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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Tasty Tours: The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean (Review + Giveaway)

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:
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.

Please visit her at www.macleanspace.com

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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.

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.

King on the other hand took awhile for me to warm up to which I suspect was intentional on the author’s part. He seemed so shallow and full of horse crap every time he opened his mouth that I found it hard to think that he would be worthy of Sophie’s bright and intelligent personality. Sophie made sure to put him in his place with blunt honesty. It wasn’t until the halfway point that Sophie’s presence started to make an impact on the shell that King had wrapped around him, and then he became more than just a flashy tool, he suddenly started to show and when that happened, he became interesting and likable. Between him and Sophie, I felt King did the most growing, not because Sophie wasn’t capable of growing but because she was a pretty solid character from the get go. It seemed it was Sophie’s role (Unknown to her of course) to teach those around her about love, loyalty, second chances and doing what’s right.

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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A Set of the Print editions of all books in the Rule of Scoundrels series A ROGUE BY ANY OTHER NAME, ONE GOOD EARL DESERVES A LOVER, NO GOOD DUKE GOES UNPUNISHED, and NEVER JUDGE A LADY BY HER COVER
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