Monday, April 1, 2013

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover

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 w
ithout 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.

*May Contain Spoilers*

Sarah MacLean truly delivers in her novel, One Good Earl Deserves a Lover, with a scoundrel by reputation and a scientist that demands results. Readers will connect with both characters as they laugh out loud at MacLean's situational humor and honest witticism. 

Pippa is about to get married and everyone knows how odd she is. Including her fiance. But she's determined to abide by her vows... if only she knew what they meant. As a scientist she looks logically at any situation and is determined to get to the bottom of marital sex. She is a humorously honest, dedicated, and hopeful character. Readers will love her and connect with her as most have felt the effects of being the 'odd one out.' Though, I'm not sure how many readers will have experienced her need for ruination. 

Cross is the bad boy who wants nothing more than to be good. He's a rake, a scoundrel, and a liar. And will even admit it! But, he doesn't want to be. By trying to escape his past, he's fallen victim to his vices. But Pippa may just be the girl to save him. If he ever realizes that he's the one who needs it. Readers will adore his blunt speech, impeccable retort, and his absent charm while hoping that he'll break the chains of his past and allow his own happiness to be claimed victor. 

The plot follows Pippa as she attempts to convince Cross to "ruin" her so that she may come to understand what her future marriage will be like. As she discovers that desire, passion, and temptation are part of the scientific equation that equal sex, Pippa finds herself researching an entire different hypothesis. Amazing novel for those mature readers! I may just have to read the entire series. 

Rating: 4.5/5 Cups

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