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A Rogue by Any Other Name (The Rules of Scoundrels #1)

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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 courtship
Mass Market Paperback, 386 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Avon (first published February 2012)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*
“I am too imperfect for you,” he whispered at her temple.
“You are perfectly imperfect for me.”

I just... I love this book. I love the cover. I love the writing; every single sentence. I enjoyed reading it. I love the plot, oh yes, no better plot than revenge. I love the characters, both of them. But most of all; I love you Sarah MacLean Photobucket Gimme more books like these Photobucket

“You have my land, Penelope,” he whispered at her ear, the sound low and liquid and altogether too distracting even as it sent tremo
Sarah MacLean
Dec 04, 2011 Sarah MacLean rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: romance, historical, mine
I mean, if I don't like it, what hope do you have?!
Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter


"I want to lay you down in the light of The Angel and make love to you."


Wow, wow, wow! What a fabulous read! *hugging my Kindle* Prepare yourself to be gushed upon.

From revenge to love. Michael intends to corrupt Penelope. He wants to turn her from light to dark, from good to bad. His goal is to totally ruin her. And it will feel so splendid. A Rogue by Any Other Name is such a great example why I love to read HR. *does the happy dance*

Despite my mino
Ilona Andrews
I promised I would let you know how A Rogue By Any Other Name went. I really enjoyed it.

In early eighteen hundreds, Michael Lawler, Marquess of Bourne, freshly in control of his family's estate at the ripe age of twenty one, is playing cards with his late father's friend, Viscount of Langford. Viscount of Langford is a trusted ally, father to Michael's best friend. Until recently Langford oversaw Michael's fortune and had just turned it over to him.

Michael trusts Langford and when the viscount d
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

A Rogue by Any Other Name is the first book in Sarah MacLean’s The Rules of Scoundrels series and from the first page to the last is filled with emotion – happiness, heartbreak, passion, romance – a truly fabulous story!

I often find, with historical romances, that the rules society has placed on the women can make them seem mousey and pathetic, so I love it when an author takes those women and makes them strong enough to laugh at their peers – or at least not care enough to conform to what’s exp
Stacia (the 2010 club)
I choose you. I choose love.

And the world says, "aww..."

I think my weeks-long book slump finally ended when I decided to go back and finish the second half of this. It's really too bad that I seem to have a roadblock every single time I try out a new Historical Romance author. No other genre works me over in such a way, to where I'm stuck in an exact idea of what I want to be reading (a.k.a. Kleypas type of wit), and if my ideals are not met right away, I tend to balk and kick my feet until
Elizabeth (Liz)
- The Story (taken from back-cover blurb) -

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
Mar 31, 2014 Mo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"I’m going to corrupt you"

Again, I ask myself why do I only dip into Historicals a few times a year? This was a great book. Loved the heroine. Loved the hero. Love stories where he vows to himself that he will not be lured by a woman and fall in love…. But of course it does happen!

"You’re like the rattle of dice. The shuffle of cards. You call to me until I ache with desire for you"

A decade ago, the Marquess of Bourne was cast from society with nothing but his title. Now a partner in London
Sarah MacLean has become one of my favorite HR authors. I enjoy her writing style and I find myself highlighting nearly every three or four pages. It’s like, “Oh my, I just love how she said that,” and I have to stop and do the Kindle highlight thing:) I crave dialogue in my novels and this one doesn’t disappoint! It is sexy, witty, poignant and refreshing! While there are a few places that could be referred to as “cheesy,” it still worked for me and I loved it!

The young Michael, Marquess of Bou

She realized how little she wanted a quiet life of pastel colors and quadrilles and tepid lemonade. She wanted more.

*Happy sigh* What a wonderful book! Sometime you stumble on these HR gems that makes you smile, gush and wish you lived in a different time. Sarah McLean is a wonderful author!

"Sirrah! Do not come any closer! I…", she flailed for a decent threat. "I am armed!"
His response was unmoved. "Do you plan to smother me with your muff?"
"You, sir, are not a gentleman."
"Ah. Truth at last."

Laura the Highland Hussy
Feb 25, 2012 Laura the Highland Hussy rated it it was amazing

My very first thought as I started this book, perhaps two chapters in, was “The hero is such a bastard!” followed by, “Good. They always fall the hardest.” I wasn’t wrong.

