A Rogue by Any Other Name

Avon. (Rules of Scoundrels, Bk. 1). Mar. 2012. c.400p. ISBN 9780062068521. pap. $7.99. HISTORICAL
OrangeReviewStarNine years ago, Michael Lawler, the young Marquess of Bourne, was lured into a reckless card game and lost everything but his title. Now, motivated by revenge and a wealthy part-owner of one of London's most notorious upscale gaming hells, Bourne has a chance to reclaim what he has lost—and nothing will stand in his way, not even marrying his childhood friend Lady Penelope Marbury. But marriage to the adventurous, courageous Penelope is not at all what he expects, and while their public "love match" begins as a lie, the ultimate results surprise them both.
VERDICT Brilliantly crafted and deliciously seductive, MacLean's (Eleven Scandals To Start To Win a Duke's Heart) latest offering makes refreshing use of the vengeance theme, provides an enlightening view of the darker side of the London social scene, and beautifully sets the stage for the rest of the scoundrels in the series. MacLean lives in Brooklyn.

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