Friday, March 15, 2013

Review: One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean

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 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.

Like any good scientist, Pippa's done her research and Cross's reputation makes him perfect for her scheme. She wants science without emotion—the experience of ruination without the repercussions of ruination. And who better to provide her with the experience than this legendary man? But when this odd, unexpected female propositions Cross, it's more than tempting . . . and it will take everything he has to resist following his instincts—and giving the lady precisely what she wants.

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover is an amazing book.  Simply wonderful.  Everything that I love about historical romances can be found within its pages.  And because I inhaled it -- and loved every minute of it -- please note that proper gushing and accolades may not come through in the written word.  

"I need someone"--she paused, then reframed the statement--"I need you to teach me how to be normal."

With that begins Lady Philippa Marbury's sexual education.  Cross, despite being a notorious womanizer, doesn't want to take part in Pippa's request, yet he cannot seem to rid himself of her.  She's haunting his thoughts and his dreams; she appears when he least expects it. 

She was everything he'd never known he wanted.  

The sexual tension between Pippa and Cross is off the charts.  What begins purely as an experiment, a way for Pippa to gain more knowledge as she prepares for her upcoming marriage, develops into something much, much more.     

The bottom line is I loved One Good Earl Deserves a Lover, completely and wholly.  

(A very special thank you to Avon Romance, Harper Collins and Edelweiss for providing me with an ARC of One Good Earl Deserves a Lover.)

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