Bourne is playing a game of cards with Viscount Langford, his best friend’s father, and his guardian, when he loses. Not just loses, but loses big. Bourne loses everything. Langford purposely goaded Bourne and pushed him into wagering his holdings. Langford’s reasoning was that he’d been
Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Mar 01, 2016 Susan Elizabeth Phillips rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recent-reads
The perfect place to start reading Sarah MacLean is with the first of her Rule of Scoundrels series. One of the very best of today’s historical romance authors.
Khanh (the Grinch)
Feb 07, 2013 Khanh (the Grinch) rated it really liked it
After having read so many insipid, good, but uncomplicated Regency romances lately, this book was a breath of fresh air for me.

The Marquess of Bourne had a dissolute youth, and lost his family estate to of at through a game of cards, and decides to make it his mission in life to get his estate back as well as get revenge on the man who won it from him (Viscount Langford and his innocent son, Tommy). Frankly, I think that Langford did him a favor, since that was the kick in the ass that got him o
Sep 20, 2015 Jilly rated it really liked it
Back in ye old days, marriage was a business transaction - all about what would look good on paper. So, many of these Regency Era books have the formula of a marriage first, then a love story where the husband and wife fall in love. This is one of those tales.
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and he was kind of a dick...

This is your typical bad boy tricks girl into marrying him, treats her like crap, she falls for him anyway, he realizes he loves her back stories. And, yet, it is cute, funny, and I find that I am a sucker for t
Bark's Book Nonsense
I listened to this book as an unabridged audiobook read by Rosalyn Landor. She does a fine rather snooty job with the narration which fits the historical setting and a fabulous job with the heroine but when it comes time to do to the manly voices I cringed a little. I would’ve much rather had a male voicing the guy parts but they didn’t ask me.

It’s been a bit since I’ve read a historical romance and this one had a lovely leisurely setup that introduced the relationship between childhood friends
Mandi Schreiner
Mar 04, 2012 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
At the age of 21, Michael Lawler, Marquess of Bourne and a gambling addict, lost everything he had in a game of cards with Langford. He lost all he had inherited from his parents' untimely death to a man who sat there and laughed at him. Embarrassed and devastated, Bourne vanishes, not to be seen in polite society again. His only thought is for revenge, to bury Langford one day and reclaim his lands of Falconwell. For nine years Bourne worked his way up, becoming part-owner of The Fallen Angel, ...more
Feb 03, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
All right, I will admit that I am in love with Sarah MacLean's books. She started me on my new found historical love affair with her superb Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake and I have not looked back so I may be a bit biased in saying that I have loved everything she has since written, including A Rogue By Any Other Name. This book is a bit different though as our hero, Michael, Marquess of Bourne is quite unlikable for a good bit of the book. He forces a marriage of convenience with an ...more
*****3 1/2 stars*****

What an incredibly wonderful yet frustrating read! The idea for this series is genius. Four incredibly delicious hot men are business partners in the most successful gaming house in London. Each man serves a function within the gaming house: Accountant, Manager, Bouncer/Security, and Owner.

This is Bourne's book. Cross, the accountant, will be featured in the next book.

This book captivated me from the opening line and I couldn't put it down! Sadly there were some issues with
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Feb 26, 2012 Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Review Request
Recommended to Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) by: Historical romance fans
Posted on Under the Covers

A ROGUE BY ANY OTHER NAME is the first book in a new series called The First Rule of Scoundrels. In this book, the Marquess of Bourne lost everything but his title in a gaming hell. His land, servants, clothes, everything was taken away from him. So Michael vows revenge; his aim to one day retrieve everything that was taken away from him.

Ten years later, Michael is now one of the owners of London’s most exclusive gaming hell. His life holds excitement and success, but
The books started out fabulously. It was solid, fun, witty, and angsty.
I was sure it will be perfect!

And it was, up untill about half way trough. Then it was just flat. Not bad, per se...but almost boring. It seemed like after the hero's turn-around everything was done in a straight line. Even the famous card scene with the heroine and the eeeeevil enemy left me cold.

Also, a lot of things were never adressed. Like Mrs.Worth. The very young servats. The mistress-should-live-here-not-a-normal-fami
♡Karlyn P♡

I had a love / hate with this book.

I loved the writing voice, loved Penny and her family, and loved the friends-to-lover plot.

