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A Rogue by Any Other Name

(The Rules of Scoundrels #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  40,402 ratings  ·  3,274 reviews
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
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Courtney I'm curious as to how you found this book...short answer: yes, all of the above. It's an adult romance novel published by a secular publisher. The ind…moreI'm curious as to how you found this book...short answer: yes, all of the above. It's an adult romance novel published by a secular publisher. The industry pretty much is dominated by sex, with just a few exceptions, unless you go for inspirational romance. And the words "Rogue" and "scoundrel" should have given it away, don't you think?
EDIT: Actually, it's more the sex and profanity. But there is drinking mentioned, as the story revolves around a gaming club. (less)
Suzanne She worked in the kitchens at the club, but once she matured, she was constantly being harassed by customers so Bourne gave her a job as housekeeper. …moreShe worked in the kitchens at the club, but once she matured, she was constantly being harassed by customers so Bourne gave her a job as housekeeper. They were never lovers. (less)

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Sarah MacLean
Dec 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: mine, romance, historical
I mean, if I don't like it, what hope do you have?! ...more
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
This is one of the best Hades and Persephone retellings I’ve read, mostly because it gets the Persephone characters personality right. She’s a good mix of innocence and wanting adventure and choosing the “underworld”; a battle queen in her own right. This one also added a twist of the characters being childhood friends so there was a history there that made the development of the relationship much more believable. This is my first historical romance but I’d continue with this series and read mor ...more
chan ☆
this felt like the never ending story and good god the hero SUCKED


"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 m
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
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
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
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 fee
Nov 11, 2013 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
So good I prime-bought the rest of the series.
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
Sep 19, 2015 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 fo

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."

Sep 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
EDIT: bumping up to 5 stars because I am realizing how much I actually loved Penelope and Bourne. I keep coming back and re-reading some scenes from their book. Loved the angst in this.

“Don’t look so miserable. Thank your stars you’ll finally have yourself a husband. With Falconwell in your dowry, you could win yourself a prince.” Lady Penelope Marbury used to be the darling of the ton but then everything had changed when her engagement to the the Duke of Leighton was broken off. Years later, t
Dec 07, 2011 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 Phillips
Mar 01, 2016 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.
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
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
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was a delightful treat, the type of book you want to curl up with as you a transported away. There’s a richness to this story that was unexpected, and which ensured I was engrossed.

In this story MacLean gives us Michael, Marquees of Bourne, who in a night of gambling and betrayal at the age of 21 lost all, and gained a deep thirst for revenge and a drive to gain back all that he had lost. Then there is strong and intelligent Lady Penelope Marbury, Michael’s childhood friend but also so
Kezia Duah
Sep 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Awww, this was so cute. The pace was also really good. Basically if you like romances set in the regency period, you should enjoy this one.
Great job MacLean!

Favorite quote:
“You are perfectly imperfect for me.”
3 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was just alright for me. It felt too slow at times and I wanted the shake the h more than once. I wanted her to have a little more self respect. She was pretty good for outward appearances, but her inner dialogue was painful to read sometimes because of her inability to accept things. I also felt like the ending was frustrating. We get them finally coming together on a deeper level right at the end and then it goes straight to an epilogue that isn’t even about them.
This book was somewhere between okay and good. I couldn't decide!

The book started off with an interesting plot but kind of fizzled out. The H avoided the h and the h waited dutifully at home. She was too mature! I never thought I'd say that but, she needed some spunk.

The last 100pgs of the book the author does redeem herself. The h finally stands up for herself and the H starts to fall in love. He has to decide if revenge is worth the cost.

Sidenote: I loved the last poker game in the book. It w
Joanna Loves Reading
I loved this the first time I read, but it is probably more of a right-mood kind of book. It is quieter and some things seem like trends that may have passed (view spoiler). I have grown away from Maclean’s writing and I thought this reread might determine if it was her writing that changed or my tastes. Predictably, it seems to be a bit of both. Some of my problem is just that I am mostly over the scene/settings of the Reg ...more
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
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
3.5 stars, probably. Reluctantly charmed is what I am. What can I say, I never could resist strong-willed women and the men who are foolish enough to think they'll outsmart them. Hahahahahaha you wish. Bonus point to Michael for realizing he'd been an asshole (noticeably) sooner than usual, and for introducing Cross who looks very interesting indeed. Not exempt of cheese (and OF COURSE there's that boring mine bullshit) yet quite satisfying. ...more
Lorena Rabelo
Nov 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book was all kinds of awful, I just can’t believe it got such high ratings! All I wanted to do now was to write a really mean review, but I’m so pissed I spent my time (hours of my weekend I should have used to write my papers or at least read something better) with it I can’t even get the sentences right..

And it should also mean something that I’m not hard to please when it comes to historical romances. Seriously, I can read pretty much anything and be happy about it when the book is minim
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency, historical
2 to 2.5 okay stars. Welp, I tried another new (to me) author), but so far I'm not in love.

This book started off promisingly, although the plot did seem to start getting a little ridiculous pretty quickly. (view spoiler) Hmmmm. But, go with the flow. I kept reading. The writing is decent. No cringeworthy anachronisms.

But sadly, as I read on, my interest and involvement in the book just kinda faded away. By about ha
Dec 12, 2011 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 10, 2011 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
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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.

Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place at the nexus of gender and cultural studies. A romance columnist and co-host of the weekly romance novel podcast, Fated Mates, her work in support of

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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.” 67 likes
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