I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean
Series: Scandal & Scoundrel #1
Published by HarperCollins on December 29th 2015
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Historical, Regency, General
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ADD TO GOODREADS:
Lady Sophie's Society Splash!
When Sophie, the least interesting of the Talbot sisters, lands her philandering brother-in-law backside-first in a goldfish pond in front of all society, she becomes the target of very public aristocratic scorn. Her only choice is to flee London, vowing to start a new life far from the aristocacy. Unfortunately, the carriage in which she stows away isn't saving her from ruin . . . it's filled with it.
Rogue's Reign of Ravishment!
Kingscote, "King," the Marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn't charm, resulting in a reputation far worse than the truth, a general sense that he's more pretty face than proper gentleman, and an irate summons home to the Scottish border. When King discovers stowaway Sophie, however, the journey 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, making opposites altogether too attractive . . .
Romance readers are exceedingly lucky to have an author of Sarah MacLean’s caliber writing in the genre (honestly, readers of any genre would be fortunate to read a work by her). Not only is Sarah an intelligent, articulate advocate for Romance, her novels themselves are quick-witted and evocative, full of relatable characters and singular passion. The Rogue Not Taken, the first novel in her new Scandal & Scoundrel series, keeps Sarah’s tradition of excellence alive.
Lady Sophie Talbot was ten years old when her father became an earl and she has longed for the simple life they once led ever since. Her family’s new title coupled with their common upbringing as made Sophie and her four older sisters social pariahs – especially after Sophie publicly embarrasses her sister’s cheating husband, who also happens to be a duke. Hoping to escape, Sophie begs a ride from Kingscote, Marquess of Eversely whom she meets when he jumps out a window and nearly lands on Sophie.
King wants nothing to do with Sophie, and not just because she is one of the scandalous Talbot sisters, known throughout society alternatively as the Soiled S’s or the Dangerous Daughters. To Sophie’s credit (and chagrin), she is considered the boring sister, as King so graciously informs her, she’s the ‘unfun’ one. King will come to eat those words, as Sophie leads him on a wild adventure through England once she stows away in his carriage.
King initially thinks Sophie is out to trap him into forced marriage and his somewhat harsh treatment of Sophie reflects his mistrust. King’s better nature emerges as he seeks to protect Sophie, first physically and eventually emotionally. King spent fifteen years building resentment and anger towards his father for his meddling in his life and destroying, what King perceives as, his only chance at happiness. Refusing to marry and carry on the Duke of Lyne title, King thinks he’s punishing his father. In reality, his rejection of the possibility of love hurts him, and Sophie, the most.
Sophie and King are positively bursting with energy. The exceptional banter and pulsing sexual tension bring the relationship to life. He refuses to love or marry while she hates the aristocracy and craves acceptance. Sophie wants a quiet life and King is a scandalous rogue (or is he?). How could these two find a happy ending when they keep insisting they don’t even like each other? Through the talent of Sarah MacLean, these two disparate, and desperate, people learn to trust in love, in each other, and most poignantly, in themselves.
Excerpt from The Rogue Not Taken
Intro from Sarah MacLean
Being shot on the Great North Road isn’t exactly a thing people expect to happen, and Lady Sophie Talbot finds herself in the rooms above The Warbling Wren pub, under the welcome care of a rather mad doctor and the watchful eye of the rather infuriating (and infuriatingly handsome) Kingscote, Marquess of Eversley. There are worse things, she supposes. Or are there? Not for King.)
“If you want a bath, you’ll have to accept my help,” he said.
She pursed her lips at that, her gaze settling longingly on the steaming bath. “You mustn’t look.”
“I wouldn’t dream of it.” It might have been the most obvious lie he’d ever told.
Somehow, she believed it, nodding and throwing back the coverlet to step out of the bed. She came to her feet, the top of her head at his chin, and he resisted the urge to help her across the room. “How do you feel?” he asked, hearing the gravel in his words. He cleared his throat.
“As though I’ve been shot, I’d imagine.”
He raised a brow. “Clever. There’s food when you’ve bathed.” The words summoned a low growl from her, and her hands flew to her stomach. Her cheeks turned red, and he smiled. “I take it you are hungry.”
“It seems so,” she said.
“Food after the bath. And then sleep.”
She met his gaze. “You’re very domineering.”
“It’s a particular talent.”
“What with you being called King.”
“Name is destiny.”
She moved past him to the high copper bathtub. He resumed his place against the wall, arms crossed, watching her carefully as she reached down, her long fingers trailing in the hot water as she sighed her anticipation. The sound was like gunfire in the room—pure, unadulterated pleasure. It was delicious.
King stiffened. He was not interested in the lady’s pleasure.
If only someone would tell his body that.
About Author Sarah MacLean
Sarah MacLean grew up in Rhode Island, obsessed with historical romance and bemoaning the fact that she was born far too late for her own season. Her love of all things historical helped to earn her degrees from Smith College and Harvard University before she finally set pen to paper and wrote her first book.
Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband, baby daughter, their dog, and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels. She loves to hear from readers. Please visit her at www.macleanspace.com