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Editorial Reviews. Review. “Brilliantly crafted and deliciously seductive ” (Library Journal by Sarah MacLean. Romance site eBooks @ bestthing.info New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean has taken the world of historical romance fiction by storm! With A Rogue by Any Other Name, she once again. What a scoundrel wants, a scoundrel gets A decade ago, the Marquess of Bourne was cast from society with nothing but his title. Now a partner in London's .
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All in all, a solid read, but not my favorite of her books.
A Rogue By Any Other Name
Loved this book. Exactly what I needed after reading the Hunger Games. Romance novels aren't usually my first choice for leisure reading, but I heard a recommendation for Maclean's Rules of Scoundrels series from a source which I have never yet found to be wrong about what books are worth one's time, so I decided to give the first one a go. This was mostly a delight. It is a straight-up romance, so there are some predicable tropes and a fair helping of just shy of porno- graphic sex.
But the tropes are played out in mostly believable and sometimes subverted ways, the sex writing is smart, and and this is a near-requirement for me to sit still for sex scenes that last for more than a sentence or so the sex the way of it, not just the fact of it is important to characterization and plot. The story has some emotional depth; the heroine is eventually determined, independently minded, and unapologetic; the "rogue's" motivations arise believably from his history without existing only to make him a villianous, bad-boy romance hero; and there are a number of simply fun, fun scenes in which it's a joy to watch these characters get into scrapes, snipe at one another, and dole out comeuppances.
The sentence-level writing is pretty clean, and the plotting reasonably tight.
My only real complaint was the repetition of certain phrases and images almost verbatim, and while that was quite annoying, it didn't happen often enough to seriously diminish my opinion of the book. It's not got the complexity or dexterity of prose to approach the literary, but A Rogue by Any Other Name is the best kind of bubblegum read: I imagine I'll be on to book two in the near future.
I loved the premise of four men, on the outs with their families, joining forces and going into business together, having a gaming establishment in London. Each one contributes with a skill of his own, as an accountant, a manager, a security, and the owner. I disliked the hero almost as much as I liked the heroine. As for the plot, I was torn in two as well. I liked it in theory, but not in execution.
The pace of the story was okay, although it did meander from time to time. This author is a hit or miss for me. In the end, I have to admit that the parts I liked outweighed the parts I didn't.
Melanie for b2b. This book was very bipolar for me. Parts of the story were fun and intriguing, and I loved the characters; at other times, I hated both of them and things dragged. Fun, fun romance novel with English manners and wicked men and beautiful, adventurous women.
A Rogue by Any Other Name
Seems to be the first of a series about sisters looking for suitable husbands in historical England. Good story and fun characters. Michael is extremely wicked and handsome and appealing and Penelope is the perfect partner for him. Very fun to read. Michael, the Marquess of Bourne, lost it all when he was A gambling addict since his parents died as a teenager, he risked all of his ancestral homes and fortune on a single hand of Black Jack.
And just like that, he lost it all. Since then, Michael has sworn to get revenge on the man he believes stole his legacy from him and is determined to regain his family lands by any means necessary. Even if that means hurting people along with way. Enter Lady Penelope Marbury, Michael's childhood neighbor and sweetheart.
The two used to be best friends until Michael disappeared after his parents' deaths. After a disastrous broken engagement to the Duke of Leighton hero of Maclean's Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart and 4 lackluster proposals since then, Penelope is practically on the shelf. No longer a prize, her father adds the recently acquired Falconcrest, Michael's childhood home, to her dowry to sweeten the pot.
Determined to get his home back, Michael kidnaps her and basically forces her to marry him. Michael is a prick. From the start, he is way too harsh, too dark and too brooding. I understand he's lost everyone and revenge has been his one goal for nearly a decade, but my goodness it was like he didn't have a single redeeming quality! Whenever he was nice to Penelope, it was for his own benefit. I just didn't feel like what happened to him warranted him being so mean toward her.
And it wasn't just Penelope.
He was a jerk to everyone, which made me wonder how he even came to have friends like Cross, Temple, and Chase in the first place. To put things in perspective, Temple who is also the Duke of Lamont had been falsely accused of murdering his father's soon-to-be wife and had been outcast for nearly the same amount of time and even he was not as much of jerk as Michael was. What's worse is, I feel like Michael never took any responsibility for his actions.