But I didn't like Michael for much of the book, I didn't like the pacing of the romance as it went too quick, and I didn't like the revenge plot as it felt a bit forced.

Overall, the story kept me engaged and entertained, but it didn't 'WOW' me. I will continue with the series as there is plenty about the men at the gaming Hell that has me interested for more.

Duchess Nicole
It was good. Not as good as Nine Rules or Eleven Scandals, but still a solid read. The epilogue itself was almost worth an extra star. At least the first part of it. It brought tears to my eyes. The second part is almost a 'to be continued' for the next couple, whose book comes out later this year.

Penelope is a strong, patient woman. Much more patient than I could ever be, both with Leigton (from Eleven Scandals, remember, he broke their engagement), her father, and Bourne. She has literally bee
Beanbag Love
Mar 01, 2012 Beanbag Love rated it really liked it
This was my first Sarah MacLean experience and I really enjoyed it. I'll be looking up her backlist and checking it out as well.

The Marquess of Bourne lost everything on the turn of a card. He was brought to complete ruin by someone he trusted and has spent the last nine years planning revenge. To get what he wants he finds he needs to marry his childhood friend. He's lost all capacity to feel anything toward others so he knows he'll make her a miserable husband. Still, he wants what he wants an
Jun 21, 2016 Yolanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bourne y encantó
me ha vuelto a encantarrrrrrrrrrr en la relectura
Mar 03, 2016 Keri rated it it was amazing
This was a completely awesome read! Nine years ago, Michael, the Marquis of Bourne, at 21 was pushed into gambling something that he held dear...Falconwell, his family lands and everything no entailed. He lost his entire world to his guardian no less. Now Bourne has spent the last nine years of his life, scheming and dreaming of his revenge. He now is a successful owner of a notorious gambling establishment, The Fallin Angel. Him and three of his friends, now know many secrets and own property o ...more
Dec 11, 2012 Wendy rated it really liked it
Four words: Romance at its best!
Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.

Expected Release Date: February 28, 2012 (Available Now!)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: Avon
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Edelweiss
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, The Rules of Scoundrels Series
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy

Oh, how I love a childhood friends to lovers story, especially when full of estrangement, revenge, and unrequited love. As one of my favorite
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
4.5 Stars

A new series by Sarah Maclean! She is fast becoming one of my favourite HR authors and Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake is still one of my favourite HR books.

Because I am feeling a little lazy this evening I am going to do my review list style, with what I liked, and what I didn't, so first up....


* The Heroine- I liked Penelope, I am always a sucker for a plain Jane, and her character development was very much in that line. She went from being controlled by men in her lif
I must say that this book reminded me why is HR my favorite genre! Yes, I'm a sucker for romance, bigger sucker for HEA and much bigger sucker for books when main characters don't want to admit to themselves that they are IN LOVE with each other!

First I must say a HUGE thank you to BLACKY for telling me to read this book! I can't wait to read the sequel with Cross!



Ah the story... when you combine love and revenge what's there not to love!?!?
Michael lost it all in game of cards and he

“I’m going to corrupt you,” he promised her skin, one hand sliding down the swell of her stomach, feeling the way the muscles there tensed and quivered at his touch. “I’m going to turn you from light to dark, from good to bad. I’m going to ruin you.” She didn’t care. She was his. He owned her in this moment, with this touch. “And do you know how it will feel?”
She sighed the word this time. “Splendid.”
More than that.
More than she’d ever imagined.

Love over Revenge. This book is now added to my
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New York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller Sarah MacLean is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages, and winner of back-to-back RITA Awards for best historical romance from the Romance Writers of America.

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“What does Éloa mean?”

He narrowed his gaze, answered her literally. “It’s the name of an angel.”

Penelope tilted her head, thinking. “I’ve never heard of him.”

“You wouldn’t have.”

“Was he a fallen angel?”

“She was, yes.” He hesitated, not wanting to tell her the story, but unable to stop himself. “Lucifer tricked her into falling from heaven.”

“Tricked her how?”

He met her gaze. “She fell in love with him.”

Penelope’s eyes widened. “Did he love her?”

Like an addict loves his addiction. “The only way he knew how.”

She shook her head. “How could he trick her?”

“He never told her his name.”
“I had a perfect life in my reach once, and it was a crashing bore. Perfect is too clean, too easy. I don't want perfect any more than I want to be perfect. I want imperfect.” 53 likes
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