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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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*Starred Review* When in doubt, seek out an expert. As a scientist, Philippa Marbury knows the value of consulting with an authority, so when Pippa needs a man skilled in the art of seduction, she tracks down England’s most infamous rake: Mr. Cross. In two weeks, Pippa is scheduled to wed Lord Castleton, and she would like to learn more about what she can expect from her husband-to-be after the ceremony. Unfortunately for Pippa, Cross, part-owner of London’s most exclusive gaming hall, not only is unwilling to share his legendary “skills” with Pippa; he also makes her promise him that she will not seek out similar advice from any other man. Of course, as a good scientist Pippa knows there is a time to play by the rules, and then there are times you just have to break them. With her usual clever writing style, superb flair for historical detail, and gift for subtle characterization, MacLean constructs the second scintillating installment in her Rule of Scoundrels series (A Rogue by Any Other Name, 2012). Completely captivating and exquisitely sensual, this is a tour de force of wit and romance. --John Charles
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I cannot wait for you to see Cross & Pippa's story unfold-and I've saved one nugget of information for here, on my own blog, to thank you for coming over and joining me this week!
Here's the thing: Pippa was never supposed to be a heroine.
She was supposed to be a sweet side character in A Rogue By Any Other Name -- the odd younger sister who ends up married because that's what happens to odd younger sisters. And Cross was supposed to (get this!) marry a lady doctor. I had plans for him that involved neither ruination of engaged aristocratic misses nor falling head over heels for strange bespectacled beauties.
Not to mention the fact that Temple's book was supposed to come first.
I've never been one of those writers who has characters who speak to her. I am lord and deity over my books. I tell my heroes to do stuff and they do them, for heaven's sake. But...for some reason, for this book, I wasn't in charge. They were. To be more specific, Pippa was. She wanted her time in Cross's office and she wanted to know what she was missing out on, and she wanted...well...him. And she shocked me just as much as she shocked Cross, honestly.
Suffice to say, she may not be my favorite heroine...and he may not be my favorite hero...but together they are absolutely my favorite couple. And I cannot wait for you to meet them.
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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. It doesn't fit. He's not the kind of character who WOULD care. Someone like the "Duke of Disdain" (from 11 scandals to start) would care. Bourne/Penny, who are *NOW* moving in society, would care about the backlash. But Cross??? and knowing Pippa?? Hardly. And..... after all this, after the entire book of him hurting her and repeatedly pushing her away..... in ONE PAGE..... Temple/Chase convince him that he's an idiot and he runs to stop her marriage?! Really??! C'mon.... that's hardly believable. I'm sorry if I'm the only one who sees how ludicrious this whole thing is, but I was shocked at how little pushing it took to get him moving to rectify the wrongs. There was no fundamental hurdle to overcome, only one character's unwillingness to do what he, and everyone else, wanted. The whole plot conflict was incredibly disappointing.
3. It would have helped if we saw more of Cross's family life-- relationships with his father/mother, we saw his sister but that didn't tell us much. I feel like there was a whole "side" of him that we were supposed to know that we didn't SEE, didn't feel him going through. Maybe if there was more of a look into his past that would have justified his celibacy, his distance from Lavinia (YEAH, he's so distant from her for years, then suddenly he's desperate to make things right?!) And Pippa's family life... we didn't once see/hear of her father, who played such a pivotal role in "A Rogue." There were so many other elements that could have been added to this book to make it better.
......honestly, it's a shame. The more I think about it the more holes I see. It feels like I missed entire chapters of amazing things that everyone else read. I wasn't going to write a review because not everyone is perfect all of the time (and Sarah really HAS been perfect!), but this was NOT a 5-star book. There were a lot of issues that really ruined the whole experience for me. I love Sarah MacLean, but I did not like this book at all.
I hope Temple's book is a lot better. Please. I'm begging. Anyone will do anything if properly motivated..... and for me, this book lacked a lot of justifiable action/conflict that would have made it eons better. Why did Bourne/Penny never find out about Cross and Pippa?!? Talk about fireworks. I'd have loved to see that one.
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. Darcy of "Pride and Prejudice" sets the standard for a romance hero, is that when the heroine shows him where he's fallen short, HE DOES SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
I understand that romance novels aren't about what real guys actually do - there's a reason we refer to the genre as escapism. But reading this book is a bit like spending an evening with an inveterate skirt-chaser; after a very few moments, one starts to see that this is an often-practiced formula, and to think "You're just stringing together the things you think women want to hear." For me, I could have done with a few less references to how hot the H/h were for each other, and a few more to what they brought out in each other that was unique to their particular relationship.
I enjoyed the first Rule of Scoundrels book, and it's likely that I'd buy another from Sarah McLean at some point (though probably not until after I've read a sample). It's just clear to me that this isn't her best work. I'm not trying to nit-pick or be overly critical, I just hope my review can help other readers make an informed decision, and maybe help the author return to her own higher standards.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Funny yet sexually gripping.
A beautiful storyline that brings tears to your eyes when you think that these two lovers would not be together
I like a bad boy gentleman
I love the conversations
I recommend this book whole heartedly