Series: Scandal & Scoundrel #1
Published by Avon on Dec. 29, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: the publisher
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Also by this author: The Day of the Duchess, How the Dukes Stole Christmas
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…
I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.
I loved The Rogue Not Taken! At times, it had me laughing aloud; mere pages later, I’d find myself in tears. Complex characters, an improbable but highly entertaining runaway scenario, and realistic emotional interactions combine to make this one of my top historical romances of the year.
Sophie has strength, spirit, and a clear-eyed distaste for the hypocrisy of the ton; King is infuriating and sometimes obnoxious, but he’s not as uncaring or ungentlemanly as he seems; in fact, quite the opposite despite his words. They spar and argue even as they are each coming to like, to respect, and ultimately to care for the other.
The last quarter of the book feels like one of those classical music pieces with multiple finales. I kept thinking “This must be the final obstacle/misunderstanding; after this, everything will work out and they’ll get their happy ending” — but each time, it wasn’t quite worked out, and something else would arise to throw a monkey wrench into their relationship. In less-skilled hands, I would have found this annoying, but Maclean had made me care so much about Sophie and King, and wrote these scenes with such depth of feeling, that I simply couldn’t stop reading.
I think this is only the second Maclean romance I’ve ever read, and already she has joined my list of favorite historical romance writers. Brava, Ms. Maclean, for a brilliant start to what I hope will be a terrific series.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Historical Romance Reading Challenge 2015
Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook
I hate to say this, but I just don’t think MacLean’s books are for me. I’ve read three, and while they are all really good, and well written, they just don’t mesh with me. With my personal tastes. But I’m so glad you loved this. I’ve been hearing fabulous things.
Quinn @ Quinn’s Book Nook recently posted…Review: Too Much Temptation by Lori Foster
And that’s why there are so many different authors and styles out there – so we can all find books that appeal to us! 🙂
Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library
Why haven’t I read more from this author? I read the first book in the Love by Number series and loved it and I keep seeing fantastic reviews for her books but for some reason I’ve yet to pick more up. I definitely need to fix this and pick this one up immediately! This sounds like my kind of book.
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I’m asking myself the same question. I read one of her earlier books and really enjoyed it, but never got around to any of the others. I have two or three on my Kindle, though, so I’ll probably indulge in them over the next few months, in between review books.
You make this sound so good! I have one of her books to read that I got quite by accident. I’m anxious to give it a try.
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I’m impressed by how well she moves from humor to heartfelt emotion; it’s a very good balance. I’m looking forward to reading more of her books!