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 an unexplored world of pleasures.
Bourne may be a prince of London's illicit 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.
©2012 Sarah Trabucci (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
Totally addicted to Audible.
And I loved it. I love Audible sales because I can listen to authors I have not experienced before. This was a delightful book by one of my favorite narrators!
I bought this book primarily because of the narrator...Rosalyn Landor.What surprised me was the author,i found this a light read. Easy to follow. It was funny at times and the characters were great. I can't wait for the next book on Cross. I hope Landor will pick up from where she left of!
I always love Rosalyn Landor's narrations. This book was a fun romance with plucky heroine and hero who thinks he's not worthy. The hero and heroine were childhood friends. He loses his fortune gambling, she's a spinster, he's bent on revenge, they marry so he can regain part of his inheritance, they have misunderstandings, get to know each other again, and they have a happily ever after. Enjoyable listen for commute.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
I loved this story! I really thought this would be another "bad boy gets tamed" but it was much more. The characters relationship has a sweet history that brings forth the fact they have actually been in love for years! Great love scenes and supporting characters. I am looking forward to the next novel and hope to see more Sarah MacLean on Audible! Rosalyn Landor is an excellent reader making each chararter sound individual. I can't wait for the next installment.
I love this author and wish that her "Love by Numbers" trilogy was available on audio. A Rogue by Any Other Name was a solid, well done historical romance, which delivered exactly what is expected: sighs and a lovely HEA. A good listen. Having said that, I think the epilogue was better than the rest of the book. I've pre-ordered the next book in the series and think (based on the epilogue alone) that it will be even better than Rogue. It's an automatic purchase if it comes out as an audiobook.
Devotee of multi-tasking, keen gardener and cross-stitcher. Now able to do both AND listen to stories at the same time. Bliss.
Not a story to tax your brain too much, but it was enjoyable despite moments when I wanted to give the hero a good kick for being idiotic. I'll be keen to see the next story in this series, but it looks like we have quite a wait as 'One Good Earl Deserves a Lover' isn't due to be published until early in 2013. As always, Rosalyn Landor is awesome narrating.
Typical 'rogue type' book - come on - you know what you're getting with these type of books. Made better by the good narration of Rosalyn Landor.
Yes!! Because it was such a touching and heart-warming love story.
I loved Michael. He was such a wonderful character.
She did a wonderful job.
This was my first book by Sarah MacLean but it will not be my last. I've already read the first chapter of her next book and it was just hysterical. I loved Michael and Penelope. Loved Cross, Chase and Temple. Loved conceited, self-centered Olivia and science-nerd Pippa. Loved Tommy and hated his father. Loved the romance, and the sex was perfect. Yeah, I guess I really loved this book.
Not sure why this was so well reviewed. The narrator is fine but the characters are insipid. At least the grammar isn't terrible.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a very good story. I liked Penelope very much and Bourne wasn't too bad either. I thought they made a good couple and I couldn't help rooting for them to get together. This is the first story I've read by this author and I liked it well enough that I may try more of her work in the future.
Penelope is the oldest daughter of 5 and becoming a spinster at the ripe old age of 28. She had been engaged to a Duke but he loved someone else and their engagement was broken in a scandal that caused Penelope to have trouble finding another suitable husband. She has had a few other offers but has been wanting more than the normal arranged marriage. Unfortunately she hasn't found more and now finds herself with none.
Bourne is a Marquess who lost his parents at a young age. His guardian then convinced Bourne (as soon as he came of age and inherited everything) to wager everything he could that wasn't tied to his title on a game of cards...the winner of course was the guardian and Bourne was left with next to nothing. Bourne swore revenge and to get back everything that was stolen from him. Bourne has remade all the money many times over through his partnership in a gaming hell but he still looks for any way to get the rest back.
Part of what Bourne lost was a large amount of land that's adjacent to his titled lands. These are worth a lot of money but Bourne's ex-guardian wont sell them. Eventually, Bourne finds out that the lands were lost in a card game to Penelope's father who attached them to her dowry. Bourne and Penelope used to be neighbors and very close friends as children. When Bourne lost his parents, he and Penelope were separated and then after he lost everything Penelope didn't hear from him again. Penelope isn't thrilled to find that her father is pushing her to marry and that he's attached Bourne's old property to her dowry. She doesn't want to have a stale, boring marriage but instead wants adventure and possibly love. Penelope's father doesn't care, he just insists that she get married to help her 2 unmarried sisters find husbands and not be affected by her old scandal and possible spinsterhood. Penelope isn't happy about this and escapes out of the house in the middle of the night for air and to think. She happens upon Bourne and he makes it quite clear that he's going to compromise her in order to make sure there's no choice but for them to get married immediately.
Penelope isn't thrilled with the new, hard man that Bourne has become. She's also pissed that he wants to push her in to marriage because he wants the land and not her (but does have to concede that all her suitors come for her dowry and not her). Penelope and Bourne come to an agreement so she'll cooperate and are quickly married. Part of their deal is to make their marriage look real so there wont be any scandal and her sisters will be able to find good husbands so Bourne and Penelope do spend some time together pulling the wool over everyone's eyes. Things between them are rough at first and this isn't helped by the fact that Bourne has a lead on a method of revenge but it would take someone else down as well. Bourne is willing to use it but Penelope finds out and makes her displeasure with this known. This presents an problem because as Bourne and Penelope become closer they're held apart by his need for revenge. Things don't go easy for the pair but I liked the way things turned out and Bourne and Penelope do end the story starting their well deserved HEA.
This was a very enjoyable story. I liked both Bourne and Penelope very much. Bourne was a bit of a jerk at first but it was understandable for a man that's been consumed by revenge for almost a decade. The story was engaging and I couldn't help rooting for Penelope and Bourne to work things out between them. I'll probably read more of the series in the future. I'd recommend this story. Thumbs up. :)
"A nice listen, although not earth-shattering!"
"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."
While this book was certainly a nice book to listen and I can definitely say I enjoyed it, I nevertheless feel that it did not quite match up to my expectations. I think perhaps I missed some of the laugh-out-loud humour of Sarah MacLean's other books and found at times that Michael's constant aloofness and refusal to be happy dragged on a little, while Penelope's continued infatuation after not seeing him for years seemed a little unbelievable. There were however many good points to the book, and I thought that Penelope's childhood letters to Michael were a lovely touch, and helped to lighten the sometimes heavy mood. Overall I would say it is a good listen, although perhaps not as good as some of her other books.
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