Stealing the Rogue's Heart

Stealing the Rogue's Heart

by Erica Monroe
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Stealing the Rogue's Heart (The Rookery Rogues, #4) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Mina has a privileged upbringing because her brother Joaquin/Quinn is the leader of the Kings one of the three gangs operating in East London. She had been sheltered from the nastier parts of her brother’s business. Then Mina feels the bars she lives behind are their own cage to a young woman at nineteen. One time a week for the last four years Mina has been allowed to spend a couple of hours on a Friday night at The Three Boars Pub. Charlie is her childhood friend and works at the pub as a bartender. One of her brother’s main rivals the Chapman Street Gang meet a at the Three Boars Pub but Mina is tolerated. Beside that the gang felt she is just a woman and didn’t have to worry herself about men’s business. Mina and Charlie had been told they will never be together in this life.Mina and Charlie care for each other. Their families will kill to keep them apart. Mina had been kept in ignorance of the violence and somewhat ignorant of the violence and somewhat ignorant of what her brothers do. This was a great book and I thoroughly enjoyed this story. This had a great plot and i loved the pace. This was a novella that had a lot in it. There is a lot of action and suspense. What happened to Jane and Cyrus that they are no longer engaged ? One of the few questions I had. I loved that this involved everyday people even if it has gangs involved. I really haven’t read a story like this. This seemed realistic to me. This kept my attention from beginning to end. This also choked me up at times. I loved it. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this story and I highly recommend.
Booktalk_with-Eileen More than 1 year ago
It’s a dangerous world we step into. Gang against gang, whim against whim, the power struggle of those with little power. Rarely is good able to surface above the dirt and muck of the city slum streets where people etch out an existence, many die from each other’s blade. The Kings and the Chapmans were rival gangs in the past, but a truce of sorts had been lasting for some time now. Tension had slightly loosened, hence we find Mina Mason, the sister of the Kings’ crime lord at her usual place on Friday night, the Three Boars public house, in Chapman gang territory. She is kept far from violence and ignorant to some degree about what her brothers do. She is well-educated, with a kind demeanor and doesn’t fit within the rookery, although she has made friends with some of the woman who work in the public house. The public house is the place she can see Charlie Chapman, a bartender and her childhood friend. They are from rival gangs, neither wants to deny the attraction, admiration and friendship which exists between them. The hope of ever being more than that just can’t be. Unfortunately, in such environments, the slimy, uncouth drunken men thrive and prey upon the weaker, those who can’t protect themselves. Violence breaks out, Charlie steps in, and the story takes off. Will Charlie survive his own gang’s punishment for hurting another gang member, just to protect an outsider? Will Mina ever be able to see Charlie again? Has she the backbone to defy her brothers, to take what she wants? Monroe’s usage of gang and slum terminology, and the gripping and realistic brutal violence in the rookery makes this a most powerful read. Her protagonists are fighters, fighting for the life they want. Secondary characters are well-defined, giving us a glimpse of what will come in the next sequence of this series. And with that, author Erica Monroe supplies a glossary right at the front of the book, not lost in the back. The reader can browse the list even before reading, helping to clarify terms not in use today. Some of them I already knew from other reads, but who would have thought a ‘loblolley boy’ is a surgeon?
sportochick More than 1 year ago
A cute story about the working class in London. It's a pleasant change from all the prim and proper historical romance reads of late. The author puts together a plot of forbidden love between a crime lord's sister and a young man she befriends from a rival gang. There are parts of this story that will warm the readers heart in regards to Mina's friendship with Charlie and how these two very different people meet and continue to be friends. With a wide variety of secondary characters several ones stand out with Cyrus, Mina's brother most prominent followed by Jane a close friend of Charlie's. Though there wasn't a time that the story wasn't forward moving there were parts that I felt could have been written with more finesse thus making it more believable. Overall I liked the story and I would read more books by this author. I give this 3-1/2 STARS for the certain parts of the story that could have been enhanced. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Stealing the Rogue’s Heart by Erica Monroe The Rookery Rogues Series #4 Quick easy read of a romance set in the rookeries of England in 1833. Mina is the wealthy sister of two brothers running one of three gangs in the city. At 19 Mina seems naïve with little knowledge of where the family money is coming from. When her older brother decides to marry her to someone old that will further their business she makes the decision to nix that idea, convince the man she loves in a rival gang to marry her and take her away. The storyline is predictable and the story short with a HEA to look forward to at the end. I am curious about Mina’s brother Cyrus and do hope he and Jane get together just as Mina and Charlie did. Thank you to NetGalley and Quillfire Publishing for the ARC. This is my honest review. 3 Stars
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
Stealing the Rogue's Heart (The Rookery Rogues #4) by Erica Monroe is one of those WOW, Pre-Victorian Historical Romance, set against the backdrop of London's working class. While, Book 4 of 4 in the famous "The Rookery Rogues" series, it can be read as a stand alone, with re-appearances from characters in the previous books. This story captured my heart, in the first chapter and I held on tight throughout, as I read Mina and Charlie's story. Mina Mason, has led a sheltered life as the youngest sister to the notorious street gang crime Lord, the Kings but she has been friends with Charlie Thatcher for years. Charlie is a member of the Mason family's street gang rival, the Chapman Street Thieves. They saved Charlie from certain death on the streets of the Radcliffe Rookery. Still, Charlie captured her heart, he's the only person in her life who doesn't make her feel like she's in a gilded cage. Charlie works as a bartender, at the Three Boars Public house, which is in Chapman terriory, there he protects Mina and she has always known he would keep her safe. Then one night Mina gets herself in trouble and Charlie, keeping her safe, fights a member of his gang, to protect her and her honor, which, causes Charlie much trouble. Can a childhood friendship actual cause a gang war? Will Mina and Charlie find the help they desperately need before it's too late from her two brothers? Or will all be lost, including their lives, to jealousy and hate? You will found the answers within "Stealing the Rogue's Heart" both surprising and redemptive. What a dark, sexy, romantic suspense with plenty of secrets, twists and turns plus gritty, edgy, romance!! What a heart pounding but heart warming story!! I have loved this series from the start, however, I believe Mina and Charlie's story is my favorite, thus far. A not to miss Pre-Victorian Romance! Hold on to your seats, dear readers, as you're sweep away in "Stealing the Rogue's Heart"! Well done, Ms. Monroe! I can't wait to read Cyrus and Jane's story! Rating: 4.5 Heat rating: Mild Reviewed by: AprilR
Teri_D More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book by Ms. Monroe. The setting for this book is a Pub where Charlie Thatcher, a member of the Chapman Thieves, is a lifelong friend of Mina Mason, sister to a wealthy and powerful crime lord. Charlie is protective of Mina when she comes to visit but feels she can never be his. My heart hurt for both of them. They are both good and kind, yet controlled by others that ignore their feelings and desires. They agreed that nothing should keep them apart and each one vows to do whatever it takes to be together. This can be read as a stand-alone but it's even better if you have read the others in the series. I received an ARC of this book. The choice to read and review it was all mine.
Jandmterry More than 1 year ago
Ms. Monroe has written another great story. Mina and Charlie have been friends since childhood. The fact that their families are rival gangs has never mattered to them. Mina likes going into Chapman territory to visit him and sit at the bar admiring him. Charlie enjoys seeing her and it allows him to keep an eye on her and to keep her safe. One night this is all destroyed by the actions on another and it sets in motion a call for gang loyalty. These two must determine how much they mean to one another and to their family/gang. This is a can't miss story and has a happy ending. I received a gifted copy from the author in exchange for a honest review.