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Scoundrels, thieves and rebels inhabit the rookeries--where the women are fierce and the men are dangerous. WHEN AN UNDERWORLD PRINCESS...Beautiful, innocent Mina Mason has led a sheltered life as the sister to the most notorious crime lord in England. Her family's wealth and expectations keep her in a gilded cage, never able to act on her true desires. Like kissing -- an Scoundrels, thieves and rebels inhabit the rookeries--where the women are fierce and the men are dangerous. WHEN AN UNDERWORLD PRINCESS...Beautiful, innocent Mina Mason has led a sheltered life as the sister to the most notorious crime lord in England. Her family's wealth and expectations keep her in a gilded cage, never able to act on her true desires. Like kissing -- and engaging in far more scandalous behavior with--Charlie Thatcher, her childhood best friend. As a member of a rival gang, Charlie is distinctly off-limits.FALLS FOR THE WRONG MAN...Charlie Thatcher has known since he was a boy where his loyalties should lie: with the Chapman Street Thieves, who saved him from a brutal death in the dark alleys of the Ratcliffe rookery. As a bartender for the Three Boars public house, he protects his fellow brothers with his mind and his fists. But when one of those members threatens Mina's safety, Charlie's primal, protective instincts are triggered--and his defense of her puts them both in danger.PASSION MAY BE THEIR DOWNFALL.--------Stealing the Rogue's Heart is a dark, gritty, and sexy romantic suspense set in pre-Victorian working class London. While it is book four in the Rookery Rogues series, it can be read as a stand-alone historical romance novella. ...

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  • Caz
    2019-02-09 14:10

    One of the things that long-time readers of historical romance frequently discuss is the fact that the genre is awash in heroes and heroines from the aristocracy and that we’d really like to see more historicals featuring lower and middle class characters. I think anyone who has been around romancelandia for any length of time will be able to hazard a guess as to the reason for all-the-noblemen-all-the-time; in a nutshell – dukes sell and publishers are reluctant to take a chance on books that don’t feature at least one noble protagonist. Fortunately for those of us who like to take a break from the toffs, there are some writers who frequently write stories featuring “ordinary” men and women. Carla Kelly and Marguerite Kaye are two notable examples, and another such is Erica Monroe, whose Rookery Rogues books feature characters from the opposite end of the social scale.Although Stealing the Rogue’s Heart is book four in the Rookery Rogues series, it can easily be read as a standalone. The couple whose story was told in book one, A Dangerous Invitation, make cameo appearances, but anyone new to the series could easily start here and not feel lost; in fact, I got the impression that Ms. Monroe has used the novella to introduce a new set of potential heroes and heroines as well as to tell the story of the romance between the sister of one of London’s most feared crime-lords and her childhood friend – who is, unfortunately, a member of a rival gang. (That isn’t a complaint, because now I know I’ve got more to look forward to in this well-written and unusual series.)Mina Mason has had a privileged upbringing owing to the fact that her oldest brother, Joaquin (Quinn) is the leader of the Kings, one of the three gangs operating in East London. Her life has been a sheltered one; as the only female in the family, she has been sheltered from the nastier parts of her brother’s business, but, now aged nineteen, she is beginning to see that while the bars she lives behind might be gilded, she’s nonetheless living in a cage.Once a week for the past four years, she has been allowed to spend a few of hours of a Friday evening at The Three Boars pub, where her childhood friend, Charlie Thatcher works as a barman. The Boars is considered to be the meeting house of the Chapman Street Gang, one of her brother’s main rivals, but Mina’s presence is tolerated; after all, she’s only a woman and doesn’t need to bother her pretty little head with men’s business. The attraction of the place for her is twofold; for one thing, Mina can just be herself, a woman with her own life rather than a princess locked in an ivory tower. And for another, she comes to see Charlie, the gangly boy grown into a handsome young man for whom she feels much more than mere friendship.Charlie grew up in the Rookeries, and was just seven years old when he first met Mina Mason. He had been badly beaten by a mark for trying to steal from him and, battered and bloody, ended up on the steps of the King of Spades gambling hell where Mina saw him and sneaked out with some bread and cheese. She’d tended his wounds and made him laugh – and the two have been firm friends ever since. Not long after this, Charlie was saved from another vicious beating by members of the Chapman Street gang and inducted into their number – and Chapman’s is one of King’s main rivals. While Charlie and Mina haven’t exactly had to keep their friendship a secret, it’s not something they advertise, and, with Mina’s brother arranging to betroth her to a man old enough to be her father for the connections he can bring to the gang, it looks as though they will soon be parted forever.One particular Friday night, however, things go badly awry when Mina is accosted by a drunken member of Chapman’s. Her bodyguard is preoccupied with one of the tavern wenches, and so it’s Charlie who comes to her aid, landing several punches before other members of the gang get involved and the whole thing turns into a full-scale brawl. Mina’s friend, Jane (who was formerly engaged to Mina’s other brother, Cyrus) helps to get her to safety, but that one unfortunate incident is set to destroy the already fragile truce that exists between the two gangs. And on a personal level, things aren’t looking good for Charlie, whose loyalties are now called into question because he stood up for a Mason against one of his own.It’s a familiar set up that goes farther back than Romeo and Juliet and comes bang up to date in the current trend for contemporary “mafia/gang-culture” romances. The loyalties are fierce, the violence is not sugar-coated and Ms. Monroe’s descriptive prose really puts the reader slap-bang in the middle of the muddy streets and dank alleyways of the East End of London or sits them at the bar in the crowded, smoke-filled, gin-scented pub.She packs a lot into this novella, but I never felt as though she’d tried to do too much. There’s plenty of action and suspense in the story, but at its heart is the relationship between Charlie and Mina, two people who have always been there for each other and who know they’re meant to be together. They’re engaging, likeable characters, although there are a couple of times when Mina comes across as desperately – and perhaps implausibly – naïve, and Charlie seems to underestimate the depth of the shitpile he’s fallen into, which doesn’t ring quite true for a chap who, let’s face it, commits crimes for a living. But overall, the characterisation is solid, the story is well-paced and the depth of feeling between Mina and Charlie is convincingly and vividly depicted.If you haven’t read anything by Erica Monroe before and are feeling just a little bit tired of titled heroes, then Stealing the Rogue’s Heart would be the perfect introduction to the seamier, darker side of pre-Victorian London and this author’s world of ordinary men and women doing what they must to keep body and soul together. The earlier books in the series are also well worth reading, and I’m already looking forward to the next, which is due for release in the Summer.

