Wednesday, February 6, 2013

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean

The second in the incredible new Rules of Scoundrels series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean. 

Lady Philippa Marbury is odd. The bespectacled, brilliant fourth daughter of the Marquess of Needham and Dolby cares more for books than balls, flora than fashion and science than the season. Nearly engaged to Lord Castleton, Pippa wants to explore the scandalous parts of London she's never seen before marriage. And she knows just who to ask: the tall, charming, quick-witted bookkeeper of The Fallen Angel, London's most notorious and coveted gaming hell, known only as Cross.

Like any good scientist, Pippa's done her research and Cross's reputation makes him perfect for her scheme. She wants science without emotion—the experience of ruination without the repercussions of ruination. And who better to provide her with the experience than this legendary man? But when this odd, unexpected female propositions Cross, it's more than tempting . . . and it will take everything he has to resist following his instincts—and giving the lady precisely what she wants.


Pippa is a likeable character from the very beginning. She is smart, curious, and adores books. She has a precise way of thinking and doing things. Pippa reminds me little bit of Minerva in Tessa Dare’s “A Week to Be Wicked.” She is engaged to Lord Castleton who is an agreeable man, whom she cares a good deal about. What does a young woman wanting to learn the ways of being a good lover after she gets married do? She asks Cross, a devilishly handsome man who is known to many for being a great romancer for one on one “lessons of course.

From that point on, Pippa begins a steamy sensual romantic adventure with Cross. Their chemistry is amazing and their spunky/witty banter made for several fun moments.   
I did think that if Pippa was in a relationship with a man that she actually likes, sleeping with another man for experience/scientific reasons was not the best way to go about things. Nevertheless I did enjoy the story and found it to be the perfect weekend read.
One Good Earl Deserves a Lover is a fun engaging story that moves at a steady pace. It is perfect for fans of historical romance.

Rating: 3 ½ out of 5.

** I received this book from HarperCollins Publishing / Avon Books in exchange for nothing, but my honest review. Thank you!** 

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