‘The Rogue Not Taken’ by Sarah MacLean

trnt smlSTORY: LADY SOPHIE’S SOCIETY SPLASH
The youngest of the infamous Talbot sisters scandalized society at the Liverpool Summer Soiree, striking her sister’s notoriously philandering husband and landing him backside-first in a goldfish pond. And we thought Sophie was the quiet one…

When she finds herself the target of very public aristocratic scorn, Sophie Talbot does what she must to escape the city and its judgment—she flees on the back of a carriage, vowing never to return to London…or to society. But the carriage isn’t saving her from ruin. It’s filled with it.

ROYAL ROGUE’S REIGN OF RAVISHMENT!
The Marquess of Eversley was espied descending a rose trellis—escaping an irate Earl and his once-future countess. No lady is safe from Eversley’s Engagement Ending Escapades!

Kingscote, the Marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn’t charm, a quality that results in a reputation far worse than the truth, a furious summons home, and a long, boring trip to the Scottish border. When King discovers stowaway Sophie, however, the trip 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, and suddenly opposites are altogether too attractive…

REVIEW: This author is a hit or miss for me. I find her writing voice varies and I either like or love the story or they leave me cold. As of yet, I can’t say that I hated her writing. It just that some stories are very good and some just meh.

The above book blurb tells you most of the story, so I’ll just get on and tell you my thoughts about it.

As with the previous books of hers, I find that this first book in the series started out good but middle way it started meandering.

By the time I reached the end of the story I thought it was just okay. If you’re a huge fan of this author, you’ll no doubt get it and like it, but if you’ve never read her before, you’re better off reading her last book in The Rules of Scoundrels series  Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover’. I just loved that one a lot 🙂

Melanie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

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‘No Good Duke Goes Unpunished’ by Sarah MacLean

Sngdgu smlTORY: A rogue ruined . . .

He is the Killer Duke, accused of murdering Mara Lowe on the eve of her wedding. With no memory of that fateful night, Temple has reigned over the darkest of London’s corners for twelve years, wealthy and powerful, but beyond redemption. Until one night, Mara resurfaces, offering the one thing he’s dreamed of . . . absolution.

A lady returned . . .

Mara planned never to return to the world from which she’d run, but when her brother falls deep into debt at Temple’s exclusive casino, she has no choice but to offer Temple a trade that ends in her returning to society and proving to the world what only she knows . . . that he is no killer.

A scandal revealed . . .

It’s a fine trade, until Temple realizes that the lady—and her past—are more than they seem. It will take every bit of his strength to resist the pull of this mysterious, maddening woman who seems willing to risk everything for honor . . . and to keep from putting himself on the line for love.

REVIEW: This is a story that had me twisted in knots, and not in a good way. I kept wanting to smack people around for being obtuse and irritating.

The story was good but the heroine was hard to like at first, but eventually I got warmed up to her. The hero on the other hand was well written and easy to like.

If you’ve read the previous books in this series, by all means get this one as well. But be warned, there are twists and turns you may or may not like.

Melanie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

‘A Scot in the Dark’ by Sarah MacLean

asitd-smlSTORY: Lonesome Lily Turned Scandalous Siren

Miss Lillian Hargrove has lived much of her life alone in a gilded cage, longing for love and companionship. When an artist offers her pretty promises and begs her to pose for a scandalous portrait, Lily doesn’t hesitate…until the lying libertine leaves her in disgrace. With the painting now public, Lily has no choice but to turn to the one man who might save her from ruin.

Highland Devil turned Halfhearted Duke

The Duke of Warnick loathes all things English, none more so than the aristocracy. It does not matter that the imposing Scotsman has inherited one of the most venerable dukedoms in Britain—he wants nothing to do with it, especially when he discovers that the unwanted title comes with a troublesome ward, one who is far too old and far too beautiful to be his problem.

Tartan Comes to Town

Warnick arrives in London with a single goal: get the chit married and see her become someone else’s problem, then return to a normal, quiet life in Scotland. It’s the perfect plan, until Lily declares she’ll only marry for love…and the Scot finds that there is one thing in England he likes far too much…

REVIEW: Let me start off by saying that I’ve read this author before and I found her writing good, but her heroes and heroines are very hard to like. And when that happens, usually I loose the interest in characters and no matter the prose, plot or pace will help me like the book.

In this story I just couldn’t stomach the pathetic heroine. She rubbed me the wrong way throughout the story. As for the chemistry between the two? I felt none. I was told numerous time how she loves this man, and then BOOM! She falls for another.

I’m sorry to say that this story was a big disappointment to me. I know that if you’re this author’s big fan, you’ll probably not heed my words and read it, but I just can’t recommend it.

Melanie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher