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Scandal & Scoundrel: The Rogue Not Taken (Paperback)

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Book FormatPaperback
AuthorSarah MacLean
Publication DateDecember, 2015
GenreFiction/Romance - Historical - Regency

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Lady Sophie's Society Splash

When Sophie, the least interesting of the Talbot sisters, lands her philandering brother-in-law backside-first in a goldfish pond in front of all society, she becomes the target of very public aristocratic scorn. Her only choice is to flee London, vowing to start a new life far from the aristocracy. Unfortunately, the carriage in which she stows away isn't saving her from ruin . . . it's filled with it.

Rogue's Reign of Ravishment!

Kingscote, "King," the Marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn't charm, resulting in a reputation far worse than the truth, a general sense that he's more pretty face than proper gentleman, and an irate summons home to the Scottish border. When King discovers stowaway Sophie, however, the journey becomes anything but boring.

War? Or More?

He thinks she's trying to trick him into marriage. She wouldn't have him if he were the last man on earth. But carriages bring close quarters, dark secrets, and unbearable temptation, making opposites altogether too attractive . . .


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Scandal & Scoundrel
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Sarah MacLean
Scandals & Scoundrels: The Rogue Not Taken
Publication Date
December, 2015
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches

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Summary In a moment ...

Summary In a moment of rashness, Sophie Talbot, was reaching out to protect her sister and pushed her brother in law into a pond in front of the ton. She knew she couldn't stay in London any longer, so in order to see that her family could stay in London and enjoy the pleasures of the city, she escaped on the back of a carriage of the Marquess of Everlay. Dressed as a boy, King recongnizes who she is immediately, and calls her out on it and blames her for the loss of his servant who she convinced to work for her father. She is determined to escape to the country, to a small village where she grew up and marry a baker she played with as a child. But while on the journey, she is forced to partner with King whom she despises as a rake of the highest order. But while they journey up north they will face some danger and a desire they don't see coming. Plot and Story Line I honestly want to say that I loved this book, but I can not say that. The first half of the story was a bit hard to really get into. The plot was great, the characters were superb but the flow of the story was uneven and didn't feel right. This has happened with this author on occassion which is odd considering her first few books were AMAZING!! So it breaks my heart, wanting to fully enjoy a story and can't get fully engaged even when I want to be. But once we reached about half way, is when the story started to change for me. Then it got really great, and I loved the evolvement of the plot here. It gets pretty full of action and sensual delights. The chemistry between these two is explosive. They don't like each other too much but yet are fascinated with one another. I wasn't a huge fan of the hero, I liked him but didn't really love him that much at least not till the very end. Then I was won over in two pages-yeah I was impressed. I am curious about the second book though, I loved Warnick he was so amusing. The Cover Beautiful cover, its not very common to see a navy blue on a cover like this, and the stepback is so pretty....I love the settee and the pose. Overall View The Rogue Not Taken is a delightful and humorous romance I found entertaining.

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The Rogue Not Taken4 S...

The Rogue Not Taken4 StarsLady Sophie Talbot is supposedly the quietest of the "Dangerous Daughters" the ton loves to gossip about. But even she cannot live down the scandal when she deliberately pushes a duke into a fishpond, and finds herself stowing away in the Marquess of Eversley's carriage. Suffice it to say that the Marquess is not at all pleased, and so begins their journey on the bumpy road to happily ever after!Sophie and King have a tumultuous romance to say the least, nevertheless, their love/hate banter is snarky and witty, and their chemistry is excellent (although it takes a while to manifest). That said, King does have several alpha-hole moments, particularly in the beginning when he treats her even worse than dirt (readers of Kristen Ashley's heroes will be able to relate). Thankfully, he manages to redeem himself with small acts of kindness that seem to surprise him even more than they do the reader. Moreover, the fact that he is exceedingly honest with regard to his intentions goes a long way to making his earlier behavior forgivable. Sophie is a lovely heroine unafraid of doing and saying the right thing in a society well-known for its hypocrisy and double standards. King doesn't realize until the end just how lucky he is to have found her. In sum, regardless of the possibility that the mixed reviews for this book may have lowered my expectations, The Rogue Not Taken is a delightful read and I look forward to continuing with the next installment focusing on King's rakish Scottish friend.

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Sophie Talbot is on an...

