Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Review: The Thief and the Noble by Dana LeCheminant



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?

My Thoughts:

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.

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