  • Whitney
    2019-02-03 13:28

    2.5 starsThis is the fourth in the series. I have not read any other books in this series but I found it was somewhat easy to read as a standalone. It was just a mediocre book. Lack of connection to the characters made me really not caring what happened. But mostly, it wasn't any part of the hero or heroine actually doing anything that lead to the ending. Mostly half decisions and other people helping that moved the story to a conclusion. Seriously, Charlie and Mina are clueless people who couldn't stand on two feet without the abundance of help from outside parties. ** An ARC was provided through NetGalley for an honest review**

  • Phoenix77
    2019-01-21 15:14

    Two street gangs, both alike in villainy,In filthy London where we lay our scene.From old rivalries to a fragile peace,Torn asunder fighting for a girl’s esteem.There is nothing like a romance between star-crossed lovers. The conflicts seem insurmountable but the emotions are almost as large to keep characters fighting for their relationship. In Stealing the Rogue’s Heart, Erica Monroe borrows a little from Romeo and Juliet to set the stage for her tale of love ripped apart by the brutality of the London slums.In the Rookeries, loyalty to your gang is more important than blood or family. Control of the East End between three equally powerful street gangs: the Kings, the Chapman Street Gang and the Tanners, has kept the area in a state of relative peace for many years. Unfortunately the death of the Tanners’ leader has created a power vacuum that the other two gangs are ready to fill. Tensions are high but Mina Mason has always found a safe refuge from the danger in the company of her good friend Charlie Thatcher. Mina’s position as the younger sister of the Kings’ leader has kept her insulated from threats and Charlie’s ties to the Chapman Street Gang have also shielded her from unwanted attention. Little does Mina realize that her feelings of safety and protection are an illusion easily shattered.Charlie has loved Mina for almost as long as he’s known her but his allegiance to the Chapman Street Gang doesn’t exactly put him in a position to court her. The Mason family is viewed as near royalty within the Rookeries and Mina has grown up with every convenience the Kings’ money can buy her. Charlie has had to content himself with being Mina’s friend and companion when she leaves her virtual palace to sit in his bar while he works. What Charlie doesn’t realize is that Mina’s reasons for being at his workplace have everything to do with her own deep feelings for him.Please read the full review at Romantic Historical Reviews

