One Good Earl Deserves a Lover: The Second Rule of Scoundrels

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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...

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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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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410470539
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 8/6/2014
  • Series: Rules of Scoundrels Series , #2
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 606
  • Sales rank: 1,376,938
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah MacLean grew up in Rhode Island, obsessed with historical romance and bemoaning the fact that she was born far 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.

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