Author: Sarah MacLean
Genre: Historical Romance
My Copy: ARC via Avon
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Synopsis: 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 . . .
After reading my first Sarah MacLean novel, No Good Duke Goes Unpunished, in November 2013, I vowed I’d read more of her novels and I’m sad to report I haven’t. I participated in the cover reveal for The Rogue Not Taken and when I read the synopsis, I knew this was a book I had to read! I’m so glad I got the opportunity to participate in the blog tour because I really enjoyed the book. It’s the first in a brand new series so you have plenty of time to read it before the next book comes out.
We have great character development. Lady Sophie Talbot is the youngest of four sisters and they’ve been dubbed the “Soiled S’s.” Sophie didn’t grow up as an aristocratic-that came later in life when her father purchased a title; suddenly their lives changed and the family moved to London. I really liked Sophie and her willingness to stand up for others. I did find her a bit naïve, but that’s forgivable because she’s been sheltered her entire life. I think you’ll like her. Then we have Kingscote, the Marquess of Eversley. He’s an ass, but I adored him! He has a habit of putting his foot in his mouth often, but he’s quick to realize his mistakes and tries hard to correct a wrong. Like most heroes in romance novels, he’s had his heart broken and I won’t go into detail regarding what happened and how. Secondary characters don’t play a vital role, but each one is important to the story.
What I liked about MacLean’s The Rogue Not Taken was the banter between Sophie and King. I know some readers might be put off with their conversations especially at the way King treats Sophie, but he’s trying to protect himself from her. While Sophie can’t physically harm him, he’s setting up boundaries because of the way society views the Talbot girls. As I mentioned earlier, they’re referred to as the Soiled S’s (the Talbot sisters have names that begin with the letter S) and most view them as social climbers. What I really adored about The Rogue Not Taken is how Sophie can take care of herself. She’s put into some interesting situations, but throughout it all she doesn’t break down and give up. Instead she forges her own path and finds a way. And at the same time King isn’t trying to save her and when she needs assistance he’s there, but Sophie doesn’t need him.
While I really enjoyed The Rogue Not Taken, I would have liked a few scenes that take place in London with Sophie’s family wondering where she has gone. I kept waiting for a scene, but we never have that. I would have been happy with an epigraph detailing their worry or the scandal sheets wondering where she and King could have gone, but again we don’t get that. The Rogue Not Taken really is about two people who dislike each other, but find love. I’m happy our couple spent time getting to know one another. Overall, I really enjoyed MacLean’s The Rogue Not Taken and it’s been quite sometime that I’ve had so much fun reading!
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