Wednesday, January 23, 2013

ARC Review : One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover (Rules of Scoundrels, #2)
Author: Sarah MacLean
Source: Edelweiss
Genre: Historical romance
Length: Novel (384pgs)
Release Date: January 29, 2013
Reviewed by: CaroleDee

Lady Philippa Marbury is odd. The bespectacled, brilliant fourth daughter of the Marquess of Needham and Dolby cares more for books than balls, flora than fashion and science than the season. Nearly engaged to Lord Castleton, Pippa wants to explore the scandalous parts of London she's never seen before marriage. And she knows just who to ask: the tall, charming, quick-witted bookkeeper of The Fallen Angel, London's most notorious and coveted gaming hell, known only as Cross.

Like any good scientist, Pippa's done her research and Cross's reputation makes him perfect for her scheme. She wants science without emotion—the experience of ruination without the repercussions of ruination. And who better to provide her with the experience than this legendary man? But when this odd, unexpected female propositions Cross, it's more than tempting . . . 
and it will take everything he has to resist following his instincts—and giving the lady precisely what she wants. 


One Good Earl Deserves a Lover was so much fun to read!

As a bit of an eccentric myself, reading about Pippa's 'odd' behavior was extremely relateable. Being embarrassed for quoting random and useless facts in a social situation? Been there, done that. LOL

I feel some historical purist may argue that Pippa is too extreme with her actions, and that no lady of the time would act as brazenly in her quest for research, but to them I say "Embrace the fun of it!"

I can't recommend this one enough. Immersing yourself in a book where two people are so perfect for each other, even through their quirks is most of the fun of reading a romance. And Pippa and Cross will not you let you down.

*Sigh* Geek love in a historical fiction, who would have thought it would be so wonderful?

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover is the second book in the Rules of Scoundrels series, but I feel it could be read as a standalone. Although, the first book was just a great, so I don't know why you would skip it :)

Book 1 - A Rogue by Any Other Name (Scoundrels series, #1)

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.

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