Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “One Good Earl Deserves a Lover (The Rules of Scoundrels, #2)” as Want to Read:
One Good Earl Deserves a Lover (The Rules of Scoundrels, #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover (The Rules of Scoundrels #2)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  7,134 ratings  ·  876 reviews
The second in the incredible new Rules of Scoundrels series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean.

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 scandalo
Mass Market Paperback, 373 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Avon
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about One Good Earl Deserves a Lover, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about One Good Earl Deserves a Lover

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLeanLord of Darkness by Elizabeth HoytAny Duchess Will Do by Tessa DareHighlander Most Wanted by Maya BanksOnce Upon a Tower by Eloisa James
2013 Historical Romance (January - June)
1st out of 165 books — 560 voters
Allegiant by Veronica RothClockwork Princess by Cassandra ClareRequiem by Lauren OliverLover at Last by J.R. WardThe Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
Can't Wait Books of 2013
119th out of 2,463 books — 12,488 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Blacky *Romance Addict*
*full review now posted*

“I am going to ruin you, Pippa. I shall show you pleasure you’ve never known, the kind you’ve never dreamed. Over and over and over until you beg me never to stop.”

Image Hosted by

This book was all about temptation  photo 279453.gif and sexual tension  photo 279453.gif

The story

Lady Philippa Marbury is engaged to be married, and has a terrible problem. She doesn't know the mechanics of the marriage bed  photo biggestgrin.gif Scientific person that she is, she finds that the only solution is research. Thorough research  photo 703126.gif And the best person t
Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
Review completed January 4, 2013

Utterly witty. Eclectic. Beautiful. Sensual. Deliciously good.


"You have no idea what I could do to you, Philippa Marbury. The ways I could touch you. The wonders I could show you. I could ruin you without thought, sink with you into the depths of sin and not once regret it. I could lead you right into temptation and never ever look back."

Can't breathe

Sarah MacLean has done it again! This is HR (emphasis on romance) at its best. I loved A Rogue by Any Other Name
UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...

This is such a great story! What are you waiting for?

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover is the second book in Sarah MacLean’s The Rules of Scoundrels series, and from the first page to the last, simply wonderful! It’s witty, poignant, romantic, and sexy, and a story I simply couldn’t put down!
Cover blurb: 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
Sarah MacLean
Dec 03, 2013 Sarah MacLean rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: mine, historical, romance
I's totally cheating. But i really do like this one. ;)


"I require ruination."

Lady Philippa (Pippa) Marbury has just over two weeks to her wedding. As a scientist, her enquiring mind demands to know exactly what sexual intercourse involves before she is actually married. The 'research associate' she chooses also happens to be a man of science with a reputation for experience in these matters.

Jasper Arlesey, Earl Harlow, known simply as Cross, is one of the four owners of The Fallen Angel, a gambling house. When approached by Pippa to become her 'res
Stacia (the 2010 club)
"It's because I am odd. I can't help it."
God help him, he wanted to kiss her senseless. He wanted to kiss her senseless because she was odd.
"Pippa-" he said, knowing he shouldn't speak.
She cut him off. "Don't tell me it's not true. I know it is. I'm strange."
"You are."
Her brows knit together. "Well, you don't have to tell it is true either."

I'm sure some of you are probably wondering why I would choose to start off a review with such a peculiar quote.

Here's why I chose it : odd is good. In f
Elizabeth (Liz)
Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance

5 Stars

I adore you, Sarah MacLean!! Your stories make me so idiotically happy;) Seriously, this is Sarah MacLean at her *very* best, doing what she does so well. This new series of hers, somehow, continues to get better with this second book, One Good Earl Deserves A Lover. I do believe this is my favorite book of hers to date!

Lady Philippa (Pippa) Marbury is a true individual. With her glasses, her brilliant and scientific mind, and her forthright nature,
Review completed January 4, 2013

..."Temptation - it turns you. It makes you into something you never dreamed, it presses you to give up everything you ever loved, it calls you to sell your soul for one, fleeting moment."...."It makes you ache," he whispered, and she watched the curve of his lips in the darkness. "You'll make any promise, swear any oath. For one...perfect...unsoiled taste."

5+ Delicious! Dazzling! Magnificent! Breathtaking Stars!

Ms. MacLean, this book is evidence of why I consider
Full review posted! 5 heartwarming beautiful gambling stars!


"Are you an accounting fairy sent in the dead of night to check my figures?"
It's one o'clock in the afternoon", she said matter-of-factly, and he had an intense desire to take her spectacles from her face and kiss her senseless, just to see what this odd young woman would say.


She took a deep breath. Released it. "I require ruination. And I hear you are an expert on the subject."

Say hello to Cross!


Lady Philippa is concerned. In fourt
♡Karlyn P♡
4++ HOT Sexual Tension Stars!

Wow, Sarah MacLean is easily becoming the historical romance author to beat. Her stories are so well crafted and honed, and the passion and sexual tension so damn thick! I can see why she is an automatic buy/read for so many historical romance fans.

