I received this book for free from . This review is voluntary. My opinion is not influenced in any way.The Rogue Not Taken on December 29, 2015
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Lady Sophie’s Society Splash
When Sophie, the least interesting of the Talbot sisters, lands her philandering brother-in-law backside-first in a goldfish pond in front of all society, she becomes the target of very public aristocratic scorn. Her only choice is to flee London, vowing to start a new life far from the aristocracy. Unfortunately, the carriage in which she stows away isn’t saving her from ruin . . . it’s filled with it.
Rogue’s Reign of Ravishment!
Kingscote, “King,” the Marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn’t charm, resulting in a reputation far worse than the truth, a general sense that he’s more pretty face than proper gentleman, and an irate summons home to the Scottish border. When King discovers stowaway Sophie, however, the journey becomes anything but boring.
War? Or More?
He thinks she’s trying to trick him into marriage. She wouldn’t have him if he were the last man on earth. But carriages bring close quarters, dark secrets, and unbearable temptation, making opposites altogether too attractive . . .
Intro from Sarah MacLean
Being shot on the Great North Road isn’t exactly a thing people expect to happen, and Lady Sophie Talbot finds herself in the rooms above The Warbling Wren pub, under the welcome care of a rather mad doctor and the watchful eye of the rather infuriating (and infuriatingly handsome) Kingscote, Marquess of Eversley. There are worse things, she supposes. Or are there? Not for King.)
“If you want a bath, you’ll have to accept my help,” he said.
She pursed her lips at that, her gaze settling longingly on the steaming bath. “You mustn’t look.”
“I wouldn’t dream of it.” It might have been the most obvious lie he’d ever told.
Somehow, she believed it, nodding and throwing back the coverlet to step out of the bed. She came to her feet, the top of her head at his chin, and he resisted the urge to help her across the room. “How do you feel?” he asked, hearing the gravel in his words. He cleared his throat.
“As though I’ve been shot, I’d imagine.”
He raised a brow. “Clever. There’s food when you’ve bathed.” The words summoned a low growl from her, and her hands flew to her stomach. Her cheeks turned red, and he smiled. “I take it you are hungry.”
“It seems so,” she said.
“Food after the bath. And then sleep.”
She met his gaze. “You’re very domineering.”
“It’s a particular talent.”
“What with you being called King.”
“Name is destiny.”
She moved past him to the high copper bathtub. He resumed his place against the wall, arms crossed, watching her carefully as she reached down, her long fingers trailing in the hot water as she sighed her anticipation. The sound was like gunfire in the room—pure, unadulterated pleasure. It was delicious.
King stiffened. He was not interested in the lady’s pleasure.
If only someone would tell his body that.
The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean is the first in the new Scandal & Scoundrel historical romance series. This was such a fun historical romp. I adored Sophie. She was sassy and independent when women were supposed to be anything but.
Sophie is surrounded by sisters who have quite the reputation in the scandal sheets. She is usually referred to as the ‘boring’ sister, which is fine by her. She has no desire for the aristocratic lifestyle. King is usually lighting up the gossip magazines on his own and Sophie finds him frustrating, though he feels the same way toward her. He is convinced she is out to try to trap him, like her sisters have trapped men in their lives.
I really loved this one. I loved it enough that, even though I received an advanced ebook copy for review, I bought a paperback to read again. Plus, the paperback copy is gorgeous! This was such a fun historical romance set in one of my favorite times to read about. Any fan of Sarah’s or fan of sassy, snarky fun historical romances will like this one as well. The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean is at the top so far of my favorite historical romances of 2016 and I think it’ll stay there. Sarah is pretty much the goddess of historical romance. 🙂