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

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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
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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.”

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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
Sarah MacLean
Dec 03, 2013 Sarah MacLean rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: romance, historical, mine
I's totally cheating. But i really do like this one. ;)
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 Na
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

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
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Dec 28, 2012 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it really liked it
"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
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
May 03, 2015 Susanne rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
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
Jul 26, 2016 Mo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 20, 2015 Jilly rated it it was ok
What do you think of a girl who throws herself at a guy, he tells her "no", and yet she continues to throw herself at him every freaking day anyway? He rejects her day after day, but she still pursues him relentlessly.


And, that is pretty much the story in this book. Pippa is so freaking annoying that I was dying to bitch-slap her! Get some fucking self-respect!!! Sheesh! She spent the whole book literally chasing after this guy, Cross, and basically begging him to have sex with her. And,
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 loved the
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
Nov 18, 2015 Daniella rated it did not like it
DNF at 50%. I just couldn't stand it. The heroine was too stupid to live, even when she was supposed to be this highly intelligent girl. The hero was an asshole in the prologue, and I wasn't comfortable with how he was established. He was a cad in the worst sense of the word. Ugh. And the instant chemistry? Sorry, but I didn't feel it. It wasn't natural, and just came out of nowhere. One moment, the guy was saying the heroine was ordinary, and the other, he wanted to make love to her on a chair. ...more
Nov 16, 2014 Paula rated it it was amazing

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
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
Mandi Schreiner
Feb 05, 2013 Mandi Schreiner rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
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
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.

Mar 01, 2013 edzkie♥§*.*§♥ rated it really liked it

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.
Laura the Highland Hussy
Jan 30, 2013 Laura the Highland Hussy rated it it was amazing
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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
Jan 16, 2013 Ana rated it really liked it
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 di
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
Feb 24, 2015 Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah* rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
"I will never regret this. I will never regret you."

Philippa Marbury knows she is a bit odd. She is preoccupied with science, and knowledge, and experiments, and has little use for romance or love. But when she becomes engaged to an Earl she realizes she is quite ignorant in matters of the bedroom. So she enlists the rogue Jasper Cross to be her instructor. But was love a part of the bargain?

Okay. I am officially sold on Sarah MacLean's writing. I love this series and absolutely adored this book
Jan 20, 2015 Alexa rated it it was ok
DNF at 20%.

This is probably one of those "It's not you, it's me" books.

I just didn't care about the characters at all.. I was particularly tired of Cross' tortured hero attitude and his "problem." I stand with Temple in this:

"There are ways of disappearing him."

Enough said.
Jan 27, 2016 Noor rated it it was amazing
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.”
Robin (Bridge Four)
I LOVE Pippa Marbury. She is a breath of fresh air. Instead of being the picture of propriety she dismisses many of society’s dos and don’ts because well they are just silly. Why shouldn’t she walk the streets of London as women have had the use of bipedal locomotion since Eve. Why would she take a chaperone to The Angel as she asks the co-owner Cross to help her understand carnal lusts? That would be counterproductive and make asking for help in ruination impossible, of course and illogical. Sh ...more
May 24, 2016 Keri rated it it was amazing
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
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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
Jan 28, 2013 Caz rated it it was amazing
I’ve read all but one of Sarah MacLean’s other historical romances, but I think she’s outdone herself with this latest one.

It’s got everything – a gorgeous, tortured hero, an endearing, intelligent heroine; it’s romantic, it’s sexy, it’s angsty.

The plot revolves around the intelligent and curious Lady Philippa Marbury who is soon to be married and wants to know what to expect from the physical side of marriage. Unwilling to ask her married sisters (and even moreso her unmarried, but happily bet
Jan 29, 2016 Elaine rated it really liked it
I liked this book just as much as I thought I would. The setup is great. I am such a fan of nerdy heroines and men who are fascinated by them. Cross as a hero really works for me, and these men who operate a gambling hell...bad boys in exactly the right way. I absolutely adored Pippa. In this genre, girls like Pippa are incredibly rare. So I liked seeing an "odd" girl like her win over her hero. I don't think there's anything sexier than intelligence, and both characters possess it in spades.



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
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“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.”
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