This is Cross and Pippa's story, two brainiacs who believe in scientific proof over simple luck. With less than two weeks before her wedding, Pippa convinces Cross to help her with a research project so she will better un
Lisa Kay
Thank you, UniquelyMoi *Dhestiny* BlithelyBookish for the use of these photos, taken by her daughter, Megan, from Dhes's very own rose garden!

★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) I just love Rosalyn Landor's narrations of Historical Romances. She always delivers. Her diction is perfect, her characters distinguishable, her tone and pacing appropriate to the context. I cannot sing her praises high enough. If you're looking to cut your teeth on audio, try one of her excellent readings.

I love
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. E 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.

This book was delightful.
Lady Heather

This is the second book in Sarah MacLean's "The Rules of Scoundrels" series, and so far it's my favorite!!
When I was reading this book and Phillipa (Pippa) was describing her dilemma to Cross, that she felt quite unprepared and had no idea about the activities that take place after the bed, and that "she found the marriage vows rather specious".. actually the bit before the vows, specifically the part that says, "to satisfy men's carnal lusts and appetites, like brut
One Good Earl Deserves a Lover is dedicated to girls who wear glasses, and that alone was enough to win me over. Fortunately, the rest of the book is just as sweet as the dedication and I couldn't put it down until Cross and Pippa got their HEA.

This book is, for the most part, not bogged down with historical details, and I'm actually grateful for that in this case because it means the focus was more on the romance.

And wow, what a romance! Cross and Pippa are absolutely adorable together and th

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover is the perfect combination of passion, sexual tension, mischievous banter, and witty humor. This is the second impressive book in The Rules of Scoundrels series. This can be read as a stand-alone but I do highly recommend reading A Rogue by Any Other Name. I don’t read as much historical romance as I used to, but I’m completely addicted to Sarah MacLean’s writing. I always know she will entertain me with her clever writing and vivid characters that will stay with m
4 stars

Lady Philippa Marbury is on a mission. You see, she's getting married in two weeks and she knows nothing about the more intimate side of marriage. After all, how can she make promises to a man if she doesn't know what they entail. So, she decides to ask her brother-in-law's friend for help. Or in her own words:
I require ruination.

Cross can't believe his ears - the obviously virginal lady is asking him for ruination. True, she wants knowledge, not the act itself, but that won't make a dif

Witty. Sensual. Emotional. Remarkable. Although at first it bored me but when I reach 50% of the book it finally pick up. I love Pippa's curiosity, her experiment was quite interesting, her knowledge on humans anatomy was exceptional and her trying to justify every situation to science even her feelings was fascinating. And with her impending marriage she wants to gain knowledge on how to please his future husband by asking the legendary proper rake for the job.

“I am going to ruin you, Pippa.
Mandi Schreiner
I found the set-up in the beginning of this book to be so far-fetched that I could not buy into it, therefore setting a frustrating tone for this book. Pippa is engaged to be married to an Earl. It is not a love match, rather she is the last of her sisters to get married and her father thinks she will do well by this man. He is a kind man, but more interested in his dogs rather than Pippa. Pippa is very smart and obsessed with science and horticulture. She realizes she really has no idea what to ...more
Aug 02, 2013 Noor marked it as to-read
Shelves: historical, m-f, have
can't wait to read it

“Well, since you came all the way here . . . how may
I be of service, Lady Philippa?”
She took a deep breath. Released it. “I require
ruination. And I hear you are an expert in the subject.”
25 Stars!!!! WoW!!! SM’s talent grows with each books she writes. I will try to do the book justice. Pippa and Cross, I haven’t read such intriguing characters in a long time. The thing is, it was all about the words. Pippa is a woman of science and determined that before her marriage in less than two weeks, she is going to have an understanding of passion and of desire. Really she is scared because she knows the man that she has agreed to marry isn’t the man for her. For her research assistant ...more
(view spoiler)

When I first started reading romance novels, it was strictly contemporary. I wouldn't touch anything else. I read all of my mother's contemporary romances (reading is in my blood) and ignored her historical romances. Then unfortunately I came up to a brick wall...I read every contemporary romance book in the house. What was a teen to do? Trek to the library via public transportation or give this histori
Laura the Highland Hussy
Review Posted on Demon Lover's Books & More

Spoiler Free

This book was wonderful. The beginning starts off with a bang! (and right where we left off in A Rogue by Any Other Name) and it only gains momentum, pulling you further and further in.

Lady Philippa Marbury is getting married in 2 weeks, and it’s to be the double wedding of the decade! She and her beautiful sister are making headlines left and right for their wedding. Yet, Pippa can’t quite come to terms with it. Oh she knows the weddin
The second book in The Rules of Scoundrels series by Sarah MacLean. Lady Phillipa Marbury, "Pippa", is getting married and needs to know what to expect. She visits Cross, her brother-in-law's friend, to do a little research. That's what scientist do, you know. Research. Well, Cross isn't agreeable and sends her on her merry way but Pippa keeps finding she needs to know more and more and will do whatever she can to succeed. Cross eventually has no choice but to help to keep her out of trouble.

