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One Good Earl Deserves a Lover: The Second Rule of Scoundrels (Rules of Scoundrels) Mass Market Paperback – January 29, 2013
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The answer my friends is this: It is not. It is much, much, better.
That is really saying something, if you haven't picked up on how much I like her other books. At first I didn't think Pippa and Cross were going to be my favorite Hero/heronine couple. They each quickly won me over as I got to know them better, something the author does well. I understood the motivation of both the H/h as the book went on. I agreed with their choices (for the most part), and best of all, I just liked them.
And as for the chemistry between our H/h? I quit smoking over three years ago, but could have really used one after some of the steamy scenes in this book. My heart would race and I would be breathing a little heavier after certain scenes. My husband thought I was reading "that fifty shades crap again", but oh no, this is SO much steamier! There are scenes where he doesn't even touch her and it's incredibly sexy.
I cannot recommend this book enough for fans of historical romance. I would recommend that you read "A Rogue By Any Other Name" first though.
Problems I had were:
1. The "sneak peek" on the back of "A Rogue" was SO AWESOME... and then, what? It was nowhere in the Kindle version of this book? That was weird. If you didn't read it on "a rogue" you'd have no idea what was going on.
2. Fundamental issue (Spoiler): Cross is someone who left society, just walked away. He obviously doesn't care about the backlash of society or how his actions affect others (his sister, family, etc). Pippa also does not care about society; she's considered odd, hides at her own ball, walks around London with only a dog for a chaperone, etc. SO, you have two people who care nothing about the social repercussions of their actions. Why in the heck is Cross so determined to make sure Pippa has a life unstained by him, to the point where he's risking all to sever all ties? She doesn't care (too smitten to know better), he doesn't care what society thinks (clearly), and he had no problem taking her virginity and not offering marriage (a big no-no, if you actually tried to make the argument that he did care about her reputation). Because of all these things, the ending --him proposing to Knight's daughter to "save" Pippa's reputation by silencing Knight-- makes no sense.Read more ›
For me, after a very few chapters, this book just fell apart. The conflict, what little there was of it, felt contrived. The villain lacked menace, the hero lacked ingenuity, and given that there's a countdown at the beginning of each chapter, there was very little sense of tension. Many reviewers seem to have found Pippa's character either annoying or colorless; I had less of a problem with her because people who are rigorous about telling the truth are interesting to me. The disappointing character, for my taste, was the hero, Cross. As other reviewers have mentioned, his backstory felt incomplete, and I never really felt I had a grasp on who Cross was. After the initial click with Pippa, after he showed some allure by actually 'getting' her and her thought-processes, he dissolves into this angsty wallower in either feminized emotion (several mentions of how he wants to strip her and throw her down, yet also protect her and have her by his side forever) or else low self esteem ("I'm not good enough for her, she deserves better"). After multiple characters in two books (including Cross) have been deeply concerned about what a failure Pippa's impending marriage to someone else is going to be, he's still willing to just stand aside and let it happen. In my opinion, one of the reasons Mr.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
she repeated the characters traits and description too many timePublished 22 days ago by teresa ferguson
I'm loving this author! So hard for her hero's to love and makes her characters so strong. Well, at least the female characters. Pippa is so loveable in her awkward way. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Megan Altorfer
Questions left unanswered. Weak plot. No building of the relationships or plethora of moments to enjoy. Not worth the money.Published 1 month ago by cate
Pippa and Cross's romance is unique steamy and addictive. The banter back and forth kept me pinned to the book and hanging on when and how they would be together. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Heather E. Fowler
Love this series! I read the first story (A Rogue by any other Name) several days ago and then immediately purchased this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Reads
In a time where women aren’t told anything about sex other than that they’re expected to take whatever their husband gives, Pippa is utterly clueless about what’s to come after... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Angie
This was such a sweet book. It is always endearing to have people fight for the one they love.Published 3 months ago by Sonrah
Not as good as the first in the series, but still a somewhat fun read. Just missing a bit of something. Not sure what went wrong here. Read morePublished 3 months ago by P jolly