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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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Book 2 of 4 in the Rules of Scoundrels Series

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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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Product Details

  • Series: Rules of Scoundrels (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (January 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062068539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062068538
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (318 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I first have to say how much I loved all of Sarah MacLean's other books. "Nine Rules to Break..." is probably my favorite ever historical romance. The rest of that series is fantastic too. The first in this series, "A Rogue By Any Other Name" was certainly equal to her other work (I even cried at one point). So I was actually a little scared to read this one, because frankly, how long can this last? Could this really be as good as "Rogue"?

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.
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I had really high expectations for this book; I have read everything else by Sarah MacLean (some of her books repeatedly) so I was one of many, it seems, who had marked this book release date on my calendar. And honestly, I didn't like it. I didn't hate it, but it definitely wasn't her best. I agree with other reviewers... there was a lot left to be desired (and, for the record, the first 5 reviews popped up before 8am on the day of the release [29th] so I don't know when you people read the book and gave it 5 stars unless you're in some special circle and get advance copies).
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.
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I picked up the first book in this series on a whim, and enjoyed it. That first book set up a situation for the heroine of this book, Pippa; she's engaged to a man who cannot match her intellect, and whom she doesn't love, and it causes concern to the main characters of the first book. Add to that a 'teaser' scene at the end of the first book, giving us a bridge into Pippa's story, and I was hooked, I bought this 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.
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