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

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

by Sarah MacLean

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062068538
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/29/2013
Series: Rules of Scoundrels Series , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 117,269
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About 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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One Good Earl Deserves a Lover 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 138 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.
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.
BerVan 3 months ago
What a disappointment. I can't believe this is the same author as the first book of this series. Where is the intricate plot? The witty dialogue ? The clever back and forth of the supporting characters? This book was all deep thought and despair - page after page of Cross' torment, with absolutely no dialog. It was so tedious in parts that I skipped over multiple pages to find something interesting. I gave it two stars because it was necessary to slog through this book to carry the story line into book three, which was again a fun and clever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't capture my attention
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a bad book. I was a little frustrated that it took forever for them to come together. She wrote great chemistry between the two. I knew that Castleton would end up with knights daughter. I will read the others eventually.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was all just too easy. The magic of these kinds of novels is the possibility of it actually being able to have heppened somewhere throughout history. This was a tad unreal for me. Everything was just too easy. Oh a change of heart. Fix it. Done. No one put up a fight. But it definitely was good. I do wanna read about chase.
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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
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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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Wonderful!!!
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Just as good as the first!
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cgirl98 More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Full of sexual tension and fast paced.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the scoundrel series, I enjoyed the previous book much better. I felt this book left some issues unresolved. I would have loved to see some of the collateral stories resolve as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow can Sarah write a love story! Prime and proper Pippa wants to experience life before she settles down so she visits her brother in laws gaming hall. Pippa has heard the talk in town about how great of a lover Cross is and she wants a taste of passion before she settles into her sated married life. If you are looking for a book full of strong charters, a good strong story line, and scenes full of passion that will leave you breathless than read this book, read this series, read anything by Sarah!
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