"A Rogue By Any Other Name"
By: Sarah MacLean
Synopsis from Amazon:
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 an unexplored world of pleasures.
Bourne may be a prince of London's illicit 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.
Wow! Sarah MacLean pretty much cements her position as one of Avon's emerging authors with her newest title, "A Rogue By Any Other Name." Avon has some pretty amazing authors, Stephanie Laurens or Julia Quinn, anyone? I have enjoyed MacLean's other titles but this book pretty much makes her a must buy author now!
Penelope (love her name) has harbored this secret flame for her neighbor, Michael, the Marquess of Bourne since she was a child. She never married and when at the age of 28, her father decides she must marry and offers Bourne's property as a dowry, Michael returns. During his abscence, Michael has lost everything (including the property now held in Penelope's dowry) and gained everything back...except the property.
What starts out as a marriage of convenience for property, quickly turns into a love match, with neither party really knowing how to be themselves in each other's company. The hero and heroine are pretty amazing characters. You understand the motivations and the romance, whew. Pretty heady, sigh worthy stuff!
I am excited to see what becomes of the secondary characters in this series. The author sets up the second in this new series as Michael's friend and Penelope's sister. Crossing my fingers its coming soon! Run out to the store or to your computer and get this one today, it'll put a smile on your face! :)
Check out other titles by Sarah MacLean:
- "Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake"
- "Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord"
- "Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart"
Date of Publication: February 28, 2012
# of Pages: 400