Review: The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean

Review: The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLeanThe Rogue Not Taken (Scandal & Scoundrel, #1) by Sarah MacLean
Series: Scandal & Scoundrel #1
Published by Avon on December 29th 2015
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Romance
Pages: 419
Source: Edelweiss

The youngest of the infamous Talbot sisters scandalized society at the Liverpool Summer Soiree, striking her sister’s notoriously philandering husband and landing him backside-first in a goldfish pond. And we thought Sophie was the quiet one…
When she finds herself the target of very public aristocratic scorn, Sophie Talbot does what she must to escape the city and its judgment—she flees on the back of a carriage, vowing never to return to London…or to society. But the carriage isn’t saving her from ruin. It’s filled with it.
The Marquess of Eversley was espied descending a rose trellis—escaping an irate Earl and his once-future countess. No lady is safe from Eversley’s Engagement Ending Escapades!
Kingscote, the Marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn’t charm, a quality that results in a reputation far worse than the truth, a furious summons home, and a long, boring trip to the Scottish border. When King discovers stowaway Sophie, however, the trip becomes anything but boring.
He thinks she’s trying to trick him into marriage. She wouldn’t have him if he were the last man on earth. But carriages bring close quarters, dark secrets, and unbearable temptation, and suddenly opposites are altogether too attractive…


This book reminded me of why I love Sarah MacLean so much. It may be because The Rogue Not Taken (is a pun) is reminiscent of Nine Rule to Break When Romancing a Rake (one my favouritest HR), but more likely who doesn’t love a wallflower heroine who’s breaking out of her shell, and along the way cause chaos for our roguishly charming hero?

With a  scandalous family and a moniker that she can’t get rid of, Lady Sophie Talbot just wanted a ride home from Kingscote, the Marquess of Eversley. He thinks she’s trying to trick him into marriage (despite her protest). Sophie decided she won’t take no for an answer and it’s banter and hilarious shenanigans all around. The beginning of the book is a perfect amount of hilarious and ridiculous.

I adore Sophie and King together. Seeing their relationship go from loathing and quarreling to ridiculous high-jinks…

“Do you need assistance carrying her round to the inn?”

“No.” King’s response was clipped. He could carry his own impostor wife himself, dammit.

To that delicious tension as they try to work out their feelings is just perfection.

His lips found hers, stealing  heartbeat of a kiss before he moved to worship at her throat. “We’re not suppose to like each other.” Her words came on a sigh.

“Don’t worry. We don’t.”

What a lie that was.

Sophie is a fantastic heroine – brave, sassy, kind, intelligent and of course a little awkward. I loved her growth throughout the story.

Of course. Because when it rained, it poured, and Sophie – who’d never held a handsome gentleman’s attention for longer than the half second it took him to realize she as not the lady he sought – was bedridden and unwashed when saddled with two of them. She was doomed.

King was an interesting hero. He was both the charming rogue and brooding hero mixed into one. There, of course, is some major angst as King struggles with some tragedy in his past and misunderstandings that leads to even more angst (why do you got to be like that, King /sigh – I still loved him though). Then there’s this back and forth of angst. Thankfully, he (and she) figures it out (though it does drag on a little unnecessarily long).

“You seemed to have made a career if rescuing me.”

He slid that hand up to her jaw, tilting her face to his staring deeply into her eyes. “I will always rescue you.”

Overall, The Rogue Not Taken is a delightful romance and awesome introduction to MacLean’s new series. The adventure that Sophie and King took me on had me laughing, sighing, swooning, and everything in between. Plus, it’s sort of a road-trip adventure, which usually equals hilarious shenanigans, what’s not to love! (Also, title…pun…10/10).

{Thanks to Avon and Edelweiss for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Author: Cyn

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4 Replies to “Review: The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean”

  1. I’m really glad you enjoyed this book! I honestly couldn’t get past to the part where someone gets injured! I mean, I thought Sophie’s antics were a little TSTL. I’m hoping to finish reading this book, though because I love Sarah.

    Interesting note, Nine Rules was initially a DNF for me but when I re-read it a second time, I fell in love with it!

    1. I hope you manage to finish it! I think it’s worth it 😉
      I have books like that, sometimes it just needs a second go!

  2. Ahhh! So that one you mentioned is one of your favorite HR novels – I’ll make a point to read it sometime in the (hopefully near) future. I adored The Rogue Not Taken! I’m looking forward to the next book in this series, as well as future MacLean novels. So glad you enjoyed this one too, Cyn! Lovely review. 🙂

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. Oh yay! Definitely check out Nine Rules! I can’t wait for more in this series too! I love the titles, haha.
      Thanks, Alyssa!

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