One Good Earl Deserves a Lover
By Sarah MacLean
Reviewed from eArc as well as finished copy I purchased.
Overall rating: 5 stars
Reading time: 1 day
Lady Philippa Marbury is odd. The bespectacled, brilliant fourth daughter of the Marquess of Needham and Dolby cares more for books than balls, flora than fashion and science than the season. Nearly engaged to Lord Castleton, Pippa wants to explore the scandalous parts of London she's never seen before marriage. And she knows just who to ask: the tall, charming, quick-witted bookkeeper of The Fallen Angel, London's most notorious and coveted gaming hell, known only as Cross.
Like any good scientist, Pippa's done her research and Cross's reputation makes him perfect for her scheme. She wants science without emotion—the experience of ruination without the repercussions of ruination. And who better to provide her with the experience than this legendary man? But when this odd, unexpected female propositions Cross, it's more than tempting . . . and it will take everything he has to resist following his instincts—and giving the lady precisely what she wants.
Lady Philippa is a serious, avant garde lady of the ton. She is engaged to marry an earl who she refers to as consistently as a “good man” and is engaged to him “because he asked.” Cross, Earl Harlow, is mourning the loss of his brother—the heir that should have been the Earl, not he. He was the wild and reckless second son, the spare as they are often referred two. Cross retreats from society and is one of the four owners to the exclusive gaming hell, The Fallen Angel.
The two of them make a perfect couple—they are eccentric, brilliant and askew society in favor of their own personal interests. Through Pippa’s request to know more of what is between a woman and a man, takes Pippa onto a journey of discovery—both the pursuit of passion but also herself. Why should she settle “because he asked” marriage when she could have love? And why should Cross continually punish himself for his transgressions and ruin his chance for his own love filled marriage?
The second book in the Rules of Scoundrels series aims to please. Sarah MacLean is getting better and better with each book she writes in my humble opinion. I have been a fan of hers since her very first book—The Season, the young adult regency era novel. Beautifully written and much loved, I could not put this book down. I cannot recommend this book enough.