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

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

by Sarah MacLean

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062068521
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/28/2012
Series: Rules of Scoundrels Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 93,075
Product dimensions: 4.20(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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A Rogue By Any Other Name 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 264 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.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I enjoyed it. I enjoyed all her novels that I have read thus far. Good storylines and rich characters. If you like Julia Quinn you will like Sarah MacLean. She isn't quite as good but she is getting there. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book, kept me captivated up to the end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is by d,far the worst romance book I have ever read. Well, almost read. I could not finish it, it was that painful. This book and series came recommended by a website. I am not certain what the reviewers were thinking or perhaps they are not very discerning. I am tremendously disappointed. Penelope is odd. She is suppose to be a perfect aristocrat (stated multiple times as reason she was to marry a duke) yet she has no idea how she should behave in normal day to day life (going out late at night, receiving gentlemen callers, how to relate to staff in a house). I found her character to be uninteresting, like she was from our time plopped down in a historical novel. Not one of this authors best attempts. Just skip it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sexy and fun
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first Sarah MacLean and I really enjoyed it. Very sexy, lots of fun.
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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.