Tag: Author: Sarah MacLean

Review: The Rogue Not Taken

Posted 10 February, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Rogue Not Taken (Scandal and Scoundrel #1)
By: Sarah MacLean
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

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 aristocacy. 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 . . . .

Okay, so readers of my historical romance book reviews know that I adored Sarah MacLean’s Love By Numbers trilogy (see author tag). Whilst her other book series didn’t really appeal to me, I ended up picking up this book because the premise sounded interesting–especially how she lands her brother-in-law in a pond in front of society–and I was looking for a fun read to balance out my to-read pile a bit.

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Review: Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart

Posted 12 February, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart (Love By Numbers #3)
By: Sarah MacLean
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

She lives for passion.

Bold, impulsive, and a magnet for trouble, Juliana Fiori is no simpering English miss. She refuses to play by society’s rules: she speaks her mind, cares nothing for the approval of the ton, and can throw a punch with remarkable accuracy. Her scandalous nature makes her a favorite subject of London’s most practiced gossips…and precisely the kind of woman the Duke of Leighton wants far far away from him.

He swears by reputation.

Scandal is the last thing Simon Pearson has room for in his well-ordered world. The Duke of Disdain is too focused on keeping his title untainted and his secrets unknown. But when he discovers Juliana hiding in his carriage late one evening–risking everything he holds dear–he swears to teach the reckless beauty a lesson in propriety.

She has other plans, however; she wants two weeks to prove that even an unflappable duke is not above passion.

*le sigh* I’ve really been enjoying this Love By Numbers series so alas that I’ve come to the last volume, featuring the fiery Juliana Fiori, half-sister to the St. Johns. I don’t know how it slipped my attention that her hero in question would be the Duke of Leighton considering they first met in the first book, but knowing how she is and knowing how he is, well, I knew I was in for a very entertaining read. May contain some spoilers ahead!

Edit to Add: I forgot to mention when I posted the first Love by Numbers review the other day that these reviews were some of those reshuffled from last year–not that it makes an impact on any of the reviews but I read a ton more historical romance titles since, lol!

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Review: Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord

Posted 11 February, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord (Love By Numbers #2)
By: Sarah MacLean
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

“Lord Nicholas is a paragon of manhood. And his eyes, Dear Reader! So blue!” Pearls & Pelisses, June 1823

Since being named on of London’s “Lords to Land” by a popular ladies’ magazine, Nicholas St. John has been relentlessly pursued by every matrimony-minded female in the ton. So when an opportunity to escape fashionable society presents itself, he eagerly jumps—only to land in the path of the most determined, damnably delicious woman he’s ever met!

The daughter of a titled wastrel, Lady Isabel Townsend has too many secrets and too little money. Though used to taking care of herself quite handily, her father’s recent passing has left Isabel at sea and in need of outside help to protect her young brother’s birthright. The sinfully handsome, eminently eligible Lord Nicholas could be the very salvation she seeks.

But the lady must be wary and not do anything reckless…like falling madly, passionately in love.

I really enjoyed the first book (review) so I was really looking forward to reading the second book featuring the “good” twin, Lord Nicholas St. John 🙂

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Review: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake

Posted 10 February, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 6 Comments

Nina Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (Love By Numbers #1)
By: Sarah MacLean
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

A lady does not smoke cheroot. She does not ride astride. She does not fence or attend duels. She does not fire a pistol, and she never gambles at a gentlemen’s club.

Lady Calpurnia Hartwell has always followed the rules, rules that have left her unmarried—and more than a little unsatisfied. And so she’s vowed to break the rules and live the life of pleasure she’s been missing.

But to dance every dance, to steal a midnight kiss—to do those things, Callie will need a willing partner. Someone who knows everything about rule-breaking. Someone like Gabriel St. John, the Marquess of Ralston—charming and devastatingly handsome, his wicked reputation matched only by his sinful smile.

If she’s not careful, she’ll break the most important rule of all—the one that says that pleasure-seekers should never fall hopelessly, desperately in love.

Okay, at this point I think it’s fair to say that historical romance is my guilty pleasure. I know I shouldn’t be :3 reading the genre and admitting to it–there are some great books in the genre, not to mention I’m living up to the name of my blog, but there it is. I find that after some hefty reads, it’s nice to sit back and read something light, and I seem to really like the more hilarious side of historical romances. Anyway, I came across this book while browsing GoodReads for new titles and authors to check out in the genre.

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