The most dangerous journeys...
Jeremy Pratt is a spy for the Crown, and one of the best. He had been in more dangerous situations than he can admit, and has always come out unscathed. But escorting his colleague’s cousin home to her family, even in disguise, just might be beyond his skills, and the temptation beyond his ability to withstand.
May be ones of the heart...
Helen Dalton is convinced there is more to this man escorting her than meets the eye, and something familiar about him, as well. There is only one man in the world who looks at her so intensely, banters with her so easily, and makes her blush so furiously. And when he manages a daring and heroic rescue, she wonders if she ever knew him at all.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Spies. Danger. Intrigue. Romance. All of it comes together with great characters and delightful banter in Connolly’s latest London League novel. Jeremy and Helen have great chemistry and a teasing fondness that had me grinning often. Once the kisses started I was swooning and grinning at the same time! Their banter is such fun (the kicks!!!) yet the romantic scenes sizzle with breathless tension. A great combination of tender, fun, and swoony! The danger and intrigue are nicely done too, timed just right to build the tension and keep you on the edge of your seat. The ending will have you frantically impatient for the next book, especially if you have read the other books in the series. (Don’t worry if you haven’t though. The author does a good job of catching you up.) Bottom Line: You’ll hold your breath for more than one reason while reading By Hook or By Rook – from swoony kisses to nail-biting danger and a last line that will have you gasping out loud. This is a delightful journey from start to finish and a quick read perfect for a summer night. (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
“Was that an equation there? Happiness plus security multiplied by love equals matrimony? Because I can tell you, that’s not how it works at all.” 4.5 stars! Rebecca Connolly has a witty, clever, and delicious way of writing that will make you laugh, ache, and feel as the characters and their relationship are being developed. This is book 4 in the London League series but can be read as a stand alone. The author does a great job of pulling in the important historical information from the previous three books so that we can understand the backgrounds of Rook’s colleagues without having to read the other books. Rook, aka Jeremy Pratt, is a spy for the Crown in 1825 England and Helen is the favorite cousin of one of his colleague’s wives. Though secretly infatuated with Helen, Jeremy can’t let his public persona slip and can’t let Helen known of his feelings since his group of spies (London League) is being threatened. Unbeknownst to Jeremy, Helen returns his feelings but feels rebuffed when he distances himself and decides to leave London. When Jeremy is tasked to bring Helen safely to her brother’s home in York, all the fun begins. There are secrets to unearth and secrets to protect, carriage chase and gunfire, heady and incredibly tender romance, heart-wrenching angst, fun dialogue, and a cliffhanger that come together to make this book one that you can’t put down. If you enjoy Regency spy novels, you will absolutely love this one. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series! I received a copy of the book via Singing Librarian Books Tour and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
By Hook or By Rook is the newest installment in the London League series by Rebecca Connolly. I love this series! There is a thread that continues through every book in the series, but the book can be read as a stand-alone. Jeremy Pratt (Rook) has been interested in Helen Dalton for over a year, but it has never gone beyond some casual flirting in the ballrooms. When Jeremy is asked to protect Helen from a suspected attack during a journey to her brother, he reluctantly agrees. Rook and Helen have a unique relationship with the fun bantering, but they also have sweet moments. During the journey, Helen threatens to kick Jeremy. In a moment of annoyance, he tells her that he will kick her back. This threat eventually turns into sweet moments with them gently kicking each other often. “His smile, though fleeting, soothed her heart, and she hesitantly kicked his shin. His eyes remained on hers, his throat worked in a swallow, and then, very faintly, he tapped his foot against hers.” I also loved the scene with them holding hands under the door. “A soft sound below her caught her attention and she looked down. The tips of a few fingers had slid under the door, resting against the floor and seeming to hold a very faint tremor in them. Helen stared at them, still grinning, only now her eyes began to prickle with tender tears. She sniffed them back, then sighed as she laid her fingers atop his, gasping quietly when they curled against hers. An accompanying almost gasp echoed from the other side of the door.” Despite Jeremy and Helen finding love, things do not tie up so neatly. Rook has a dilemma of leaving the woman he loves in order to protect her. This book is clean, however, it does have cursing. While this book focuses on Rook, there is quite a bit of my favorite series character Gent in it. His book is the first in the series, The Lady and the Gent. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly suggest reading it. It’s hard enough to wait between books in this series, but waiting after the end of this book might be like going through Rook’s torture.