January 22, 2013 by thebookslayer
One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean
Release Date : January 29th
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.
Indeed, if there was one truth in society it was this: Rake, rogue, or scoundrel-an heir required reformation. He could wreak his havoc, sow his wild oats, and scandalize society with his youthful indiscretions, but his future was cast in stone by the finest of masons. He would eventually find himself shackled to his title, his land, and his estate-a prisoner of peerage alongside his brethren in the House of Lords.
No, freedom was not for heirs, but for spares.
And so the story of Jasper Arlesey, the second son of Earl Harlow, began.
Jasper was not one to settle down. Being the second son, he knew he was allowed freedoms that his brother, the would-be heir, did not have. This meant women, booze, and lack of responsibility in general were the name of his game. But all this changed one day when his brother and sister were in a carriage accident. An accident that Jasper should have been in, instead of his brother, Baine. The outcome was one he least expected, he became the would-be heir and from then on came to bear his cross, burden. Thus, Cross was born.
Lady Philippa Malbury, or Pippa as she was affectionately known to many, was anything but normal. Her mind was one that functioned on a scientific level. In order to understand the world around her she dissected and questioned everything. As you can imagine, she was a very unusual child but Pippa remained Pippa throughout her childhood and into adulthood.
And so the beginning of the book starts. Pippa, being Pippa, was betrothed to be married soon and she decided to take life into her owns hands. How you ask? She wanted to understand marriage and the vows she was about to make. So she decided to research all about these vows and what they would mean to her. She required…ruination and who better than an expert in ruination. Cross was legendary for just that.
One day she showed up at the club to confront him and ask for his assistance. Their banter back and forth was hilarious. I don’t want to give the whole book away, but I promise you that you don’t want to miss this one. The story has plenty of twists and turns. A smart-geeky girl tries to seduce the famous rogue. Let me tell you, it was quite fun to read. Pippa was practical as ever and Cross was waylaid at every turn by her abrupt and curious nature.
In the end…well I can’t give the ending away, but it’s a great one. I can sum it all up in one word. Love, it was all for love.
Recommendation : If you are looking for a book about a smart-geeky girl who can bring a rogue to his knees than this book is for you.
I want to thank Avon Books via Edelweiss for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.