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The Lady Thief of Belgravia

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Fans of My Fair Lady and The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels will love thus Victorian historical romance.
Great characters and an intriguing heist storyline make this book a fast captivating read. I thouroughly enjoyed this romp and cannot wait to read this writers next offering.

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A great setting of London in 1879, we find Della Rose go form pick-pocketer to ging undercover to steal from the arch nemesis of Cole Winthrop. But is there more to this new partnership than meets the eye?

Great characters, a good read and it kept me interested. The writing was not as good as I would have expected but all in all it was faun, interesting and worth reading. I would give it 3 1/2 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and Storm Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.

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I found this a good read. It was difficult to put down and the characters were fascinating. The mystery kept me captivated. A well written book.

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As usual in my reviews, I will not rehash the plot...

I requested withis book as the publisher's blurb led me to expect a historical novel about a daring heist, with a hint of "sparkling romance". But the book is not at all as I expected from that. Yep, the setting is in the past, and there is indeed a heist, and a romance, but there is also waaaay too much gratuitous sex (skipped over, but recurs in many chapters), and more than a few anachronisms.

I also thought that the book felt as if it wasn't written by the same person throughout - maybe that's down to the editing to include less "sparkling romance" and more "rumpy pumpy" (as it were)??

3 stars from me - enjoyed the overall story but with the above reservations - maybe the publishers should change their "blurb" to reflect the actual book...

My thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for an ARC. All opinions my own.

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Many thanks to NetGalley and to Storm Publishing for letting me see an advance copy of THE LADY THIEF OF BELGRAVIA by Allison Grey.

I really did like the premise behind this story. I enjoyed the setting. The writing itself is excellent. And yes, I liked the characters too…

However, I did feel a bit deceived by the cover, the title and the strapline. I thought this was going to be a nice historical caper with a mystery or two thrown in. Yes, it is historical, but there are several historical inaccuracies, including the way English people will have spoken in Victorian England and the words they would have used and the words they wouldn’t have even known yet. Meaning the Americanisms.

No, I have nothing against Americanisms, I really don’t. But if I was attempting to write an American historical mystery set in the wild west, I’d jolly well make sure I learned the lingo, both for the period and for the location.

I believe that American readers are quite capable of reading British English, especially for stories set in the British Isles. They really don’t need to be spoon-fed. Likewise, English readers are quite capable of reading stories set in America using American language.

My final gripe with this story, and perhaps the most important one, is there is far, far too much gratuitous graphic sex. There were entire chapters of sex. And when one chapter filled with sex finished, another one, also filled with sex, started. Honestly, if I wanted to read porn, I’d buy clearly labelled material off the top shelf of newsagents. If I wanted to read erotica, I’d choose erotic novels.

The blurb promised a delightful romp about a notorious pickpocket who’s hired to do a specific job, and she simply falls in love along the way. I was not expecting the story to be padded out with so much explicit sexual detail. Take it away, and you have a novella, not a novel. Gratuitous sex is NOT ‘sparkling romance’.

Disappointed it didn’t live up to expectations.

Three stars.

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Della is a new favorite character. A super engaging story with just the right amount of romance and adventure.

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Im not a huge lover of historical fiction but I really did end up enjoying this book. The perfect amount of romance and is such a light hearted read which I have definitely needed recently !

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The Lady Thief of Belgravia was a twisting historical romance with a touch of mystery and thriller thrown in for flavor.

This is the type of novel that reminds me that sometimes historical romances can be just as much fun as a fantasy, and even more thrilling. I already know a good bit about the historical time period this novel was based in, and was please to find nothing that ruined the immersion in the time period, as I was able to allow myself to be swept away to London in 1879. The atmospheric nature of this novel made me dig into it's world and easily become hooked, I could see why Della Rose thought the way she did and feel the world around her that had created her life story come off the page.

For Della Rose herself, I found her to be a stubborn, self sufficient, and intelligent leading lady with a hidden heart of gold. Watching her step into a life of luxuries and try to make her own way in the world right from the start, with no helpless heroine antics made the experience much more enjoyable for me.

I will say the highlight and main focus of the book is not so much the heist, though that is a well executed part of the novel, but more the slow burn romance the happens between the main leads. The novel is a romance that starts slow but by the end has quite a bit of heat and I would avoid if you do not like spicy romance. For those who do, this is more tame then many out there, but the slow burn is exceedingly well down and quite enjoyable.

