Earls Just Want to Have Fun

Earls Just Want to Have Fun

by Shana Galen
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Earls Just Want to Have Fun by Shana Galen

A 2016 RITA Finalist for Historical Romance!

"a lively pace, wonderful repartee, colorful dialogue, a marvelous cast of characters and, most of all, emotional depth with just enough humor to make you smile and cry."—RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ Stars, TOP PICK!

When Marlowe, a pickpocket, is kidnapped off the streets, she discovers she's actually the lost daughter of the Marquess of Lyndon. Lord Dane doesn't know what to do with the fiercely beautiful hellion, but can he turn her from sassy thief to society lady...before she steals his heart?

Maxwell, Lord Dane, is intrigued when his brother ropes him into an investigation of the fiercely beautiful thief who is believed to be the lost daughter of the Marquess of Lyndon. He teaches her how to navigate the dangerous waters of the ton, but Marlowe will not escape her past so easily. Instead, Max is drawn into London's underworld, where the student becomes the teacher and love is the greatest risk of all.

Covent Garden Cubs Series:
Earls Just Want to Have Fun (Book 1)
The Rogue You Know (Book 2)
I Kissed a Rogue (Book 3)

What readers are saying about Earls Just Want to Have Fun
"Just the right amount of mystery, adventure and attraction to draw you in and keep you satisfied."
"A fast-paced, well-written story with characters that you can't help but fall in love with."
"A tale of adventure, passion, danger and fascinating twists and turns that will enthrall you completely. Entertainment and laughter on every page. A PURE DELIGHT!!"
"I didn't just like this book, I ADORED it!"

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402298714
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 02/03/2015
Series: Covent Garden Cubs Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 292,019
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Shana Galen is three-time Rita award nominee and the bestselling author of passionate Regency romps, including the RT Reviewers' Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Kirkus says of her books, "The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun," and RT Bookreviews calls her books "lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching." She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she writes full time. She's happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making.

