One Good Earl Deserves a Lover (Rules of Scoundrels Series #2)

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover (Rules of Scoundrels Series #2)

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by Sarah MacLean

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Lady Philippa Marbury is . . . odd

The brilliant, bespectacled daughter of a double marquess cares more for books than balls, for science than the season, and for laboratories than love. She's looking forward to marrying her simple fiancé and living out her days quietly with her dogs and her scientific experiments. But before that, Pippa has two

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Lady Philippa Marbury is . . . odd

The brilliant, bespectacled daughter of a double marquess cares more for books than balls, for science than the season, and for laboratories than love. She's looking forward to marrying her simple fiancé and living out her days quietly with her dogs and her scientific experiments. But before that, Pippa has two weeks to experience all the rest—fourteen days to research the exciting parts of life. It's not much time, and to do it right she needs a guide familiar with London's darker corners.

She needs . . . a Scoundrel

She needs Cross, the clever, controlled partner in London's most exclusive gaming hell, with a carefully crafted reputation for wickedness. But reputations often hide the darkest secrets, and when the unconventional Pippa boldly propositions him, seeking science without emotion, she threatens all he works to protect. He is tempted to give Pippa precisely what she wants . . . but the scoundrel is more than he seems, and it will take every ounce of his willpower to resist giving the lady more than she ever imagined.

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Publishers Weekly
Laughter and lust are delightfully intertwined in the sequel to A Rogue by Any Other Name. Pippa Marbury much prefers science to society, and with her wedding two weeks away, she decides to research wedding night activities. Not content to just read about sex, she wants direct experience, and naturally she turns to known rakehell Mr. Cross, one of the co-owners of London’s notorious casino, the Fallen Angel. Despite being quite a scoundrel, he refuses to provide Pippa with the knowledge she desires; every time he turns her down, she just becomes more determined. Pippa is a remarkable heroine: smart, funny, beautiful, and genuine. The interactions between Pippa and Cross recall the great screwball romances and are enormously entertaining. Steamy sex and witty banter make for a highly enjoyable Regency romance. Agent: Alyssa Eisner Henkin, Trident Media Group. (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews
When Lady Philippa Marbury realizes she is headed into marriage and marital intimacy without the appropriate knowledge, she does what any proper woman of science should do--research; and who better to approach as a resource than Mr. Cross, the most notorious rake in London? Pippa Marbury knows she's odd, so she's grateful when a perfectly nice earl asks for her hand in marriage. However, she's a little surprised by how difficult it is to garner information as to what to expect on her wedding night and resents the typical Victorian "lie back and think of England" response. Approaching her brother-in-law's business partner, notorious reprobate Cross, she's shocked and disappointed when he turns her down. Unbeknownst to Pippa, though, the damage has been done. Cross is well and truly intrigued by the strange little lady scientist, and her determination to get the answers she's looking for will lead them both down a dangerous path of passion, secrets and betrayals, ultimately bringing Pippa to a whole new understanding of love, pleasure and sacrifice. She'll also force her way into the shady Victorian London of gaming hells and the society of prostitutes, while making some enemies who will threaten her physical and emotional safety. As Cross watches, fascinated and bemused, and tries to block her at every turn for her own protection, Pippa stamps her own unique mark on a decidedly male territory--the gambling world--and comes into her own, staking a claim on the man of her dreams and the life she never knew she wanted. 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.
Library Journal
Brainy, bookish, bespectacled, and betrothed to a kindly but rather dimwitted earl, Lady Philippa Marbury knows all about anatomy and science but nothing about the physical side of marriage—and she only has 15 days to research it! What she needs is a research associate who's an expert on the subject, and from everything she's heard, tall, suave, wickedly charming Cross, a partner at her brother-in-law's gaming hell, the Fallen Angel, is the perfect person to ask. So she does—in one of the funniest and cleverest first-meeting scenes ever written. VERDICT Dark dealings, tragic secrets, and old vendettas temper the social glitter and add a realistic touch to this offbeat story that is seductive, witty, and charming as sin and nicely continues MacLean's compelling series. MacLean (A Rogue by Any Other Name) lives in Brooklyn.