  • Anna
    2019-01-25 17:22

    SCORE! Erica Monroe delivers another wonderful Regency- and there isn't a single member of royalty or the ton in the story! Her writing brings readers into a side of London's Regency era that few offer. It is as if Romeo and Juliet are reborn - this time as family members of two warring gangs of London. Childhood friends- they depend on the friendship of the other to help sustain them through the unpleasantness of their existence. Both sides share a truce, a precarious peace, until violence erupts over the honor of a friend. Charlie Thatcher (a member of the notorious Chapman gang) has to step over the line and save his best friend Mina Mason (sister of the feared King brothers) from an assault by a member of his gang. The fight for Mina's honor becomes much more. Their families promised them that they would never be together in this life -- and did everything they could to keep these two best friends - these two young lovers- apart. They are willing to kill without hesitation to force the separation. Can their friendship and love have a chance when everyone is against it? Have their families (gangs) underestimated the depth of their feelings for each other? Can this even have a happily ever after? Erica Monroe weaves an intricate tale of life in the Rookeries- the underbelly of London. She develops her all of her characters. They become visible in your mind. You understand and side with them. You cheer for them. You weep with them. Don't pass up this wonderful Regency book. Let Erica Monroe open your eyes to this side of London and ...possibilities. I can't help myself- this book is FIVE Stars!!

  • April
    2019-01-28 09:35

    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: 4.5Heat rating: Mild Reviewed by: AprilR

  • Tracy Emro
    2019-02-15 11:36

    *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC I received from NetGalley and the publisher*This is not your typical historical romance, this story is dark, at times depressing, violent and well just plain awesome!Mina Mason is the sister of the crime lord, Joaquin, leader of the Kings gang. Charlie is Mina's love and a member of a rival gang, the Chapmans. I was expecting a Romeo and Juliet type story with a happy ending - but what I really got was a story of love conquering all.The Kings and the Chapmans have maintained a truce for years, but all that changes when Charlie stands up to a fellow gang member in defense of Mina. With his life in jeopardy and her brother trying to marry her off to a business associate, there seems to be no way these two can have a HEA.I give Ms. Monroe a lot of credit, I have read thousands of books and never had I ever read one like this. I was sure this book was going to end sadly and badly, but she pulled off a believable miracle.I would highly recommend this novella, but be warned, this is not a light, happy, fluffy read - it is down and dirty. I could be read as a stand alone, but I would recommend reading the entire series in order for the best reader experience.

  • Cathy Geha
    2019-02-06 15:26

    Stealing the Rogue’s Heart by Erica MonroeThe Rookery Rogues Series #4Quick 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

  • Meghan Lloyd
    2019-01-29 13:08

    A pleasant, quick read with lots of action! All the feels of Romeo and Juliet without the death, which is good, because I always thought Shakespeare really messed up the ending.Mina Mason is the younger sister of Joaquin Mason, the leader of the Mason gang and the enemy of the rival Chapman gang. Charlie Thatcher is the adopted son of the leader of the Chapman gang, though his future there becomes rocky when his love for Mina is brought into the light. After a bloody brawl which leaves his loyalties in question and Mina's hand in marriage firmly in the grasp of a lecherous associate of her brother's, their future seems rocky at best. But love is worth fighting for, and they won't rest until they are together again.Mina and Charlie are one of those couples where it's really easy to want to kiss them and slap them all at the same time. I loved their chemistry, Mina's stubbornness, and Charlie's protective instincts. However, I also felt both were extremely naive given their circumstances. Mina has grown up in a crime family, but at one point in the book, she is shocked to discover that everything she owns is paid for by money made illegally. Charlie is a bit more logical, but he also seems to underestimate the situation he finds himself in. While Mina has some excuse, I expected a bit better from a man who actually commits crimes for a living.I loved the story and am eager to read more in this series! It was an exciting book, perfect if you have a day to yourself to immerse yourself in a story.**I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

  • Angel Hatfield
    2019-02-01 14:23

    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.

