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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, she shocks society and finds herself the target of very public aristocratic scorn, leaving her no choice but to flee, vowing to start a new life far from London . 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, which results 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 . . .
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.
Publisher and Release Date: Avon, January 2016
Time and Setting: England, 1833
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Level: 2
Reviewer Rating: 4.5 stars
Review by Claudia
Sophie’s sisters are infamous throughout society. Known as the “Soiled S’s”, for their often scandalous behaviour, Sophie, the youngest, has been included, in spite of not having done anything scandalous. But when she lands her brother-in-law in a fish pond in front of most of the ton, she becomes the target of aristocratic scorn. She decides to flee and re-group in London, but unfortunately the carriage in which she stows away, belonging to the rakish Marquess of Eversley, is not going in that direction.
Kingscote, (or King), the Marquess of Eversley, is used to charming women but has one rule: to never love and to never marry. When he finds Sophie in his carriage he is sure she wants to trap him into marriage and so he tries to get rid of her. But during their journey, both discover that journeys are not always boring and they can lead to the abandonment of good intentions if one is not careful.
First of all, I have to confess that I am normally not a fan of “road-trip” romances, but in this case it was rather enjoyable. Both King and Sophie are likeable characters and I really enjoyed their bickering and banter.
The pacing of the relationship development is exquisitely done and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I loved how they discover more about each other and continue to vehemently deny their growing attraction without realizing how much they are coming to mean to each other.
Sophie is a heroine with backbone and I liked that she does not back down and wants to pursue her dreams, even if, as she eventually admits to herself, that they cannot end happily. King is a great hero, although he often says all the wrong things and is, at times, downright unpleasant, but it’s clear through his actions that he does genuinely care for Sophie.
So, why is this a 4.5 star book and not a 5 star one? The ending is too drawn out, there’s an unnecessary plot twist and the back and forth between King and Sophie started to become irritating. There is a lot of indecision and mind-changing and rejecting and pursuing going on, and it took away some enjoyment of the perfectly built development that had gone before.
But even so, I’m still going to wholeheartedly recommend The Rogue Not Taken to anyone looking for a humorous, sweet and spicy love story.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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