A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean
Narrator: Rosalyn Landor
Date Read: March 2013
Genre: Historical, Romance
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 courtships have left Penelope with little interest in a quiet, comfortable marriage, and a longing for something more. How lucky that her new husband has access to such unexplored pleasures.
Bourne may be a prince of London’s underworld, but he vows to keep Penelope untouched by its wickedness—a challenge indeed as the lady discovers her own desires, and her willingness to wager anything for them... even her heart
Series: The Rules of Scoundrels #1
Also by this author: No Good Duke Goes Unpunished, Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover, The Rogue Not Taken, A Scot in the Dark, The Day of the Duchess br> br>
Also in this series: No Good Duke Goes Unpunished, Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover
Listened for BookClub (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 4.50
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: I immediately bought book 2 because I needed some more Scoundrels at the end!
Story Thoughts: I love Historicals where the lead guy loses everything but seems to rise from the ashes even if he is disreputable (I always say that with a Ving Rhames voice). This series is so far hitting the sweet spot with me in that regard. Bourne is disreputable and darn well set on getting his childhood home back. Penelope is his childhood friend and current block in getting it back. Their journey was fun, fast-paced, and full of hijinks on both of their parts.
Character Thoughts: Both leading characters were a hit with me. In fact, I would say they were downright delightful.I would also argue that Pen is almost better at living on the edge than Bourne! That means she had gumption, a spine, and level head on her shoulders. Everything that makes a good historical (or any genre) leading lady. I loved Bourne’s friends (the guys for the next 2 books) and Pen’s sister (who I think is just going to make me cheer from beginning to end in her book).
Narrated by Rosalyn Landor /Running Time 13 hrs and 16 mins
Rosalyn Landor did a wonderful job on the narration. Her voices were distinct and each character had their own “swagger”. The pacing, emotion, and accents were pretty spot-on also. I have a few other books that were narrated by her on my TBR. I know I won’t be disappointed!
Final Thoughts: I already downloaded book 2 and can’t wait to squeeze it into my reading agenda!