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: 118,507
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. 137 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.
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
kipha More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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! 
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't capture my attention
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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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this 2nd book in the series. When an author draws me in so deep into the story that it makes it impossible to put the book down and can actually brings tears to my eyes, I declare it a winner! 299 pages
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
Book two had similar tendencies towards the emotional roller coaster that book one had. It was the whole doomed-lovers-because-they-are-promised-to-another scenario and how can they possibly thwart their cruel fate to be separated. It was enjoyable, but I liked book one better. With that said, this was hard to put down and I loved watching the character interactions between Pippa and Cross. It ended happily and beautifully, though I would have liked to see a mended relationship between brother and sister. That was never resolved. I loved how Pippa saved Cross and the scene at the church at the end of the story was perfect. Overall, sweet and enjoyable.
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Bryher More than 1 year ago
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.
ladyofwesttower More than 1 year ago
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.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
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, 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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