Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Review: The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean

Series: Scandal and Scoundrels Book #1
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 384
Rating: 5 Stars
How I Got It: Purchased
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Avon

Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads


The youngest of the infamous Talbot sisters scandalized society at the Liverpool Summer Soiree, striking her sister’s notoriously philandering husband and landing him backside-first in a goldfish pond. And we thought Sophie was the quiet one…

When she finds herself the target of very public aristocratic scorn, Sophie Talbot does what she must to escape the city and its judgment—she flees on the back of a carriage, vowing never to return to London…or to society. But the carriage isn’t saving her from ruin. It’s filled with it.


The Marquess of Eversley was espied descending a rose trellis—escaping an irate Earl and his once-future countess. No lady is safe from Eversley’s Engagement Ending Escapades!

Kingscote, the Marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn’t charm, a quality that results in a reputation far worse than the truth, a furious summons home, and a long, boring trip to the Scottish border. When King discovers stowaway Sophie, however, the trip becomes anything but boring.


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, and suddenly opposites are altogether too attractive…


I bought this on it's release day, went home, and read it straight through. Ms. MacLean writes some amazing historical romance. I'm very excited to read the rest of the books.

The characters were fantastic. Sophie had me from the very beginning. I love a good independent and strong heroine in my historicals. And I like that there were consequences for those actions because society did have different standards. Then, there's King. He had just enough angst to make him interesting. He reminds me of some old-school heroes, but only the good parts of them.

The romance between Sophie and King was also great. There was immediate tension and chemistry. She did a very good job with the arguing tension. Sophie and King have amazing banter and they both give as good as they get. I wish the romance had progressed a little quicker, but it was still very solid.

As much as I love this books it wasn't perfect. There were some side characters that I wish I got more information on. But I'm hopeful that'll be addressed in future books.

Sarah MacLean writes amazing historical romances. I highly recommend her and this isn't a bad place to start.

Thanks for reading!

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