Bestselling Regency romance author Sarah MacLean’s new Rules of Scoundrels quartet will follow the four charming rogues who own the Fallen Angel gambling club. Each has fallen from society after a scandal but will find love strong enough to redeem him. The series is off to a great start with A Rogue by Any Other Name.
MacLean’s first scoundrel is the Marquess of Bourne who gambled away his inheritance when he was 19 years old. The scandal left him penniless and exiled from society, but he has built a new life and fortune for himself as one of the owners of the most notorious gambling hell in London. The only thing that he hasn’t regained is Falconwell, his ancestral estate. When he finds that Falconwell is now part of the dowry of his childhood neighbor Penelope Marbury, Bourne traps her into marrying him. Penelope has always loved her childhood friend Michael (now Bourne) but the man she has married bears little resemblance to him. Bourne doesn’t expect marriage to change his life, but Penelope is not at all the woman Bourne expected her to be. In the end, he has to choose between the revenge that he always wanted and the life he never knew that he could have.
MacLean has an extraordinary ability to create characters who readers love, and she injects a modern sense of humor into her historical setting. Old letters between Penelope and Bourne open each chapter, giving their relationship history and depth. The epilogue of A Rogue by Any Other Name has a tease of the next novel, and it will definitely leave readers wanting more. Readers new to Sarah MacLean should also try her Love by Numbers series, where Penelope makes her first appearance.