I would recommend this book to you if you like:
- Historical Romance
- Cozier Thrillers/Suspenseful Novels
- Cozy Mystery
- Lightly Spicy Romance
- Strong Female Lead

I received an advance review copy of this book and I am leaving this review voluntarily and all thoughts and opinions are wholly my own and unbiased.

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I have loved historical romance and this book grabbed my heart. It was sweet and fast passed love story between a thief and a lord! I absolutely loved how both of them developed relationship slowly and I could connect with them. The action resolved quite quickly but the end action definitely made up for it. The cover is stunning and the story too.

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I am not an historical fiction reader usually, but I really enjoyed this book. I laughed at parts and shook my head at parts. I actually wanted to be in the story and help!! I would definitely recommend this book.

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I went into this book expecting more than was delivered. From the title and cover to the blurb, I think we were duped yet again.
There was promise of intrigue, mystery, and a heist situation, but all we got was a lot of stomach stirrings and oddly placed f-bombs that pulled me out of the story.
The heist part of the storyline was used to introduce the lead characters, and I don’t know if it was needed. The Duke (who they were stealing from) was stupid, and I don’t think the whole setup was needed. She could have just pickpocketed the key, copied it (as she did), and then given the key to Cole and moved on.

The relationship between Cole (the Hero) and Della (the Heroine) seemed a little forced. I didn’t feel the chemistry building up like in the many other historical romances I have read. I didn’t get any butterflies, and I want butterflies! In saying that, the inner dialogue of each of them lusting after the other during important moments was too much. I skipped those parts.

Some language and societal anachronisms didn’t fit the time period. I can’t imagine the f-bomb being used in *that* context. Maybe I’m wrong. And I don’t think there would be any way Della would have been accepted into society with the Earl. I was expecting to find out that her parents were of noble birth and she was indeed a lady, but no. She’s still a thief from the Seven Dials (London Slum).

Hey, if you are looking for a historical romance with lots of sex, some foul language, and a heist that goes too smoothly, then this is your book.

Thanks to Storm Publishing & NetGalley for the eArc of The Lady Thief of Belgravia. This review is voluntary and contains my honest opinions about this book.

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I did not have any idea how to dip my toes into the historical romance genre, so I wanted to try one of the new ones as an ARC from #NetGalley for the first time. I think my experience was not as lovely as I expected but it was a quite fun read for me considering all of my readings generally are fantasy or epic fantasies.

I like the idea of this book and a lady from a historical setting being a thief is very interesting. But in my opinion, the stakes could have been a little higher to keep the story more interesting. The writing was good and accessible for historical fiction and the romance part was fun. The anxiety between the two main characters is interesting and not too spicy if you would like to know about the level of spice in your romances.

I don't think you are new to the genre this is the greatest thing to read first but it would be fun if you are a fan. however, what I understood was that I love the setting, atmosphere and writing but romances would always be my least favourite thing in a book. So I'm considering this as a good pallet cleanser for me and 3 starts read overall.

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This book is such a fantastic blend of historical romance and a grand heist. When Cole a spy for the home office recruits Della, a highly skilled pickpocket from Seven Dials to steal something for him, the two begin a thrilling adventure and a steamy romance.

The Lady Thief of Belgravia is an entertaining take on romance. It's filled with secrets and a ton of passion. Honestly, I wasn't expecting this book to be as steamy as it was and was very pleasantly surprised.

Overall, this was such a fun read, and I especially enjoyed the My Fair Lady vibes.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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So Della Rose is a really excellent pickpocket in 1879 London. She is so good that she has code name a reputation so obviously when one needs something stolen one would naturally seek her out and this is seemingly easy to do even though she is so apparently so good she’s never been caught. Anyway that doesn’t matter, the point is Cole Winthrop needs something stolen back and Della is the one to do it. She just has to learn to be posh and wheedle her way into high society. Pigmalion and all that. I wanted something fun and light and a bit silly to read and that’s what I got, it’s highly enjoyable not to be taken too seriously and generally good times had by all.

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I devoured this book in one sitting! I love Regency Romance books so throw in the excitement and the spice, whew I loved every word of this book! I will be buying a physical copy of the book so I can reread it again and again! 6 out of 5 stars if I could!
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I loved this book! I thought it was very original and I loved the chemistry between the main characters.

