The Rogue Not Taken (Scandal and Scoundrel Series #1)

The Rogue Not Taken (Scandal and Scoundrel Series #1)

by Sarah MacLean

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Lady Sophie’s Society Splash

When Sophie, the least interesting of the Talbot sisters, lands her philandering brother-in-law backside-first in a goldfish pond in front of all society, she becomes the target of very public aristocratic scorn. Her only choice is to flee London, vowing to start a new life far from the aristocracy. Unfortunately, the carriage in which she stows away isn’t saving her from ruin . . . it’s filled with it.

Rogue’s Reign of Ravishment!

Kingscote, “King,” the Marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn’t charm, resulting in a reputation far worse than the truth, a general sense that he’s more pretty face than proper gentleman, and an irate summons home to the Scottish border. When King discovers stowaway Sophie, however, the journey becomes anything but boring.

War? Or More?

He thinks she’s trying to trick him into marriage. She wouldn’t have him if he were the last man on earth. But carriages bring close quarters, dark secrets, and unbearable temptation, making opposites altogether too attractive . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062379412
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/29/2015
Series: Scandal and Scoundrel Series , #1
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 181,793
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(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 a columnist for The Washington Post, where she writes about the romance genre. She lives in New York City. Visit her at

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The Rogue Not Taken 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read and enjoyed Ms. MacLean's books in the past. However I found this one to be tedious, with repetitive thoughts of the Earl on his past. It had been a decade since the admittedly traumatic events of his youth, with no evolution in his thought processes as he matured into manhood. Similarly Sophie was frustrating in that she misinterpreted every comment by the Earl as a criticism, leading to her getting angry unnecessarily. Neither appeared particularly intelligent.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had a great plot, throughly enjoyed that Emma stowed away in King's carriage. It made for an interesting read. I loved that Emma was so fierce and courages, especially for that time period. I would've liked for two things to be different; 1. the age gap, she is 21 and he 33 it makes the love between them a little unbelievable and more like lust and infatuation. 2. I wish MacLean would have made their time together a little longer. Emma and King only knew each other for less than 2 weeks. I understand most historical romances are not established that long before the MCs fall in love but in this novel it seemed necessary. With King's hard past and him not working through it until the very end of the novel made for a hasty love story and ending. Overall, this book was okay and would be infinitely better if they knew each other longer, it would've made it more believable. It's an okay read and I am going to read her second book in this series to see how it compares.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have traded everything she has wrote. It pulls you in and you can't stop reading tell the end of the book.
McM0mmy-PW More than 1 year ago
Loved Sophie and King's story. Her sisters were the cream on top with their zany lives. I would like to know what happens to Sere though. Warwick is going to be a hoot!
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
It's always hit or miss with historical books and me but I'm thinking this author will always be a hit! So impressed with this one! First, I adore Sophie. She's got her priorities right among the craziness that is London society. She grew up outside of London and not part of the social circles with no title. But after her father wins a title in a poker game, her family moves to London and dives right in. Sophie is the only one that doesn't seem to enjoy it. She misses the simpler life they had before and she hates the way the ton treats her and her sisters. And when the opportunity presents itself to tell them so, she does in a very public way, embarrassing the wrong person. That moment launches an adventure she never could have dreamed of. I was so proud of her and cheered for her the entire way. Second, there's King. Now, King is a scandalous rogue who has ruined quite a few soon to be brides. Yes, we meet him climbing down the rose trellis to escape the wrath of a certain father. Charming and complicated, he is not what he appears. I adored getting to know him and learn his secrets. He's not your average rogue at all. I love him completely. Third, these two together were incredible fun. Their banter had me laughing out loud. The situations they found themselves in where priceless. Boots, baths and honey pots, oh my. Then there were the slippers, Great North Road, books and the labyrinth. Truly a fine adventure! Fourth, what a story! I marveled at the construction and perfect symmetry. We're talking a masterful author right here! It was written in third person with rotating POV and it was perfection. I was struck again and again what a masterful creation this book was. Fifth, there is that moment in this book - the one you see them racing towards and you just want to stop them but you can't. That moment was a capstone. It tied the book together and healed through a lot of pain. And the best part was that is was but a moment. The story moved quickly to find the resolution that I craved. Finally, the moment the story kicked shut (hehe), there was such a smile on my face. When you close a books that you've basically read straight through and you're just happy and content? Well that is a great book. Even if you don't read historical, if you love good romance then this book is for you!
