Author: Dana LeCheminant
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: February 1, 2022
As the daughter of a marquess, Lady Marian Russell is poised to impress in her first London Season. She is young, beautiful, and wealthy—but catching an eligible husband is the last thing on her mind. Marian is disillusioned with how the upper class lives while the poor of London suffer, and she is determined to right this imbalance. When she comes face-to-face with a mysterious man who steals from arrogant aristocrats and redistributes the spoils to the poor, Marian recognizes a motivation that mirrors her own. She is determined to discover the true identity of the unscrupulous hero and offer her assistance.
When she unmasks the bandit, however, Marian is stunned: he is none other than the elusive Lord Robin Loxley. In exchange for her silence, Robin begrudgingly agrees to train the lovely Marian in the art of thievery, quickly realizing that his heart may be stolen next. But when Robin and Marian discover a copycat thief operating in London, they are faced with a foe whose purpose is far from noble. Amid distracting suitors, becoming champions of the poor, and a growing attraction they can’t ignore, can they expose the renegade pilferer without risking themselves—and each other?
Reviewer: Raechel Kelly
A Regency Robin Hood re-imagining sounded like a fun read, and I am pleased to say that it was just such the thing. This is the first book I've read by this author, but I enjoyed the writing style, and the characters were lively and fun to follow along with.
I liked this Robin Hood character better than the original. (I know, gasp....the original isn't my favorite, but I like retellings of this well-known tale), and his escapades were amusing. Lady Marian was a plucky and high-spirited character, even as she was young and sometimes naïve.
The plot was very entertaining - The Thief and the Noble is an easy-to-read novel that keeps you turning the pages to the end. I also appreciate the clean content.
Oh, and the interior design!! The chapter headings and all the accents are absolutely gorgeous and add such a delightful touch to the book. The cover is also just as stunning.
If you're looking for a fun retelling and a unique regency read, certainly check out this one!
This book was provided courtesy of Revell through Interviews & Reviews for my honest opinion.
Reviewer: Paula Shreckhise
From the mysterious figure on the cover to the beautiful scroll design at each chapter head, this was a delightful Robin Hood story set in Regency England. The change in the time period lent itself to a fresh take and more opportunities for Robin Loxley and Marian Russell to hone their skills at thievery. Their ultimate goal, of course, was to take from the select pompous rich and give to the less fortunate. The villains are deserving of censure and the downtrodden are worthy of help.
Marian wants to help Rob, so he teaches her and her cousin Will. Robin, known as the Elusive Earl, finds her fascinating and is drawn to her. But all their lives are put in danger from a copycat thief who is not as discriminating in who he robs.
This is a clean read with a slight mention of God.
I loved every minute of the layered tale of intrigue with a healthy dose of romance and a lesson in appreciation for family.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Covenant Communication through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.
Reviewer: Abigail Harder
You don’t want to miss this Regency retelling of Robinhood. Although I had a slightly difficult time getting into the story initially, once I was hooked, I was hooked. All the characters were amazing, and I loved them a lot. I felt like there could have been a little more character growth, but I enjoyed reading about them nevertheless!
I enjoyed the slight suspense throughout this novel. I personally was able to tell who the villain was from the beginning, but I still enjoyed getting to see my assumption come true!
Overall, I enjoyed this book! I would definitely pick up another book by this author if the opportunity presented itself.
I received this book from the author through Interview and Review in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts are my own. I was NOT required to write a positive review.
Reviewer: Amy Smelser
What a fun and fantastic spin on the legend of Robin Hood this story was. Author LeCheminant, who is new to me, had me intrigued with this cover and the synopsis. I know that you are not supposed to judge a book by the cover, but Marian looks mischievous and like she has a secret just waiting to be shared.
I have always enjoyed the story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian and all of his men. This is that story with a few twists only done in Regency style. And I enjoyed every moment of it. From the romance blossoming, the wry humor and wit, to the clever way the author includes all of the merry men.
In a time when the rich were so caught up with themselves (really what time is that not true?) and women really had to play their roles in society and not do much else, Marian steps up to be different and to make a difference. However, she has met her match in a man who sees much, feels much, and knows just how wonderful she can be. This was a fun and lively tale of Robin Hood and his fair lady in a different time and had me wondering who truly the thief was and who was the noble.
I was provided a copy of this novel by Covenant Communications through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
Reviewer: Linda Klager
The story is similar to the tales of Robin Hood who stole from the rich to give to the poor.
Lady Marian Russell had a servant that told her a story of a poor soul. Marian took this to heart and wanted to do more to help the poor. She disguised herself as a maid and worked one night at a tavern. Her cousin was watching over her because he was concerned for her safety. That evening Marian met an interesting character that spurred her on to become a thief. Thus began an unusual relationship with a man who became an earl, but at night this man became something else. Robin really at first did not want to endanger this maid after he found out her true identity. Robin was smitten!
Marian and Robin had some adventures robbing men of despicable character. If a person was honorable, they would not rob them.
Marian wasn't interested in getting married for she thought men only wanted her for her money. Robin was not like that. He respected Marian.
All of a sudden Marian had a man who began to show interest in her. This made Robin jealous. There was an interesting twist to the story and danger was lurking around the bend.
I liked the verbal sparring that Marian and Robin had with each other. You could tell that they were really suited for romance.
I received this book courtesy of the publisher through Interviews & Reviews.
Reviewer: Rebecca Maney
"You have a lot to learn, little thief".
The lovely Lady Marian Russell is determined to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate; not knowing exactly how, she disguises herself and literally falls into the lap of someone who can teach her . . . . . how to become a thief? Surely not! With clever intentions, this particularly elusive man steals from the rich in order to give to the poor, choosing his targets wisely, efficiently executing a more-than-mild payback for cruel injustices. When Marian inadvertently uncovers his true identity, they strike up a bargain . . . her silence for his tutelage. Let the heists begin!
There's just one little problem. Someone else has decided to play copycat, and that burglar's intentions are not the least bit noble, and more than a little bit dangerous. How long will Marian and her mentor be able to play the game, especially when the rules change . . . to include attraction, which becomes a most inconvenient distraction.
"Until the world went to sleep, she was trapped as Lady Marian, subjected to fake smiles and ambitious fortune hunters hoping to make a well-bred friend of rank."
"If you're scared, Robin had told her, you have to remember why you are doing it. Who you are doing it for."
Shades of the infamous legend of Robin Hood pervade this story at every turn, making it a most entertaining, highly romantic tale. Even when you figure out the culprit before the characters themselves catch on, the author delightfully lets you tag along, sprinkling high doses of humor and unexpected spikes of suspense through-out this clean, romantic, story.
I received a copy of this book from Covenant Communications through Interviews and Reviews. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
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