  • SmartBitches
    2019-02-03 14:30

    Lightning review at Smart Bitches, Trashy BooksStealing the Rogue’s Heart is the fourth book in the Rookery Rogues series. I loved the first book in the series, A Dangerous Invitation super hard. The series is set in London’s East End and follows the lives of people who—gasp!—are not in the aristocracy. I so want more historicals that don’t follow only the upper classes. You don’t have to read the series in order, but a lot of the characters from previous books make cameos so it’s fun to have that context.This particular installment is a forbidden love romance, which is totally my catnip. Mina Mason is basically a mafia princess; her older brothers run the Kings, a dangerous and powerful gang. Mina is going to be married off to an old man in order to help secure their power, which, other than sucking in general, is a problem because Mina is in love with Charlie Thatcher.Stealing the Rogue’s Heart is a nice departure from historicals set in the ballrooms with ducal heroes. The only thing I wanted was more time with Charlie and more character development on his part. We get a lot of Mina, but I’m a sucker for a lot of detail and deep POV with the hero. If you like gritty historicals or the words “underworld romance” make you giddy, then you should totally check this book out.- Elyse

  • BigComfyChairBookReviews
    2019-02-17 13:09

    Short & Sweet! I love childhood friendship turning into adult love! It is one of my favorite themes. Of all the Rookery Rouges books this one is probably the fluffiest (though still dark). It was a nice little reprieve from the gravity of the previous books. Writing about life in the pre-Victorian slums is a great idea, but binge reading this series can leave you a little gloomy. I enjoyed Charlie & Mina’s romance, it had just the right amount of angst and just the right amount of sweetness. I call this the prefect recipe for a Sweet & Sour romance! Most importantly this book was the perfect length! The previous books in the series all felt too long and this one was blessedly short! It helped me make up the time (I feel) I lost reading the other ones and I am back on goal! WARNING: there is sex in this book (1.5 scenes), it is not erotica, but enough to be a steamy & hot adult romance. Please do not read if you are looking for something PG. Romance-5/5 Steaminess-3/5 Explicitness-3/5

  • Sissy's Romance Book Review
    2019-02-17 11:29

    'Stealing the Rogue's Heart' by Erica Monroe is book Four in the "The Rookery Rogues"series. This is the story of Mina Mason and Charlie Thatcher. Mina and Charlie were childhood friends and they are both very protective of each other. In addition they are from rival gang but that hasn't stopped their friendship. Mina has overall been protected and kept innocent of their dealings. But now her brothers are going to marry her off to a man older than her father. Her brothers have made a stand against Charlie and Mina getting closer. But Mina isn't letting Charlie go and hopes that he can help her escape this marriage but things start getting dangerous for them both. Can these two star crossed lovers get a happy ending?"My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-27 17:18

    This book was a standard pre-Victorian romance between Mina, the sister of the leader of one of the leading gangs the Kings, and Charlie, a member of the rival Chapman gang. What was unique about this story was that it doesn't involve the nobility, but everyday people. The book shows that class differences didn't just exist between the nobility and the common people, but between all levels. The one thing that I wish was expanded upon was Mina and Charlie's history. I really like friends-to-lovers romances, and while a few memories were recalled, there was room for more to deepen the emotional connection between the two, instead of just relying on the characters to say they have developed this relationship/love.I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Patricia
    2019-01-18 16:16

    Really interesting story - hooked me from the beginning and I was anxious to see how hero and heroine would resolve their predicament. Received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Amanda
    2019-01-27 16:34

    REceived copy from author! Loved her other books so I am sure this will not disappoint. Will post review ASAP

  • Eileen Dandashi
    2019-01-24 10:38

    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?Full review on blog, Booktalk with Eileen http://wp.me/p40XtX-2mX

