Title: The Merchant and the Rogue: Proper Romance Victorian
Author: Sarah M. Eden
Series: Book 3 in The Dread Penny Society
Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Mystery/Suspense, Inspirational Fiction
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing (August 17, 2021)
Length: (368) pages
Trade paperback ISBN: 978-1629728513
Audiobook ASIN: B0921TS4TF
eBook ASIN: B098TVLLM7
Previous Books in the Series: The Lady and the Highwayman (2019)
& The Gentleman and the Thief (2020)
Tour Dates: August 16 – 29, 2021
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 the freedom and income to employ and protect the poverty-stricken Londoners she’s come to care about, and it gives her father something to do other than long for their hometown of St. Petersburg. She is grateful for the stability in their lives, but 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. His
membership in the secretive Dread Penny Society allows him to feel he isn’t
entirely wasting his life, yet he feels dissatisfied. With no one to share his life with but his sister, he fears London will never truly feel like home.
Brogan and Vera’s paths cross, and the attraction is both immediate and ill-
advised. Vera knows from experience that writers are never to be trusted, and Brogan has reason to suspect not everything at her print shop is aboveboard.
When the growing criminal enterprise run by the elusive and violent Mastiff
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.
About the author:
Sarah M. Eden is the author of critically acclaimed and award-winning Proper Romance series novels including The Lady and the Highwayman and Ashes on the Moor. Combining her passion for history and an affinity for love stories, Sarah crafts smart, witty characters and heartfelt romances. She happily spends hours
perusing the reference shelves of her local library and dreams of one day traveling to all the places she reads about.
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I am a huge SME fan and she is an auto buy author for me. She builds such a strong and enriching world that makes her characters believable. They’re strong, flawed, stubborn and tend to do what’s right to help others. Its very commendable especially for the working class in Victorian England when times were tough. And it got tougher as mysterious notes appeared extorting Vera’s print shop.
Brogan as we’ve seen since the very first Penny Dreadful series, who doesn’t see himself as a hero, doesn’t like the limelight. He takes care of his sister Moirin (she’s a spitfire and I doubt she needs anyone’s help and would love to see her story!) and under an important mission just for him from the Dread Master has to puzzle out strange going-ons. Brogan finds himself working at a print shop. He uses a fake name because the print shop sells his penny dreadfuls. Brogan and Vera become friends and the romance was very sweet.
The penny dreadfuls always add elements to the main story arc and I watched for that understanding as the dreadfuls went on but it didn’t seem to match up this time. I wish the Dead Zoo was more resolved but maybe as a writer, that is Brogan’s style? Its hard to know because its the first time we’ve read one of his dreadfuls. Unlike The King’s dreadfuls. I quite enjoyed this story and wish it had more to it. I liked learning a little more about Irish mythology and monsters.
I can’t wait to read more of the series! I believe its best to read them in order and to see their many thwarts to their enemy, the Mastiff. I loved seeing or hearing about many of the past characters from other books. And the ongoing question remains -who is the Dread Master?
Sarah M Eden’s works are always a gem, she sucks you into her literary genius and you don’t know what she’ll pull out of her hat next. Check out her IG page as she shares lots of insights into her characters. Thank you to the author and publisher, Shadow Mountain, for the arc copy of the book. These are my own thoughts and opinions.
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Join the virtual book tour of THE MERCHANT AND THE ROGUE, Sarah M. Eden’s highly acclaimed historical romance, August 16-29, 2021. Thirty-five popular on-line influencers specializing in historical romance, mystery/suspense, and inspirational fiction will join in the celebration of its release with a spotlights, exclusive excerpts, and reviews of this new Victorian-era novel set in London, England.
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