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One Good Earl Deserves a Lover | [Sarah MacLean]

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover

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.
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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

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    J-9 Cary, NC, United States 02-01-13
    J-9 Cary, NC, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2010
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    "DISAPPOINTED"
    Would you try another book from Sarah MacLean and/or Rosalyn Landor?

    Yes, I am looking forward to the next book in this series and Rosalyn Landor is my favorite narrator.


    If you’ve listened to books by Sarah MacLean before, how does this one compare?

    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).


    What does Rosalyn Landor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Pennsburg, PA, United States 06-29-13
    Donna Pennsburg, PA, United States 06-29-13 Member Since 2011

    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.

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    "Winner Winner Winner"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mary MAPLE SHADE, NJ, United States 03-19-13
    Mary MAPLE SHADE, NJ, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Thoroughly Enjoyable"
    Where does One Good Earl Deserves a Lover rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This story ranks a 9.5 on a scale of 10. It's a funny story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is Lady Sarah


    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    Rosalyn Landor's performance is predictable but just right for this story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    As I said it made me laugh


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly ANN ARBOR, MI, United States 02-19-13
    Kimberly ANN ARBOR, MI, United States 02-19-13
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    "Not bad, but not a favorite."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the book, but I hoped for more. It was pleasant, so I would say time well spent


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator is consistently excellent.


    Which character – as performed by Rosalyn Landor – was your favorite?

    Her male voices, in general are always very good.


    Was One Good Earl Deserves a Lover worth the listening time?

    It was worth the time, but I feel that the author missed the mark, a little.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara Palmetto, GA, United States 02-19-13
    Tamara Palmetto, GA, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not as good as the first one"

    This one was okay. I liked the first book better. The writing was better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L Santa Rosa, CA, United States 02-15-13
    L Santa Rosa, CA, United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2011

    I enjoy romances - paranormal, historical - you name it. Favorite narrator - Simon Prebble. Favorite author - Stephanie Laurens.

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    "A little preposterous, but it works..."
    Where does One Good Earl Deserves a Lover rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Good Earl Deserves a Lover?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Phillippa Marbury firsts meets Cross in his office, and propositions him.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    ...


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. Terry Lunney Calgary, Alberta, Canada 11-19-13
    Ms. Terry Lunney Calgary, Alberta, Canada 11-19-13 Member Since 2009
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    "I liked it."
    What did you love best about One Good Earl Deserves a Lover?

    I liked Lady Pippa- she's so bright and well-read with very little understanding of people. Cross has a troubled past- but with highly inappropriate behaviour, she manages to get him to pull out of himself- all very entertaining. One of the most amusing of the stories in this series so far. I recommend it for a credit.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Good Earl Deserves a Lover?

    When Cross is trying to get her to leave by being deliberately rude- a real stretch for him- and she just looks at him and says- 'I wish you would call me Pippa', like he wasn't even talking.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Trish JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 11-07-13
    Trish JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 11-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A wonderful book.."
    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Newmarket, NH, United States 04-13-13
    Elizabeth Newmarket, NH, United States 04-13-13 Member Since 2012

    "I wear a fez now, fez's are cool"

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    "Missing something"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susynne hartland, VT, United States 03-07-13
    Susynne hartland, VT, United States 03-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Perfection!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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...


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Rosalyn Landor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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....

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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