  • Twinsie Talk Angie J
    2019-02-04 17:22

    Check out this review and others atwww.Twinsietalk.comwww.Facebook.com/Twinsietalkwww.Twitter.com/Twinsietalkwww.Tsu.co/TwinsietalkNewsletter : http://eepurl.com/brwkPv Stealing the Rogues Heart by Erica MonroeI received this book from the author for an honest review.Ok so I love Historical books. When my friend tells me “You need this book in your life” I grab it when the author offers me a copy ANNNND I owe my friend a big ol’ high 5. I loved this book!! Now I will admit I was a BIT sad that there weren’t any Dukes or Lords because that is the only historicals I have read. HOWEVER, after I settled in to the story I was totally digging it. It was like mafia families meets Romeo and Juliet. How in the heck is that possible you ask? Dude I have no clue but it just WAS!! And I think that is why I ended up loving it. Romeo and Juliet is awesome and then you throw in the Sopranos…GOLD!Mina and Charlie are best friends BUT, yup you guess it, they are in rival gangs. Now the two gangs are at an uneasy truce but when someone says something to Mina that is “not appropriate to the Princess of the King family”…ALL OUT WAR happens because Charlie defends her honor….sigh…so sweet.The book is about Mina not giving up on Charlie and trying to figure out a way to be with the man she loves….FYI I love her plan. I mean I died when she went to tell him her thoughts and his stunned expression…..BEST. EVER!! I loved the ending and Charlie’s thought about his past, present and future…..gotta say I might have gotten a bit misty because he may have been a bad man but his heart is pure sugar.This is the 4th book in a series. I have not read any of the books. I had Zero issues picking it up and rolling with it. I would say when my time allows it, I might like to take a read at the books and I will grab the next books when they become available because the cast of characters that need an HEA…I mean come on Cy…Jane…LET IT HAPPEN!!!!!

  • Dee Deacon Foster
    2019-01-26 09:23

    One lives in luxury and one can barely afford the pallet they sleep on. Members (in one way or another) of rival gangs is there anything that can bring these two together or are they destined to be apart.From the moment young Mina Mason met Charlie Thatcher she knew he was the only one she would ever care about. Now years later she’s more certain than ever. Her only problem is he belongs to a rival gang than her brother. Even so she looks forward to spending time with him in the tavern where he works. At least until the one night it goes to hell in a hand basket. Now can she convince him that their differences do not matter and they belong together or is she doomed to wed a man of her brother’s choice?Charlie Thatcher owes his life and allegiance to the only “family” he’s ever known but he cannot help but adore the sister of the leader of a rival gang. Knowing he will never be good enough for her and the night everything goes to hell makes his decision to push her away easier; she deserves a better life. Now all he has to do is convince her of that.I have read a short story by Erica Monroe that was in an anthology and really liked her writing. However, that did not prepare me for the true depth of her writing. Ms. Monroe pulled at every emotion – from admiration to exasperation to hope. I applauded Mina’s strength and determination while feeling every low moment Charlie feels. While this is book four in her Rookery Rogues series it can be read as a stand-alone. Ms. Monroe writes just enough detail that I wasn’t left as I missed something but wanting (no, yearning) to read the rest of the series. Ms. Monroe has earned a loyal fan.

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-09 12:33

    Beautiful Mina Mason has loved Charlie Thatcher for as long as she can remember only to find out that the life her over protective Crime Lord brother has mapped out for her does not include her feelings for her childhood sweetheart. Charlie Thatcher comes from less than nothing and for years has silently loved Mina all the while feeling unworthy of her and knowing that to reveal his true feelings would only end in angering the rival gang he has sworn allegiance to as well as Mina's brother. When a series of events unfolds that defy those who would keep the young lovers apart, lives and hearts are at risk and being together is no longer a choice but as vital as the air they breathe.Copious amounts of period research adorn the latest work of Erica Monroe, Stealing the Rogue's Heart. Book four in the Rookery Rogues series brings this author back to a community of characters that she clearly has an affinity to and it shows in her impassioned portrayals. This author does not gloss over the harsh reality of the Rookeries making for a compelling and desperate scenario enhancement. The connection between Mina and Charlie was gentle and tender in a merciless environment displayed in a setting not typical of romance novels yet this was an epic love story. This action driven work moved at a quick clip accompanied by memorable exchanges. Ms. Monroe may not only have stolen a rogue's heart but her audience's with Stealing the Rogue's Heart.*I was given an advanced copy. All opinions expressed are my own.**While part of a series this book can be read as a stand alone.*

