Narrator: Justine Eyre
Series: Scandal & Scoundrel #1
Published by Harper Audio on December 29, 2015
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance
Length: 11 hours, 46 minutes
Source: Audible Purchase
Lady Sophie - Society Splash!
When Sophie, the least interesting of the Talbot sisters, lands her philandering brother-in-law backside first in a goldfish pond in front of all society, she becomes the target of very public aristocratic scorn. Her only choice is to flee London, vowing to start a new life far from the aristocracy. Unfortunately, the carriage in which she stows away isn't saving her from ruin. It's filled with it.
Rogue - Reign of Ravishment!
Kingscote - "King" - the marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn't charm, resulting in a reputation far worse than the truth, a general sense that he's more pretty face than proper gentleman, and an irate summons home to the Scottish border. When King discovers stowaway Sophie, however, the journey becomes anything but boring.
War? Or More?
He thinks she's trying to trick him into marriage. She wouldn't have him if he were the last man on Earth. But carriages bring close quarters, dark secrets, and unbearable temptation, making opposites altogether too attractive....
The Rogue Not Taken was in my introduction to both SMacLean and JEyre and the meeting was a pure delight! SMacLean crafted a story that was riveting, humorous, exciting, heartbreaking and heartwarming while JEyre brought the characters to life. I’m eager to continue this series in audio.
I really enjoyed the circumstances under which Sophie and Eversley meet. SMacLean employed both humor and heartbreak in their meeting and in their subsequent journey together. There was also quite a bit of suspense due to the fact that Sophie was gallivanting around England unchaperoned. All these elements were well balanced and made for an exciting story as both Sophie and Eversley worked towards what they wanted in life – to snub society.
Sophie, known as the plain and boring youngest of the Talbot sisters happily stayed in the background as her sisters made the most of their newfound place in society. She never asked for nor wanted the burdens that accompanied money and title. When she creates a scandal by publicly dressing down her brother-in-law she also sets about proving she’s neither plain nor uninteresting. Eversley, who has quite the reputation as a rake, falls upon – literally – Sophie an he’s escaping his latest conquest. As he and Sophie makes deals, endure highwaymen and danger while attempting to make it to their respective destinations, they both prove they’re not what they seem. And their true selves match quite well. But of course they are wealthy and titled and must maneuver a few obstacles on their way to an HEA.
Their romance blossomed beautifully as they made it through all they experienced. As I said, they had hurdles to jump and they didn’t always clear them cleanly but that only served to make their relationship more solid.
The Rogue Not Taken was delightful and I do plan to continue this series in audio as JEyre impressed me with her narration and made it difficult to pull my earbuds out. 😉
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2020 Audio Challenge