Unlike what happened to Temple which was completely out of his control , Michael's choices directly orchestrated his downfall. And yet he kept accusing Langford of pushing him to gamble more rather than accepting the fact that he himself chose to keep going. Langford hadn't been holding a gun to his head so Michael could have stopped at any point. But he chose not to. It's hard to feel sorry for him when he doesn't even own up to his own actions.
I felt sorry for Penelope. After witnessing the Duke of Leighton's love for his wife, she dreamed of a love match of her own. Instead she would up with a jerk like Michael. What saves this book from being a complete failure is the fact that I actually liked Penelope. She was strong and wanted to steer her own life for once.
And it was she who finally took down Langford. Michael just simply didn't deserve her unfortunately.
Full review to be posted soon: This was a cute historical romance, which featured childhood friends who are forced into a marriage of convenience. The hero, Bourne is a jaded and cynical man after losing his lands to his guardian in a card game and is on mission to get his revenge. He seizes this chance when they become part of a dowry of his childhood friend Penelope and compromise and forces her to marry, which becomes a marriage of convenience so that her sisters chances to marry well aren't jeopardised and they form a partnership of sorts.
I really love this trope and I loved the exchanges that Penelope and Bourne share. However I really felt at the midway point, the pacing got bogged down and I was getting tired of the way Bourne kept pushing her away so he would not feel vulnerable which got tiring. But the ending was fantastic and I loved the scene where it was Penelope who took control which was something she never had throughout her life and I loved that she did it in style!
Sexy love scenes, witty repartees and child-hood sweethearts in a marriage of convenience is a great combination despite the slow middle, this was a fun and quick read! I look forward to the followups which will feature the partners of Bourne's Gambling club and the excerpt for the next book looks fun!
I have to say that I ever since I first read this author I can honestly say she is at the top of my favorite authors to read and I can't believe that it has taken me so long to get this one read I truly must be an idiot LOL. Because this books was full of everything that satisfies every romantic notion that made me fall in love with romance novels in the first place.
The story has a strong plot with a hero that I fell in lust and love with from the beginning. He is total Alpha and bad boy Rake type. Definitely the irresistable type that I just can't help but love from the first page. Penelope seems in the beginning like there is so much more she wants but feels caged by restrictions by her family and society. But when she marries Michael, we see the true fire beneath the mask, and I started to really like her.
She fights for what she really wants and for the love she has for Michael and I just LOVED her for that I just love two strong characters that might not seem good for each other There is also such a sexual tension between these two from the beginning, and boy did this story sizzle and spark.
A page turner this one A Romance Marvel that will make you pop in delight!
Sarah MacLean has a new series of books about fallen angels. These four aristocrats whose scandals have exiled them from society are now princes of the underworld. The First Rule of Scoundrels, is the story of Michael Lawler, the Marquess of Bourne who learns that love is more powerful than revenge. In Bourne was just out of school when he caught the gambling bug.
With one card he lost everything but his title to his guardian, Viscount Langford. This action cast him out of society, out of his home, and into poverty.
In the underworld he worked tirelessly to gain the funds to restore his inheritance. He became a ruthless partner in a gambling club, The Fallen Angel.
Ten years later his opportunity for revenge presents itself. He not only has a shot at regaining his ancestral home, Falconwell, but also taking revenge on Viscount Langford. Bourne is willing to do whatever it takes, even marrying to gain Falconwell. Penny has been always been the good daughter. In fact, she has been in love with her childhood friend, Michael, but did not have the courage to defy her parents and society when Michael was disgraced.
She was supposed to marry the Duke of Leighton, but he threw her over to marry for love. Since then, she hasn't had many prospects. And adding Falconwell to the pot will certainly entice a man to marry a twenty-eight-year-old with a broken engagement in her past.
After being compromised by Michael, Penny realizes that she is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Bourne is not the Michael she remembers. So she makes the best of a bad situation. She agrees to marry Bourne on the condition that the scandal of their marriage doesn't affect her sisters, that he reenter society, and that he find suitable husbands for her two unmarried sisters. Penelope gambles that she can give Bourne a happy and good marriage, that the Michael she knew and loved as a child has not died.