Lady Phillipa Marbury is to be married in fifteen short days and with her inquisitive, scientific mind she wonders about some of the logistics of the marriage bed. Doing her research, she determines that Cross, one of the owners of London's most notorious gaming hells, is the perfect person to help her with her questions. To help with her ruination. Unfortunately, Cross finds this a horrible idea and tries to usher her out before anyone sees her (she is, after all, sister-in-law to one of his pa ...more
 photo swoon_zpsfa5b3a9e.gif  photo swoon_zpsfa5b3a9e.gif  photo swoon_zpsfa5b3a9e.gif
This was a wonderfully romantic, funny, sexy, sexual tension filled story. Phippa Marbury is suppose to marry , but she has concerns about the wedding night and her role as a wife in regards to sex. Phippa is a scientist, and as such she has decided to "research" this problem. Resolve her questions by her wedding night and feel secure in the knowledge she knows what exactly to expect. Simple....a very scientific and unemotional approach.

Cross is co-owner of The Fallen Angel, a gaming hell,
Amanda The Book Slayer
Recommendation : If you are looking for a book about a smart-geeky girl who can bring a rogue to his knees than this book is for you.

Indeed, if there was one truth in society it was this: Rake, rogue, or scoundrel-an heir required reformation. He could wreak his havoc, sow his wild oats, and scandalize society with his youthful indiscretions, but his future was cast in stone by the finest of masons. He would eventually find himself shackled to his title, his land, and his estate-a prisoner of p
*ARC provided by Avon via Edelweiss

My rating: 4/5 stars
First line:“The lady was mad.”
Favourite quote: “I never met another person who seemed to understand me. I never thought I would. Until you.”

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover is the second instalment in the Rules of Scoundrels series, featuring Philippa Marbury (aka Pippa or as I so very kindly nicknamed her, The Mad Scientist) the sister of Penelope (the heroine from A Rogue By Any Other Name) and Mr. Cross, Bourne’s partner at the Angel club/


I cannot write my proper review now because i am just SWAMPED with real life BUT...

OH MY WORD!!!! *SWOON* Cross.... *SIGH*.... He is just so... SWEET!!!! *AAIIIIEEEEEE* Where Bourne was all bastardy and a soundrel (but i STILL loved him!!) Cross is just such a sweetie!!!! WOW!!! The emotion... words cannot explain HOW i felt reading about him and Pippa... and i SWEAR HANDS DOWN THE BEST SCENE was Cross teaching Pippa to p
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
I'll be honest. The first couple of chapters did not work for me. I found that the author opened the book with a scene that was meant to intrigue readers, but for me, it came across as weak and unbelievable. Our smart and respectable heroine, Pippa, walks into The Fallen Angel unescorted and propositions the bookkeeper, Cross to teach her the ways of seduction. Not only that, but she slips several innuendos that she wishes to be ruined by him solely for the purpose of easing her curiosity and pr ...more
From the very start this book was great in a very unusual way!

The story is nothing new, but the way it is told and the hero and heroine is what makes it excellent!

I loved Pippa most. She really is unusual for the period. I dare thinking that she would be unusual even today! :D

Her reasoning and actions make crazy Cross! He just couldn’t follow! LOL

I enjoyed very much the building of sexual tension. It was building and building and building, until the fantastic explosion almost at the end! And the
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
  • Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove, #4)
  • The Heiress Effect (Brothers Sinister, #2)
  • A Notorious Countess Confesses (Pennyroyal Green, #7)
  • Duke of Midnight (Maiden Lane, #6)
  • The Luckiest Lady in London
  • When the Duke Was Wicked (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James, #1)
  • The Duke's Tattoo (The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse , #1)
  • Silk Is for Seduction (The Dressmakers, #1)
  • A Gentleman Undone (Blackshear Family, #2)
Sarah MacLean is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of YA and adult romance.

She grew up in Rhode Island, where she spent much of her free time bemoaning the fact that she was more than a century too late for own Season. Her unabashed addiction to historical fiction helped to earn her a degree in European History from Smith College before she moved to New York City to pursue a career
More about Sarah MacLean...
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (Love By Numbers, #1) A Rogue by Any Other Name (The Rules of Scoundrels, #1) Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart (Love By Numbers, #3) Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord (Love By Numbers, #2) The Season

Share This Book

“I do hope we shall meet again. Perhaps we could have a reading club of some sorts. I 've read that one." She leaned in. "Have you reached the part where Mr. Darcy proposes?"
Asriel narrowed his gaze on Cross. "She did that on purpose."
Pippa shook her head. "Oh, I did not ruin it. Elizabeth refuses." She paused. "I suppose I did ruin that. Apologies.”
“My whole life . . . two and two has made four.”...
“But now . . . it’s all gone wrong.” She shook her head. “It doesn’t make four anymore. It makes you.”
More quotes…