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.Read more...
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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.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-01-23
- Reviewer: Staff
MacLean starts a new pre-Victorian series with enjoyable romps, witty banter, and electric sexual tension. Michael Lawler, the marquess of Bourne, lost everything in an ill-considered wager with a scheming neighbor. He spends 10 years recreating his fortune three times over by running the Fallen Angel, London’s notorious gaming hell. Wealth hasn’t stopped him from wanting to regain his family estate, and when the opportunity presents itself, Michael jumps at the chance, regardless of the strings attached—namely, marriage to his childhood friend Miss Penelope Marbury, the villain’s daughter. Perpetuating a farce of a marriage for London society isn’t difficult, but Bourne’s all-consuming need for revenge endangers the possibility for real love between the two. The couple’s buried insecurities become tiresome after a while, but the comic relief from feisty sisters and a marriage-minded mother pushes the reader onward. Agent: Alyssa Eisner Henkin, Trident Media Group. (Mar.)
The best revenge is love
Spinster Penelope Marbury reconnects with her childhood friend and the man of her dreams in Sarah MacLean’s A Rogue by Any Other Name. Ten years after losing everything in a card game, the Marquess of Bourne has the opportunity to regain his family’s land—if he marries Lady Penelope. Once wed, Penelope comes to understand that she is part of a larger revenge plot, but that doesn’t deter her from wanting her husband’s heart. Bourne, who regained his wealth through a partnership in a notorious gaming hell, is astounded by proper Penelope’s eagerness to explore his establishment . . . and her own passions. While her adventurous spirit makes him crazy at times, it also draws him closer—but his vow to settle scores keeps getting in the way. Can Bourne let go of his selfish desire to inflict vengeance in order to truly connect with his wife? This is a sensuous story of two lonely people taking a gamble on love.
A DIRE DILEMMA
Stephanie Tyler tells an erotic story of epic struggle in Dire Needs. A handful of immortal werewolves called the Dires, led by King Rifter, must save humans from those who would harm them. Rifter believes there’s no one for him to mate with . . . until he picks up a doctor in a bar—a woman who thinks she’s terminally ill. Something strange happens when Gwen takes Rifter home, though. He not only makes her wish the diagnosis was wrong, but his pull seems to go beyond sex. And Rifter, against his nature, wants the human for more than just one night. But can she accept the wolf inside him? They’re still figuring out their compelling and undeniable attraction when the Dire Wolves’ enemies ramp up their nefarious plans—and Rifter realizes Gwen is somehow involved. Can he do his duty and save the female he’s come to love? Tyler creates a complex paranormal world that wraps the reader in intense emotion and gritty adventure.
TOP PICK IN ROMANCE
Former firefighter (and convicted murderer) Teague Creek has gotten past his San Quentin Prison guards and fled with another violent inmate in Fever by Joan Swan. Taken for someone else, Dr. Alyssa Foster is made his captive. Dragged along as a bargaining chip, she is first terrified, then intrigued, by the single-minded Teague, who will let nothing and no one stand in his way. Early on, Alyssa realizes he’s nothing like his sadistic fellow escapee. Her fascination with Teague grows as he figures out her identity, then it’s just the two of them striving to keep ahead of the law. There’s more than one mystery in Teague’s past, and Alyssa finds herself delving into his history. Teague has felt doubted and forgotten for years, and her burgeoning belief in him reaches his well-defended heart. But before they can truly be together, the pair must outsmart their pursuers and solve the puzzle of old crimes. An exciting, on-the-run romantic suspense tale!