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Earls Just Want to Have Fun 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 1 in the Covent Garden Cubs. Marlowe is startled to have the person she just pickpocketed suddenly tell her that he has been looking for her and call her Elizabeth. It's only the rare times when she is alone that she thinks of her time as Elizabeth. Days later, while on a job, she is snatched off the street and thrown into a carriage. Maxwell, Lord Dane, can't believe that his brother, a bow street runner, talked him into helping him kidnapping this hellion. When his brother runs off on another case, Maxwell is left to deal with Marlowe himself. He can't believe that his brother believes that this pickpocket could be Lady Elizabeth. After an interesting several days, Marlowe decides to stay with Maxwell and learn if she is truely Lady Elizabeth. But her real decision is whether to give in to the attraction she feels for Maxwell knowing that she would never be more to him than a short fling Loved this story and can't wait for the rest of the series!! Galen is one of my favorite authors and really knows how to keep me intrigued with the characters. With this new series, she takes us away for the glittering ballrooms and into a side of London not normally written about in historical romance.  I really liked Marlowe. She was obviously not your typical heroine having grown up in the Seven Dials, one of the worst parts of London. Her colorful language had me laughing out loud. She was the opposite of any debutant and that made the story so much more interesting. Maxwell comes off as a snob at the beginning of the story, but we see him grow as a person as he gets to know Marlowe. She gets him to see the reality of what is happening in the poorer parts of London and he changes his tune by the end of the story. I really liked Maxwell's sister Susanna and Marlowe's friend Gideon and hope that Galen give each of them their own story (maybe pair them up...). Thanks go out to Sourcebooks via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
alterlisa More than 1 year ago
This was such a fun read. Marlowe had me cracking up every time she opened her mouth. She definitely had the mouth of a sailor on her. I loved seeing the life of a pickpocket in great detail and the Eliza Doolittle twist was very entertaining too. One of the things I enjoyed most was the mystery suspense coupled with the historical romance  and the laugh out loud moments in the book. It was a real treat to read and I must say it kept me up all night until I'd finished it.
BookAngelBlog More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored this book. I can't say enough good things! I haven't read a Regency romance in forever and randomly decided to read this one. By the end it reminded me why I love Regency romances.  Marlowe/Elizabeth was wonderful. I loved her spunk and that she didn't put up with Dane's pompousness (not sure that's a word, but it fits). She cared so much for everyone and was overall just a fun and lovely heroine. Lord Dane was a great hero. He was more proper and lordy that the usual hero's for historical romance, but I liked it. Sometimes I hate when authors do that, but as usual Shana Galen did a wonderful job not only writing Dane that way, but fitting the story together. There is a undertone of danger in parts of the novel. It had just enough to keep everything intriguing. Plus I love undertones of danger in historical fiction! There wasn't a lot of it, but just the right amount.  The secondary characters of Dane's brother and Marlowe's good friend were both very interesting. I liked the focus on them and I hope that those two come up in the future.  I have never been disappointed by Shana Galen and this novel was no exception! 
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
Earls Just Want to Have Fun was a lovely historical romance. Sweet and with a delightful couple of characters, it was a fantastic read and I really liked it. Marlowe was a great heroine. She was definitely different than the mold, having been raised on the streets as a thief. She was clever, tough, and unimpressed by wealth and titles. She was definitely a fun heroine, with her entertaining reactions to the life of the aristocracy. I thought she was lovely. Dane was, to be honest, totally stuffy and pompous at first. But, over the course of the book, Marlowe's influence opened his eyes to the realities of the world. He loosened up and became a more accepting type of person. And, through it all, he was always a kind, honorable man who had his sweet moments. He was a wonderful hero. The romance was lovely. Marlowe and Dane were an odd couple, with their different backgrounds, but they were perfectly matched. And, they definitely had a ton of chemistry that turned the heat up. They were great together. The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. The story was fantastic and the ending was perfect. Earls Just Want to Have Fun was a delightful romance that I really liked. It was a charming, fun, and very sweet read. Romance lovers, this is a book you won't want to miss. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
KathyL2059 More than 1 year ago
I love books where the lead characters change for the better. Dane does a complete 180 in this book, and it is so enjoyable to watch him learn that right and wrong are not always so cut and dried. Marlowe opens his eyes to the terrible life that some people face day after day in the slums of London, and she learns that not all aristocrats are cold and uncaring. The ending (which I will not divulge) is so tender and sweet that it actually made me cry. I always get a little glassy-eyed at happy endings, but there were actual tears. The Viscount of Vice is the prequel to this series, and I can recommend that as well. Both stories can be read separately, but they are both really rewarding reads.
def618 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. I had to order it as my B&N didn't have it on release day! I thought this was well written with a good plot. I do not write spoilers but I think you will enjoy it.
SuzieQSK More than 1 year ago
Maxwell, Lord Dane believes that the poor deserve their fate. They are dirty, lazy, uneducated, and immoral. But when Max is forced to deal with the very type of person he despises, his life will never be the same. Will Max help Marlowe break free from a life of crime? Is she really the long lost aristocrat Lady Elizabeth Lyndon? I highly recommend that you read EARLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN to find out. The first half was light hearted with great chemistry and funny banter. But in the second half Shana Galen's story turns dark and dangerous. I loved this book!
gaele More than 1 year ago
