A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 25 September, 2013 by Amanda / 30 Comments

A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean {Amanda’s Review}A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean
Series: Rules of Scoundrels #1
Also in this series: One Good Earl Deserves a Lover, No Good Duke Goes Unpunished, Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

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.

Well hello, sexy little historical romance.

Thoughts on A Rogue by Any Other Name

Excuse me while I go seek out all Sarah MacLean’s other historical romances. I find that I simply must read them all. Have you ever picked up a book only to discover that its genre is exactly what you needed? That’s what A Rogue by Any Other Name did to me: historical romances are my current choice of book drug. And I’m not ready to give it up.

A Rogue by Any Other Name came recommended to me by Nikki (Book Pairing). I’ve always enjoyed historical romances, but they seem to inevitably land in my second spot. I love them, but… there’s always another genre that occupies the number one spot. But this book taught me that sometimes you just need to embrace the historical. Fantastic recommendation, Nikki.

This was, for me, a pure escape read. One, like Maya Banks’s Highlanders series, I devoured in a single day. It’s the type of book you throw yourself into the arms of and swoon a little. Yeah, I went there. So what?

From a historical romance standpoint, A Rogue by Any Other Name was a fairly straightforward book. But I had ALL THE EMOTIONS and enjoyed the journey that Bourne and Penelope were on. Nothing fells me quite like the stupid, pig-headed male realizing his intelligent wife is exactly the one he needs. (And let’s not forget the sex. Because really, ladies.)

The scandals and scoundrel aspect of A Rogue by Any Other Name was fun. Historical settings often focus on what’s proper, and so anything that’s not is, of course, deliciously naughty. One might even say wanton if one was so inclined. (I am, of course.) So this? This was definitely the perfect way to spend an afternoon. And I must prepare for my trip to the library to get more Sarah MacLean books. *walks off in a swirl of skirts*


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30 Responses to “A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. Loved the face off of this book. I didn’t realize how much I was going to love it when I picked up. I look forward to getting some more MacLean-swooniness in soon. Glad it fit the book bill for you too.

    • I always go into recommended books with a little hesitation (because what if I don’t like it as much as the person who recommended it?), but there was nothing to worry about this one. Nothing!

  2. Everything I’ve read by Sarah MacLean, I’ve enjoyed. But the sad thing is that I don’t always remember to pick up her books when I’m looking for a good historical romance! *bad Mary. No romance!* I definitely need some swoon time, here.

    • =O

      I recently signed up for Evernote. My original intention was to use it for my business, but I realized that I could create lists of books to be on the lookout for at the library. I’ve got a bunch of historical romance authors, their series, and the books in those series for the next time I’m at the library. (Which will be TODAY.)

        • Yes! I’ve tried using Goodreads in the library, but it takes forever to load and search, so I figure some preparation would come in handy. Plus, I might use the lists to do a general historical romance recommendation post. We’ll see how well my lists work today. :)

        • I use evernote for everything (grad school, books, knitting, etc). It is a fantastic product! You can even take pictures of things, and evernote can search the text in the pictures! Sometimes, I am at a bookstore or a library, and I will just take a picture of the book cover instead of taking the time to type out the name. It is super convenient.

          My big recommendation is to commit to using evernote for everything. Once you do, it is very useful.

          • Yes! I’ve heard that Evernote is most useful when you go all in. I just signed up for it on Monday, so I’m still experimenting and trying out its features. Thanks for the tip. :)

  3. YES AMANDA! You are reading some of my very favorite historical romances (I’m lumping the highlander books into historical even though they’re like their own subgenre) and I get to have the fun of experiencing them all again with you. Bourne and Penelope flayed me wide open in this story, I just hurt for them. Even though I knew it would obviously end well, they definitely had me worried there for a while!

    • I’ve now read the second book in this series, and the first two books in her Love by Numbers series (and I’m picking up the third one today) AND I CAN’T STOP. Need all the historical romance. :D

  4. I won this one last year and can’t wait to read it … I’m almost finished the Spindle Cove series by Tessa Dare and will need a new series to read! There are some historical romances out there that are just so much fun to read. :)

  5. I definitely want to read more historical romance, so I’m adding this to my list (and the library has it yay!). I especially like the swooning you mentioned, among other things.

  6. I have heard of Sarah MacLean, but I haven’t read anything by her. My first encounter with historical romances was Amanda Quick, and I always end up going back to her. There is something comforting about knowing that all the plots (and romantic scenes) are going to be quite similar. It is about time that I branch out to other authors. MacLean sounds right up my alley.

  7. I love historical romance. This sounds like a book that I would enjoy and I love it that it is the first in a series. Thank you for the great review. I added it to my TBR.

  8. That’s funny that you say that this book was just what you needed. I used to read romances (historical or contemporary) tons while in college, but have since drifted off to YA. But this Sunday I read Julia Quinn’s The Sum of All Kisses and I couldn’t help be get all happy and giggley. It was exactly what I needed, and now I want more like that.

    I’ve heard great things about Sarah MacLean but have yet to read anything by her. I’m thinking I need to remedy that asap.

    Also, I love this cover! The colors are so pretty.

    • Yes! That’s pretty much what happened to me, too.

      I picked up a Julia Quinn historical romance yesterday at the library. Can’t wait to dig in! :)

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