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One Good Earl Deserves a Lover 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 130 reviews.
PolishedBookworm More than 1 year ago
A fun, touching and sensual tale ... featuring a couple that makes you believe in soul mates.  Everything you could want in a romantic read! Not only does the main couple share an intellectual connection, there’s a sizzling undercurrent of desire flowing between them.  Ms. MacLean has written one of the most sensual scenes I’ve ever read where the couple never actually touch!  Seriously scorching encounters abound in this book, made all the more compelling since there is such a believable emotional bond between Pippa and Cross (they actually TALK to each other about things that matter!). This is a story about two people who truly ‘get’ each other and accept one another as they are.  I enjoyed the balance of humor with the emotional elements in this book and appreciated the honesty between the characters.  Cross annoyed me a bit when he tried to do the ‘noble’ thing and let Pippa go but she redeemed the situation by taking charge and saving the day – thereby saving Cross too.  I really believe in their Happy Ever After.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Sarah's books. I was so anxious for this one and I'm sorry to say it was by far my least favorite. I love her books and will buy the next one, but this one was a little disappointing. It was just alright.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog What I really liked about One Good Earl Deserves a Lover was the heroine Pippa….she was like Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory but with feelings and a sex drive.~ Under the Covers Lady Philippa Marbury is not only the youngest Marbury sister, but also the oddest, much more interested in science and botany rather then balls and fashion she approaches her upcoming marriage the only way she can, logically. Research needs to be done, especially regarding the wedding night, and her evidence suggests that Cross, one of the owners of the gaming hell The Fallen Angel is the perfect research assistant. When Philippa Marbury casually asks Cross about ruination and copulation he can barely control his passion for the odd but brilliant Pippa. But Cross knows he doesn’t deserve someone as lovely and tempting as her no matter what his heart and body want. Sarah Maclean has definitely become one of my favourite Historical Romance authors, from her debut book to this one, they have never failed in making making me smile and enjoying every word. They are light hearted and fun, with inviting and likable characters with titles that are invariably too long! What I really liked about One Good Earl Deserves a Lover was the heroine Pippa, I love a blue stocking/plain Jane story and she definitely fulfills the bluestocking part, she was clever and bookish caring not at all for fashion and suitors. I loved watching her shock Cross when she would say something outrageous but logical especially regarding “coitus”; she was like Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory but with feelings and a sex drive. Although I really enjoyed this book I have found the heroes in Sarah Macleans book a little lacking, it seems she can write a spectacular heroine that leave the heroes in the dust. This didn’t exactly happen in this book, I did like Cross, but he was definitely outshone, it won’t be him I remember about One Good Earl Deserves a Lover. But that didn’t mean Pippa and Cross didn’t have chemistry, they had some witty and amusing banter that gradually heated up over the book as Pippa starts becoming more aware of her desires culminating in some passionate and sweet steamy scenes. What people might find a little objectionable is that whilst Pippa and Cross are meeting up, Pippa is engaged to another man. Her betrothed is kind and generous and even though they are obviously not right for one another that was still one aspect of the story that bugged me a little even though it was essential to the plot and all’s well that ends well! I thought this book was fantastic, a perfect combination of lighthearted fun and sweet romance and I can’t wait to find out more about the other two men that run The Fallen Angel, the mysterious Chase and the disgraced Duke! *ARC provided by publisher
kipha More than 1 year ago
This is Sarah's 2nd book in her Rules of Scoundrels series. I totally love Sarah and her books and this is another great story form her. I love that she made Lady Philippa Marbury, Pippa, odd, smart, and wore glasses! Being a lady with glasses my self, I was totally hooked. From talking with Sarah and following her on her site I found it amazing how Cross's book wasn't supposed to be the next book in line, Temple was. He wasn't even suppose to meet Pippa or marry her far all that matter. But Pippa wouldn't have it and wanted it her way and so the story came about! I loved how the chemistry between her characters developed and grew throughout the whole story. Although I wanted to smack Pippa in the face at points of being too naive and forthright I still loved her. As for Cross, I have always been fascinated with him from Sarah's first book in the series, A Rogue by Any Other Name. Well, beside Chase who we'll see later on in the series. But this book really opened our eyes to the personalities of each of the other owners of the Angel Club. I can not wait for the next book with the third owner, Temple!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely everything the first book was. This story line is great! The women are not perfect but their men see them as beautiful. Romantic , hot and all about true love!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought that this book was even better than the first in the series.  Characters were believable and likable; dialogue was witty; scenes (be it sensual or otherwise) really drew me in.  And above all, this book creates an intense and passionate chemistry between the couple that was thrilling to read.  I had a very hard time putting this one down and am looking forward to a third book! 
