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
She did an awesome job! This is only my 3rd or 4th book in which I listened to Rosalyn Landor and with the exception of Then Came You she's a good narrator.
LOL.. One reviewer gave this book 3 stars because Penelope and Bourne weren't in it enough. That's just crazy. This was Pippa and Cross/Jasper's story. Why would Penelope and Bourne be in it at all? This was a wonderful story and I loved every single word of it. Pippa was a scientist and Cross was needed for her study on how to entice her husband-to-be. I loved her silliness and her clumsiness. I loved Cross' angst and his feelings that he wasn't good enough for Pippa and even if he didn't kiss her until 68% he did a whole lot more without touching her. It was spectacular! I recommend this and A Rogue by any Other Name to all romance readers who like great sex in their books and great stories of love and romance.
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 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.
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.
I have to remember that I don't like this narrator.. personal preference kind of thing.. I just do not care for the voice she uses for the Hero in her narration.. ugh.. so I'm sure that influenced my feelings about the book in total... I like quirky so I especially liked the heroine of this book - total quirky!... Sarah MacLean did a good job of making me care what happened to her and to our Hero. I would have liked a bit more action and a little less talk or description but again, a personal preference. The story was creative and entertaining as our nerdy Heroine seeks to do her research on what's expected on her wedding night. Unfortunately (and somewhat unbelievably), she choose a rogue and scoundrel to find her answers. This was a bit of a stretch but I suspended my disbelief and went with it... and I'm glad I did. The book was entertaining with a satisfying ending.
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