Publisher: Avon Books
The Rules of Scoundrels Series Order
Book 1 – A Rogue By Any Other Name
Book 2 – One Good Earl Deserves a Lover (29 Jan 2013)
Book 3 – No Good Duke Goes Unpunished (27 Aug 2013)
Book 4 – Untitled (~2014)
First Line: The eight of diamonds ruined him.
I have been a fan of Sarah MacLean’s books ever since Alea of Pop Culture Junkie bullied me into reading The Season (my review) back in 2009. She has a history of strong heroines, swoony heroes and story telling that just makes you feel ALL THE EMOTIONS. And no book proves this more than her newest A Rogue By Any Other Name. Just when I think that a book of her can’t be topped she comes out with a new one and I have a new favorite.
We first met Penelope in MacLean’s Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart as the almost bride of the Duke of Leighton. Rogue picks up eight years after that book ends and the Duke and Juliana are living happily ever after while Penelope is still looking for hers. We quickly learn that society hasn’t been kind to her after her broken engagement to the Duke of Leighton. But the years that have passed have only made her stronger and more aware of what she wants out of life and her marriage – even though as a woman in the 1830’s there aren’t a ton of options for her. Then her father attaches a neighboring piece of land to her dowry that will make her more attractive to members of the ton and brings her back into sphere of Michael, the Marques of Bourne and her former neighbor.
Bourne. *sighs* What does one say about him? Out of all of MacLean’s heroes I currently love him the most. He was just so broken and tortured and is the ultimate bad boy. There is just something about a bad boy that can just make a girl’s heart melt. Bourne resists Penelope at every turn and even though you know that somehow…some way…he’ll fall and accept that he loves Penelope and he really isn’t much of a rogue any more. But the journey….the journey to get there was so very TORTUROUS! MacLean has a way of making the reader feel EVERYTHING that her characters are feeling…the elation from there hopes and the utter heart break when her hero goes and makes another bone-headed mistake in an attempt to resist the inevitable.
But part of what really makes this story are the secondary characters. Bourne’s group of friends are hilarious! I love how they teased Bourne as they watched him fall in love with Penelope. And I look forward to reading the rest of the series and watching each one of them fall just as hard as Bourne did in this book. And judging from the epilogue of Rogue their journeys are going to be just as hilarious as Bourne’s. Its going to be so much fun to watch….though I’m sure that as with this one my heart will also be pushed to the breaking point! Because MacLean is quickly becoming a master at manipulating emotions…and I mean this in the nicest way possible. Truly.
To say I loved this book is an understatement. Because love just isn’t a big enough word. I devoured this book and I know that it will be one that I re-read often. If you are looking for a witty historical romance filled with wit and strong characters than look no further. Penelope is a girl that really comes into her own. She’s done with being the meek girl society demands her to be and boldy forges her own path to get what she wants. She isn’t my favorite heroine of MacLean’s (that place still belongs to feisty Juliana from Eleven Scandals) but Bourne is easily my favorite hero. At least…for now.