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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 most exclusive gaming hell, the cold, ruthless Bourne will do whatever it takes to regain his inheritance--including marrying perfect, proper Lady Penelope Marbury.
A broken engagement and years of disappointing courtships have left Penelope with little interest in a quiet, comfortable marriage, and a longing for something more. How lucky that her new husband has access to an unexplored world of pleasures.
Bourne may be a prince of London's illicit underworld, but he vows to keep Penelope untouched by its wickedness--a challenge indeed as the lady discovers her own desires, and her willingness to wager anything for them . . . .even her heart.-- Library Journal (starred review)
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 boldly breaks new ground.
The first book in her remarkably fresh and original Fallen Angels series--featuring four dark Regency Era heroes who will steal the hearts of their heroines and the readers alike--A Rogue will captivate fans of Julia Quinn and Suzanne Enoch while bringing new romance readers eagerly into the fold. The scintillating story of a disgraced Marquess reduced to running a London gambling hall who hopes to restore his good fortune by marrying a very proper lady who's secretly drawn to sin, A Rogue by Any Other Name is sexy and wicked fun.
Rules of Scoundrels
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A Rogue by Any Other Name
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While dark and wounded...
While dark and wounded heroes bring out the nurturer in a woman's soul, I also think that they ignite the naughty spark in a woman's spirit! There is something about them, even though you may try to remain proper, that makes you want to show your own naughty self : ) They certainly won't reproach you for letting down your hair and giving in to temptation! Bad boys are just as delicious and delectable as that last piece of chocolate fudge cake that you devour in the dark on a midnight kitchen raid! Fallen Angels are also delicious bad boys, especially when they have a few surprises tucked beneath their wings : ) Even on the road to redemption, they manage to be nice and naughty! Whether earthly, unearthly, or somewhere in-between, Fallen Angels take romance reads to new heights : ) "A Rogue By Any Other Name" is the first book in the "Rules of Scoundrels" series from author Sarah MacLean, and it is a smashing start! The rogue in question, Michael, Marquess of Bourne, once lost everything with the turn of one card. Over the next decade, he not only recovers his losses, but increases his fortune many times over. Now one of four partners in an exclusive gaming hell called "The Fallen Angel", he is very much like a fallen angel being driven a burning need for vengeance. Marriage to his childhood friend, Lady Penelope Marbury, will help him to achieve his primary goal: regaining the land that was his inheritance and getting revenge on the man who took it from him. Even though she suffered the embarrassment and disappointment of a very public broken engagement, Penelope is still not willing to settle for a "suitable" marriage. She wants more--much more! A tortured hero, greatly in need of redemption, and a wonderful, spirited heroine make for a very satisfying and rewarding romance read. You will fall in love with Michael and Penelope, just as they fall so deeply in love with each other. A must read for devoted lovers of historical romance! Review Copy Gratis Amazon Vine
I loved it! What a won...
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. You hate him. You want to hold him. You certainly want to shag him :) And you want them to both figure it out.I had a couple of odd couple of moments when I waited on baited (slightly irritated) breath for some major plot twist and I was totally wrong. Delightfully so. Loved it. Two thumbs up. Enjoy!
Sometimes a book comes...
