Dec 31 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean

Posted by Jennifer in 4 Stars, Blog Tour, Excerpt, Giveaways, Historical Romance, Reviews / 2 Comments

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Scandal & Scoundrel #1
Sarah MacLean
Releasing December 29th, 2015
Avon Books
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 . . .


(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.

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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
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


Review (4.5 Stars): I was so excited when I found out that I had the opportunity to read Ms. MacLean’s first book in her new series, The Rogue Not Taken, and she never disappoints with her witty dialogue and exciting well-written story lines.  I loved Sophie from the very beginning because she wasn’t like her sisters at all.  She didn’t want to be a part of London society, no matter how hard her family tried to make her, and she was such a strong, opinionated character for the time period.  Finding herself as a stowaway in King’s carriage was the last thing she wanted but exactly what she needed after subjecting herself to public ridicule.
King was a devilish rogue that believed that Sophie was only looking to trap him into marriage.  I loved the interaction between King and Sophie throughout this book and you could definitely see the sexual attraction radiating off the pages.  I know that there were times that Sophie wanted to kill him but I’m so glad that everything worked out in the end.
The Rogue Not Taken was an enchanting story with the right amount of humor, charm and sexual chemistry.  I love everything that Ms. MacLean writes and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this delightful series.  Hopefully, book number two will come out very soon.

2 Responses to “Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean”

  1. Jeanetta

    This sounds like a great romance. Thank you for introducing me to a new author.