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Product Details

  • Series: Rules of Scoundrels (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Original edition (February 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062068520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062068521
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 4.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (281 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Brilliantly crafted and deliciously seductive...” (Library Journal (starred review))

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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.


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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sarah MacLean grew up in Rhode Island, obsessed with historical romance. Her love of all things historical helped to earn her degrees from Smith College and Harvard University before she finally set pen to paper and wrote her first book. Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband, their dog, and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels.

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147 of 155 people found the following review helpful By J. Meegan VINE VOICE on January 25, 2012
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I got this book in the mail yesterday and read it from start to finish in a single night. This isn't to say it's an easy read or even a fast read (I'm a fast reader, for starters)...what it does say is how hard this book was to put down. So why the four stars? While I found it really well written and seriously addictive, I also found myself very, very frustrated with the hero, Michael "Bourne," and his crappy treatment of the heroine, Penelope. Yes, Bourne is a serious bad boy/tortured soul...and there's a lot to like about him. IF you can get past his totally asinine treatment of the people who were once his dearest friends. He's ruthless, single-minded, and at times, a true a-hole. But it's clear we're supposed to dig DEEEEEEEP beneath the surface to see the scared and hurt young man within who simply needs a hug or whatever.

As you can see, I lost patience with Bourne. And I spent much of the book feeling pretty indignant and distressed on behalf of Penelope. First she had to put up with a seemingly uncaring and oblivious family...then she gets roped into Bourne's whole schtick after she is bequeathed his former property. Thankfully, the sex scenes are very, very well written so the poor woman has something nice to look forward to...when her husband deigns to see her, that is.

The final third of the book, when Bourne has his "coming to Jesus" moment, was not quite as satisfying as I'd hoped. Yes, it was good....but honestly, I'd have liked to see a LOT more groveling on his part...and I feel like his insight about himself was rather sudden and he seemed to turn things around very quickly considering how many years he'd been holed up in his club, licking his wounds.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Book and Dog Lover VINE VOICE on January 25, 2012
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Lady Penelope Marbury is thisclose to being a spinster. At 28 years old, she is unmarried and no one is interested in marrying her. It turns out that 6 years ago, her fiance, the Duke of Leighton, fell in love with another woman and they ended their engagement. The few men that were interested in Penny are men that she didn't want to marry. You see, Penny wants more. She wants the great love that her ex-fiance has for his wife. She wants the excitement and adventure that's missing in her life. And she's determined to get them.

Unfortunately, as the eldest of 5 daughters, Penelope's broken engagement has affected the ability of her sisters to find husbands. While 2 of her sisters have found husbands, 2 have not and it looks like their prospects are poor. Penelope's father is determined to have Penelope get married this year - no matter what. To do that, he's included lands that he's won in card game to her dowry. Lands that use to belong to her childhood friend Michael.

Michael, Lord Bourne, lost his family's fortune (and everything that wasn't entailed) in one card game to Langton, a family friend when he was 21. It's now 9 years later and Michael is now one of the men that run The Fallen Angel, a gaming establishment. Losing everything has driven him to seek revenge against Langton. He wants what he lost in that card game and he wants revenge. When he hears that Penelope's father has included the lands that once belong to him to her dowry, he's determined to marry her.

And marry her, he does. With the land belonging to him now and the means of getting revenge, he decides to go after Langton. Even if Penelope disapproves and it means the end of his marriage.

This is the first book that I've read by Sarah MacLean and I really liked her writing style.
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69 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Old Latin teacher TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 2, 2012
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The hero, the heroine and the story itself all suffer from some type of arrested development. For the hero, Michael, the Marquess of Bourne, his emotional growth and maturity came to a screeching halt at age 21, when he, who had inherited his title, estate and property as a very young man, lost everything but the title when gambling with an unscrupulous neighbor. Bourne, bitter, whiny, resentful and obsessed with the idea of revenge, disappears from society and becomes partner in a very exclusive gaming hell, the Fallen Angel. He makes lots of money but, blaming everyone but himself for his former losses and his ostracism in society, he spends every waking moment obsessing about regaining his lost land, Falconwell, and taking down evil Lord Langford, who had dispossessed him.

And then we have heroine Lady Penelope Marbury, Bourne's childhood friend and neighbor. She's caught in the time warp of her adolescence and early teens, when Michael was so dear to her. They even exchanged letters when he went away to school. Eventually he stopped responding to her letters but that didn't stop her from continuing to write to him for years. Penelope, true to her namesake of old, is subconsciously waiting for her Odysseus (i.e. the Michael of her childhood) and rejects all suitors to her hand. Her father, who has come into possession of Michael's former property, Falconwell, adds that to Penelope's dowry, hoping to attract more suitors, one of whom maybe this time Penelope will accept.

So Michael gets wind of this dowry addition and basically forces Penelope to marry him. Since she's subconsciously in love with him, it's not too much of a stretch for her to accept. But that's when the story itself begins to suffer from arrested development. Once they marry, nothing much happens.
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