Series: The Rules of Scoundrels #1
Published by Avon on February 28, 2012
Genres: Historical Romance
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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.
This book is probably my favorite among all historical romances that I’ve read. It has pretty much everything I’m looking for in a historical romance. It made me feel so much emotion, I wonder how I could have contained it.
A Rogue by Any Other Name is about Michael who lost his land, Falconwell, through a game of cards. Years after, he is now an owner of The Fallen Angel, a notorious gaming hell. He’s accumulated a huge amount of wealth… and yet, he aims for nothing but getting back his lands. However, his lands have now become part of Lady Penelope Marbury’s dowry – his childhood best friend. Bourne will do anything and everything to get his land back… including forcing Penelope to marry him.
The plot is a generic historical romance plot. Here we have a marriage that is not exactly a love match, a marriage that is a business negotiation. And yet, something about this book stands out from the rest.
It must be that the characters are absolutely interesting! I was really interested with Michael’s duality. I loved all his internal battles – does he want his revenge or does he want a life with his wife? I also really loved Penelope. I loved how she’s so strong and how she stood up to Michael whenever he is being an ass. I loved how caring she is to other people. But above all, I love their relationship. It’s not perfect and it’s kind of cliche but I love how they eventually realize that they love each other and their love will conquer whatever it is they need to conquer.
But I guess, my favorite part about this book is the paragraphs about their childhood together. There were only so few and I clinged to them because they were so good. Well, I am biased since I really love stories about childhood friends!
Overall, this book has all the ingredients of a good historical romance. I would really recommend this for lovers of the genre or those who want to try out historical romance!