The Merchant and the Rogue
Series: The Dread Penny Society #3
Published by Shadow Mountain
Publication Date August 17, 2021
Genres: Action/Adventure, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Clean Romance
Setting: England Victorian Era – UK – 1837 – 1901
Written for: Adults
Vera Sorokina loves reading the penny dreadfuls and immersing herself in tales of adventure, mystery, and romance. Her own days are filled with the often mundane work of running the book and print shop she owns with her father. The shop offers her freedom and an income, and while she is grateful for the stability it brings to her life, she often feels lonely.
Brogan Donnelly was born and raised in Ireland, but has lived in London for several years, where he’s built a career as a penny dreadful writer. He has dedicated himself to the plight of the poor with the help of his sister. But with no one to share his life with, he fears London will never truly feel like home.
When Brogan and Vera’s paths cross, the attraction is both immediate and ill-advised. Vera knows from past experience that writers are never to be trusted, and Brogan has reason to suspect not everything at Vera’s print shop is aboveboard. When a growing criminal enterprise begins targeting their area of London, Brogan and Vera must work together to protect the community they’ve both grown to love. But that means they’ll need to learn to trust each other with dangerous secrets that have followed both of them from their home countries.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: The Lady and the Highwayman, The Gentleman and the Thief
I have enjoyed these stories in the Dread Penny Society series very much!
Just as in the other stories of the series, The Merchant and the Rogue is three stories in one. Two of them penny dreadfuls in their entirety. The author of one of them, Brogan Donnelly, is the hero. And what a hero he is!
Brogan is so kind and loves fiercely. He and his sister, Móirín, promised their parents before their death to always take care of each other which made him protective of her, knitting them together tightly. Living on the streets of Dublin with her as his only family made him tough. Fleeing to London to escape the police made them fugitives.
I loved the way Brogan was so comfortable in his role as a foot soldier (as he described himself.) He had no desire to be a leader and, in fact, didn’t feel he was capable of it. This exceptional talent of serving opened the door and uniquely fitted for the role selected for him by the Dread Master.
Shrouded in mystery, this delightful story also had a touch of the supernatural due to the dreadful shared in its pages. Brogan’s story was a bit creepy – but not so much as to make me uncomfortable or give me nightmares – at least it hasn’t so far…
Readers who enjoy romance and adventure shrouded in mystery will not want to miss The Merchant and the Rogue or any of the stories in the Dread Penny Society series. Be sure to read them in order, to get the entire thread of the story. I’m hoping that Móirín’s story will be next…
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