Book Review-The Rogue Not Taken

Book Review-The Rogue Not Taken

Book Review-The Rogue Not TakenThe Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean
Series: Scandal and Scoundrel #1
Published by Avon on December 29th 2015
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
Pages: 419
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
ISBN: 0062379410
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The youngest of the infamous Talbot sisters scandalized society at the Liverpool Summer Soiree, striking her sister’s notoriously philandering husband and landing him backside-first in a goldfish pond. And we thought Sophie was the quiet one…
When she finds herself the target of very public aristocratic scorn, Sophie Talbot does what she must to escape the city and its judgment—she flees on the back of a carriage, vowing never to return to London…or to society. But the carriage isn’t saving her from ruin. It’s filled with it.
The Marquess of Eversley was espied descending a rose trellis—escaping an irate Earl and his once-future countess. No lady is safe from Eversley’s Engagement Ending Escapades!
Kingscote, the Marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn’t charm, a quality that results in a reputation far worse than the truth, a furious summons home, and a long, boring trip to the Scottish border. When King discovers stowaway Sophie, however, the trip becomes anything but boring.
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, and suddenly opposites are altogether too attractive…

My Review Updated

Rogue Not TakenSummary 

In a moment of rashness, Sophie Talbot, was reaching out to protect her sister and pushed her brother in law into a pond in front of the ton. She knew she couldn’t stay in London any longer, so in order to see that her family could stay in London and enjoy the pleasures of the city, she escaped on the back of a carriage of the Marquess of Everlay. Dressed as a boy, King recongnizes who she is immediately, and calls her out on it and blames her for the loss of his servant who she convinced to work for her father. She is determined to escape to the country, to a small village where she grew up and marry a baker she played with as a child. But while on the journey, she is forced to partner with King whom she despises as a rake of the highest order. But while they journey up north they will face some danger and a desire they don’t see coming.

Plot and Story Line 

I honestly want to say that I loved this book, but I can not say that. The first half of the story was a bit hard to really get into. The plot was great, the characters were superb but the flow of the story was uneven and didn’t feel right. This has happened with this author on occassion which is odd considering her first few books were AMAZING!! So it breaks my heart, wanting to fully enjoy a story and can’t get fully engaged even when I want to be. But once we reached about half way, is when the story started to change for me. Then it got really great, and I loved the evolvement of the plot here. It gets pretty full of action and sensual delights. The chemistry between these two is explosive. They don’t like each other too much but yet are fascinated with one another. I wasn’t a huge fan of the hero, I liked him but didn’t really love him that much at least not till the very end. Then I was won over in two pages–yeah I was impressed. I am curious about the second book though, I loved Warnick he was so amusing.

The Cover 

Beautiful cover, its not very common to see a navy blue on a cover like this, and the stepback is so pretty….I love the settee and the pose.

Overall View 

The Rogue Not Taken is a delightful and humorous romance I found entertaining.
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About The Author Updated

About Sarah MacLean

Sarah MacLean is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of YA and adult romance.

She grew up in Rhode Island, where she spent much of her free time bemoaning the fact that she was more than a century too late for own Season. Her unabashed addiction to historical fiction helped to earn her a degree in European History from Smith College before she moved to New York City to pursue a career in publishing. After receiving a Masters in Education from Harvard University, Sarah returned to New York, where she lives with her husband, their dog, and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels.

9 thoughts on “Book Review-The Rogue Not Taken

  1. I had very similar reactions to this book. I couldn’t get into it and I think it was a combination of the pacing and the fact that the heroine got on my nerves. I am holding out hope for the next book in the series because I love a sexy Scot!

  2. I’m sad you didn’t love this one more since I adored it, but I can see why you had trouble loving it. It’s not fun when you’re having pacing issues. I’m excited for the next book too. It needs to be here soon!!
    Lovely review!

  3. It’s hard for a romance to work when you can’t enjoy one of the leads. I have yet to read a MacLean book though I own several. I think I’ll wait on this one and read her older works first. I’m sorry this one wasn’t great for you. 🙁

  4. I’ve always really struggled with Sarah MacLean’s books. I liked Nine Rules, liked even more Ten Ways to Be Adored, but really didn’t like A Rogue by Any Other Name. I think she’s just not an author that works for me. I wish I did love her books because I think she has such great things to say about romance.

  5. It’s a shame when you really want to love a book and it’s just not as good as you hoped. That doesn’t sound good how the flow felt off and the book was hard to get into. I am glad to hear it got better from about halfway through and then it got really good. It still sounds like a decent read even with the slow start with the off flow. I hope the second book is better!

  6. I’ve only read her earlier stuff and I did enjoy those. I might think twice about her newer work. Thanks for the review!

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