‘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

‘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 Rogue by Any Other Name’ by Sarah MacLean

arbaon-smlSTORY: 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 such unexplored pleasures.

Bourne may be a prince of London’s 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.

REVIEW: 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. this story started out great, middle way it took a wrong turn, but then it course corrected … a bit. In the end, I have to admit that the parts I liked outweighed the parts I didn’t.

Melanie for b2b