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A Rogue by Any Other Name: The First Rule of Scoundrels (Rules of Scoundrels) Mass Market Paperback – February 28, 2012
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The story was pretty good, but not enough romance for a romance novel. Good enough story for me to read the next in series though!Published 14 days ago by Kimberly Eddy
This book grabbed me from the beginning and never let go. It made me both laugh ; and the love scenes made me feel how special Lady Penelope was in Bourne's eyes.Published 22 days ago by Monica C. Geary
i wish there was more of this book too... or maybe another set of series? one can be hopeful...Published 2 months ago by Bao
Michael, Marquess of Bourne gambled and lost all his lands specifically Falconwell, at the age of 21. Read morePublished 2 months ago by yardtree
Notes sent from young P (Penelope Marbury) to young M (Michael Bourne) when they lived on neighboring estates and sneaked out at night to do mischievous things, serve as chapter... Read morePublished 2 months ago by SherrinB
Love this author so much! I am working my way through all her books :)Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer