Review: A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean

A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean
Series: The First Rule of Scoundrels (# 1)
Release Date: February 1, 2012
Publisher: Avon
Pages: 386
Source: book purchased by the reviewer

What a scoundrel wants, a scoundrel gets…

A decade ago, the Marquess of Bourne was cast from society with nothing but his title. Now a partner in London’s most exclusive gaming hell, the cold, ruthless Bourne will do whatever it takes to regain his inheritance—including marrying perfect, proper Lady Penelope Marbury.

A broken engagement and years of disappointing courtships have left Penelope with little interest in a quiet, comfortable marriage, and a longing for something more. How lucky that her new husband has access to such unexplored pleasures.

Bourne may be a prince of London’s underworld, but he vows to keep Penelope untouched by its wickedness—a challenge indeed as the lady discovers her own desires, and her willingness to wager anything for them… even her heart.


Review:  When I first met Sarah on video chat, and she let me know that her books were like Eloisa James’s books, I have to read her novels. And I was not disappointed! As I got into reading the first book, I knew I have to read this trilogy as her other books are interconnected through the characters. That is one major reason why I love romance novels, as I start to feel and need to get inside each primary and secondary character’s story.

I loved how Penelope’s engagement was called off and when I read Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, I was thrilled to see Penelope’s ex partner The Duke of Leighton now with Callie because I believe Penelope did a good job in allowing him to go for his true love. Like anyone, I want to believe in that true love, and reading Penelope’s wanting to find true love, and not willing to settle, I could feel myself cheering her on and having more and more respect for her as the book continues.

Sarah’s ability to add humor to her novels and the chemistry between the couple- Bourne and Penelope made me felt as if I saw two best friends get together as you can tell how the friendship builds up as they work together to get what they want.  With Bourne wanting to get revenge, and Penelope at wanting to ensure her sisters find love, I found both characters to be a strong, easy to fallin love with couple. This image is how I wonder about Sarah and her husband’s friendship and if that was an influence. I also was so interested in knowing the secrets of Cross, Chase, Bourne and Temple so I am so excited to continue the series as Sarah releases each other.

I understand it is hard for other people to find Bourne a jerk as he has disappointed Penelope many times, but reading the first part of the book, you really feel strong feelings of justice and want Bourne to get what he should have gotten as a kid. And, honestly, it wasn’t deserved. Toward the half of the book, I couldn’t put it down and it was as addicting as chocolate because I wanted to see how Bourne achieved revenge.

As I won’t spoil the ending, I trust you will not disregard each one of Sarah’s novels, but mainly the Rules of Scoundrels series.

Favorite Quote: “It’s hardly about wanting to marry, Penelope. You’re far beyond that. You Must marry! And Thomas was willing to marry you! You’ve not a proposal in four years! Or have you forgotten that?”

And that just started the story of Penelope and her search for wickedness.


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