I love my historic romances that show the clash of class divisions, and all too rarely the upper echelon never deigns to or acknowledges  the denizens of the lowest rungs in society’s ladder. While mentions of Whitechapel or the Seven Dials are made as areas ‘too dangerous’ to contemplate, rarely do we see characters that are surviving the various dangers of neighborhoods deemed too deadly and treacherous for any law or order to reach. Shana Galen has brought a taste of the Seven Dials to light in this story.  Marlowe is a member of the Covent Garden Cubs, a group of young thieves, pickpockets and others, struggling to survive in the dangerous world: banding together for safety and security. While not in any way an ideal life, Marlowe has managed to become something of a legend to the others, with her skills and talent.  Far from the life she could imagine, Marlowe claims to know nothing else, but occasionally she remembers moments of a quiet, cared for life when she was always well fed, warm and comfortable.  Brook Derring is a bow street runner, searching out the case of a missing child, the daughter of the Marquess of London.  While wanting to keep tabs on this girl, he also has other cases and issues to attend to. And the life of a Bow Street runner, no matter what his origins, are not exactly perfect for keeping the girl.  So he turns to his elder brother, Maxwell, Lord Dane to ‘reacquaint’ the chit to the finer things  in life while he continues to unearth her true origins.  What a fun concept, and an interesting choice of characters. Marlowe is headstrong, independent and utterly self-assured in her current life, but the one being offered her and her trials and errors of navigating society and the affluence that may be in her grasp are wonderfully written.  And Maxwell comes to learn and change his long-held beliefs about the ‘poor’ and the people of the Seven Dials, learning that choice isn’t always afforded everyone in London.   Their chemistry is fairly bouncing off the pages, from Maxwell’s snobbery to Marlowe’s unwillingness to be seen as less than capable or worthy of notice the animosity slowly changes for a grudging admiration that eventually develops into more.  Both are being treated to  the slights, prejudices and hastily arrived at opinions of their respective positons in society, and they are both learning to be more open, accepting and aware of difficulties that each group faces.  Pacing and development worked beautifully to bring these characters around and allow them to grow and change as their relationship morphed from animosity to more.  With world-building and descriptions that capture the areas as well as they contrast and then become more “real’ to each character.  A fun, captivating and satisfying read. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
PansyPetal More than 1 year ago
This was a bit of a different, though fun, historical romance.  I have to begin by giving the author kudos for, what appears to me to be, authentic cockney speak without actually trying to spell out the dialect.  She used only terminology.  It was wonderful and kept me engaged in the story.   What do I mean?  Okay, this story introduces a “gang” of street kids who live near the famed Covent Garden.  They have a language almost their own.  Words like “bubble,”  “racket,” “flash ken,” “bubbies,” (one of my favorites) just to mention a few.  The context in which they are used usually explains what the word means, but, if not, it is explained as one continues to read.  It adds to the story to realize, and hear, the cockney accent without having to wade through a painful attempt by the author to write the accent.  I enjoyed it.   Back to this “gang” of street kids – one of them, known as Marlowe, is actually a young woman who was kidnapped as a young girl and raised to this life.  She has little to no memory of her former life and does what she must to survive in this harsh world of the streets.  Suddenly, she finds herself in the world of the “swells” and forced to take a bath.  She is sure she is going to get sick.  She doesn’t trust anyone here and the feeling does seem to be mutual.  But, the food is good and plentiful, the bed is so soft it is like sleeping on a cloud, so why not stick it out for a bit while the “swells” decide if she really is Lady Elizabeth Lyndon. Sir Brook Derring is the “swell” who was hired to find Lady Elizabeth.  He is a younger brother and rather than going into the military or taking the collar as many a younger son, he is an investigator for the Bow Street Runners.  A most unusual occupation for a member of the ton.  But Sir Brook is making it work and is the hero of many a young debutante, much to the chagrin of his older brother, Maxwell Derring, Earl of Dane.   The Earl of Dane is rather rigid in doing his duty as an Earl.  That does not include aking a thief into his home.  It really doesn’t matter that she may have once been a Lady of the realm.  She is now a thief and therefore not his problem.  But he acquiesced to his brother’s wishes until Lord and Lady Lyndon can claim the baggage.   I completely enjoyed watching the omnipotent Earl meet his Waterloo.  Not only does Marlowe completely attract his baser self, but she turns his ideals upside down.  I despaired that there would be a happy ever after.   This was a totally fun and exciting read.  There was suspense, adventure, betrayal, a touch of scandal, and of course, romance.   Everything one could want in a historical romance, but with a bit of a twist.  Well worth the read.   I seemed to have missed the prequel to this series, but I didn’t notice until now, so don’t worry.  The events of the prequel were mentioned, but not really important to this story other than maybe to introduce Sir Brook.  Earls Just Want to Have Fun reads quite well as a stand-alone novel.   I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Here
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I need a beutiful intelligent girl to be my gf will you do that for me he says and looks at her lovingly from august
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kudo to Shana Galen for a well researched and intelligently written Regency novel. It was a delight to read her prose and become acquainted with Dane and Marlowe. Wonderfully written and well paced; the character arc is done quite well and comes to a satisfying conclusion. Highly recommended.
Tinalou70 More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. I loved that the heroine wasn't some typical debutante, society miss of a slightly lower class or even a country bumpkin. I liked that the hero had to re-think his ideas on what he deemed as people "deserving of their lot in life" with regards to the poor. Like his brother did, some might question how quickly he did a 180 but sometimes, one really good look or a chance to "see how the other half lives" is all it takes for some people to take the u-turn and hopefully make a change. I agree that there were some holes in the plot but nothing was so far-fetched if you kept an open mind which some people are incapable of doing and just enjoy the story. It's very hard to find an atypical Regency novel these days so I love that Ms. Galen managed to write just that. The characters were interesting (can't wait to read more about the Earl's brother), just enough humor to give me giggles here and there, and the HEA while not a surprise, came faster than I would've liked. It would've been nice to see more of Marlowe's interactions with her long-lost parents before she wed. While I have several books from her, this is the first time I've read her (too many books, too little of me to read). I'm about to keep the momentum going and read the next in the series, The Rogue You Know, and look forward to reading more from Ms. Galen in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously this was a great read. Different than the usual female lead which was what made the book so good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so far fetched and inane I couldn't get past the first 50 pages. Save your money and buy something that might be plausible.
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
Earls Just Want To Have Fun by Shana Galen is a fantastic read. Ms Galen has crafted a well written book. Marlowe and Dane's story is full of drama, action, humor and spice. I enjoyed reading Earls Just Want To Have Fun and look forward to reading more from Shana Galen in the future. Earls Just Want To Have Fun is book 1 of the Covent Garden Cubs Series, but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it! A perfect Cinderella story. Cant wait to read the next one!
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Fun read I enjoyed the story
CinnamonGM More than 1 year ago
Strong characters, strong emotions, and in the end, doing the right thing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*cocks gun* "Go to he.ll." *shoots James in the hea and everyone else here* *dusts of hands* "I think my work here is done." *walks out*