The story is about a girl living in the Dials, a poor neighborhood in London. Then one day she meets an earl of a huge estate, who's coming for her help in a personal matter. The girl, Della, is a bit hesitant to help the earl, but eventually she decides to help him. It will give her a chance on a new life if she fulfills the deal. But what she didn't expect, was the way things started progressing during her etiquette lessons, riding lessons and music lessons and everything in between. There's danger lurking in the dark places of the earl's life. How can Delle deal with them and eventually walk away from it all so she can start her new life with her best friend Violet?

I am hoping there will be a second book about Della and Cole. However, I think there won't be, because the author did a good job in rounding up the book. Much praise for the way she ended the book with at first a flash forward to a few weeks later, then a year later and ultimately three years later.

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I'm a bit obsessed with stories set in Victorian England. I could read or watch almost anything set in that era, though as a black woman, I would never dream of existing then. Anyway, I immediately jumped on Netgalley to request an ARC for The Lady Thief of Belgravia after reading the synonsis on Goodreads.

London, 1879. Cole Winthrop, a sought-after gentleman, hires Della Rose, a book loving pickpocket from the notorious Seven Dials, to steal important documents that were stolen from him by the treasonous Duke of Salsbury. In order to get the duke's attention, Della has to train to become a lady of high society. Can she fool the dastardly duke and lift those files before he exposes what's in them?

What I liked
- My Fair Lady meets To Catch a Thief
- Cloak and dagger theme
- Two likable characters with great chemistry. Cole's lovable, generous, and openhearted; Della's witty, brave, and guarded.
- Surprisingly smutty

What I didn't like
- The dialogue is monotonous at times. I was like, okay, I get it. The documents contain information that could ruin lives.
- So are the descriptions of sex scenes. Cole lets out a "guttural growl" two too many times for me.

Thank you, Netgalley, for sending me this read. Overall, I enjoyed the story. I would recommend to readers who like romance with intrigue and enjoy rooting for lovers from opposite sides of the tracks.

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"The Lady Thief of Belgravia" by Allison Grey offers a captivating journey to Victorian London, where Della Rose, a skilled pickpocket from Seven Dials, finds herself thrust into high society. The plot takes an intriguing turn when she agrees to steal from the nefarious Duke of Salisbury for the handsome Cole Winthrop. To succeed, Della must navigate the intricate world of the upper class, posing as Cole's cousin.

I rated "The Lady Thief of Belgravia" 4 stars because Grey skillfully blends historical romance, intrigue, and a strong-willed heroine. Della's transformation from a street-smart pickpocket to a lady in high society adds depth to the narrative. The chemistry between Della and Cole is palpable, adding a layer of romance to the story. Overall, the novel delivers a delightful mix of charm, romance, and a touch of mystery, making it a compelling read for fans of historical romance.

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In this late Victorian novel, clever thief Della Rose runs into Cole Winthrop, an earl, on the streets of London. Instead of turning her into the police, however, he recruits her to steal some papers from the Duke of Salisbury. Over the course of this exciting, romantic novel, Della learns to become a noblewoman, passing as Cole’s cousin from the country, to infiltrate the Duke’s circle and gain his interest. Of course, things are much more complicated than they seem, and Della and Cole’s relationship grows and becomes more complicated as they both work to make this mission succeed. Grey’s characters are witty, charming, complex, clever, and kind, and Della is a fascinating protagonist -- a thief with a love of books and a dream to raise herself and her friend into a life of leisure. Cole, on the other hand, is much more mysterious and complex, with a hidden and somewhat tragic backstory. The backdrop of late Victorian London and English high society is a fascinating contrast with Della’s background, and the novel reminds one of Pygmalion or My Fair Lady in some elements. Grey’s novel is a fascinating, enjoyable, romantic whirlwind with some high stakes and wonderful characters to keep readers guessing.

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I was very excited about reading The Lady Thief Of Belgravia, I love historical romances and this book had a very promising plot! But unfortunately, although I really liked the story and it entertained me, I didn't really like the choice of pace of events, the romance happened very quickly and the robbery (which I thought would be the main event of the book, since this in the synopsis) took a long time to happen. It's still a good book, but it had the potential to be much better. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an arc in exchange for an honest review!

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