Thursday, August 14, 2014

Book Review: A Rogue by Any Other Name

From Goodreads:
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 is pretty far outside of my reading comfort zone.  I almost never read romance novels.  As in, other than those written by friends, the last time I picked up a romance novel was high school.  It's just not my thing.  But I'm doing a genre challenge this year that requires a romance novel and I've heard great things about Sarah MacLean, so I decided I'd go for broke and try this Regency novel.

While I'm not sure that I'm a convert to the romance genre, I was pleasantly surprised by the writing.  It's not literary by any means - it's definitely genre writing.  But it's surprisingly clever and funny, and I really enjoyed the characters, especially the women.  MacLean has written some engaging female characters who are smart and independent and think for themselves.

Entertainment Value
So I had a blast reading it.  I used to love romance novels, but it's been forever since I read one.  This reminded me of why I like them so much - there's a lot to be said for steamy scenes and a nice happily ever after ending.  The fact that there were strong female characters only made it that much more enjoyable

Even though I'm not a romance convert, I am impressed by MacLean and it wouldn't surprise me if I pick up another of her books in the future when I need something light and fluffy.  I think if you're into romance, or you're looking for something easy and fun, this is a great choice.

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