One Good Earl Deserves a Lover : Rules of Scoundrels

  • by Sarah MacLean
  • Narrated by Rosalyn Landor
  • Series: Rules of Scoundrels
  • 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Lady Philippa Marbury is...odd.
The brilliant, bespectacled daughter of a double marquess cares more for books than balls, for science than the season, and for laboratories than love. She's looking forward to marrying her simple fiancé and living out her days quietly with her dogs and her scientific experiments. But before that, Pippa has two weeks to experience all the rest - 14 days to research the exciting parts of life. It's not much time, and to do it right she needs a guide familiar with London's darker corners.
She needs...a Scoundrel.
She needs Cross, the clever, controlled partner in London's most exclusive gaming hell, with a carefully crafted reputation for wickedness. But reputations often hide the darkest secrets, and when the unconventional Pippa boldly propositions him, seeking science without emotion, she threatens all he works to protect. He is tempted to give Pippa precisely what she wants...but the scoundrel is more than he seems, and it will take every ounce of his willpower to resist giving the lady more than she ever imagined.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Pippa's thirst for knowledge leads her to Love

This book was way better than book 1. It definitely rescued this series for me.

Lady Philippa "Pippa" Marbury is the fourth daughter of the Marguess of Needham and Dolby. She doesn't believe in luck and she believes in scientific explanations for everything. Logic and Truth always wins out in Pippa's world.

She is engaged to the Lord Castleton but decided she wanted to do research on what is necessary to be a proper wife. Pippa deals with her nerves by gathering knowledge so she can feel prepared. She decides to go to the most notorious gaming hall in London, The Fallen Angel, because the owner Jasper Cross is notorious rake.
Pippa asks him to help her with her research on how to please her fiancee as a wife, and thus opening up a pandora's box with Cross.

Cross wasn't nobility but he seemed to be the only one in London who didn't find Pippa to be a nerd, geek or odd. He actually enjoyed engaging her in discussion but he couldn't offer her a life like she could have with Lord Castleton.

What I loved about this one was Pippa's honesty, her strength, her resolve and her curiosity about everything. She made being smart look fun, not odd. I chuckled at her a number of times. She said things people were afraid to say, she was a really good heroine.

Jasper finally met his match and she kept him honest. I liked this story much more than the Pippa's sister in book 1. I look forward to book 3.
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- Ezinwanyi


Would you try another book from Sarah MacLean and/or Rosalyn Landor?

Yes, I am looking forward to the next book in this series and Rosalyn Landor is my favorite narrator.

If you’ve listened to books by Sarah MacLean before, how does this one compare?

This book was just not as good as the first book in the series. I think Ms. MacLean is a good writer and story teller, I just don't think she thought this book through before putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard).

What does Rosalyn Landor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Rosalyn Landor brings the characters to life. I feel like I know the characters personally every time I listen to a book narrated by Ms. Landor.

Any additional comments?

Considering that this book is the second book in a series, it's missing the key key characters from the first book, Penelope and Borne. Also, considering that Penelope is Pippa's sister and Borne is a co-owner of The Angel, you would really think that they would have role in this book. However, Penelope has ONE conversation with Pippa and Borne is only mentioned. How can the author expect this story to go over well when Penelope and Borne have no interactions with Pippa and Cross? It just doesn't make sense.

I anxiously waited on this book for 6 months or more because I loved the first book so much and I'm so disappointed with this book. There were so many conversations between Pippa and Cross with him imagining what he would like to do with her and it just got old after a while. I believe that Pippa and Cross deserved a better story and Penelope and Borne should have had a role in this story.

Regardless, I plan on listening to this book again in a few months and maybe I will like it better.

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- J-9

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-29-2013
  • Publisher: HarperAudio