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A Rogue by Any Other Name (Rules of Scoundrels Series #1)

A Rogue by Any Other Name (Rules of Scoundrels Series #1)

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by Sarah MacLean

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New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean has taken the world of historical romance fiction by storm!  With A Rogue by Any Other Name, she once again boldly breaks new ground. 

The first book in her remarkably fresh and original Fallen Angels series—featuring four dark Regency Era heroes who will steal the hearts of their


New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean has taken the world of historical romance fiction by storm!  With A Rogue by Any Other Name, she once again boldly breaks new ground. 

The first book in her remarkably fresh and original Fallen Angels series—featuring four dark Regency Era heroes who will steal the hearts of their heroines and the readers alike—A Rogue will captivate fans of Julia Quinn and Suzanne Enoch while bringing new romance readers eagerly into the fold. The scintillating story of a disgraced Marquess reduced to running a London gambling hall who hopes to restore his good fortune by marrying a very proper lady who’s secretly drawn to sin, A Rogue by Any Other Name is sexy and wicked fun.

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Publishers Weekly
MacLean starts a new pre-Victorian series with enjoyable romps, witty banter, and electric sexual tension. Michael Lawler, the marquess of Bourne, lost everything in an ill-considered wager with a scheming neighbor. He spends 10 years recreating his fortune three times over by running the Fallen Angel, London’s notorious gaming hell. Wealth hasn’t stopped him from wanting to regain his family estate, and when the opportunity presents itself, Michael jumps at the chance, regardless of the strings attached—namely, marriage to his childhood friend Miss Penelope Marbury, the villain’s daughter. Perpetuating a farce of a marriage for London society isn’t difficult, but Bourne’s all-consuming need for revenge endangers the possibility for real love between the two. The couple’s buried insecurities become tiresome after a while, but the comic relief from feisty sisters and a marriage-minded mother pushes the reader onward. Agent: Alyssa Eisner Henkin, Trident Media Group. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Nine years ago, Michael Lawler, the young Marquess of Bourne, was lured into a reckless card game and lost everything but his title. Now, motivated by revenge and a wealthy part-owner of one of London's most notorious upscale gaming hells, Bourne has a chance to reclaim what he has lost—and nothing will stand in his way, not even marrying his childhood friend Lady Penelope Marbury. But marriage to the adventurous, courageous Penelope is not at all what he expects, and while their public "love match" begins as a lie, the ultimate results surprise them both. VERDICT Brilliantly crafted and deliciously seductive, MacLean's (Eleven Scandals To Start To Win a Duke's Heart) latest offering makes refreshing use of the vengeance theme, provides an enlightening view of the darker side of the London social scene, and beautifully sets the stage for the rest of the scoundrels in the series. MacLean lives in Brooklyn.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Rules of Scoundrels Series , #1
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4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

A life-long romance reader, Sarah MacLean wrote her first romance novel on a dare, and never looked back. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical romances, and the author of a monthly column at The Washington Post celebrating the best of the romance genre. She lives in New York City with her husband, daughter, dog and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels. She loves to hear from readers.

