Friday, January 1, 2016

The Rogue Not Taken (Scandal & Scoundrel #1) by Sarah MacLean

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Scandal & Scoundrel #1
Sarah MacLean
Releasing December 29th, 2015
Avon Books

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 aristocracy. 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 . . .

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I am a huge fan of Sarah MacLean and I couldn't resist reading this book. When I got an ARC I almost died from the happiness of having a copy. Due to my other book responsibilities I began the book later than I imagined and that resulted in me trying to read this before the release date in order to have my review up and because I haven't read a book by the author that has disappointed me yet. I got excited by reading the blurb for Christ sake. I hadn't felt that in a long while and one late night I began reading this book. To be honest, I kept reading the book even after I realized that my brain had stopped functioning properly because I wanted to read more about King and Sophie. I am sure I missed some parts of this book and I am not happy with that, but even with my eyes half closed I needed to read this book.

I don't know what happened to Sophie's sisters, but I am hoping that we will find out in the later books. I am not the biggest fan of them, but I started to like them in the end. I was happy to see that the stories of some of the secondary characters have ended in a positive way. Their chapters ended, I believe, but there is hope for a novella about Mary. I would like to see her again.

You might not know this, but Sarah MacLean has based this novel on modern things like US Weekly, People Magazine,, or that sidebar of "news" on your Facebook page and Beyonce, the Kardashians or the Middleton Sisters. I know that this seems weird, but it was fused into the book in a way that you wouldn't realize it if somebody hadn't told you. I hadn't raced it until I read the author's review of her book on GoodReads.

The rogue not taken has everything that I want in a romance novel. It has adventure, romance, angst, chemistry between the two main characters and an actual plot that leaves you wanting more. It also has one thing that I need in most books that I read. An epilogue. And what an epilogue it was! I finished the book with happy tears in my eyes. The epilogue was short, but it contained so much happiness and it gave me the satisfaction I expected. It was a great way to end the book and now I am expecting the second book in the series for more than one reason, but mostly because I am hoping that I will see Sophie and King living their happy ending.

(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.

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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