Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean Blog Tour

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 aristocracy. 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...

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Intro from Sarah MacLean

Being shot on the Great North Road isn't exactly a thing people expect to happen, and Lady Sophie Talbot finds herself in the rooms above The Warbling Wren pub, under the welcome care of a rather mad doctor and the watchful eye of the rather infuriating (and infuriatingly handsome) Kingscote, Marquess of Eversley. There are worse things, she supposes. Or are there? Not for King.)


“If you want a bath, you’ll have to accept my help,” he said.

She pursed her lips at that, her gaze settling longingly on the steaming bath. “You mustn’t look.”

“I wouldn’t dream of it.” It might have been the most obvious lie he’d ever told.

Somehow, she believed it, nodding and throwing back the coverlet to step out of the bed. She came to her feet, the top of her head at his chin, and he resisted the urge to help her across the room. “How do you feel?” he asked, hearing the gravel in his words. He cleared his throat.

“As though I’ve been shot, I’d imagine.”

He raised a brow. “Clever. There's food when you’ve bathed." The words summoned a low growl from her, and her hands flew to her stomach. Her cheeks turned red, and he smiled. “I take it you are hungry.”

“It seems so,” she said.

“Food after the bath. And then sleep.”

She met his gaze. “You’re very domineering.”

“It’s a particular talent.”

“What with you being called King.”

“Name is destiny.”

She moved past him to the high copper bathtub. He resumed his place against the wall, arms crossed, watching her carefully as she reached down, her long fingers trailing in the hot water as she sighed her anticipation. The sound was like gunfire in the room—pure, unadulterated pleasure. It was delicious.

King stiffened. He was not interested in the lady’s pleasure.

If only someone would tell his body that.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

5 Banterific stars.

Sarah MacLean is one of my His-ro favorites, so this review will not be critical in any way, as I'm unable to recognize the faults that obviously exist. I'm not a fangirl type of reader, but sometimes it does happen and I turn giddy.

Sophie, Sophie, Sophie, you brave yet stupid girl. Oh, how entertaining you were, and not in an over-the-top sort of way. Sophie had no filter, completely fed up with the hypocritical rules of the ton. When she sees injustice, she can't keep her mouth shut, which is entertaining to say the least for the reader. She was the youngest sister of four in a very outrageous, gossip-seeking family – the plain and uninteresting one. All she ever wanted to do was run away to the country and get away from London's gossip-mongers.

King, King, King, you big idiot. White Knight in leather with a bad reputation. King had a charitable heart, helping young ladies get out of betrothals so their love-matches could swoop in and their daddies would be agreeable. He had lost his heart when he was still a boy, and never expected to find love because he wasn't looking for it & he has major daddy issues of the Duke kind.

Together, the jaded yet heroic King and the pessimistic young Sophie are thrust together by outrageous circumstances. Sure, I highly doubt 'the how' was realistic, but it sure did make for an entertaining read.

Chemistry and banter, The Rogue Not Taken had it in spades. The play between King and Sophie was shameless in a good way. There were no filters, no ‘I shouldn't say that.’ They just let the insults and the appraisals fly. There was no insta anything. The buildup was slow, kindling their lust while creating a strong say-anything friendship, and the climax was explosive.

The Rogue Not Taken was a bit on the long side, but I was giddy with every page read, not wanting the book to end. Dry, witty banter, the tearing apart of ridiculous customs, and the gradual falling in love of two jaded characters who had hearts of gold.

This book was exactly what I needed, everything that I enjoy about His-ro writers of the present with the easy flow, entertaining storylines, and the unintentional humor. I am happy we get the Scot in the next title, and we only have to wait until August. If I'm not invited to review it, I'll happily buy it in a heartbeat.

Sarah MacLean grew up in Rhode Island, obsessed with historical romance and bemoaning the fact that she was born far too late for her own season. Her love of all things historical helped to earn her degrees from Smith College and Harvard University before she finally set pen to paper and wrote her first book.

Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband, baby daughter, their dog, and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels. She loves to hear from readers.

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1 comment:

  1. Love the review! Thank you for hosting!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours


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