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
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.
Yes, I am looking forward to the next book in this series and Rosalyn Landor is my favorite narrator.
This book was just not as good as the first book in the series. I think Ms. MacLean is a good writer and story teller, I just don't think she thought this book through before putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard).
Rosalyn Landor brings the characters to life. I feel like I know the characters personally every time I listen to a book narrated by Ms. Landor.
Considering that this book is the second book in a series, it's missing the key key characters from the first book, Penelope and Borne. Also, considering that Penelope is Pippa's sister and Borne is a co-owner of The Angel, you would really think that they would have role in this book. However, Penelope has ONE conversation with Pippa and Borne is only mentioned. How can the author expect this story to go over well when Penelope and Borne have no interactions with Pippa and Cross? It just doesn't make sense.
I anxiously waited on this book for 6 months or more because I loved the first book so much and I'm so disappointed with this book. There were so many conversations between Pippa and Cross with him imagining what he would like to do with her and it just got old after a while. I believe that Pippa and Cross deserved a better story and Penelope and Borne should have had a role in this story.
Regardless, I plan on listening to this book again in a few months and maybe I will like it better.
I"m a audible addict. My eyes have gotten really bad so I really hadn't read much in the last 10 years until I discoverd books on CD and Audible. Now I'm a fiend. Other than audio books I enjoy my family, work and dabbling on the computer.
Winner on every count. The ever amazing Sarah MacLean has created a beautiful love story. I love this series and can't wait for the next audiobook to come out. This series is about men who own an upper class gaming hell in London. Each one has a story. Book 1 was Bourne...excellent story. Book 2 One Good Earl was the best so far. I love Cross and Pippa. He's a very intelligent man and she a blue stocking. What a duo they make.
There are some very steamy scenes but one scene is so breath taking and the man never even touches her.
Usually, it's a man saving a woman. The writer has turned the tables on this one. What a heroine Lady Phillipa is too. I don't want to give anything away but she is awesome. She does over think things but she's adorable
This series is well worth the money. My favorite so far in the series. I'm thinking this is going to be my favorite period. I guess we'll see what comes of Temple, he's the next book.
This story ranks a 9.5 on a scale of 10. It's a funny story.
My favorite character is Lady Sarah
Rosalyn Landor's performance is predictable but just right for this story.
As I said it made me laugh
I enjoyed the book, but I hoped for more. It was pleasant, so I would say time well spent
The narrator is consistently excellent.
Her male voices, in general are always very good.
It was worth the time, but I feel that the author missed the mark, a little.
The "imperfect fingers" thing was meant to be endearing but was kind of wierd. The six years of celibacy was far-fetched. I didn't really buy it. Maybe if it had been explained better. It was a sexy book, but I think that Digger's motives were shaky. I didn't really believe that character. Also, I am always a little frustrated when characters don't simply talk about what sorts of conflicts are happening. I realize that the point is to create conflict, but it feels pretty convoluted sometimes. This was a decent book, though. I don't regret buying it, I just think it could have been executed better.
I enjoy romances - paranormal, historical - you name it. Favorite narrator - Simon Prebble. Favorite author - Stephanie Laurens.
I have been enjoying this unique premise of a gentleman eschewing the Ton for personal reasons, and then the adventures they encounter as love brings them back, more or less, to the world they left. And it was time Cross stopped wallowing in the past!
Getting even at the rival "hell", by using the ex-fiance. What a stroke of genius, and the Earl sounded so innocent, every time he made a loud suggestion.
When Phillippa Marbury firsts meets Cross in his office, and propositions him.
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!
Sarah Maclean has her own very specific style of writing - sometimes witty, sometimes sweet, sometimes heart-wrenching. Honestly, we've read about the typical historical heroine who's a Bluestocking and thus either rendered unmarriageable or has been on the shelf until a gorgeous hunk (insert Duke / Marquess / Earl) sees the pretty eyes behind the thick glasses and the clever brain behind the plain face.
This book is not that much different, except that the hero (an Earl) is a smart one too. When I read Pippa & Cross's introduction scene in The First Rule of Scoundrels, I was happy to see a hero who ran a gambling hell. Alas, it so happens that 3 of the 4 owners of The Fallen Angel are some sort of Lord (Bourne is a Marquess, Cross turns out to be an Earl, Temple is Duke - I bet Chase too is some Lord or the other). Seems like majority of historical novels need to give the hero a title.
Despite all that, the story is somewhat fresh with a bluestocking heroine asking a rake to give her lessons in "Coitus" and how to tempt her to-be-husband. Only thing is, during all these lessons, they inevitably fall in love. Of course we need various obstacles to make a story interesting, and these are introduced in the form of Pippa's fiance and some villain named Digger Knight (won't spoil it much for you).
If you like Maclean, you'll enjoy this one too. It is predictable (as all historical romances are expected to be), which makes is a good escape from reality.
Rosalyn Landor's delivery of the story brought the story to life and made the book very enjoyable
.....didn't explain how anyone reacted to Pippa and Cross at the end. No explanation of what happened to Cross' sister...disappointed with that.
My favorite way to get my reading fix when I am on the move
This is an absolutely wonderful book. You will listen over and over. Pippa is refreshing and adorable.
There was a fresh story line. I enjoyed it so much.
I love all of Rosaln Landor's books but this is definitely one of my favorites.
One of my favorite moments in this book is when Pippa convinces Cross to help her with her experiment.
Love it. You will to.
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