Sophie Talbot is on an inadvertent adventure after dunking her brother-in-law in a fish pond. She chooses to hide as the Marquess of Eversley's (known as King) footman. King tries to get rid of Sophie, though not very hard as his protective nature seems to take over. I just finished the third book in the series, The Day of the Duchess, and realized that I hadn't read the first book so I grabbed a copy to get some back story for the protagonists in that book (The Duke of Haven is the brother-in-law who got dunked) and also because I love Sarah MacLean's writing. This was a good story though I didn't enjoy it as much as The Day of the Duchess which I loved. This was mostly due to Eversley; it was just spoiled and obnoxious throughout most of the book. I get he was traumatized by an event in his past, but he's a grown man. And while protective of Sophie, he was also very rude and mean to her for most of the book. The gambit that worked for Sera in landing Haven in the third book didn't work nearly as well here; I didn't buy Eversley's rage at being caught as I did Haven's. Still, it was a good book and I definitely recommend the series.

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Good book. Sophie is t...

Good book. Sophie is the youngest of the Talbot sisters and the only one who doesn't enjoy the family's scandalous reputation. Her father bought his title, having made his money in coal, but the aristocracy hasn't really accepted them. Her father is immersed in his business, her mother is determined that each of the girls marries a title. Several of the girls are involved in relationships with questionable men. The oldest married a duke, but her method of catching him was less than honorable. When Sophie stumbles across him with another woman, she is furious on behalf of her sister. She berates him loudly and shoves him into a fishpond. Unfortunately for her, it was witnessed by almost everyone attending the event and they make their disapproval of her very clear. In order to escape the ball, Sophie tries to get a ride in Eversley's carriage, but he denies her the assistance. So instead, she dresses as a footman and stows away on the carriage, not realizing that he isn't headed to his town home but to his father's estate in Cumbria. By the time she discovers it, it is far too late to do anything about it. I liked Sophie. She is smart, she is sassy and she is protective of her family, even though she doesn't approve of their actions. I enjoyed seeing her take on her brother-in-law, even though she didn't consider the consequences. However, she doesn't have a good picture of herself, feeling that she is the plain sister with none of the fun that others see in her sisters. I had a harder time warming up to King. He is known for ruining women's reputations and seems quite proud of it. He wasn't at all helpful when Sophie asked for his assistance, and was actually quite unpleasant. King was estranged from his father over something that happened when he was younger and tends to look quite cynically at the people around him. He is aware of the Talbots' reputations and is determined that he not fall into what he sees as Sophie's attempt to trap him. I got quite frustrated with the way that he constantly insulted her, even though he claimed it wasn't intentional. I loved their first meeting and how Sophie tried to get him to help her. Their conversation was pretty funny, as Sophie tried to get his help and King was determined to resist her attempts. It was fun to see her take matters into her own hands, and her dismay when she finally realized that it hadn't gone the way she planned. Their confrontation at the inn, when King discovered what she had done, was pretty intense. King's tunnel vision about her actions caused him to be pretty obnoxious. I thoroughly enjoyed the way that she managed her escape from him. But for all his insistence that she wasn't his problem, he couldn't leave her on her own. I loved seeing him go after her, and how he was there when she needed rescuing. Though both insist that they don't even like each other, they are attracted. Their conversations are mostly opportunities to take verbal shots at each other, with each convinced that their opinion of the other is correct. King began to grow on me a little bit with his care of Sophie after the stage robbery. He gave in to her request for a ride to the village she grew up in, but he is still constantly suspicious. But he once again made me mad with his actions at the bakery. At first I thought he was actually trying to help her, but then his motives were revealed. He made his plan known to her with absolutely no thought to its effect on her, with his insulting opinion not even hidden behind a facade of pleasantness. I ached for Sophie, who by this time really wanted him to see her in a better light. I loved seeing her stand up to both King and his father at that first dinner, followed by her happiness when she had dinner with the servants. I felt like I was almost constantly irritated with King as he never thought before he spoke, which just kept beating down on Sophie. She was falling in love with him, and just wanted to be loved in return. I had some hope for him when he opened up with her and told her what had caused his rift with his father. But in spite of his growing feelings for her, he makes no secret of his intention never to marry. The arrival of her family, with their stories of what had happened after Sophie left, leaves her feeling even more guilty about her actions. Her father has a plan for making it right, but it is a plan that she wants no part of. She and King are finally growing closer, and this plan would drive him away completely. What happens next just emphasizes King's blindness when it comes to Sophie. A surprising twist regarding the event that caused the rift between King and his father throws everything King had believed into turmoil and he starts to see what an idiot he has been. I liked his confession to Sophie at the end, but thought that she forgave him a little too easily. I hope to see them in later books and see if Sophie has managed to civilize him.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

This is such a good bo...

This is such a good book! So fun and a great regency romance that has more modern ideas in it! Definitely recommend this to any of my friends who want a regency romance!

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