
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,481,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Secrets in Scarlet (The Rookery Rogues) (Volume 2) Paperback – September 23, 2014
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From the Author
Secrets in Scarlet: When a bluestocking with a scandalous past meets a cerebral sergeant, sparks fly...but when a killer comes after them, they'll have to risk it all to survive in the Spitalfields, London rookery.
- Full of Secrets and Mysteries
- Pre-Victorian Romantic Era London - 1832
- Beta Hero
- Class Warfare/Cross-Class Romance
- Fish Out of Water
- Forbidden Love
- Heroine in Disguise
- Law Enforcement
- Mistaken Identity
- Secret Baby
- Tortured Heroine
- Woman/Man in Peril
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Another reviewer described Poppy as “neither completely likable nor entirely dislikable” which I completely agree with. I found her hard to understand and connect with. She isn’t exactly boring, but nothing really makes her standout, besides having a daughter.
There wasn’t much of a mystery in this book. The audience and the MCs know from the beginning who the killer is. The plot focuses instead on how to prove it. The reason this book is a 3.5 instead of a 5 is that really nothing much happened until the last quarter of the book. I remember noticing I had reached the 50% mark and realizing that neither mystery or romance had really progressed. The whole book could have been at least 75 pages shorter without losing anything. There was much less action than the 1st book in the series, which would have been okay if it were shorter, or had a real mystery to solve, or more romance, or something to make up for the lack of exploits.
The other reason for my rating was that I struggled to understand the motivations of several characters many times throughout the book. For instance, towards the end Thaddeus just gives up the investigation for almost no reason. It just didn’t make sense for his character, who promised the victim justice and was nearly obsessed with figuring it out, to just give up. Especially since the killers were a threat to Poppy and Moira. It also didn’t make sense that Thaddeus’ superior let him investigate this case in the first place. What was his motivation? There were many other instances where characters made decisions that seemed contrived and out of character. Even the killer/s didn’t have a strong motive. Maybe this is something Munroe improves upon in later works.
But, as a whole it was an enjoyable story and a nice break from the ball room. I look forward to the next in the series!
WARNING: there is sex in this book, it is not erotica, but enough to be a steamy & hot adult romance. Please do not read if you are looking for something PG. Romance-5/5 Steaminess-3/5 Explicitness-3/5
In this book, Thaddaeus is trying to solve the murder of a young woman who worked with Poppy at the weaving factory. As a policeman, no one from the rookeries is willing to help him. He singles Poppy out of the crowd of departing employees and is instantly smitten with her.
Poppy is a fallen woman with a bastard daughter - she has come to London to reinvent herself and hopefully provide her daughter with a better life. She wants nothing to do with the handsome sergeant from the Met. She won't tell him who she is and is rude to him. She just wants to be left alone, but Thaddaeus won't be deterred. He follows her home and finds out that she is Daniel's sister. When Poppy realizes that Thaddaeus is the man who saved her brother from certain death - she feels badly about the way she treated him.
Poppy seeks out Thaddaeus to apologize and agrees to help him with the case. They work well together - but Poppy keeps trying to push him away because she has secrets that she doesn't want him to know. Thaddaeus knows that Poppy is hiding something, but he can't help falling in love with her and her daughter.
Personally, I have a soft spot for heroes who can unconditionally love and accept a child that is not his own. And I thought Thaddaeus was adorable, both in his inexperience with women and his attempts to interact with Moira (Poppy's daughter).
When danger threatens and secrets are revealed - I fell in love with Thaddaeus - he was a perfect hero. His love for Poppy was beautiful and unconditional. He made this book for me.
Poppy was a good heroine and I understand her need to protect her daughter - but I think she could have trusted Thaddaeus with the truth much sooner than she did. I would have preferred that she told him everything up front - but that is not the way this story was written.
I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading Michael and Abigail's story.
Something I liked right off the bat is that story is not Regency or Victorian, but that place in between the two. The other thing I liked is that it is about those who live in poverty in London and how they manage. The Industrial Revolution is making its way. People re scrambling to find ways to get work.
Our hero, Thaddeus, is part of the newly formed Metropolitan Police, he is an idealist who joined to do good because he saw something when he was 17 that changed him. Although technically of the peerage, his father was the second son of an Earl, the men in the family have to work for a living. His family hates it that he is a Met. They also hate it that at 24 he is still single. But he is content to investigate crime and read in his spare time.
Poppy earns her living at the loom, raising her illegitimate daughter. She loves Moira fiercely and sacrificed a good deal to keep her and raise her herself. Poppy also loves to read but doesn't get much chance to.
Evil is afoot in the factory where Poppy works. A woman dies in Thaddeus' arms, invoking memories from when he was 17 and he vows to get to the bottom of it. He is a detailed investigator, keeping careful notes and writing reports. As so many of them suffered damage I kept telling him to make a copy and take it home with him so he wouldn't lose his hard work. Turns out there is a reason his reports kept getting destroyed.
I hope that the author goes into even more detail what it is like to live in poverty.
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