This book was way better than book 1. It definitely rescued this series for me.
Lady Philippa "Pippa" Marbury is the fourth daughter of the Marguess of Needham and Dolby. She doesn't believe in luck and she believes in scientific explanations for everything. Logic and Truth always wins out in Pippa's world.
She is engaged to the Lord Castleton but decided she wanted to do research on what is necessary to be a proper wife. Pippa deals with her nerves by gathering knowledge so she can feel prepared. She decides to go to the most notorious gaming hall in London, The Fallen Angel, because the owner Jasper Cross is notorious rake.
Pippa asks him to help her with her research on how to please her fiancee as a wife, and thus opening up a pandora's box with Cross.
Cross wasn't nobility but he seemed to be the only one in London who didn't find Pippa to be a nerd, geek or odd. He actually enjoyed engaging her in discussion but he couldn't offer her a life like she could have with Lord Castleton.
What I loved about this one was Pippa's honesty, her strength, her resolve and her curiosity about everything. She made being smart look fun, not odd. I chuckled at her a number of times. She said things people were afraid to say, she was a really good heroine.
Jasper finally met his match and she kept him honest. I liked this story much more than the Pippa's sister in book 1. I look forward to book 3.
I enjoy all of Sarah Maclean's books! This book made me laugh and the heroine was strong and determined. I really loved this book!
Loved this book! Rare to find a romance that takes you from sweet romance to "hot" to laugh out loud scenes and back and forth. Loved the characters - unique Pippa, troubled but good man, Cross. Of course, w/Rosalyn Landor as the narrator, you know it's perfection. Even better than the first book (which was good).
I am a huge fan of romances and happy endings. I like books that take me away from everyday life and into the land of romance, some adventure and of course happy endings.
Yes I would but I would recommend reading the books in order. I disagree with the other reviews. I think Pippa's story can stand alone but is richer having read the first book in the series.
I like when Pippa confronts Castleford and learns there was more to him than she gave him credit. Very likable people.
No I enjoyed the entire book.
I wish there had been more interaction with Pen and Bourne to connect the two books. But I feel the other people who reviewed this book were unfair. Pippa is a unique woman and the author developed her personality very well.
You simply can't miss with Sarah MacLean and Rosalyn Landor. I have read some of the negative comments and I simply cannot disagree more. The first book of this series was the first book I had listened to by Sarah. I absolutely cannot wait for more on Audible! :) Thank you both for the book and the performance.
The Pippa and Cross relationship is intriguing. I do wish there had been more interaction with Penelope and Bourne from the first book. I think mingling them into the action would have been interesting. But, nonetheless, the books is fun!
I read so I can write
This is my first Sarah MacLean novel and will not be my last. On top of a good story with strong characters there was clever and entertaining humor throughout. If your looking for lots of sexual scenes, you'll be disappointed, but the book has just enough of that to make the story believable and fun. Rosalyn Landor does here usual fantastic job narrating
I love to read but with my busy schedule I barely get a chance to. However, audiobooks allow me to "read" while I manage my crazy life.
My second book by Sarah MacLean and the second book in the Rules of Scoundrels series, this installment follows the brilliant financial keeper of the Fallen Angel, Cross, and the odd but equally intelligent, Philippa.
Phillipa is a unique female in that she values logic and reasoning rather than emotions to guide her through life's decisions. Knowing the expectations of the society in which she lives in, she agrees to marry Lord Castleton even though she has no desire or understanding of the physical marital workings. She is honorable in her prospective duties as a wife and the vows she will take and thus seeks experience and tutelage in the art or love, desire, and whatever is required of her as a wife. She sets her sights on Mr. Cross for the sole reason that his reputation paints him as an expert in the field in which she seeks knowledge.
Cross is a ladies man, or at least that's what's commonly thought of him. He is quick witted and intelligent, but he has a past that seems to hold him hostage to guilt.
This was cute and exactly what you would expect given the synopsis. I didn't enjoy the novel as much as the first installment because there really wasn't anything overly different about the story (compared to other HR novels with similar premises). However, as an addition to the series, it does have good qualities to add.
Narrator: Rosalyn Landor
I've listen to many historical romance novels read by Landor and she does an excellent job narrating the characters and the accents. She is easy to listen to although as a rule, my audio books are almost always played at 1.5x normal speed.
Absolutely not. One Good Earl Deserves a Lover is my favorite Sarah MacLean novel -- and I bought the audiobook to experience it again. The narrator's interpretation is much less funny and much more breathless than the book itself. Pippa has a spine in the book and in the narration...she sounds like a total baby! Also, Cross is so MEAN-sounding. And he was clever and funny in the book. The reader just...missed the mark.
Pippa is one of the best heroines in romance. Hands down.
No. It was a terrible interpretation. Sarah MacLean's books are hilariously funny -- and this reading seemed as though the narrator didn't read the book ahead of time and notice all those funny moments.
Read the book if you can. Skip the audio.
Yes, if you have read the first book. It is part of the series. I love all three in the series. Wish the ending was a bit better. The ending left me with lots of questions which is a bit annoying. What happened to the bad guy? What happened to the other Earl? And the bad guy's daughter?
I really like the couple, they are suited. Compare to a lot of other love in first sight couple who don't have anything in command. These two are strangely suited. Makes me smile.
Roslyn Landor is an awesome narrator. It is nice to listen to her voice.
I think that it should have been more laid out as to how her first engagement came about.
No. But i will not get involved with the author again.