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 an unexplored world of pleasures.
Bourne may be a prince of London’s illicit 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.
I chose to read A Rogue by Any Other Name because I’m working my way through RITA’s 2013 Contest winners and Sarah MacLean’s book won best Historical Romance.
I have a hidden weakness for historical romances and I’ll admit I’m kind of a Jane Austen freak. During this past summer I’ve read my fair share of dashing rogues and soon to be spinsters but for some reason, A Rogue By Any Other Name, never crossed my “To-Read” list until I decided to check out the the current RITA winners. And boy am I glad I did.
This book is your typical historical romance with mothers having fainting spells trying to marry off their unwilling daughters and horny gentlemen trying to sew their wild oats before taking a proper boring wife but wait there’s more! This book also has utter ruination but instead it’s the man’s reputation, not the woman’s. There is also kidnapping, gambling, wicked pleasures and a group of rogues that no one wants to mess with.
All in all, it’s a great read for those who love that kind of book and a good read for those who don’t. Why you ask? Because the heroine of the story, though still governed by society’s rule, decides she could care less and breaks out of the mold to capture what her heart desires. And that, my friend, is a hit with any woman, whether she is a fan of Contemporary Romance or Historical.
I gave this book 4 stars because (1) I enjoyed it and read it in one day (2) I liked the twist of Penelope breaking out of the box and doing what she wants instead of being a boring ole housewife and (3) I’m eager to read on to the next book in the series.
I have to admit, after reading the ending of Book #1, I can’t wait to see what kind of crazy mess Pippa and Cross get into and I’m intrigued to find out just how far Penelope pushes the constraints of London society.
Would I recommend A Rogue By Any Other Name to someone else?
Yes. It’s a fun, easy read that captures your emotions and leaves your wondering what happens next.