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Title: The Rogue You Know

Author: Shana Galen

Release Date: September 1, 2015

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Genre: Historical Romance


She's beyond his reach...
Gideon Harrow has spent his life in London's dark underworld-and he wants out. A thief and a con, he plans one last heist to finally win his freedom. But when everything goes wrong, he finds himself at the tender mercies of one of Society's most untouchable women-Lady Susanna Derring.

...and out of her depth.
Susanna has spent her life in London's glittering ton, under the thumb of a domineering mother-and she wants out. When a wickedly charming rogue lands at her feet, she jumps at the chance to experience life before it's too late. But as she descends into London's underworld, she finds that nothing- not even Gideon-is as it seems. As excitement turns to danger, Susanna must decide what price she's willing to pay...for the love of a reformed thief.

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Now, here are Shana Galen's top 5 Ways to Survive the Underworld as a Thief (by Shana Galen)

There’s something about a bad boy that appeals to all of us good (and even not so good) girls. Give me a reformed rake, a debauched duke, or a bastard baron, and I’m in heaven. So when it came time to write The Rogue You Know, I had to look no further than my daughter’s DVD collection. While watching Tangled for the *mumble mumble* time, I had the idea to take the charmingly roguish thief Flynn Rider and base my next hero, Gideon Harrow, on him. 

(I just want to interject and say I told you guys this in my review of the book.  It's good to have my theory confirmed.  Now back to Shana.)

The choice made perfect sense considering my heroine, Lady Susanna is a Society princess—the daughter of an earl and expected to marry well. When Susanna and Gideon team up, they both have to use all their wits to survive in London’s criminal underworld. Fortunately, Gideon has some expert advice on How To Survive the Underworld as a Thief.

1)       Choose powerful friends.

Gideon is part of a gang called the Covent Garden Cubs. The leader is Beezle, one of the most notorious and ruthless crime lords in London. Although Gideon doesn’t much care for Beezle, he does see the benefit of Beezle’s protectionuntil he double crosses Beezle and becomes his target.

2)       Keep your enemies guessing.

Gideon has a few enemies because he just can’t resist a chance at easy profit. When he and Susanna run into a few of those enemies—about seven big guys with names like Corker, Mill, and Dab—they decide to turn him in and claim the reward. But Gideon has an ace in his pocket—one even he doesn’t realize he has!

3)       No one else matters.

In the underworld, sentimentality isn’t rewarded. Only those who care about themselves survive. When Susanna wants to rescue stray dogs and lost children, Gideon objects.  He’s learned selfishness means survival. Susanna tries to show him, there’s another way to live.

4)       Eat whatever is put in front of you.

A thief can’t be picky about victuals. Rock hard bread, moldy cheese, gin that burns the throatin the underworld one is lucky to have food and doesn’t complain about the taste or freshness. This isn’t to say that when given the chance, Gideon doesn’t enjoy fine dining…

5)       Don’t fall in love.

Love is the worst sort of sentimentality because love not only means caring about someone else but putting them before you. No one survives the underworld by falling in love. Gideon realizes that while the criminals and murderers in St. Giles might be a danger to his life, Susanna is the most perilous hazard of all.

It’s no surprise Susanna needs Gideon’s help to survive even a few days in the criminal underworld. What surprises her is that Gideon ends up needing her just as much.

How would you do in the underworld? Do you have any tips or tricks that would be useful?

Thank you +Shana Galen for those wonderful tips.  We all know that Susanna could not do most of these things, especially number 5.  I know that I can't survive their, my big mouth would get me in trouble.

My Review

I took close to four hours reading this book.  I kid you not, I started the book, was very engrossed in it and when I read the final words, I looked at the time and realized that I read this book quickly and loved almost every bit of it.  Almost!

Gideon Harrow has spent almost his entire life in the Gallows of London's Underworld.  Having to steal and con for a living, trying to survive.

After all these years, Gideon finally wants out, but the only way he can do that is with money.  His chance comes in the form of a job from his former employer.  A job where he has to steal a valuable necklace from one of their own.

Gideon accepts, picturing getting his payment and leaving London forever.  Only, something went wrong and Gideon finds himself with the stolen necklace for himself and many people after him, including a dog.

You can read the rest of my review HERE.


About The Author

Shana Galen is 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 Book Reviews call 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. Shana loves to hear from readers, so send her an email or see what she's up to daily on Facebook and Twitter. Stop by her website at

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