msmoonlite More than 1 year ago
She's written better, in my opinion. The premise is a good one, extra smart heroine with tortured hero. I really liked Cross, and I liked Phillipa a lot. The love scenes were steamy but there was something about the book left me hanging.
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Bryher More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing! I'll be adding this to my favorites. After reading this book, I'm very confident that I've determined my favorite type of hero. That hero is the one who is ashamed of something about himself to the point where he feels unworthy of happiness. This man pushes anyone he cares about away so that he doesn't hurt them. They try so hard to do what they see is best for those they love, even when it is the one thing they truly desire. Cross was this man, and I fully admit that in reading this book, I fell in love with him as a character. Sadly for me (haha not really I guess) he was meant for Miss Pippa Marbury. She was fantastic! I found her to be very intelligent and true to herself. She knew what her morals were and stuck to them. Funny thing for her was, she starts realizing the world isn't as black and white as she'd always believed. The absolute sole thing I disliked about this book involved Pippa though. She was scientific ALL THE TIME. I'm an engineer and have met many very intelligent scientist types who didn't only think of their studies. She made me think of a female version of Sheldon from the Big Band Theory at times. I also think that glasses doesn't always land on intelligent people's faces. It seems that books always make that stereotype. I did absolutely love the conversations between Cross and Pippa. They just understood each other so perfectly. It was quite charming. I would love to go to The Fallen Angel. It sounds like so much fun! I don't want to give away any spoilers for people who haven't read this, but Pippa's genius really makes the end spectacular! I just absolutely loved it! I cannot wait to continue this series. This is the second book of Sarah MacLean's that I have read. She's just got another huge fan to add to her list. She is now a must buy author for me.
ladyofwesttower More than 1 year ago
Cross has his own problems and having his friend's little sister-in-law show up in his office while he's asleep just isn't something he is equip to deal with. I read this book a week ago and his character still lingers with me. I have such a book crush on this guy. He is tall, lanky, and has red hair. Love that. He's also brilliant. He's trying to deal with his sister's husband's debts while at the same time trying to fight his attraction to the very much engaged Pippa. While some of the plot twists didn't fully answer my questions, I did fully enjoy this book. I like how Pippa seems so very socially unaware and spontaneous. While she is book brilliant, there are still things she doesn't know and it freaks her out - things to do with the marriage bed. Cross is just fabulous. Such a book crush! I'm looking forward to checking out the next book of the series but I have no idea how Temple will live up to Cross for me. ;) I am not a person who does a lot of rereading, but this book is probably going on my to-read-again shelf.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
One Good Earl Deserves a Lover is the second book in The Rules of Scoundrels series by Sarah MacLean. I've read the series out of order(Yes, I know.. I've broken one of my, so this is actually the third book I've read in the series, but I think this is my favorite so far. Pippa is so much fun! I love how her mind works and how she speaks. She says whatever pops into her head. Cross is perfect for her. They're perfect for each other. They are both little smarty pants. The guys in this series have all been extremely swoon-worthy. They call themselves scoundrels, and they really believe they are, but they are such gentlemen too. Naughty gentlemen, yes, but gentlemen none the less. Cross is no exception. His charm and swagger oozes from the pages. Sarah MacClean has romance down to an art. If a scene is written in such a way as to have its reader all in a tizzy when the characters haven't even touched each other... That, my friends, is a gifted writer!
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without an explanation of why she is so odd, that she gets herself into all kinds of scrapes, including getting into her hero's ambit. He is intrigued by her, finds her pretty and attractive, which makes him protective, because she is just not safe on her own, with her obsessions. She is not just interested in science, but she lacks an understanding of human experience and emotion, but in a way that makes her seem as though she might be on the autism spectrum. The scrapes she gets into provide the basis for the action in the novel. The action can be fast paced, but it moves things along; this is a gambling den, after all!
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Just as good as the first!