The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean (Scandal & Scoundrel #1)

The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLeanAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Historical Romance

Publisher: Avon

My Copy: Edelweiss

Reviewer: Pam


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. 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, and suddenly opposites are altogether too attractive…

I have loved everything I have read from this author, her characters have complexity and humor and the plots she creates are compelling and intriguing. When I heard she was starting a new series I jumped at the chance to read it.

Sophie Talbot is the youngest of five sisters. Her father was granted the title of an Earl because of the wealth he made in coal. The Talbots are not as welcome in society as others of their peerage and it does not help that the sisters are scandalous in their actions. Sophie stays away from the scandals; she hates society and all it stands for. Unfortunately she accidently becomes the talk of the town when she tries to protect her oldest sister and embarrasses her brother-in-law, a duke. She decides she has had enough of London; she never wanted this world anyway and finds a way to Mossbend and the home she grew up in. However when she requests help from the Marquess of Eversley, he refuses, so she takes matters into her own hands and the wild ride begins.

King, the Marquess is on his way to his dying father, a man he despises. He has a message for his father and wants to deliver it in person. After he refuses to help one of the Dangerous Daughters, he travels and races his way to the first Inn, only to find his footman wearing women’s slippers, and is amazed no one else caught the mistake in her disguise. Their journey to Cumbria is as wild as it can be; there are carriage races, a fake marriage, highwaymen, a gorgeous doctor and an array of other incidences that makes this story so much fun.

This is one of the best books I have read this year. I adored these two people; their hate to love relationship is full of witty banter, groveling and an amazing romance. I am so excited to start this new series.

Sophie is a delight; she is the youngest of scandal loving sisters whose antics grace the papers each week. But she wants no part in their world. She wants to go back to a simpler time in her life and makes steps to accomplish it. And although she is labeled boring and un-fun, she is anything but, as she takes on King while traveling throughout England.

King believes Sophie is out to trap him in marriage, so tries to stay away from her, but as they make their way across the countryside, they are together whether they like it or not, their interesting conversations and her escapades had me laughing all the way to Cumbria. Their hate to love relationship was so much fun even when I wanted to kick King because of the mean things he said, most of the time without thinking. However he redeemed himself in the end, after I shed a few tears.

The story is fast paced from beginning to end and I had a blast reading. I enjoyed meeting the secondary characters who play important roles, I loved the doctor that helped save her, even though he told her many times that she could still die, he was hilarious, and King’s friend the Duke of

Warrick from Scotland who is very sexy and will make a great hero in the next book. Her sisters were entertaining, but a bit selfish which is why I enjoyed the friends she made along the way more, yet they all helped create this wonderful story. I highly recommend this historical romance with adventure, witty dialog and love.

I give The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean 5 stars!

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