on January 24th 2017
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Scoundrels, thieves and rebels inhabit the rookeries–where the women are fierce and the men are dangerous. Are you willing to take the risk?
WHEN AN UNDERWORLD PRINCESS…
Beautiful, innocent Mina Mason has led a sheltered life as the sister to the most notorious crime lord in England. Her family’s wealth and expectations keep her in a gilded cage, never able to act on her true desires. Like kissing — and engaging in far more scandalous behavior with–Charlie Thatcher, her childhood best friend. As a member of a rival gang, Charlie is distinctly off-limits.
FALLS FOR THE WRONG MAN…
Charlie Thatcher has known since he was a boy where his loyalties should lie: with the Chapman Street Thieves, who saved him from a brutal death in the dark alleys of the Ratcliffe rookery. As a bartender for the Three Boars public house, he protects his fellow brothers with his mind and his fists. But when one of those members threatens Mina’s safety, Charlie’s primal, protective instincts are triggered–and his defense of her puts them both in danger.
PASSION MAY BE THEIR DOWNFALL.
In this scene, Charlie Thatcher and Mina Mason are riding back to her brother’s townhouse from a public house, where a fight erupted between when a member of the Chapman Street Gang (which Charlie belongs to) threatened to hurt Mina (whose brother runs the rival Kings gang). Charlie defended her in the fight and was injured.
They sat in silence for a tense moment, neither daring to shift back to their original places, their eyes locked. The heat pooling in his chocolate eyes made her bolder, for it belied his words. He might think he ought to push her away, but in his heart…
“I choose my own friends.” She grabbed for his hand, wrapping her smaller, thinner fingers around his bigger, calloused ones. Careful to avoid the bruises upon his knuckles, she ran her thumb against his rough skin, a direct contrast to the silk of her gloves. “And I choose you, as I did all those years ago when you showed up outside the King of Spades.”
“That was a long time ago.” He tried to draw back from her hold, but she kept a firm grip on him, ignoring the ringing bell in her head proclaiming everything had changed. All she knew was that this was Charlie, and they’d always been stronger together.
As children, they’d held hands. Sat this close before. It had never become something more. They’d known the roles society had decided on for them, known she was intended for one of the Kings, and he’d end up with one of Chapman’s maids. Whatever they’d felt outside of those expected fates had been easier to push aside.
It wasn’t so easy now. He was right—so much of their friendship was mired in how they’d used to be, when she’d wait until Papa went to sleep and sneak out. Charlie’s father was never sober enough to care where he went, so he’d always be waiting in the townhouse, ready to play whatever new game she’d invented. He, unlike her brothers, never minded playing by her rules.
So much of her life was determined by others, but with Charlie, she always made her own decisions.
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Erica wants to share with you that the first book in this series, A Dangerous Invitation, is on sale between January 25 and February 11.
Erica Monroe is giving away 1 (one) digital copy of Stealing the Rogue’s Heart to one lucky commenter.
She is curious…
What is your favorite part about reading a friends to lovers romance?