However, that involves getting Michael to give up his plan of revenge and to chose a life with her. This was novel filled with adventure and romance. I learned a bit more about the seedier side of London, plus I liked these two childhood friends.
Their "love match" starts out as a lie and turns into something each character deserves--a loving and happy partnership. Penny grows more courageous and adventurous and Michael discovers that revenge is not worth the possibilitly of losing the love of one's life.
According to her web site MacLean is at work on the next book in the series: One Good Earl Deserves a Lover. I look forward to reading another fallen angel's love story.
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Read from September 15 to 19, I haven't read a straight-up capital R Romance novel in a long time and I'm pretty sure I've never read a Historical Romance before unless the Pink Carnation or Outlander counts.
Usually the romance I read is mashed up with mystery or supernatural creatures and they're more sexy-time lite. This is not sexy-time lite. When you aren't a regular reader of a genre, you definitely have ideas of what it is and I met everyone of those ideas in some unexpected ways while reading this book.
Honestly, I just didn't expect to enjoy it so much. Penelope was feisty and Michael was charming and together they were wonderful.
I will admit I had to Google ton because it was used so often I started to question what I thought it meant. In doing so I got a little insight into the different kinds of Regency romances and how a series occasionally works group of men and they all find a wife to put it in simplistic terms. It was something I remembered from reading contemporary romances by Carly Phillips the Chandler Brothers series and attempting a Nora Roberts a few years ago.
Of course, while reading this I thought, "oh, they'll all be the same, I probably won't read the rest of the series. As soon as I read the last chapter, I checked out the next book and started reading itIt's just fun to escape into this world and I'm very glad I finally visited the world of Romance again.
Michael, the Marquess of Bourne, lost everything one night in a game of cards. Ten years later, he has not only surpassed the wealth he lost, but he is also one of the owners of an exclusive gaming hell called The Fallen Angel. Bent on revenge and the need to gain back all he has lost, he finds that he cannot pass up the chance at winning back his ancestral home, he'll do anything it takes to get it back, even if it means acquiring a wife in the process.
Lady Penelope Marbury understands that spinsterhood awaits her. She's dealt with a broken engagement and boring courtships that have left her pining for something more.
When her childhood friend Michael, whisks her away one night promising adventure and the illicit pleasures of the London underworld, she finds his promises too hard to resist. Sarah MacLean can do no wrong!! I love and own everything she's ever written for a reason Her books are awesome!! Her characters are awesome!!
Need I say more? As a big fan of Ms.
Four aristocrats, each exiled from society, now royalty in the London underworld. Four loves, powerful enough to tame the darkness Michael was dark and brooding - he's tormented, sarcastic and jaded I love 'em like that!
He's a man with one thing on his mind Penelope is feisty and witty and so full of life. I loved how proper she was even when Michael had her at her wits end.
I adore stories of childhood friends becoming lovers and I especially loved reading Penelope and Michael's letters at the beginning of each chapter. I think it was splendidly done how you get to know their past through their letters without getting full chapters reminiscing on their time as children growing up.
As with all her characters, Ms. MacLean makes you fall head over heels for them. Michael and Penelope's love story was swoon worthy. Michael was such a tormented character - it was hard not to feel as emotionally wrought out as Penelope was when it came to her feelings for him.
These are the types of characters you become invested in - feeling their hurts and joys just as much as they do. Their happily-ever-after was a hard one to come by which made it even sweeter in the end. I cannot wait to see what Ms. MacLean has up her sleeves for the other three scoundrels in the series.
Another stellar release from MacLean. Michael is a dark and tormented man. Penelope is a bright and innocent woman. Together they are Her inner strength came through wonderfully.
I very much enjoyed watching her grow into her own I ended the novel feeling warm and fuzzy inside. What more can a reader ask for?
I loved it! What a wonderful story and I must get the next in the series immediately!! The heroine is lovely and realistic and still hoping for the best. And flawed. In ways that she could see and try to improve and in ways that snuck up onto her. And her man. My oh my. You feel sorry for him.I love this book.
More Details On the Way to the Wedding with 2nd Epilogue. Dearest Rogue. I know I won't be disappointed! Loved the hero. All in all, a solid read, but not my favorite of her books. More filters.