Series: The Rules of Scoundrels, #1
Published by Avon on February 28th 2012
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
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 such unexplored pleasures.
Bourne may be a prince of London’s 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.
Michael, lost everything when he was sixteen in a card game, by his neighbor, and he was left with nothing. So now many years later he vows vengeance against the man that ruined his life. He is determined to let no man or woman get in his way, including his childhood friend Penelope. When he hears that his land is now a part of her dowry, he must come up with a plan to secure her marrying him as soon as possible. So he compromises her, which in turn forces her to marry him or face a horrid scandal on herself and her family. Penelope is thrilled at first when she see’s Michael for the first time in many years, but he has changed a lot. He is no longer the boy she would run and play with, and write letters to. When she has no choice but to marry him, she wonders what kind of marriage they will have. She aches for passion and love and more than anything she desires Michael to be the one to give it to her. But when she finds out his thirst for revenge, she realizes his resolve and wonders if her love for him might be enough.
The Hero (Michael, Marquess of Bourne)
Michael lost everything he had in a card game when he was only sixteen years old. He lost his home, school, friends…everything he had ever known to the father of one of his closest friends. Left alone in London, he was taken in by “Chase”–leader of the gaming hell which he currently is part owner in now. Now Bourne is desperate to regain all that he lost, including marrying Penelope, the one girl he fell in love with a decade ago. Bourne knows that she is pure and good and plans on keeping her from his underworld that he has created for himself. But when Penelope proves to be a match for him, he finds he may be risking his heart to her.
The Heroine (Penelope Marbury)
Penelope once adore Michael when they were children. They were as close as two peas in a pod, and even when he went away to school ,she wrote him constantly, and still continued after he lost everything. Penelope has grown into a strong willed woman who has yet to make a good match for herself. When her first engagement is ended because the man she was going to marry was in love with someone else, she was devastated. Ever since she has never been able to say yes to a proposal. But then she see’s Michael again, and he practically ruins her in society’s eyes, and she has no choice but to marry Michael, despite the scoundrel he is. She is then brought into his illicit world, and for the first time she feels alive and wants to embrace the adventures with Michael at her side.
A Rogue By Any Other Name is the first in the most newest series by Sarah MacLean. I have to say that I ever since I first read this author….she utterly captivated me instantly with her sharp wit and wonderful written stories that just pulled at my heartstrings. I can honestly say she is at the top of my favorite authors to read and I can’t believe that it has taken me so long to get this one read….I truly must be an idiot LOL . Because this books was full of everything that satisfies every romantic notion that made me fall in love with romance novels in the first place. The story has a strong plot with a hero that I fell in lust and love with from the beginning. He is total Alpha and bad boy Rake type. Definitely the irresistable type that I just can’t help but love from the first page. Penelope seems in the beginning like there is so much more she wants but feels caged by restrictions by her family and society. But when she marries Michael, we see the true fire beneath the mask, and I started to really like her. She fights for what she really wants and for the love she has for Michael (and I just LOVED her for that) I just love two strong characters that might not seem good for each other…but in the end are just perfect for each other. There is also such a sexual tension between these two from the beginning, and boy did this story sizzle and spark. A page turner this one….and story that will make you believe in second chances and a love that never dies!!!! A Romance Marvel that will make you pop in delight!
The eight of diamonds ruined him.
“Michael,” she said softly, “there’s no one better. Not for me.”
The words crashed through him, and she tilted her head, came up on her toes, and pressed a kiss to his lips.
It was the most perfect kiss he’d ever experienced, her lips firmly on his, soft and sweet and utterly mesmerizing.
Other Books In Series
One Good Earl Deserves A Lover
No Good Duke Goes Unpunished
Never Judge A Lady By Her Cover