  • Debbie
    2019-01-29 10:37

    Mina Mason and Charlie Thatcher are childhood friends. Even though she is the sister of the most notorious crime Lord in London the Kings leader. He belongs to the rival gang The Chapman Street Thieves. They have grown close through the years which both gangs pretty much overlooked. That is until Mina got old enough to be married off to improve her family's holdings and wealth. She is promised to Nigel Donalson a man who was her father's friend therefore as old as her father if he were still alive.Mina is just learning what it means to be an asset to her family and she isn't liking it one bit. She goes to the Three Boars public house to escape her brother's scrutiny and also to see Charlie when she is accosted by Al McNair a member of The Chapman's. Charlie defends her putting him in the hairs of The Chapman's and especially when McNair comes up murdered.Now facing death at the hands of his own gang he realizes that he loves Mina and if he can ever escape he will tell her so.Ms. Monroe has written a book full of action, twist and turns and with several supporting characters that really need their own story. Cyrus and Jane come to mind.I loved this book and would highly recommend it.I received this book as an ARC from the author for an honest review, all of the words and opinions in this review are mine alone.

  • Maria Dariotis
    2019-02-16 13:14

    Can A Forbidden Love in the Rookeries Survive a Gang War?Romeo and Juliette from Shakespeare, Maria and Tony from WestSide Story,Mina and Charlie from the Rookeries, what do the have in common?Forbidden love...Rivals from opposing gangs, she was the Ice Princess coveted by her brothers in a gilded cage, he was an orphan living on the streets. They bonded as children and that bond turned to something stronger. He was her protector, she was the love of his life and he can never dream of having her. A bar fight turns ugly and Charlie runs to her defence for her honour and forever changes the course of their lives. Can Charlie prevent the gang war he so unwittingly sparked? A murder has been pinned on him, his life at stake Mina needs to make things right. Can she save the only man that loves her for the person she is? Or will the gang war forever keep them apart?A captivating story of forbidden love, a sexy romance full of intrigue. Secret codes and rules of acceptance in gangs paint the raw violence of life in the rookeries. Erica Monroe has done it again, a captivating read that will have you reading nonstop till you turn the last page. Although this is book 4 in the Rookery Series it can be read as a stand alone. An epic read that will keep you asking for more.I was given an ARC by the author for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.

  • Debbie Glenn Brown
    2019-02-04 10:19

    Mina Mason has led a sheltered life as the youngest sister to the notorious street gang crime Lord, the Kings. Mini and Charlie Thatcher are childhood friends, but Charlie is a member of the Mason family's street gang rival, the Chapman Street Thieves. Charlie is a bartender for the Three Boars public house, he deals in information and secrets. Mina has always felt safe going to the Three Boars with both sides sharing a truce, a precarious peace and after all Charlie is there to protect her and her brother always sends along a guard to see to her safety. Charlie has captured her heart, she’s loves him and she would never do anything to put him in danger. One night Mini finds herself being accosted by a member of his gang and Charlie ends up fighting a member of his gang, to protect her and her honor, which, causes Charlie a lot of trouble. Her brother wants to marry her off to a wealth old man and Charlie is warned to stay away from her or else there will be unwanted consequences from the gang. This is a story of how two people fight for their love at all costs no matter your station in life. One a sister of a street gang leader and the other a bartended/ muscle for a rival street gang.I received this ARC from Net Galley and this is my honest review.

