It wasn’t too long ago I was raving about another book by this author and now there’s a new book in a new series and it. Was. Awesome!
About Sarah MacLean:
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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Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Avon Books
Release Date: December 29, 2015
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 . . .
The Rogue Not Taken is the story of the youngest Talbot sister. Sophie isn’t like her scandal courting, attention loving sisters, she knows society looks down on her family’s less than noble beginnings but it isn’t until Sophie is the cause of her brother-in-law’s dip into a fish pond that she becomes as notorious as her sisters. Completely fed up with high society, she escapes in a carriage belonging to an even more notorious figure, Kingscote, “King” the Marquess of Eversley.
By the time King realizes he has a stowaway lady in his custody they’re already far from London and headed towards the Scottish border. From the second they meet all they seem to do is bicker and criticize one another, King thinks Sophie wants to trick him into marrying her but Sophie is more than happy to let him know he’s the last man on earth she’d ever marry, but with plenty of time in each other’s company, things are bound to change.
If Sarah MacLean’s intention was to engage my emotions and make me like the heroine within the first chapter then mission accomplished because from start to finish The Rogue Not Taken was fun, flirty and scandalous, just the way I like my historical romances!
I felt Sophie’s sadness and connected with her through her dislike of her new status and the people she had to associate with. I felt her frustration and anger at her brother-in-law and frankly, I would have done the same thing, consequences be damned! It wasn’t just her loyalty to a family that I felt didn’t deserve it and had less substance than supposedly “uninteresting” Sophie, it was her ability to stand up for what was right even though she was in the minority. Sophie’s intelligence and her quick, often funny responses made her impossible to dislike. Not even in the face of her attraction to King and his sometimes mean spirited comments did Sophie lose her ability to snap back with a snarky response.
Aside from Sophie and King’s personalities, there was the entertainment value in their bickering and subtle competition with one another. I love witty dialogue between characters, especially when the heroine can hold her own and isn’t always trumped by the hero. Sophie was a reality check to King, who was used to flashing his smile and charm around like he was heaven’s gift to women and I loved every moment she set him straight and left him floundering. Yay for snarky banter done right! Their chemistry started out as little more than antagonistic flirting but from there became something much hotter.
I didn’t care much for Sophie’s family though. I thought they were ridiculously selfish, self absorbed and deserved to be turned out of society for being fools. I did feel sorry for Seraphina, the oldest because it was obvious that she learned the hard way that courting scandal and reveling in it didn’t make for a happy marriage. Her sadness and wounded attitude had me wanting a second chance for her since she seems to have matured and outgrown her need for society’s attention.
Final Verdict: It is totally possible for the first book in a new series to get a person completely hyped! The Rogue Not Taken introduced some lively characters, snarky dialogue and a terribly romantic plot. All in all, not a bad way to spend a few days.
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