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4.5 out of 5 Stars
An impossible heist. A thief and a rogue. But will she steal his heart, instead?
The Company of Rogues finally knows the identity of the mastermind behind a plot against the queen—but their enemy is still one step ahead of them. When he kidnaps one of theirs, the Rogues plan a daring rescue mission that will lead them into the heart of the bloodthirsty Crimson Court.
It’s a job for a master thief, and there’s nothing Charlie Todd likes more than a challenge. To pull off the impossible, Charlie needs a crew, including the only thief who’s ever been able to outfox him.
He broke her heart. But now she must risk it all to save his life…
Lark’s spent years trying to forget her past, but the one thing she can’t ignore is the way a single smile from Charlie still sets her heart on fire. When he proposes they work together again, it feels just like old times, but she has one rule: this is strictly business.
It’s Charlie’s last chance to prove he can be trusted with her heart. But Lark’s keeping a deadly secret. And as passions are stirred and the stakes mount, it might be the kind of secret that could destroy them all…
Ocean’s 11 meets Dracula, in this sexy paranormal heist by USA Today Bestselling Author, Bec McMaster. If you like sexy paranormal romances, steampunk shenanigans, and plenty of action-adventure (vampires, dirigible flights, and steamy rooftop chases), then dive into this thrilling heist with Charlie and Lark.
“If you think to play this game with me, then I warn you to play it carefully.”
Who DOESN’T want a steampunk Anastasia story?? I didn’t know that’s what I was getting myself into, but… YES, PLEASE!!
I had never read any of the books in this series, so I was a little worried going into it, but seeing Steampunk with Vampire type characters called “Blue Bloods” (they have bloodthirsting cravings that make them faster, stronger and give them exceptional capabilities), I knew I had to give it a shot. Boy, am I glad that I did!! McMaster was very good at explaining what may have been missed enough that I understood things that had happened, but not so much that if I had read the other novels I would be bored with the recap. (in saying that, I am ABSOLUTELY going back to read the other books!!)
I am such a sucker for steampunk and I loved the London and Russian themes in this novel! The parallels with the story of the Princess Anastasia Nikolaevna made me SO HAPPY, and was quite a pleasant surprise!! (one of my favourite mysteries!)
Then there is the romance between Lark and Charlie! It may not be for everyone, but I LOVE the friends/lovers trope!! The will they/won’t they, and will it ruin their friendship forever after being “thick as thieves” (ha ha.)
“First rule of thieves code: Don’t scare the piss out of your fellow cross-coves.”
It was so cute, following them on their journey of discovering each other as adults from the children they remember,
“Then why are you staring?”
“Because you have a little something… right here…”
He indicated his chest, and Lark looked down, as if expecting to find a tea stain or something. He could practically feel the moment she realized what he’d been referring to. Heat burned in her cheeks…”
Slowly realizing they’re true feelings for each other,
“When he looks at you, he gets this particularly constipated expression on his face. I could drop an anvil on his foot and he wouldn’t notice it if you were in the room.”
I also LOVE their rag tag band of rogues!! Definitely some amazing supporting characters in the group, and I love the loyalty and love they all have for each other! They made me laugh with their banter,
“Some bastard spilled ‘is entrails all over me boots.”
“How terribly impolite.”
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for some action, some fantasy, some romance, and even a little smattering of history!! ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! Even though I know what happens, I STILL can’t wait togo back and read it from the beginning!!
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Bec has been nominated for RT Reviews Best Steampunk Romance for Heart of Iron (2013), won RT Reviews Best Steampunk Romance with Of Silk And Steam (2015), and Forged By Desire was nominated for an RWA RITA award in 2015. The series has received starred reviews from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and Library Journal, with Heart of Iron named one of their Best Romances of 2013.
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To Catch a Rogue is Best Served with a Thief in the Night Cocktail
- 1 1/2 oz Bourbon
- 1 oz Averna amaro (I had to substitute Aperol, which is similar)
- 1/2 oz Lemon juice
- 1/2 oz Honey syrup (1 part honey, 1 part water)
- Add all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice
- Shake until chilled approx 20 seconds
- Strain into a cocktail glass