Excellent book. I loved Pippa so much. She is different than her four sisters. She doesn't care about the usual things that appeal to young ladies. She is a scientist who believes in what she can see and isn't convinced that love exists. She is due to get married in two weeks and wants to know about the physical side of marriage that no one will talk about to her. She decides to go to Cross, co-owner of the gaming hell that her brother-in-law is part of. He turns her down in a unique way, but she finds a loophole and comes back. There is something about Cross that makes her feel things that don't make sense to her scientific mind. The more time she spends with him the more she realizes that her safe fiance just isn't what she wants anymore. She wants Cross, who makes her feel things and also understands her and likes who she is. The biggest the she has to do is help him overcome his feelings about his past. She does things in a big way at the end. I loved seeing the heroine doing the "go big or go home" for a change. Cross was great. He's been a big part of the gaming hell for several years as a way to flee his past. He has terribly guilty feelings about the death of his brother. These feelings have affected everything about the way he lives his life now. He is stunned by Pippa's proposition and as much as he is attracted to her he knows he can't do anything about it. He tries very hard to keep her away, but she is relentless in her quest and he finally gives in. The scene where he teaches her about temptation is fantastic, with Cross's self control being strained to its limits. I loved the way that Pippa's intelligence and unique way of looking at life fascinates him. He understands her the way no one else does and he would love nothing more than to have her in his life permanently. But he feels that his past makes her out of reach for him. When that past is used against him he tries to do what he must to protect her. I completely loved the ending and his surprise at how it came about. I liked seeing more of Temple and Chase, the other two owners. A little more has been revealed about their stories and I can't wait to see what happens to them.
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Lady Philippa Marbury is . . . odd
The brilliant, bespectacled daughter of a double marquess cares more for books than balls, for science than the season, and for laboratories than love. She's looking forward to marrying her simple fiancé and living out her days quietly with her dogs and her scientific experiments. But before that, Pippa has two weeks to experience all the rest—fourteen days to research the exciting parts of life. It's not much time, and to do it right she needs a guide familiar with London's darker corners.
She needs . . . a Scoundrel
She needs Cross, the clever, controlled partner in London's most exclusive gaming hell, with a carefully crafted reputation for wickedness. But reputations often hide the darkest secrets, and when the unconventional Pippa boldly propositions him, seeking science without emotion, she threatens all he works to protect. He is tempted to give Pippa precisely what she wants . . . but the scoundrel is more than he seems, and it will take every ounce of his willpower to resist giving the lady more than she ever imagined.One Good Earl Deserves a Lover - eBook
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Rules of Scoundrels
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This one was so much fun to read. I love historicals with smart heroines and Lady Philippa Marbury is a very smart woman. She knows she is odd compared to her peers. She likes to study anatomy and horticulture. She is engaged to Lord Castleton and is very worried about her marital duties. She is not sure what to fully expect and she is the type of person who likes to analyze and get all the details. She knows anatomy and has seen animals mate before, but thinks there must be more to procreation for humans. She decides an experiment is in order. She will learn all she can before her wedding day. And she thinks she has the perfect experiment partner - Cross, part owner of a gaming den with her brother-in-law. He has quite the reputation among the ladies. Cross is absolutely captivated by Pippa when she shows up at his office with a proposition to learn all about sex from him. But he refuses. He doesn't think she deserves his darkness. Pippa, though, ends up finding her way into his life over and over again. And Cross finds it harder and harder to keep his hands off her. As for Pippa, the more time she spends with Cross, the more she realizes just how passionless her marriage to Castleton will be. Cross is a tortured hero. But I love the way he sees and adores Pippa. He likes her oddities. He likes the way her brain works, her honesty, and forthrightness. He even finds her spectacles very sexy. I enjoy historical romances that have the heroine saving the day. Cross sacrifices and Pippa plans. She's not giving up on happiness and a marriage with passion. This is another great book by MacLean. ARC provided through Edelweiss.
Pippa is within two we...