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A Rogue By Any Other Name 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 258 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a delightful story! Sarah MacLean has taken an idea that in itself (on the surface) might seem to rankle more than one woman and weave it into a cloak every woman would want to wear. "Poor Penelope"--as the story begins and weaves, we find that Penelope is used more often than appreciated, misunderstood more often than understood and without a doubt--underestimated by more than one foolish man in her life. At the onset, Lord Bourne (don't dare call him Michael for at LEAST 200 pages!) does little to endear himself to her or to female readers, outside of being the consummate rogue and devastatingly handsome man. Poor Penelope, becomes less poor and Lord Bourne, he remains the devastatingly handsome rogue that he begins, but adds to it, the quality of redeemed "fallen angel". The writing is thorough and tightly strung. The characters are captivating (I can't wait to learn more about Cross and most especially, Chase). The inner narratives are beyond phenomenal. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the reading, and only wish that I had taken more time to read it. Putting it down was just a non-option and I definitely killed the entire day and most of the evening finishing it. :) (Don't you just hate when you do that??) No hesitation in recommending this delightful book to future readers.
BelovedAJP More than 1 year ago
Sarah MacLean has done it again! A Rogue By Any Other Name does not disappoint! I absolutely loved this book! Yes, Lord Bourne is an a$$ and a bit cruel, and quite arrogant *squee* but honestly it only made his redemption that much sweeter! I also loved Penelope and her transformation into a stronger woman who finally starts taking matters into her own hands and guiding her adventure in the directions she wished. Penelope's quick wit made for some wonderfully entertaining conversations between her and Lord Bourne, I laughed quite a bit. The quick wit doesn't stop there! I loved the camaraderie and banter between Bourne and the other partners of the The Fallen Angel! (I can wait to read the stories of Cross, Temple and the very mysterious Chase!) The marriage and subsequent courtship was both touching and sexy! Let me just say that Chapter 19... yowza! Oh my my! ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful. And to the one saying it was all about romance and sex - IT'S A ROMANCE NOVEL! What did she expect??!?! The end was absolutely wonderful. I cannot wait to read the other stories for the rest of the Fallen Angels.
KIs5 More than 1 year ago
Great story line with excellent writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of her books and instantly fell in love with them all!!!!! However, this book started out with so much potential but it fell short for me. The beginning and the end were great but the bulk of the story dragged and I kept feeling the characters should have been more developed and kept wishing for more explosive scenes like the initial "kidnapping." Out of all her books, this is my least favorite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Her story lines keep the reader turning the pages well past midnight. Reminds somewhat of Judith McNaught in that there is such a range of feeling in her books. Loved them all! Nice to check in on the lives of characters from a previous book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so well written and although the storyline is set in the 1800 it doesn't detract from the intencity of the blooming love story between Penelope and Michael(Bourne). You will not regret taking time to read this book. I highly recommend if you enjoy a love story with alot of intense sexual content. Loved it.
atzbech More than 1 year ago
Sarah MacLean is one of the best writers of Historical Romance novels I've ever read. Plots are fantastic; characters well developed; witty and humorous dialogue. Can't say enough good things. Wonderful novel. Read...you won't be sorry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Penelope and Michael and all the story. I can´t wait for the next book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE the series Amazing !!!! IS a must read ALL 4 books where great even book 3 there where negative reviews with some readers but I must say I'm glad I read it . If you have not read them read them you will not be dissapointed !
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
A Rogue by Any Other Name is the first book in the Rules of Scoundrels series by Sarah MacLean. I love the World that the author has created. The characters are imperfect and human. Penelope is spunky and adventurous. Michael is focused on his revenge, so you don't see his true personality at first. You get glimpses of it until he catches himself and closes up again. I loved how the romance developed within this story. It was gradual and believable between the two of them. I felt like the pacing was perfect. Their bantering and chemistry was infectious, not to mention funny. They complement each other nicely. Penelope and Michael's story was beautifully told. I really enjoyed the letters sent back and forth between the two while Michael was away at school. The very last letter from Michael was perfect. It made me smile.
Gewizz More than 1 year ago
This book was a recommended read on the B&N website. As I enjoy historical romances I bought it. It was WELL worth the money and I highly recommend it. I look forward to purchasing more books written by Ms MacLean.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book very much, especially the end. I gave just 3 stars because in the middle of the book it started to drag until almost at the end.
LizzySB More than 1 year ago
Pretty good story for light reading. I thought the last love scene was a little too long. I was losing interest and wishing the author would get on with the story.
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The fireworks between penelope & lord bourne are sizzling! I love penelope & her zany family with the fifteen dogs. Penelope & her sisters are a riot & do not fit the rigidity & blandness expected of a well brought up lady in the 1800's . A well written, taut story that had me cheering for penelope's fighting spirit for standing up to lord bourne as heartmelting as he was.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Over two hundred pages on my nook.
JG_Chianese More than 1 year ago
Read this in one day. The fact that I read this in one day should be an indication of what type of book this is.... One you don't want to put down. I like historicals, mostly those with men in kilts, but I have to say Sarah Maclean's writing makes me want to call in sick and read everything she's written and then do it all over again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, full of deep hurt and emotions, was well written and impossible to put down. I can't wait to read the rest in this series! 313 pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read daily and this is one of my favorite love stories of all time. The letters between them alone, whether they were sent or not, gave this story an added element that made the love between the characters more poignant than usual. Definitely a story I will come back to again and again over the years.
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
I was in emotional turmoil from start to finish. I wanted to cry for Penelope and rail at Michael. This was one of those books that I had to stop several times to have conversations (arguments) in my head as Penelope to Michael. He was quite frustrating at times. It was a very enjoyable story and had a very enjoyable ending. I loved how she won in the end, that her strength and love wore him down until he finally realized that she mattered more then vengeance. The character development was well written and the characters were strong and complex. The series definitely sucks you in and hooks you rather quickly. I am always a bit leery of trying a new author out because I already have so many other authors I follow and enjoy that there just isn't enough time in the week, month, or year to get to all of the delicious books! But I am happy I picked this book up and I enjoyed the author's style and characterization. I look forward to reading more from this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A 270 page free romance book of an eldest daughter whose great match of the season turns into a scandal and she approaches spinsterhood til her father adds a fortune in property to her dowery, and the childhood friend that returns to marry her by any means possible to reclaim his lost inheritance and exact revenge. Family strife, childhood memories, drama, angst, romance, adult language, and explicit adult sex scenes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very different and fun read. Michael was a very passionate hero and Penelope evolved into a strong and loving heroine compared to her debut in Eleven Scandals. LORRAINE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago