Lady Philippa Marbury is...odd.
The brilliant, bespectacled daughter of a double marquess cares more for books than balls, for science than the season, and for laboratories than love. She's looking forward to marrying her simple fiancé and living out her days quietly with her dogs and her scientific experiments. But before that, Pippa has two weeks to experience all the rest - 14 days to research the exciting parts of life. It's not much time, and to do it right she needs a guide familiar with London's darker corners.
She needs...a Scoundrel.
She needs Cross, the clever, controlled partner in London's most exclusive gaming hell, with a carefully crafted reputation for wickedness. But reputations often hide the darkest secrets, and when the unconventional Pippa boldly propositions him, seeking science without emotion, she threatens all he works to protect. He is tempted to give Pippa precisely what she wants...but the scoundrel is more than he seems, and it will take every ounce of his willpower to resist giving the lady more than she ever imagined.
©2013 Sarah Trabucchi (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
"I wear a fez now, fez's are cool"
I didn't hate this book; I liked a good portion of it. But felt there was a lot to be desired and that what I liked isn't enough to recommend it anyone other than true fans of the genre. I think one of the reasons I am disappointed is because the book could have been great.
I wanted to slap the hero and then have a sit down chat with the author on repetitive writing.
Cross seemed to be suffering from 'oh woe is me syndrome'. His reasons were explained but I was left not caring about it. I felt like he was throwing himself a 6 year pity party.
Another issue I had would be a major plot point so I won't go into detail other than to say I don't like it when characters keep things close to home when there is no real reason to. Especially if it's not really a secret. It's like, not telling someone they have broccoli stuck in their teeth because you are afraid you will upset them. It is far more upsetting to walk in the bathroom and see that said food mocking you from the mirror.
Comments or thoughts were also repeated throughout the book. "Oh, you are marrying that guy because he likes dogs and you like dogs? Yes, awesome, why don't you repeat that bit of information every time that particular person is mentioned or in the same room. It is okay, your readers aren't all that attentive, we don't mind, really, because, we need to be reminded that we should be listening to this book, not zoning out thinking about how awesome the color blue is. Just like we need to be told that our male(s) aren't worthy, because the first 8 times were not enough." /sarcasm
I groaned aloud towards the end, when I started counting how many times the word 'deserve' was used. I felt like I was in a meeting where the speech giver forgot there are other words in the dictionary besides 'like' or 'that', and to pass the time I was counting how many times that person said either of those two words.
As usual Rosalyn Landor does a superb job.
I loved Pippa in the first book and felt that Cross would be a great hero, but he ended up being a bit too whiny and way too much like the first books hero for my taste.
Absolutely , this was a wonderful book and a great experience . I would even recommend it to someone who is not usually a fan of Regency era London romances and know that they would totally agree . l will most definitely listen to it again...
I found that I was very quickly drawn into the story, loving and hurting and laughing with the characters as if I knew them all in person.
Oh yes... I know that I can always count on her. She is masterful at giving each character its individuality and personality. Not once do you ever have to wonder which characters voice that is. She is amazingly distinct... I forever wonder how she does it! All you hear is the story, the people, the emotions.... with Rosalyn Landor's performance you hear and live the story, not listen to a narrator.
Indeed! I laughed out loud, wiped tears from my cheeks, got angry and frustated, felt elation and despair... good tears, mad tears, sad tears, and gloriously happy tears!
I listen to (and read) a LOT of romance books and regency era London is my favorite. However I find that I truly enjoy most books but there is one here or there that really winds me into the tale. Once in a while the story drags you so totally into it that you really literally and absolutely FEEL the story. This is one of those!
☆☆Word of warning☆☆.. this author has two books on audio at the moment and when I read the summary for the other one I discovered it was the first in a series and that this was supposed to be second....
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 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!
Unbelievably sappy. I could not finish it and I like romance stories.
So so. I did like listening to her voice.
It started off well and I liked the characters.
The plot had a lot of potential then half way through it as if a second author took over. The dialouge turned really sappy. I started wondering how Rosalyn Landor could even keep her voice steady and not break into uncontroled laughter.
I've read about 80% of this book but it's enough to do a review. I've never heard so much endless and useless conversation, ridiculous introspection and lack of actual story. The quality of the writing is poor, the story convoluted. I'm now listening to a love scene during which the heroine is naming the bones of the hero's arm in Latin.
I do not understand the mostly positive reviews.
It is a very entertaining series by the great Sarah MacLean and complimented by Landor.
Another stellar performance by Landor, who gives distinct personality to each character.
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