Series: Jewels of the Ton #2
Format: eBook via Netgalley
Length: 352 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks (March 5, 2013)
Her Mysterious Past is the Best Revenge . . .
Fallon, the Marchioness of Mystery, is a celebrated courtesan with her finger on the pulse of high society. She's adored by men, hated by their wives. No one knows anything about her past, and she plans to keep it that way.
Only He Can Offer Her a Dazzling Future . . .
Warrick Fitzhugh will do anything to protect his compatriots in the Foreign Office, including seduce Fallon, who he thinks can lead him to the deadliest crime lord in London. He knows he's putting his life on the line . . .
To Warrick's shock, Fallon is not who he thinks she is, and the secrets she's keeping are exactly what make her his heart's desire . .
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The thing I like the most when I pick up a Shana Galen books is being thrust *giggle* immediately into the action. And If You Give A Rake A Ruby doesn't disappoint. I will say there is an overall mystery arc so you might want to start with When You Give A Duke A Diamond.
And the only way I can explain this is via the following gifs:
It starts out with Fallon, the Marchioness of Mystery, telling a man to leave but he's being a total ass and doesn't understand that 'no' means 'no. So she gets her trusted servant Titus to get him to leave.
Then she discovers Warrick Fitzhugh in her bed. He's uncovered her secret and needs her to help him find out who is taking out the Diamonds in the Rough one by one. And like any Shana Galen book before it, there's high speed carriage chases, people getting shot at, skulking around the unsavory parts of London and of course in the middle of it all is a love story that will make you smile and tug at your heart. And there's hawt smexing!
Warrick is estranged from his family after his brother gets killed in battle. He's blamed himself for that for such a long time and suffers from PTSD. He has episodes where he's transported to the battlefield throughout the book and when someone—usually Fallon—tries to get him out of it, he fights them off thinking he's still there. You just want to hold him and tell him it will all be okay.
Fallon's mysterious background is unveiled and it turns out she is the daughter of a thief and whore. Her childhood consisted of learning to pickpocket at a young age, watching her father whore her mother out and getting her virginity sold to the highest bidder. Joke's on the bidder because she was no longer a virgin at the tender age of fifteen.
Warrick starts to fall in love with Fallon and tells her so.
Did I mention the hawt smexing?
And well, not knowing exactly what love really feels like, she gives him one of these while deep down knows that she too has fallen.
Then Warrick keeps professing his love and Fallon will have none of that because he's meant to be with Lady Edith, the woman who is mother basically chose for him to marry.
His mother does not approve of Fallon and is hell bent on making him marry Lady Edith. His father even threatens to disown him.
Fallon feels like she's not good enough for him after seeing him dancing with Lady Edith.
After The Black Moment, his parents realize that Fallon is good for him. And I'm like all...
I wish Sapphires Are An Earl's Best Friend was available now. We find out that the third Diamond—no relation to the Diamonds in the Rough—is not who she seems to be and let me tell you, that was one of the moments I did not see coming. Shana Galen has done it again! The exchanges between Fallon and Warrick amused the hell out of me and I'm pretty sure I broke the world record of snorting in one day. And let me just say that this is Shana's HOTTEST AND SMEXIEST book so far. Whoa!
"There's nothing to be worried about."
"So says the man who's failed to earn a code name. Why, even I have a sobriquet."
"Yes, and we all enjoy conjecturing on you earned it."
"The same way as Fluffy Bunny, I image."
Review for other books in series:
When You Give A Duke A Diamond #1