Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4.5 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Scoundrel by nature and master thief by trade, Mouse is the best there is. Sure, his methods may not make him many friends, but he works best alone anyway. And he has never failed a job.
But that could change.
When a stranger with a hefty bag of gold seduces him to take on a task, Mouse knows he’ll regret it. The job? Free Lord Garron, the son of a powerful duke arrested on trumped up charges in a rival duchy. Mouse doesn’t do rescue missions. He’s no altruistic hero, and something about the job reeks. But he cannot turn his back on that much coin—enough to buy a king’s pardon for the murder charge hanging over his head.
Getting Garron out of his tower prison is the easy part. Now, they must escape an army of guardsmen, a walled keep and a city on lockdown, and a ruthless mage using her power to track them. Making matters worse, Mouse is distracted by Garron’s charm and unyielding integrity. Falling for a client can lead to mistakes. Falling for a nobleman can lead to disaster. But Mouse is unprepared for the dangers behind the plot to make Lord Garron disappear.
Review: I enjoy a book about the lovable scoundrel. Which is exactly what the MC in this book is. Lord Mouse is set in the days of Kings and Lords. Where there’s a great divide between the haves and the have nots. Mouse is a thief. His particular skills have given him a highly regarded reputation. His newest job is offering him more money than he can say no to. It’s not his usual type of job though. He usually steals and smuggles objects. This job is liberating the son of a Duke who has been wrongfully imprisoned.
My favorite part of this book was Mouse. He’s considered a common criminal but he’s much more than that. He’s smart and witty. Unapologetic for what he does for a living and in the bedroom. In fact he takes pride in both of those skills. Small in stature but totally capable of taking care of himself. He realized from a young age that people pick on those weaker than themselves. Well Mouse wasn’t having it. He’s ruthless and cunning but not an evil man. Even a master thief has some scruples. I loved the not so friendly banter between Garron the captive he’s set to task to freeing. Neither really likes the other at first. Garron is a nobleman, which Mouse has learned are usually the worst sort of men. Except Garron seems to be a genuinely good guy. Which makes escaping more difficult than Mouse plans. As Mouse navigates them out of the keep you really get to know the guys. They’re not really in the traditional situation to fall for each other considering the danger they’re in but that’s what they do. Then there’s that whole criminal and noble son thing getting in the way of their HEA together. Mouse just doesn’t see it ever happening so he tries to resist his feelings.
The guys are in constant danger throughout the book. Mouse is always maneuvering. The obstacle of getting out of the keep is a daunting task but Mouse loves a challenge. There’s an intensity throughout the entire book that kept me turning pages. Political intrigue always fascinates me and this book had plenty of that. I loved Mouse and Garron together. They seem an impossible match but were so good together. The book is action packed. Lots of witty and humorous dialogue. So much goodness in this one. I highly recommend it.