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One Good Earl Deserves a Lover: The First Rule of Scoundrels Mass Market Paperback – 27 Nov 2012

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (27 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062068539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062068538
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,170,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Second in a sensational new series by rising star of historical romance, Sarah MacLean --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Paperback
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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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 BestChickLit.com
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It is always irritating to read of a heroine who is supposed to be intelligent and is instead clearly a fool. When, in this case, everyone proclaims her to be brilliant while she merrily waltzes around doing such remarkably stupid things that to merely qualify her as a moron is being kind it ceases being irritating and becomes infuriating. This woman ten days before she marries a man, marches inside a notorious gambling den and asks one of the owners to educate her sexually, when he tells her to go home then she opens to front door to a man who is clearly a lecher and a blackmailer, proceeds to ask similar questions from him and even informs him her fiance is an earl so he understands that here is a goose ripe for plucking. As this point I deleted this book from my kindle. It is so stupid, she has THREE married sisters. Why can’t she ask any one of them about sex?? Is it believable that a woman of her background and breeding in that age would a) go to a gambling den b) be allowed inside c) roam around freely until she wanders in to where the hero is sleeping half naked??? d) suddenly all the staff disappear so she HAS to become the door man! e) this den is supposed to be so very exclusive and private, at this rate anyone could walk in, rob them blind because since she is even able to access their ACCOUNTING LEDGERS thereby giving her the opportunity to correct some addition of the hero and prove how brilliant she is ANYONE could go through all the club’s private papers!!! So many holes in the plot its ridiculous! Oh and the obscene terminology she uses, informing him she is interested in his private parts, and instead of being repelled by her excessive vulgarity as any fastidious man would be, the hero starts swooning over her ‘INNOCENCE’. So do yourself a favour and DONT ORDER THIS BOOK!!!!!!
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