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

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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 ...

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Overview

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 an unexplored world of pleasures.

Bourne may be a prince of London's illicit 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.

Winner of the 2013 RITA Award for Best Historical Romance

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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062068521
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Series: Rules of Scoundrels Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 150,566
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (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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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

    By Any Other Name..No, it has to be Bourne

    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.

    17 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2012

    I wish there was some way I could tell if a story was going to b

    I wish there was some way I could tell if a story was going to be nothing but romance and sex before I bought it. I couldn't believe there was actually an entire chapter dedicated to a sexual scene! This is what I call women's porn, that is, the sex is in the name of love and romance--fantasy, in other words. I'm disgusted that I bought this book. Okay, that's fine if the reader is into romantic sex, but why does no one mention that that's what the story is--in a soap opera setting, too? After that one chapter that was nothing but a description of a sexual interlude, I gave up and didn't finish it.

    13 out of 48 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2012

    Sarah MacLean has done it again!

    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! ;)

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    great

    Great story line with excellent writing.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Rich emotions and character depth

    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.

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2012

    This book was wonderful. And to the one saying it was all abou

    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.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2012

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    Highly Recommend

    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.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2012

    Not bad but not her best

    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.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    I love Penelope and Michael and all the story. I can´t wa

    I love Penelope and Michael and all the story. I can´t wait for the next book

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    I loved it!!!!!!!

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2013

    Gaming hells not my favorite

    The characters are good, not great. So far, I have yet to really become attached with any book that uses gaming hells as the major backdrop to the story.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    A Must Read

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2012

    I liked this book very much, especially the end. I gave just 3 s

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

    Check this one out.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    Im a teenager and read The Season and fell in love with it, I re

    Im a teenager and read The Season and fell in love with it, I read Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake thinking it would be like The Season and was a little shocked when reading the book and I was just wondering if this book was more like The Season or if it was more lie Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    Age, help!

    Hey, younger, teen reader here. Is this book age appropriate? Please reply :)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2014

    Five Stars for the Series!

    I was not a historical romance fan - until this author. I LOVE HER BOOKS. I love the characters the wit, the drama, the heat- all of it. I am never sure what to look for in reviews, so I am not sure what to put. To each their own - but I really enjoyed all her books.

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  • Posted June 5, 2014

    This is the first book I have read by Sarah MacLean, and I have

    This is the first book I have read by Sarah MacLean, and I have to say that I was delightfully impressed. I've read through everything that my favorite historical romance authors have written, and trying new authors was a little of a gamble.

    I loved the world of this scandalous and dark casino. It made for a great setting.

    I've always enjoyed romances where one person has been in love with the other for a very long time. I think in this case it was kind of both of them. They just didn't realize it.

    Penelope (one of my favorite names by the way) was a great female lead. She was so concerned how her choices would reflect her family, especially her sisters. It was something she struggled with though, because she always wanted more from life. The word "more" means so much to this story, and to Penelope's growth as a character. I liked that she learned from her mistakes and found her back bone.

    Michael is a guy who lets himself be defined by his past actions and mistakes. He's been seeking revenge for almost a decade, and will do anything to achieve his goals. He feels like he ruins everything he cares about so he tries to keep space between Penelope and himself. He learns a lot about what he really needs, and he grows a lot as a character as well.

    This was a very good read. I found it difficult to put down. MacLean's writing was beautiful and I was definitely swept away in her story telling. I am excited to read the next of the series, One Good Earl Deserves A Lover. I will most likely have to read more of her books.

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  • Posted May 9, 2014

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    A Rogue by Any Other Name is the first book in the Rules of Scou

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    Knocked it out!

    This is her first book I read. I found it absolutely amazing! definitely a must read!

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