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girlfromwvaKY More than 1 year ago
This is book #1 in the scandal & scoundrel series. It is the story of Lady Sophie and Kingscote (King) Lady Sophie is the youngest of the infamous Talbot sisters. She scandalized society at the Liverpool Summer Soiree by striking her sister's well-known cheating husband and causing him to fall rear-first into a goldfish pond. Everyone thought Sophie was the quiet one...the dull one... Now finding herself scorned by the aristocrats, she wants to escape their judgement by leaving the city. She vows never to return to London, or the society that targets herself & her family. She flees on the back of a carriage, one that she thinks will be her means of escape. Little does she know that the carriage she is fleeing in won't save her from ruin, it will actually cause it. Spotted escaping from a once-future countess by climbing down her rose trellis, the Marquess of Eversley has provoked an Earl...again. No female is safe from Kingscote's charm. His reputation precedes him, even if it is far worse than the truth. King is summoned from his father home to the Scottish border. He is not looking forward to the long, boring trip. Then he discovers Sophie stowing away on his carriage, the trip takes on a far from boring mood. King thinks Sophie is trying to trick him into marriage but Sophie has no want for a husband. Do opposites attract? Will the close confines of the carriage bring about a change in them? Will secrets be shared? Temptation is almost agonizing between the two. Suddenly the temptation becomes all too appealing. Wonderfully written story. Loved the chemistry between King & Sophie. Really enjoyed reading their story. Can't wait for more!!!
red_riding_hood More than 1 year ago
A great read, very enjoyable .
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
The Rogue Not Taken took me on an exhilarating adventure with Sophie and King with heaps of chemistry and romantic anticipation. It captivated my attention completely. I absolutely loved it! I'm a big fan of this author's writing, and I'm looking forward to more in this series. The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean was kindly provided to me by Tasty Virtual Book Tours for review. The opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun! Entertaining! I recommend it for an afternoon read
julieford More than 1 year ago
The Rogue Not Taken is the first in the Scandal & Scoundrel series. I absolutely loved this book because it was full of twists, turns, laughs and a whole lot of emotional starts. This book is about Sophie, who's father gained a title because of wealth he gained through coal mines and King, who is heir to a dukedom that he doesn't want. Everyone treats Sophie's family with distain and when she pushes back (literally) she is shunned. She hides out in King's carriage and the adventures begin. King refuses to marry and carry on the family line due to a tragic incident from his past but he finds himself constantly rescuing Sophie. After many misunderstandings King and Sophie become closer. They must overcome all their misconceptions to find a true love. Sarah MacLean is a fabulous writer who continues to entertain and enthrall.
Shortstride More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! And all other Sarah Maclean books. The explicit sex scenes are not for everyone but if you are a mature adult woman, who has a great marriage and a sensible head on her shoulders, you should enjoy them.
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Fun & smart.
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Really enjoyed this book.
MADreaderMD More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by Sarah MacLean, but it won't be my last! I loved the traveling adventures of Sophie and King. Due to a series of unfortunate events, Sophie ends up in King's carriage. Which is the last place she wants to be, since she can't stand the aristocracy and he's the rakish son of a duke. Although she's now a Lady, Sophie grew up as the daughter of a coal miner who happened to be rewarded for his success with a title. Her many scandalous sisters have enjoyed life in London among the ton, but Sophie would rather read a book and misses the days when she lived in the country. King has a reputation as a rogue, and he has no intention of being caught and forced into marriage by one of the Talbot sisters. He'll be glad to get rid of Sophie at the first opportunity. After all, she's not his problem. There's lots of adventure along the way, and more than a little romance. These two might just be perfect for each other if they can overcome their past hurts and prejudices.
skelley55 More than 1 year ago
Absolutely love this book. Just the right amount of sass mixed with a wonderfully witty heroine. King is no slouch either. Highly recommend this book. I cannot WAIT for the next book in this series
def618 More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful book full of love, adventure and interesting characters by the fabulous Sarah MacLean. Sophie's father acquired a title due to his wealth. The youngest of 5 daughters, she is unimpressed with the ton. After an incident at a party, she decides to return to her childhood home but lands in the wrong carriage! King, the Marquess of Eversley, was in love at 18, but the girl died in a carriage accident. He blames his father and vows never to marry and have children. The line ends with him. But finding Sophie in his carriage may change his life. For better or worse? Read the book to find out. I highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Can't wait for the next book to come out.