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The Rogue Not Taken (Scandal & Scoundrel Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B010MDNJ5W
- Publisher : Piatkus (29 December 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 1055 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 438 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 64,052 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I did like this book, but not quite as much as I wanted to. (I've read all of Sarah's other books expect for "The Season" and enjoyed them all)
I think King and Sophie's dialogue/banter was great and fun to read, but the many 'inner musings'/'thoughts' highlighted via slanted text thoughout annoyed me. I'm not a fan of this style because I find myself stopping and trying to figure out who's thinking/saying what and it slows my reading down. I think it was too overused - but that's my opinion, as other readers may love it. However, this is a beautifully written romance and the steamy scenes hit all the right spots.
This is a lighthearted road trip style story with a bit of everything- drama, action, comedy and a lot of romance thrown in. I really enjoyed reading about the Soiled Sisters and I thought the end was fabulous ! Can't wait for their stories. I hope that lovely Scottish Duke is included in one...
Sophie is nondescript compared to her four glamorous sisters. She hates London society’s hypocrisy, so when she finds her brother in law insulting her sister she pushes him into a pond. The social condemnation is so intense Sophie runs away, but accidentally hitches a ride to the Scottish border. Her fellow traveller is Kingford, a ducal heir who seeks revenge on his dying father. He is horrible to Sophie, but she is no wimp and the banter between the two is incredibly entertaining.
So a road trip, but an enthralling with many entertaining happenings along the way. Highly recommended reading.
Top reviews from other countries
A lady causes a scandal at a party and escapes – dressed as a boy - on a marquess’ carriage only to spend the next weeks getting into scrapes and having sexy times with said marquess, who is himself trying to escape his troubled past.
The good and the bad:
Before I get into what is a largely negative review, I just want to make it clear that I have up this point LOVED Sarah Maclean’s writing.
I was surprised to see this book was written after Maclean’s Love By Numbers series and The Rules of Scoundrels series, as it lacked the structure and carefully considered plot line of those books.
I didn’t feel gripped by this book in the same way and that started with the sheer lack of realism surrounding Lady Sophie dressing as a footman. She is wearing yellow women’s slippers, has an ample bosom and yet convinces numerous men that she is a boy! Maclean has done the whole cross-dressing thing in her previous books but made it believable by putting the women in large coats or having them bind their breasts, to disguise their assets. This time she didn’t put in the same level of effort and instead just had the marquess - King - exclaim several times that he couldn’t believe no one else noticed. That’s because anyone with eyes would have noticed!
There was, for me, a lack of tension between Lady Sophie and King for the first half of the book. This might be because the first half is spent with the pair on a farcical road trip to Cumbria, sometimes not even in the same vehicle. When they do finally arrive, the last quarter of the books is page after page of clichéd and repetitive “I’m not capable of loving you/you deserve better” speeches from King, while in the next second he is kissing Sophie passionately, before walking away only to repeat it all again the next day. It became quite tiresome.
Talking of clichés – the phrase “dry as sand” to describe King’s tone of voice is way overused in the book.
All that negativity aside, the book was otherwise well written and I always learn some new words from Maclean’s books. The sex scenes are also nice and detailed.
Maclean remains on my Fantastic Author Billboard as I’ve read a number of her older books and they are beyond brilliant. I will read more of her books, but I won’t be prioritising the rest of this series.
We first met Sophie in the story of Chase and West ( Never Judge a Lady by her Cover) along with a mention of the Marquess of E. We don't get to meet him other than Anna 'choosing' him as Sophie's reward for her kindness.
I agree with some of the other reviews that Sophie's family sound a bit ridiculous but surely that's the point of the story?
What did I love about this book and why would I recommend it?
Sarah's writing is once again, funny, romantic, expressive, colourful and just erotic enough to make it hot without being pornographic.
I loved King. That lazy, sprawling, insolence is like cat nip. His humour, his kindness, his sarcasm, and the descriptive way he kisses.... Just yum.
Sophie was a delight; sharp, witty and with a backbone of steel.
The growing romance between the two is believable, paced and well written and I'm really looking forward to the rest of the series. Sarah please, please write Sera and the Duke of Haven's story! I know there is one there.......