Saturday, December 29, 2012

A Rogue By Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean

Book CoverThis book was delicious, with witty dialog and love scenes worthy of a flaming chili pepper rating.

The best part of the holiday season, for me, is curling up with a good historical romance.  However, I've been a bit moody this year, and I will say it's me because I've begun five romances in this genre and not finished a single one.  I was looking for that particular romance magic, a heroine I can route for and a hero who's angst is believable.  I found it with A Rogue By Any Other Name.  So all is not lost this holiday season in my own little private reading world. 

When he was young and foolish, Michael Borne lost his entire estate to his guardian in a game of chance.  He spent ten years rebuilding his wealth for the ultimate goal of revenge.  When his estate and family home is acquired by a former neighbor in another game of chance, and added to that neighbor's plain and aging daughter's dowry, Borne moves in and forces her hand in marriage.  Penelope is 29ish (I can't remember her age exactly and don't want to try and backtrack on the Nook), let's just say she is old for the regency era to still be unmarried, but I do love a romance that isn't about barely removed teenagers, so I appreciate the almost-a-spinster heroine.  She is well aware he wants her only for her dowry but there is a former relationship of childhood friendship, and friendship, as proven with this story, can be a more powerful persuader than revenge.

What added depth to this story, for me, is that their relationship began when they were children.  The author did a wonderful job portraying this endearing relationship though correspondence. 

I enjoyed this book so much I donated it to the Red Nook Team.  Also, we have just added a copy to the library's collection.  request A Rogue By Any Other Name from The Bangor Public Library

This is the first book in MacLean's new Rules Of Scoundrel's series.  The second looks just as fun; One Good Earl Deserves a Lover is due out the end of the month.

I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season and are reading lots of good books to share with us at January's meeting.

Please note: I have given this book a flaming chili pepper rating.  view rating system

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