The Rogue Not Taken

Scandal & Scoundrel, Book 1
Narrated by: Justine Eyre
Series: Scandal & Scoundrel, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
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Lady Sophie - Society Splash!

When Sophie, the least interesting of the Talbot sisters, lands her philandering brother-in-law backside first in a goldfish pond in front of all society, she becomes the target of very public aristocratic scorn. Her only choice is to flee London, vowing to start a new life far from the aristocracy. Unfortunately, the carriage in which she stows away isn't saving her from ruin. It's filled with it.

Rogue - Reign of Ravishment!

Kingscote - "King" - the marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn't charm, resulting in a reputation far worse than the truth, a general sense that he's more pretty face than proper gentleman, and an irate summons home to the Scottish border. When King discovers stowaway Sophie, however, the journey becomes anything but boring.

War? Or More?

He thinks she's trying to trick him into marriage. She wouldn't have him if he were the last man on Earth. But carriages bring close quarters, dark secrets, and unbearable temptation, making opposites altogether too attractive....

©2015 Sarah Trabucchi (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
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Bantering Rogue

I've read and enjoyed some of Sarah MacLean's books previously so when this book came up on sale I had to listen. Although this one is not my favorite it still was entertaining and fun. I enjoyed the fast pace of this book, the adventure, and the bantering of the characters. I wasn't a fan of some unnecessary cruel dialog from the "hero" which only made him seem more like an immature bully. But, thankfully he worked out some issues and grew up a bit. 😊

Note: This book does have strong language and explicit sex.

Loved the narration of Justine Eyre. I've listened to other books she's narrated and I've never been disappointed. Everyone has different tastes when it comes to narrators so please listen to the audio sample before you purchase any book.

Overall, I liked this book and will be getting the next in this series. 😉



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Pretty good story - good characters. Sophie and King suddenly meet and go for a wild ride for days. Sparks fly, tempers flare and romance ensues. Sophie's sisters are notorious in London. They were made ladies when their coal miner father "won" the title of Earle. Their behavior is not acceptable to the ton and they are ridiculed. Sophie is the youngest and least noticed of the sisters, but they are all called "soiled" and "dangerous". Sophie, who hates the aristocracy, snaps when her married eldest sister is embarrassed by her Duke husband at a summer party. Sophie takes drastic action against him resulting in her family being shunned by society. As she flees the party, Sophie runs into "King" who is in line for the title of Duke. It is a very bad meeting and gets worse - but fun to listen to. The performance is very good and I recommend this book for a fun listen. It is not great literature, but it is pleasant and entertaining. Kept my interest from the beginning to the end.

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Freaking FAAAAANTASTIC

What an amazing book! I love how the story moved from one location to another and the creativity of the heroine in her garments during that time. She was brave and intelligent and interesting and a little spoiled and naive all at the same time. I can say I was NEVER bored at any single moment of this book and the push and pull between the H/H kept me glued to the book. A sigh worthy love match!

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pleasantly surprised

Very good story. better than I expected. narrator did excellent job with all voices except for King's. I had hoped he would sound more masculine and less like the snobbish aristocrats. excellent overall.

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A Rogue listen

This isn't your normal English romance. This story is filled with a long journey with different twist and turns along the way. It dragged on sometimes, but other than that a OK listen. I am not sure if I want to read the next book in the series .

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The Rogue Not Taken

First of all the narrator gets the Scots accent wrong...it is totally Irish!

It started a little slow for me, but as soon as they got to the little town....it drug me in. Then it kinda lost me again. I love the supporting characters. John is great! But then they weren't in the story anymore.

It was very up and down for me. I liked both H&H ..but I didn't LOVE them. It was so frustrating at times. The heroine acted so strong...then had bad self esteem. The hero was kind of an ass...but then not. The ending made me mad..then it was good again, but it all seemed so rushed.

It was good..not great.. but I'm glad I listened. I liked the "story" but I just think it could have been written a bit better..or maybe it is just that some of the characters could have been tweaked a little, to make the overall book better.

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Hilarious

This story had me laughing all the way through...Snarky and funny, funny, funny. I really enjoyed this one!

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Sarah MacLean delivers!

Newly introduced to Sarah MacLean last fall I have devoured most of her book list. The Rogue Not Taken is a fast-paced wonderful storyline from start to finish. I love happy endings and this one takes it to the next level!

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I loved the story. But the narration lacked some... The narrator sounded: bored. No other words to describe it.

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Very good book and reading!

The title says it all! A definite must read if you like sex with romance

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-23-17

should come with a sex warning!

I am sick and tired of downloading a regency romance to have it end up as practically porn! the story was good ( very similar to a gorgette hayer) but was just ruined by unnecessary humping. don't get me wrong I'm not a prude. but I just want a nice story!

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  • sammie
  • 02-05-20

Lovely Book, Good Narrator............♡

This book is your Typical regency romance with dry humour, and romance with a Happy Ever After.. A very pleasant Recording as the Narrator can make or break a book...xx

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  • Morgan Windle
  • 01-15-20

This book was literally perfect

Broke my heart, made me cackle, and fall in love with two vividly layered characters. Couldn’t recommend it enough.

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  • Thor
  • 03-31-19

Silly, but enjoyable.

The narrator lets the story down as she is unable to produce anything but an unbelievable male voice. The same for all the male characters, ocassional with a Scottish brogue, or slightly gruff, but still the same. Her female voices are better, I wish she had read it straight.
The characters are entertaining, if slightly unbelievable to be mixing in such a censorious socity. They also link into many other books.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-24-19

its a journey of romance and adventure.

a slow burn romance but at a fast pace. story holds your interest very nicely and not predictable the outcomes.

read beautifully by the narrator.

would recommend .

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  • Rachel Reads
  • 10-14-16

Very funny, I laughed a lot

This one is better than its sequel. Mostly down to narration, although the Scottish accent in this was as bad, there was a lot less of it to be irritated by.
The story was well rounded and a great pace for two people falling in love.
I'd listen to this again.

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  • RomanticFool
  • 12-18-19

Sausy

It's been a while since I was made to feel flushed by a book, but this rogue managed it more than once.
Other reviewers complained about the main male character, but I enjoyed King's lack of perfection and regrettable actions.
I laughed out loud on more than one occasion and would easily recommend this book.

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  • Nicola
  • 07-06-17

LOVE

Would you listen to The Rogue Not Taken again? Why?

Entertaining and lovely.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rogue Not Taken?

The characters.

What does Justine Eyre bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Beautiful.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Just take a chance. If you dare.

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I loved the book and the characters. Well worth the time.

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  • lucie
  • 03-12-17

beautiful

beautiful love storey. narrator was fantastic. can't wait to listen to the next book. m

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  • Cassandra
  • 02-13-17

not enjoyable at all

didn't like the story, the guy was a horrible all the time, didn't have much storyline, so many loose ends not fixed.Justine Eyre reading style was very annoying

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  • Gail
  • 02-04-17

Thoroughly enjoyed this.

What did you like most about The Rogue Not Taken?

Story held my interest the whole way through. The narrator is excellent. Can't wait to read the next one.

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  • Gai
  • 12-26-16

Great read.

love this one. Can't wait for the next book to read. Sarah Maclean is a total favorite.

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  • ana
  • 02-22-16

Loved it

This was a really enjoyable book, I loved listening to King and Sophie together, so childish and funny at times and so loving at others.
It was a really long satisfying story, my only dislike was that the reader tended to put on a voice that made men, including King sound very stupid.

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  • Kerry
  • 01-29-16

Loved it!

I wonderful romantic, passionate story with great characters. I couldn't put it down! Very well narrated. I highly recommend