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The plot line in one line: A knowledge-hungry young lady betrothed to a simple man seeks the help of a casino’s bookkeeper to learn about sex before her wedding day, but despite the troubled hunk’s initial refusals the lessons start and both graduate with a masters in love.
The good and the bad: This book features one of the most erotic scenes I have ever read – and said scene doesn’t even involve intercourse! The sexual tension between Pippa and Cross is beyond electric – she’s a virgin under the spell of his sheer magnetism and he’s barely keeping a grip of his self-control in the face of his lust for the sweet and quirky lady. So when the scene in Cross’s office arrives and he at last gives in a little to temptation, it is absolutely knock out. Honestly, I had to take a moment to recover when I finished the chapter. I’m getting flustered just thinking about it now. And the next sex scene after that is pretty bloomin’ hot too!
Stellar sex scenes aside, the whole book it is really well written and the story is original. Much like the first book in the series, it seems well-researched and is a great little yarn. The book is more complex than just girl meets boy and falls in love and yet the side stories that give it more substance are not a distraction from the love story.
I would give the book five stars but I am dropping half a star because there were quite a few typos in the second half and the repetitive description of people’s smiles as the mouth “kicking up” started to grate a little. I also would have liked to have seen a more satisfactory conclusion regarding Cross’s situation with his sister. These are little things that by no means prevented me thoroughly enjoying what was a fantastic novel.
I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.
Absolutely excellent story. I love both the heroine (Pippa) and the hero (Cross) Odd Pippa may have been but she is an indomitable female, and an absolute joy, it was just a shame her family didn't appreciate her. I did feel for Pippa's betrothed (Castleton) he was such a sweet person, but he was definitely inferior mentally to Pippa and had they married they would have been greatly mismatched. The banter between Pippa and Cross was excellent and they definitely were made for each other. Pippa's sister (Olivia) was a witch and I found it hard to believe that their mother (silly woman) would plan a double wedding when the sister's were as different as chalk and cheese. It proved without a shadow of a doubt that Pippa was a selfless and lovely young woman as I wouldn't have blamed her if she had 'strangled' Olivia. I would thoroughly recommend this book, and look forward to the other books in the series.
What a great book. I loved every minute of it. I also read a few comments from other readers about Lady Philippa which were less than flattering. I'm unsure as to whether the author meant this but Lady Philippa strikes me as someone with mild autism. And I liked that. Why should our heroes be perfect. Autism must have existed for ever and people with the condition will have been considered a bit odd or strange, which is exactly what Philippa is and she has no compunctions about stating this fact and quite often stating things that are glaringly obvious. They also struggle with shades of grey, something else which Lady Philippa does. Also he inability to really see the danger she is in every time she turns up at the fallen angel point to a mild autistic streak.
As I say, I may be wrong and this may never have been Sarah MacLean's intention but for me, it made Philippa (or Pippa) all the more adorable and not your average heroine. It made the fact that Cross saw through her oddness all the more interesting and made him a better man for it.
The story itself kept me riveted and Fallen Angel has fast become my favourite place in Mayfair, even though it does not exist in real life. Any way, I got through this book quicker than I have any book in a long long time. In fact I was up until 7am this morning reading it. It's that good.
This, the second episode in the Rules of Scoundrels series, is another masterpiece, that effortlessly carries on from A Rogue by any Other Name. The excitement is there, the beautiful contrast drawn between the formalities of London society and the temptation of its underworld, and the tension between our fallen angel (Cross) and his salvation (Lady Philippa Marbury, younger sister to the first heroine in this series, Penelope) is enthralling.
Sarah Maclean's writing is colourful, her characters captivate, and she manages to tantalise and tease her reader with insights into the thoughts of both hero and heroine. After reading A Rogue by any Other Name, I stumbled across her Love by Numbers series, which (although enjoyable) aren't a patch on the Rules of Scoundrels books. I can't believe I have to wait until November to see how the third partner in the Fallen Angel club fares, or who will be his heroine now that the Marbury sisters are all married...
All in all, this is a very enjoyable read and one you'll not regret buying...!
The second of Sarah mclean's series about the aristocratic owners of a notorious London gaming hell and the women they love is an entertaining treat. Hero Jasper Cross is an earl who has fallen from grace after the death if his brother and believes himself unworthy of love but the delightful blue stocking heroine Philippa Marbury soon disrupts his notorious life when she decides to request his help as a research partner. What is she researching? Um, well, the intricacies of the marriage bed!
I love Sarah's characters! The women are so much smarter and gutsier than all the Bella Swans being written out there. The bodice ripping stuff is mostly towards the end of the book but that didn't take away from the story for me. I will be reading the rest of these and hopefully there will be better things in the future for the rest of Cross's family.
I just love reading Sarah MacLean's work. I have purchased all of this author's books and thoroughly enjoyed them, including this one. I have already pre-ordered the next in the series: No Good Duke Goes Unpunished - out in around Aug this year.