- 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: 53 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,286,223 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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"Riveting story, superb characters, stellar prose: a remarkable book! Monroe is a supremely gifted writer: her prose is flawless, fluid and elegant; her vocabulary choices are impeccable and suited to the characters; she possesses a perfect understanding of the class differences and customs of the era. The relationship between Thaddeus and Poppy is beautiful and realistic; their love story took my breath away. The plot is intricate, exciting, and comes to a logical and rather shocking conclusion. Secrets in Scarlet is a fabulous book that no one should miss!" -Fresh Fiction
"Different and unexpected...[Secrets in Scarlet] has a rich setting, a lot of suspense and a gritty rawness that makes it emotional and beautiful." -Romantic Times Book Reviews
"Secrets in Scarlet is a story that readers can fall in love with instantly. [The book has] a romantic historical hero in every sense of the label. Knight makes audiences believe in the goodness of human nature." -Romantic Historical Reviews
"Most books tend to focus on the Lords and Ladies. Lisa Kleypas has bucked this trend with her Bow Street Runners...this book was reminiscent of that. This was a solid, good romance story...I think it was great to read a historical romance novel that didn't trivialize the lives of the downtrodden and the lead characters thought more of safety and daily existence than bonnets and gowns." -Kilts and Swords
"Pent up sexual desire erupts in this well written Historical Thriller by Erica Monroe. Rife with colorful characters, well researched settings, and white hot sizzling attraction between a star crossed hero and heroine. The sights and sounds of London's Spitalfields rookery come alive in this novel." -Lightning City Book Reviews
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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SECRETS IN SCARLET is the story of Thaddeus Knight, a gentleman of good breeding who works as a Sergeant for the Metropolitan Police, much to his families chagrin. Poppaea "Poppy" O'Reilly is a fallen woman who had a child out of wedlock and has moved to London to start over and reinvented herself as a widow. She and Thaddeus meet when a young girl is assaulted and stabbed just outside the factory where Poppy works. What follows is an undeniable connection between two misunderstood people, a murder Thaddeus is determined to solve, and a secret Poppy must keep hidden at all costs...
Well, I wish I could say I loved this book because there were definitely things I did like about it, but for some reason it just failed to hold my attention. To be fair though I had a lot going on when I started this story so I probably didn't have the time to devote to it that I should have. I truthfully enjoyed the first book (A Dangerous Invitation) more however, and would highly recommend reading that story before starting on this one since there are definite spoilers if you read them out of order.
As for what I liked about the book; Poppy, Thaddeus, and even Poppy's daughter Moira immediately come to mind. Such well developed, unique, but flawed individuals are very had to come by and I applaud Ms. Monroe for her vivid characters. I also thought the romance between this couple was absolutely lovely and very believable too. I liked the buildup of their relationship and the fact that it didn't revolve around sex (there were two love scenes if I recall correctly and both late in the story) but instead focused more on the emotional aspects and sundry of other little intimacies that drew these two together.
As for my dislikes, I have to admit that the murder mystery wasn't very mysterious and is pretty much cut and dry from the beginning. There was one little bit of information the author threw in that I assume was supposed to be a shocker, but it didn't surprise me one bit. I found this whole part of the story pretty obvious and lacking in suspense. For sure there were a few unexpected twists and one terribly sad incident, but nothing that left my mouth hanging open or was truly unexpected either.
Still, I do like Ms. Monroe's writing and think she has a lot of potential. I only wish her stories were better edited as I noticed probably a few dozen typos which started to annoy me. And since this story takes place in London's East End there are a lot of cant or slang terms, but I was used to that from Book 1 and basically understood them all this time around. So even though I didn't fall in love with this story, I definitely didn't hate it either. The author did a solid job setting up and introducing the characters for the next book in this series also, which I'm really looking forward to and have very high hopes for =)
Ages: Poppy (19) Thaddeus (24)
Pages & Kindle Locations: The story itself contained 350 of 374 pages and ended at 96% and location 4819 of 5039 with the remainder being an informative Author's Note, Acknowledgments, and an except for A DANGEROUS INVITATION.
SECRETS IN SCARLET: Thaddeus and Poppy's romance is sweet and endearing and seamlessly evolves with the thriller/mystery plot that had a couple of nice twists in it. If I had to describe Monroe's writing... I'd say ambitious-- and in a good way. She doesn't settle for easy issues or the easy way out of a problem for her characters... she drags them and the reader through hell and back to a thoroughly satisfying ending that leaves you wanting her next story.