Sometimes a book comes along just exactly when you need it. The stars align, the Gods smile upon you, your heart is opened and a book flies in and takes root in your soul. It was the last week of tax season, I'd had a rough run of 2/3 star books that I only really gave 3 stars because I couldn't rustle up much of ANY reaction to them. But they weren't bad or offensive I just expected more out of them. I even chose them because they were classics and I thought they would be wonderful distractions from the crushing stress of tax deadline. Instead, I started to fret that I was in a book funk. I just couldn't get engrossed in any book.Literally, on a whim, I decided to try this one. I'd heard good things about Sarah MacLean and while I truly liked Nine Rules to Break, it wasn't so awe-inspiring for me that I felt like this book was a sure bet. I read the cover and thought, "Well, I'll try it."I am so glad I did. I was immediately sucked into this book and these wonderful character. There are some tropes that I am just an absolute sucker for. We've already addressed my affection for writers. We've also addressed my affection for the Mulan trope. But one we haven't touched upon yet: childhood best friends/sweethearts that are separated for some reason beyond their control. Nowhere in any of the summaries or synopses of this novel did I see anything that suggested that it was a novel about childhood best friends. In a way, I'm super glad I didn't see any reference to that because the first set of letters between Michael and Penny kicked me in the gut. There's immediately a sense of affection and, non-romantic, love between the two of them. The loose plot of this book is that after the death of his parents, Marquess of Bourne, Michael, loses his entire inheritance to his guardian in one game of cards at the age of 21. He's cast out of society and, essentially, disappears off the face of the earth. Abandoning, though he doesn't realize it at the time, his best friend and neighbour, Penelope Marbury daughter of the Marquess of Needham etc. Penelope continues to write to him. Letters that are slowly revealed over the course of the novel. Penelope, in the mean time, is betrothed to and then jilted by a Duke. A Duke that was perfectly amiable, but who was madly in love with someone a little less appropriate than Penelope. However, he tosses Penelope to the side and marries his love match. Penelope is far from heartbroken, and considering her good standing in society, she's not precisely an outcast. However, she is not the catch she was once considered to be. So, her father attaches a newly won holding of land to her dowry. And what would you know? It's the Marquess of Bourne's former holdings/home. Michael, catching wind of this, and a fully changed man and manager of one of the most prestigious gaming hells in all of London, decides there's only one solution to this problem: marrying Penelope whether she likes it or not. This is a novel that so very easily could've been yet another Once and Always with an abusive, ignorant, controlling man whom I could not understand the appeal of or the heroine's forgiveness. However, because of the beautifully set-up past between the two of them, and the deftly handled glimpses of the feelings Michael has always had and never fully lost for Penny, you understand where the conflict comes from and why it continues. These aren't two strangers who were randomly thrown together because of greed or lust. They're two people with a very powerful, dynamic history who are meeting up again for the first time in almost a decade with so much that has changed between the two of them, and so much that hasn't. And it just works.The whole novel works. Michael is an alpha hero I've hated in countless other incarnations, but he works here. He refuses to voice his feelings, or acknowledge them, but I never once doubted how much he still felt that love he had for Penelope as children and beyond. And Penelope, who tried so hard to reconcile the boy she knew with the stranger in front of her, and to find where the twain met. And if the moment when Michael finally calls Penelope "Sixpence" again doesn't make you emit a noise only comparable to the noise Emma Thompson makes at the end of Sense & Sensibility, then I do not know what it would take to touch your soul. Read this novel. Now. Now not later.
Michael, lost everythi...
Michael, lost everything when he was sixteen in a card game, by his neighbor, and he was left with nothing. So now many years later he vows vengeance against the man that ruined his life. He is determined to let no man or woman get in his way, including his childhood friend Penelope. When he hears that his land is now a part of her dowry, he must come up with a plan to secure her marrying him as soon as possible. So he compromises her, which in turn forces her to marry him or face a horrid scandal on herself and her family. Penelope is thrilled at first when she see's Michael for the first time in many years, but he has changed a lot. He is no longer the boy she would run and play with, and write letters to. When she has no choice but to marry him, she wonders what kind of marriage they will have. She aches for passion and love and more than anything she desires Michael to be the one to give it to her. But when she finds out his thirst for revenge, she realizes his resolve and wonders if her love for him might be enough.A Rogue By Any Other Name is the first in the most newest series by Sarah MacLean. I have to say that I ever since I first read this author....she utterly captivated me instantly with her sharp wit and wonderful written stories that just pulled at my heartstrings. 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...but in the end are just perfect 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....and story that will make you believe in second chances and a love that never dies!!!! A Romance Marvel that will make you pop in delight!
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