Pippa is within two weeks of getting married, to a good man but doesn't excite her. She is beyond curious about intimacy in the bedchamber, and she hasn't even been kissed by her fiancee, she is desperate to know as much as possible. Pippa has always been fascinated with the world around her, and has made it her mission to learn as much as she can, goes everywhere with a book in her hand. Pippa knows that she is a bit odd to others, but she craves knowledge. So she goes to "The Fallen Angel" and seeks out Cross, who is more than able to give her the information she needs. Cross has the reputation of being a scoundrel with the ladies, with more than enough experience, and is one of the four partners in the gaming hell. Cross is curious when Pippa bursts into his office, and insists that he teaches her about sexual matters. At first he doesn't know how to respond to her, she is a proper lady and engaged to be married, and attempts to distract her from her purpose and protect her from scandal. Before long though he finds her too irristable and finds that he wants her for herself. Pippa knows what she wants, and Cross keeps distracting her, and takes her on a battle of wits and wills and before she knows it she finds herself falling in love with a man who is not her fiancee. Who will win this battle of love....I could hardly put this one down....it was such a sexy and entertaining read to the very end. Sarah Maclean has such talent with her stories and this one definitely didn't disappoint in any way. There was such a sense of fun and playfulness between this couple, and even though there wasn't a huge conflict involved, there was enough opposition in the book that it keeps you on your toes. I found Pippa to be the type of character that you aren't sure if you are going to like, but end up liking her more and more. She is beyond smart, and for those of us in the modern world, her uniqueness would be considered normal. However back in the 1800's, it was far from normal. Pippa takes it all in stride, how others look at her, most view her as "odd". However Cross responds to her Cleverness in such a way that made me love him more. Cross is your typical alpha male type, has a very tough exterior, but is not the normal rakish type. He keeps trying to resist Pippa constantly because he knows there is no future for him with her. However Pippa is beyond stubborn and keeps coming back to him despite his efforts to keep her from him. I found this couple to be unique to their situation. The love connection between Cross and Pippa was poignant and heartbreaking at times. I just loved how their story progresses and builds and the conclusion was just about PERFECT. I really enjoyed how this story is brought to life to this reader in such a way that it provoked a feeling of warmth and tenderness. The plot had a sense of mystery and intense emotion. Overall a OUTSTANDING romance that kept me up all night reading. A well put together story with characters that completely satisfied me in every way, and a beautiful tale of love and passion that had me from the first page. LOVED EVERY MOMENT
This book is worth far...
This book is worth far more thank 5 stars!!!! It was magnificent! The longing/wanting/need was conveyed to perfection! Someone mentioned breathlessness and yes!! That too!!! I LOVED the characters honesty. Pippa was straightforward and honest throughout the book and I think it was one of the things that made me love every second of this story! Cross was the perfect match for her. He is going into my category of "great leading male" This book is now on my "favourites shelf" and as I had originally bought this series for the next book... I am now unsure of how Ms. MacLean is going to top this!
One Good Earl Deserves...
One Good Earl Deserves a Lover5 StarsAccording to Society, Lady Phillippa Marbury is "odd". But for Pippa, her inquisitive mind and scientific approach to life has always served her in good stead. So, it is not unusual that she should approach the most renowned lover in London to serve as her research "assistant" when she is in need of instruction on the intricacies of the marriage bed. Jasper Arsley aka Cross, one of the 4 notorious owners of The Fallen Angel casino, is astounded when Pippa propositions him and will do anything and everything in his power to dissuade her even as he longs to do the exact opposite...This is the 2nd book in MacLean's Rules of Scoundrels series and a significant improvement on the first. Pippa and Cross have a tangible chemistry and their sexual tension simply sizzles on the pages. Pippa with her forthrightness and honesty is an adorable heroine and Cross's attempts to thwart her lead to some sweet and sexy moments.The supporting characters are just as engaging and the secondary plot involving Cross's arch nemesis lends a certain edgy tension to the romance. The next book is Temple's and I am eager to meet the woman who will bring this stoic giant down a notch or two.
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