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To Catch A Rogue (London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy Book 4) Kindle Edition
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.
Don’t miss any of the London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy books!
Book 1: Mission: Improper.
Book 2: The Mech Who Loved Me.
Book 3: You Only Love Twice.
Book 4: To Catch A Rogue.
Book 5: Dukes Are Forever
What everyone is saying about Bec McMaster:
"richly imagined, gritty and dark, and full of hot heroes and hot sex...utterly delicious." - Smart Bitches, Trashy Books for Kiss of Steel
'Dark, intense and sexy... A stunning new series with an intriguing twist on the vampire theme..." - Library Journal for Kiss of Steel
The Blue Blood Conspiracy series:
- Paranormal Romance
- Steampunk Romance
- Gaslamp Fantasy
- Historical Romance
- Victorian Era Romance
- Action Adventure Romance
- Friends to Lovers
- Second Chance Romance
- ASIN : B07G3W2DQ3
- Publisher : Lochaber Press; 1st edition (October 30, 2018)
- Publication date : October 30, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 3622 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 417 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #334,353 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I loved Charlie and Lark! They both had some hard knocks from life, but each maintained an air of innocence with each other that gave their romance a sweetness I found adorable. Don’t get me wrong. These two had chemistry galore, yet I liked how McMasters tempered the sizzle with the sweet. She exposed emotions when least expected, thus drawing attention to what made Charlie and Lark mesh so well together and why they trusted one another so deeply.
Aside from a wonderful couple, this book was action packed from the start to finish! Swords, knives, fists, duels, pistols (I love a good action sequence and there are plenty here!), then there are the secrets, rescues, betrayals, and one annoyingly cunning villain I hope gets his comeuppance like you wouldn’t believe...
Book five is up next concerning the Duke of Malloryn and his wife. After everything that was revealed in To Catch a Rogue, I cannot wait to see how all the events through this series tie together! I’m sure it will be a doozie!
If you haven’t tried steampunk, start with Bec McMaster! She is hands down my absolute favorite steampunk author-Phenomenal world building, great characters, and fantastic romance-what’s not to love?!
Because this is part of a spin-off series, and not all of you may be familiar with the original one, let me say a bit more about the world itself and the bigger plot that happens in those first five books :) it all takes place in an alternate version of victorian London... with all these steampunk vibes, where the technology is more advanced than it was at the time... but also with some interesting paranormal twists :) because London is ruled by blue bloods, a vampire-like creatures, who may look like humans, but are much stronger and ruthless... infected by the craving virus they need blood to survive... they aren't the only ones different... we also have verwulfen, hot-tempered sort of shapeshifters who are treated like slaves and animals... not to mention mechs, humans altered with biomechanical body parts, who work off their debts in the enclaves and are treated like property... but at some point enough is enough and all those groups that are treated so poorly will rise up to fight for their rights... each of the fie books in the original London steampunk series concentrates on a different couple, but they are all connected with this bigger rebel story arch :) I can't share any more details, because I don't want to spoil you anything, but know this... if you haven't yet read these amazing books, I highly recommend them :) the writing style is phenomenal, each story crafted brilliantly, all characters complex and intriguing... I have nothing but praises to tell about them :) but since they are not the main topic of this review, let's move on ;)
In this paragraph I will tell you a bit more about this spin-off series and all the main players in it :) there will be SPOILERS about the ending of the original series, so be warned :) after I finished the last book in London steampunk series, I was totally blown away by how amazing she ended everything... yet, there were charcters I wanted to know more about and who deserved their own books... so imagine my joy when I learned that we will get more stories set in that world :) the first book in London steampunk the blue blood conspiracy takes place three years after the big finale... prince consort have been defeated, and seemingly everything should be all better now... but not everyone is happy with the current situation, when both verwulfen and mechs have more rights... some want to go back to the old order of things... there is a nefarious plot brewing... and who better to thwart all that than a team of spies and masters of different specialties... ;) enter our Company of Rogues :) now here's the tricky part... I will have to try and do my best to name all of them as they are at the beginning of the first book ;) because let me tell you... a lot of things happened since then, but I don't want to spoil anything :) ok, here we go :) there's Malloryn, a blue blood, duke and the mastermind behind everything, Isabella, his mistress and right hand, also a blue blood, Byrnes, ex-Nighthawk and blue blood, master detective and Ingrid, vewrulfen with a very interesting past between her and Byrnes ;) their story is the first one :) because just like with the original series, each book is concentrated on a different couple, with a much bigger archs happening all around them :) next in line are Ava and Kincaid :) she's a blue blood, saved after surviving horrific experiments and he's a mech who hates blue bloods... yeah... imagine how complicated their book might get ;) then let's not forget about Gemma, blue blood and perfect spy, who can blend in or catch attention of everyone, she's Malloryn's greatest weapon... I won't spoil who's the hero of the third book with her but be prepared to be amazed ;) and then the hero of this fourth book, Charlie :) a blue blood, he was one of the characters from the original series I wanted to read more about :) he's a thief and who comes back to help him in the time of need than one of the characters from the original series as well... yep, I'm talking about Lark, his childhood friend, who has a hold on his heart :) the fifth and final book of the series, where I'm assuming everything will come to an epic end, will center around Malloryn himself :) and I already can't wait to read it :) before I will get into all the spoilery things about this fourth installment, let me first share a few things to convince you to give this spin-off series a try :) Bec just gets better and better as an author, because this whole series is even better than the original one :) complex storylines, intertwined characters, intrigue, action and so... many... surprises... all of that written in a way that makes you gasp and turn page after page, because you simply need to know how everything will end :) ok, now that we have all of that out of the way, let me get into all the goods about this installment :)
