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

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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...

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Overview

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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  • ISBN-13: 9780062068538
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
  • Series: Rules of Scoundrels Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 139,843
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah MacLean grew up in Rhode Island, obsessed with historical romance and bemoaning the fact that she was born centuries too late for her own season. Her love of all things historical helped to earn her degrees from Smith College and Harvard University before she finally set pen to paper and wrote her first book. Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband, their dog, and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels. She loves to hear from readers.

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  • Posted January 29, 2013

    A fun, touching and sensual tale ... featuring a couple that mak

    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.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

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    ~Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    ~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

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

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    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2013

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    This is Sarah's 2nd book in her Rules of Scoundrels series. I to

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Worth the wait!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Thought that this book was even better than the first in the ser

    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! 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2013

    She's written better, in my opinion. The premise is a good one,

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    One Good Earl Deserves a Lover is the second book in Sarah MacLe

    One Good Earl Deserves a Lover is the second book in Sarah MacLean’s The Rules of Scoundrels series, set in a popular gaming hell. Sarah MacLean has quickly become one of my favorite historical romance authors. One Good Earl did not disappoint and I hard time putting this one down. 




    The novel opens and we find Lady Philippa Marbury in the private office of Cross, notorious rake and part owner of The Fallen Angel. You see, Pippa has a problem. She’s getting married in a week and doesn’t know what to expect. A scientist at heart, Pippa doesn’t like to go into a situation without all the facts. So she enlists Cross to help educate her on the rules of seduction and desire. Pippa is looking for an education without emotion but experiments sometimes have the most unexpected results.




    First off, I love the dedication to this book which his “For girls who wear glasses.” I think that’s the perfect setup for a book about a heroine who isn’t like the other ladies of her peerage. Philllipa has a decidedly scientific mind and is more interested in learning about the muscles and bones in the human body then the latest London fashions. Pippa is a really unique and refreshing character. She’s extremely smart and tenacious, but also sweet and a little bit naïve. I think a lot of people will be able to relate to Pippa, a woman who’s always felt a little out of place. I love that she doesn’t try to change or compromise herself to fit in. 




    Cross is an unlikely match for Pippa but ends up being quite perfect for her. He doesn’t find Phillipa odd at all and instead admires her curiosity and intelligence. Unfortunately he has a few skeletons in his closet that he believes makes him unworthy of Pippa’s love. Cross is an honorable man living with a lot of guilt from the past. He’s also quite stubborn, which made me want to smack him a few times. But with a little bit of perseverance, Pippa manages to break down the walls that he’s built. It should also be noted that Cross is a ginger. Yes, ginger. There aren’t enough hot gingers in romance novels so thank you, Ms. MacLean. 




    The romance in this was surprisingly sweet and the science talk made for some really cute love scenes. The only thing I wasn’t really happy about was the resolution between Cross and his estranged family, or the lack of one. Cross’s past is the thing that has kept him apart from society for so long and the thing that almost keeps him from Pippa. However, the issue all but disappears once Pippa and Cross finally get together. I have an e-ARC so maybe it’ll be added in later, but the omission of it was something that I definitely noticed. Otherwise, this was a great read. Fun, sexy, and emotional, One Good Earl Deserves a Lover is all of the things I love and have come to expect from Sarah MacLean.




    *I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2014

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    Absolutely amazing! I'll be adding this to my favorites. After

    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.

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  • Posted May 19, 2014

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    Cross has his own problems and having his friend's little sister

    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.

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  • Posted May 9, 2014

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    One Good Earl Deserves a Lover is the second book in The Rules o

    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 rules..lol), 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    To below

    Yeah

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    Posted April 2, 2014

    Pat

    Um

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    Posted April 2, 2014

    A girl

    Hello?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

    The heroine is odd....which makes her endearing and makes for a good book...but it seems somewhat improbable....

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Great

    Wonderful!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2013

    Wonderful!

    Just as good as the first!

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  • Posted October 23, 2013

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    This is the second book in the Scoundrels series...in which I en

    This is the second book in the Scoundrels series...in which I enjoyed the first one a lot. So I was looking forward to see how the next installment compared. Won't say it surpassed the first one, but it is a good second.


    If there is one thing that gets me is some good witty dialogue. These two characters, from the first scene together, had me giggling in delight with their combative wordplay. Cross is used to people not keeping up with him, and just barreling his way through every situation on his sheer will and wit. But with Pippa, he meets a woman who just leaves him speechless...literally. She can talk him into loops and curves and take him down dark alleyways of conversation....where he comes out feeling like he has been mugged. From the minute she meets him and basically propositions him he is flummoxed. Pippa just says what she thinks and asks any questions she sees fit to understand things and see no problem, yeah it is not  proper ladies are expected to ask...but who made those rules anyway? 


    She does not want to go into her marriage not knowing how things works, and she heard through the grapevine that Cross was an expert on the subject matter, so it was only logical that she come to him, what with him being close with her brother -in-law, for help in getting some first hand information. Her innocent honesty, and Cross constant befuddlement at what comes out of her month....makes the entire book.



    "...You however, are a man of science with legendary experience. I'm sure there are plenty of things you are able to clarify. Fro example, I'm very curious about the male member."
    He choked. Then coughed.
    When he regained his ability to speak, he said, "I'm sure you are"
    "I've seen drawings of course-in anatomical text-but perhaps you could help with some of the specifics? For example-"
     "No." He cute her off before she elaborated, and with her straightforward, scientific questions.
    "I'm happy to pay you," she announced, "For your services."
    A harsh, strangled sound cut through the room. It came from him. "Pay me."
    She nodded. "Would, say, twenty-five pounds do?"
    "No."
    Her brows knitted together. "Of course, a person of your - prowess - is worth more. I apologize for the offense. Fifty? I'm afraid I can't go much higher. It's quite a bit of money."



    Poor Cross never stood a chance. 

    This one was full of good laughs, and once it got down to it...some hot sexy times. What more can I ask? It also did a good job in fleshing out the side characters, which I also liked...when every character lives and breathes like a real person rather than a cardboard cut out it helps the book overall.


    My only complaint would be the usual: characters who invent ridiculous reasons not to be together and drag on the unnecessary drama. It happens in most all romances, I'm just glad it was kept brief in this one. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2013

    Read!

    Full of sexual tension and fast paced.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    Ugh!

    Please don't waste your money. This book has a very weak beginning, it does not grab the readers attention. I willingly stopped several times just to fold cloths (that's how boring this plot is). I will give this author benefit of doubt in her attempt to try to compose an enjoyable book, but if you don't "catch" the audience in the beginning, then its a lost cause.

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