  • Anna Swedenmom
    2019-01-27 15:37

    A definitely different twist on a historical romance. It was difficult at first for me, for it was not a "norm" when it comes to historical romances. I had to set aside my expectations and lose myself in a world of crime and gangs as well as romance. It was like reading west side story but in a historical time line. While I cannot say it is my favorite romance, it was a chillingly real and emotionally tearing read. One that is written well and the characters are the normal people of life. I would of wished for a little more strength in some of them but in life we are the same way. The author is very talented in her writing even if a little too life like for me. It is a book that you must have time to sit and enjoy for it is one that makes you think and feel. I was given this book in return for an honest review. Anna Swedenmom

  • KellyThe Sassy Book Lover
    2019-01-25 15:37

    *I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.I've waited for this one and it didn't disappoint! Just when you think there isn't more to learn about the rookeries and the gangs Erica Monroe has more for us. This is a novella, but it is packed with suspense and romance. It almost has a Romeo and Juliet feel because they are from rival gangs, different backgrounds, lifestyles, but love keeps them together. I loved how I never expected the fights, the rescue, or what her brothers would do. Mina is a sharp-tongued girl that does not shy away from anything. I loved her from page one and whenever she was mad look out because the things she said made their point. When she told her brothers off I cheered and when she told Charlie her plan to keep from marrying who her brothers wanted she didn't hesitate. Her brothers didn't know her as well as they thought. Charlie will fight anyone and do anything to protect Mina and you will love him from the start. He was definitely a fighter and did what he thought was best even if it meant giving up Mina. For someone raised in the conditions he was, he was not a hardened person and had a gentle heart. I liked her brother Cyrus and hope to see more of him along with Jane.

  • Kim Cooper
    2019-02-08 14:16

    Mina and Charlie are like Romeo & Juliet in this story (except they don't die) with lots of twists. I loved every minute reading this book, I had a very hard time putting it down. Two people on opposite sides of the gang world secretly in love. This is a great stand alone story but with the rest of the Rookery Rogues it all comes together perfectly.Mina has lived a sheltered life under the watchful eye of her brothers. So needless to say she doesn't understand what is going on outside of the Kings. But she will always remember her first love...Charlie is working for the Chapman gang as a bartender in the seedy part of London. He will always have a spot for Mina in his heart even though he thinks he isn't good enough for her.One night has put these two in each others paths once again; and that one night will change everything forever.*I was given an advance copy of this book, but the opinions are solely mine*

  • Sportochick
    2019-02-02 15:15

    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.Visit my blog for more reviews: Sportochick's Musings

  • CourtneyHagel-Swinson
    2019-02-14 16:12

    This was a sweet romance about best friends becoming lovers. I really enjoy semi-short stories like this. There's just enough details to let you get to know the characters and the story doesn't get weighed down with unnecessary information. Charlie and Mina's story gets right into the action and it doesn't take long for them to confess their love for each other. What I loved most about their story was that we got to see a different side of London. Most historical romances set in London have to do with "the ton" but this dealt with the darker, dangerous side of the town. The characters felt real and the author really gave me a sense of the hardships that people faced during that time who lived in poverty. I really thought Mina was a strong female who admirably went a got what she wanted. Charlie was the perfect protector but not too over bearing and ridiculous. Overall a really great story from beginning to end. I received an arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Janet
    2019-01-17 15:33

    Mina Mason has led a sheltered life as the sister to the most notorious crime lord, Joaquin Mason in England. Her family's wealth and expectations keep her in a gilded cage, never able to act on her true desires. However she does escape at times & goes to see Charlie Thatcher, her childhood best friend & bartender at the Three Boars. Charlie is definitely off-limits as he’s a member of the rival Chapman gang.However one night things get completely out of hand when someone tries to molest Mina, Charlie springs to her defence & is then thought of as a traitor.A well written page turning novels that leads you through a gamut of emotions. The characters are all well portrayed & it gives an insight into the seamier side of life in the early nineteenth century, no foppish aristocrats or society balls but the mean streets of London’s East End & its rookeries. Whilst this is the fourth in the series it could be read-alone but it was good to catch up with characters from previous books.I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book

  • Teri Donaldson
    2019-01-23 13:31

    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.

  • Angela
    2019-01-23 14:14

    West Side Story Pre-Victorian Style. A sweet short story set in the wrong side of London about two people from rival families. This is the first book in the series I have read even though I actually previously purchased the other books (in my TBR stack). I like the setting of down to earth, hardworking (if not always above-board) people just trying to make their way in life. Mina and Charlie are likeable characters that you cannot help but root for their HEA. The story is gritty and shows a seedier side of the normal ton romances. The epilogue is fantastic. The drawback, I wanted more of the story. I would love to read a story about Cyrus and Jane.I received a complimentary copy from the author.