Before I get into all the details, fair warning... SPOILERS about the previous three books in this series will come next... because there is no way for me to talk about the events with this one without SPOILING some major twists and turns from the previous novels... LAST WARNING ABOUT SPOILERS... I will be talking about all sorts of twists that happened previously, so read at your own risk... ;) ok, now that you've been warned, let's get into it :) this installment picks up right after that mother of all cliffhangers at the end of the third book, when Malloryn was kidnapped... he's taken to Russia to his worst enemy... the whole plot of this book revolves around Rogues doing their best to save him... with a little help of a few familiar faces ;) it's a very complex and nearly impossible task, because everything seems to be against them... because if you thought that the blue bloods of London are ruthless then just wait and see the ones in Russia... *shudders* since baically all of the book takes place there, we are privileged to see and experience a whole new part of the world Bec so masterfully created... it's different and very interesting... I have to honestly say that I would love to go back there and maybe see even a full lenght novel, if not more, set there... another reason for that is that I am more than intrigued about a character or two we met :) so, you know... just putting this out there... and maybe the idea of a story set in Russia will take root and bloom into something amazing ;) fingers crossed :) I have to honestly say that I was a bit afraid going into this book... mainly because Charlie and Lark have a history between them... and I wasn't sure how Bec will handle all that... oh, how foolish I was... I should have had total faith in my current favourite author of all time, because she handled everything perfectly... all the things I was worried would happen, didn't... :) sorry for being vague, but I can't share any specifics without ruining it :) rest assured I was thrilled with how she handled the romance between Charlie and Lark, the complexity of their feelings for one another and the bond between them... *sighs happily* I am totally not ashamed about swooning more than once ;) not only that, there were all sorts of group interactions and scenes between surprising characters that made me smile more than once ;) to see how the Rogues care about each other and what they are prepared to do to help one of their own is just... amazing to read about :) like I mentioned before, Bec mixed all aspects of this story bloody brilliantly... pun totally intended ;) we have the romance, the action, the surprises... oh, all the surprising twists and turns... I swear, there were times when I gasped so hard in shock I thought I would hyperventilate ;) #TrueStory... I almost fell off my chair as well :) and no, that is not an exaggeration... Bec managed to surprised me more than once with the direction she took the story in... and I loved it :) this book kept me at the very edge of my seat, and on the one hand I wanted to fly through it to know how it will all end and on the other hand, I wanted to prolong the whole experience, because this story was just... that... good :) and I didn't want to finish it :) let's just say that I am thoroughly satisfied with the awesomeness that was this book and am eagerly anticipating the fifth and final book that will come out next year... hopefully sooner rather than later, because I need to see how Malloryn will handle everything that happened to him... if you haven't yet discover this story, or any other written by this amazingly talented author, definitely remedy that immediately, because you are missing absolute gems from your lives and you are not even aware of it ;) go read them all :)
There was so much to love in To Catch a Rogue! The company really pulled together in order to search for their friend and that led them into many dangerous and unexpected situations. Not only that, it seemed like their foe was always one step ahead of them spoiling their best laid plans. What an exciting read! Not only was the story entertaining, it also delved into Lark’s past and all her secrets were laid bare! Wow, Lark had much to hide and I had no idea that she had such a history in Russia. There were many surprising twists and turns in this story and the pages just flew by.
I loved that in this story Charlie and Lark were back together working as a team. They were quite the dynamic duo when they were kids running around the rookeries but now things were very different as they had both grown up and their awareness of each other had taken on a new aspect. The attraction that was simmering between Charlie and Lark was very cute and I think was written just right for them. Overall, To Catch a Rogue was a great addition to this amazing series and I cannot wait for the next book!
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Lark's dreadful and tragic past has kept this beautiful young woman encased in thick walls, and handsome, honourable and heroic Charlie's lonely and painful past has wanted him to find someone to love.... and he has, he has loved Lark for many years.
This is a fabulously dark story, full of plots, death, treachery, humour, passion, love and Russia.
Bec McMaster brings the COR to life with humour, intrigue and empathy. She is a wonderful wordsmith and this fast paced adventure keeps you turning the pages.
It is a voyage of discovery and awakenings, not only for the adorable Charlie and Lark, but also for the Duke of Malloryn, as he realises he is not alone. I absolutely loved it!!
The Company of Rogues travels to St. Petersburg to rescue poor Malloryn from Balfour’s clutches. A net of lies, betrayals, and revelations starts while Larka and Charlie fall in love.
There are some gruesome scenes about Malloryn being tortured by Dido and Jelena. I’m not a fan of torture scenes. Can’t stand them, but at least there wasn’t any too detailed description.
Can’t wait to read the next book.