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One Good Earl Deserves a Lover: Number 2 in series (Rules of Scoundrels)

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover: Number 2 in series (Rules of Scoundrels) [Kindle Edition]

Sarah MacLean
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Maclean seamlessly moves from the first novel in her Rules of Scoundrels series to the second. The same great chemistry, intelligence and sparkling humour shine, and the added sexual tension provided by lessons in temptation provides readers with a delectable read. Pure, unadulterated MacLean! (RT Book Reviews)

McLean's second Rule of Scoundrels novel is a clever, original historical romance with compelling main characters who are so engaging and enchantingly well-matched you simply don't want to see their stories end. Cross is a fallen-angel archetype with a damaged, guilt-ridden past, but it is the delightful, captivating Pippa whom readers will fall in love with and root for, and readers will love Cross just a little bit more because he does, too. At moments heart-wrenching, at moments comedic, at all times entertaining and satisfying, this book deserves a read if you're a romance fan. (Kirkus)

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Second in a sensational new series by rising star of historical romance, Sarah MacLean

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 557 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0749957190
  • Publisher: Piatkus (29 Jan 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0091LLVFW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,937 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic, angsty and sexy - a wonderful read. 28 Jan 2013
By Caz
I've read all but one of Sarah MacLean's other historical romances, but I think she's outdone herself with this latest one.

It's got everything - a gorgeous, tortured hero, an endearing, intelligent heroine; it's romantic, it's sexy, it's angsty.

The plot revolves around the intelligent and curious Lady Philippa Marbury who is soon to be married and wants to know what to expect from the physical side of marriage. Unwilling to ask her married sisters (and even moreso her unmarried, but happily betrothed younger sister) she turns instead to her brother-in-law's business associate, Cross, whose reputation as a womaniser will, she believes, make him the ideal `research associate'.

It quickly becomes apparent that Pippa's ignorance is nothing to do with a lack of intelligence or understanding - she has never felt attraction or been desired. Cross wants nothing to do with Pippa's `research' - he recognises immediately that she represents a danger to his ordered existence, even if he won't admit to himself just why that is.

The plot is actually rather slight - but that isn't important because what this novel does so beautifully is chart the progression of the relationship between Cross and Pippa, showing how they connect with each other at a deep, almost primitive level. He `gets' her in a way that nobody else ever has, and she displays a similar, instinctual understanding when it comes to him.

The central characters are well-realised and very engaging. Pippa is clever and inquisitive without being annoying or `feisty'; and Cross is suitably brooding and dangerous, trying to atone for what he perceives to be the sins he committed years ago which destroyed his family.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Megan ReadingInTheSunshine TOP 50 REVIEWER
This book is actually the second book the Rules Of Scoundrels series, the first book being "A Rogue By Any Other Name". Whilst it is the second book, it is not essential to read the first book before this as it does work as a standalone. But if you're planning on reading this one, it might be a good idea to buy the first one too so that you can enjoy the whole series!

The book revolves around the main character, Lady Philippa Marbury. Philippa, or Pippa, as she likes to be known to her friends, is due to be married to Lord Castleton. Pippa is intelligent, clever and prefers books and science over fashion and ballrooms. But she wants to know about the physical side of marriage, specifically. She sets her sights on one man: the tall, charming and notorious Cross, her brother-in law's business partner, someone with experience to prepare her for her wedding night. Cross is attracted to Pippa, but he's trying very hard to resist...

The characters are very well-written. Pippa is instantly likeable, she is clever and curious and I warmed to her straight away. Cross is brilliantly written as a mysterious, potentially dangerous but charming man, and along with Pippa, the two make the story a very compelling and engaging read. The tension between Pippa and Cross in the book is fantastic, even when nothing was happening physically between them, it was intense and it was electric. It was gripping to read and had me turning the pages to see what would happen next.

Sarah MacLean writes beautifully, she has such a way with words that she can create many emotions from one piece of dialogue or a few paragraphs, and I found that I could picture every scene clearly in my mind, and the characters emotions shone out from the pages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sizzling, seductive must read 12 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book starts exactly where the deliciously naughty `A Rogue by any Other Name' left off: Lady Philippa Marbury asks Cross to ruin her, she has realised she knows nothing about married life or what is supposed to happen on the wedding night and goes on a scientific expedition to find out. Pippa is truly odd (for her time) but you can't help but love her, she analyses everything logically and scientifically and when Cross starts to get under her skin she finds herself confused by her feelings and you end up feeling sorry for her and her naivety, it's really sweet how clueless she is. Cross was by far my favourite character even from the first book, I can't put my finger on it but there is just something about his character that I love, he's defiantly a scoundrel but so cunning he has you convinced he's harmless.

The story focuses on the relationship that develops between Cross and Pippa as she conducts her research and, just as I'd hope, there is more scandal, sexual suspense and drama, and this book is as good as if not better that the first. MacLean sets the scene so firmly in the 19th century that even a quickly snatched kiss or sneaky bit of leg will make you blush - it's a sizzling, seductive must read.

Review by Francesca Verbeeten on behalf of
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars leanne 10 April 2013
By leanne
Format:Kindle Edition
As with the other books in this series i really liked the main characters and the side characters alike. The book has a good storyline which was engaging and i read it all in one sitting. I highly recommend this series
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One good earl deserves a lover
I thoroughly enjoyed this marvellous storyline a feast for any romantic fiction reader . Read it in one weekend loved the characters and the setting looking forward to the next... Read more
Published 25 days ago by mrs L Mcleod
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book and a very interesting heroine.
What a great book. I loved every minute of it. I also read a few comments from other readers about Lady Philippa which were less than flattering. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Krystal Brookes
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadfully moronic heroine, i deleted it from my kindle because it was...
It is always irritating to read of a heroine who is supposed to be intelligent and is instead clearly a fool. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ashley
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining
The second of Sarah mclean's series about the aristocratic owners of a notorious London gaming hell and the women they love is an entertaining treat. Read more
Published 3 months ago by California Quinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Super story
An interesting read. Well worth the effort and a surprisingly complicated storyline with everything you could wish on a rainy afternoon.
Published 4 months ago by Jeanne
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I enjoyed this book, the characters were interesting and the storyline was reasonably interesting. It was an easy book to read.
Published 10 months ago by Jangler
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read one of my favourite books
I found my self unable to put the book down. I found Pippa the heroine so believable and warmed to her including her scientific thinking. Read more
Published 10 months ago by annetta
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly addictive
This, the second episode in the Rules of Scoundrels series, is another masterpiece, that effortlessly carries on from A Rogue by any Other Name. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Exile Escapism
5.0 out of 5 stars One good Earl for everyone
I loved this book, and once I picked it up, I couldn't put it back down until I finished reading.
Funny, sexy and engaging.
I recommend it to everyone :)
Published 12 months ago by Aina
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the heroine
Thoroughly enjoyed this, the second in the series. Tension, comedy and romance, can't ask for more than that. I eagerly await the next.
Published 13 months ago by L. Jenkins
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