Sunday, December 26, 2021

THE THIEF AND THE NOBLE by Dana LeCheminant, Reviewed by Rebecca and Paula

"You have a lot to learn, little thief".

The lovely Lady Marian Russell is determined to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate; not knowing exactly how, she disguises herself and literally falls into the lap of someone who can teach her . . .  how to become a thief? Surely not! With clever intentions, this particularly elusive man steals from the rich in order to give to the poor, choosing his targets wisely, efficiently executing a more-than-mild payback for cruel injustices. When Marian inadvertently uncovers his true identity, they strike up a bargain . . . her silence for his tutelage. Let the heists begin!

There's just one little problem. Someone else has decided to play copycat, and that burglar's intentions are not the least bit noble, and more than a little bit dangerous. How long will Marian and her mentor be able to play the game, especially when the rules change . . . to include attraction, which becomes a most inconvenient distraction.

"Until the world went to sleep, she was trapped as Lady Marian, subjected to fake smiles and ambitious fortune hunters hoping to make a well-bred friend of rank."

"If you're scared, Robin had told her, you have to remember why you are doing it. Who you are doing it for."

Shades of the infamous legend of Robin Hood pervade this story at every turn, making it a most entertaining, highly romantic tale. Even when you figure out the culprit before the characters themselves catch on, the author delightfully lets you tag along, sprinkling high doses of humor and unexpected spikes of suspense through-out this clean, romantic, story.
*I received a copy of this book from Covenant Communications through Interviews and Reviews. The opinions stated above are entirely my own. 3.5stars
From the mysterious figure on the cover to the beautiful scroll design at each chapter head, this was a delightful Robin Hood story set in Regency England. The change in the time period lent itself to a fresh take and more opportunities for Robin Loxley and Marian Russell to hone their skills at thievery. Their ultimate goal, of course, was to take from the select pompous rich and give to the less fortunate. The villains are deserving of censure and the downtrodden are worthy of help.

Marian wants to help Rob, so he teaches her and her cousin Will. Robin, known as the Elusive Earl, finds her fascinating and is drawn to her. But all their lives are put in danger from a copycat thief who is not as discriminating in who he robs.

This is a clean read with a slight mention of God.

I loved every minute of the layered tale of intrigue with a healthy dose of romance and a lesson in appreciation for family.
*A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Covenant Communication through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own. * 5 stars and a clean read
BackCover Blurb:
As the daughter of a marquess, Lady Marian Russell is poised to impress in her first London Season. She is young, beautiful, and wealthy―but catching an eligible husband is the last thing on her mind. Marian is disillusioned with how the upper class lives while the poor of London suffer, and she is determined to right this imbalance. When she comes face-to-face with a mysterious man who steals from arrogant aristocrats and redistributes the spoils to the poor, Marian recognizes a motivation that mirrors her own. She is determined to discover the true identity of the unscrupulous hero and offer her assistance.

When she unmasks the bandit, however, Marian is stunned: he is none other than the elusive Lord Robin Loxley. In exchange for her silence, Robin begrudgingly agrees to train the lovely Marian in the art of thievery, quickly realizing that his heart may be stolen next. But when Robin and Marian discover a copycat thief operating in London, they are faced with a foe whose purpose is far from noble. Amid distracting suitors, becoming champions of the poor, and a growing attraction they can’t ignore, can they expose the renegade pilferer without risking themselves―and each other?

Covenant Communications, February, 2022

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