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
I am the definition of a contradiction. I am a tomboy but just can't seem to get enough of romance books!
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!
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 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 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.
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
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.
The story in this book was just average and a bit boring at times. Boune lost his family estate in a poker game, and he blamed everyone but himsel for acting a fool. Years later, Penelope's father won the estate from the man who took it from Bourne, and he made the estate part of Penelope's dowery to encourage a man to marry her (she was older and turning into a "spinster"). Bourne marries Penelope to get the estate back through marriage. Bourne and Penelope were childhood friends, but you would never know it, because Bourne was such a jerk to Penelope. While the story had passion, both Bourne and Penelope had unrealistic expectations and acted a bit immature. Unless you love this author, I'd pass. On the positive side, the narrator was great.
My favorite way to get my reading fix when I am on the move
This is a really good book. I love this author and this narrator. The Rogue is redeemed and the lady gets her dream husband. It's predictable but the twist is worth the read/listen.
The most memorable moment is when Penelope and Michael meet in the dark the first time after nine years but there were several other moments that are just as enjoyable. Though I can't recall each moment. I know this was a sweet and romantic story that made me laugh.
Landor is an excellent narrator. You always feel like you are there.
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.
I like Fantasy & Science Fiction but not into Zombie. Due to Health issues, listen to Audiobooks/read ebooks where I can enlarge the print
Rosalyn Landor did an excellent job as usual but she was let down by this novel.
Bourne is a infantile jerk who abuses his past friend Penelope by forcing her to marry him just to get back the land he lost at cards 10 years earlier.
He blames everyone but himself for loosing it and goes into part ownership of a gambling Hell, ruining anyone he can without remorse.
When he learns "his" land is now own by another neighbour who has offered it as part of Penelope's dowry so he abducts and compromises her just to get the land back.
By the end of the book we are to believe he has grown up, grown a conscience and now loves his wife and that she forgives his jerk ways and everyone lives happy ever after
Sorry i know this is fiction but this novel does not need to be taken with a pinch of salt but a whole massive block of it
I purchased this because i love listening to Rosalyn Landor narrations but even she cannot save this book
I take it by the other reviews others appear to love this book . . . each to their own.
"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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