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The Rogue Not Taken

Book 1, Scandal & Scoundrel - Scandal & Scoundrel, Book I

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Lady Sophie’s Society Splash

When Sophie, the least interesting of the Talbot sisters, lands her philandering brother-in-law backside-first in a goldfish pond in front of all society, she becomes the target of very public aristocratic scorn. Her only choice is to flee London, vowing to start a new life far from the aristocracy. Unfortunately, the carriage in which she stows away isn’t saving her from ruin . . . it’s filled with it.

Rogue’s Reign of Ravishment!

Kingscote, “King,” the Marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn’t charm, resulting in a reputation far worse than the truth, a general sense that he’s more pretty face than proper gentleman, and an irate summons home to the Scottish border. When King discovers stowaway Sophie, however, the journey becomes anything but boring.

War? Or More?

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, making opposites altogether too attractive . . .

From Publishers Weekly

Oct 19, 2015 – MacLean's spellbinding first Scandal and Scoundrel Regency romance (linked to her popular Rules of Scoundrels series) revitalizes the usual pairing of defiant wallflower and misunderstood rogue, spicing up the story with characters who make provocative propositions and brave assorted dangers. Sophie Talbot loathes everything about the aristocracy. Her father's now an earl, thanks to his financial success with coal mines, but she preferred her previous life as a commoner, and after an embarrassing public scene, she decides to flee London forever. To her chagrin, the carriage she stows away in also contains Kingscote, Marquess of Eversley, who's making a hasty getaway after what she assumes is one of his infamous trysts. Eversley knows he should steer clear of the Soiled S's, as Sophie and her sisters are known, but that doesn't stop him from helping Sophie time and again. He's made it clear to the brash young woman that he'll never fall for her. Now, if he can just convince himself of that, his world can remain upright on its axis. Readers will be intoxicated by the emotional connection between the lovers, which makes their banter that much more amusing and their eventual physical passion that much more satisfying. Sophie's delightful family will leave readers eager for future installments in the series. Comedy, action, secrets, and love: this book has it all.

Customer Reviews

read in one sitting far past my bedtime story

Sarah MacLean opens her new Scandal & Scoundrel series with The Rogue Not Taken, a wonderful introduction to a new series, and a perfect introduction to historical romance for those new to the genre. Using all of the foundations to build a good story: well-developed characters, compelling storyline, adventure and humor, and never gives much downtime.

Sophie is the youngest daughter in a family that seems to attract and covet scandal. Daughter of a coal-miner who was titled by the king, she is frustrated by the suffocating convention (and hypocrisy) of the Tonne. When she catches her brother-in-law in a compromising position, she’s fed up and their verbal confrontation ends in a koi pond, she is given the cut direct by all who saw her outburst. She dashes out of the gathering, but must find a way home without sulking in the family carriage.

Kingscote, Marquess of Eversley and famed (if the scandal sheets have it right) for breaking up betrothals and then moving on happens upon Sophie hiding out in the garden as he, following his boots, climbed down the trellis. Seeing potential for escape, Sophie attempts holding a boot hostage for a ride back to Mayfair. Soundly rejected, she uses her wits, fearlessness and impulsivity to trade places with a footman, clothes and all.

From here, the story mixes scandalous headlines, action, adventure, cross-dressing, robbery, bullets, pubic scuffles and arrangements that would turn proper society upside down as they gobbled up the stories. Using headlines that could be ripped from a current day tabloid, MacLean updates each new development with the best innuendos and rumor as fact. This story is warm, funny and engaging, and while some of the moments dip into silliness, MacLean fully embraces that lightness and joy, and the few somber moments are balanced nicely with the lighter moments, as characters are built, connections are forged as the story works to a conclusion that is inevitable to everyone BUT Sophie and King.

Mixing secondary characters that add depth and the occasional tension-fraught moments, this was a read in one sitting far past my bedtime story, and I loved every moment of it. Both characters were so intransigent in their own self-made prisons, and so afraid to see what was standing in front of them, waving a big red flag and doing the jig. This just made the realizations sweeter and the ending more satisfying for everyone concerned.

I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.


I couldn't believe this book was written by"The"
Sarah MacLean, I keep on going back to the cover to make sure is was her name on it. I have read All her books.
The main female character with her convoluted
and uninteresting sisters drama, so Annoying!!!
King the "hero",a real Ahole you will ever find in the romance world. The plot just so weak and ridiculous it make me angry,that I would love to have my money back!!!

The Rogue not Taken

Loved this book I laughed out loud a few times, loved the adventure hot steamy love great book!

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The Rogue Not Taken
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Dec 29, 2015
  • Publisher: Avon
  • Print Length: 432 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Scandal & Scoundrel
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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