Books by Sarah Maclean

B
Brazen and the Beast

Brazen and the Beast is vintage Sarah MacLean.  Which is, for me, a good thing.  I was completely absorbed in the romance, which is perfectly paced and gets off to a good start, but unfortunately, not everything else is as good and the villains (except one, who features in the next book) are under ...

B
Wicked and the Wallflower

I was predisposed to like Wicked and the Wallflower:  I love a great wallflower, especially if she’s also smart, feisty, curious and passionate and wicked, anti-heroes are my romance catnip - the naughtier the better.  Do your worst romance authors, I’ll love him anyway; and, I’m a fan of Ms ...

B+
The Day of the Duchess

Sarah MacLean concludes her Scandal and Scoundrels series with The Day of the Duchess, the book many of us have been eagerly anticipating since Sophie, youngest of the scandalous Talbot sisters, pushed Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven, into an ornamental fish pond in book one, The Rogue Not Taken. ...

C
A Scot in the Dark

Lillian “Lily” Hargrove agreed to pose naked for a painter she loved. When he betrays her by winning a contest with the private work, she is both brokenhearted and ruined. Lily’s absentee guardian, Alec Stuart, Duke of Warnick, comes to save her by marrying her off ­ to anybody but him. ...

B+
The Rogue Not Taken

In The Rogue Not Taken, the first in a new series from Sarah MacLean, she introduces us to the five Talbot sisters, daughters of a recently ennobled Earl who made his fortune in trade. Needless to say, given their origins, the family is tolerated rather than accepted by the ton, but instead of cowe ...

B
Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord

It’s been a while since I read Sarah Maclean’s Love By The Numbers trilogy, but I remember liking this – the middle book – the best out of the three. The hero is Lord Nicholas St. John, a bit of a nineteenth century Indiana Jones – an adventurer and expert in antiquities whose exploits in ...

A
No Good Duke Goes Unpunished

This was a truly wonderful story of revenge and redemption, the darkest of the three books that have as yet appeared in this series. In Temple, Ms MacLean has created possibly her most engaging, heart-breakingly gorgeous hero so far, which is really saying something given how much I adored Cross in ...

B-
One Good Earl Deserves a Lover

Sarah MacLean's writing flows well stylistically, her characters tend to have great conversations, and despite the light tone suggested by her titles, go to some deep places emotionally. All of these elements were present in One Good Earl Deserves a Lover, but since the book is also saddled with a ...

B
A Rogue by Any Other Name

I’ve got to hand it to an author who can take a premise I don’t think I’ll like and a hero who sounds like a jerk - and turn it all into a book I couldn’t help but enjoy. With its over the top language and sex scenes, A Rogue by Any Other Name skirts the edge of guilty pleasure territory. Bu ...

D
Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart

Like Ms. MacLean's series, this review is by the numbers. Here are eleven reasons for my disinterest in Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart . 1)The title is overwrought. Ms. Maclean’s trio of linked books is the Love by Numbers trilogy, and the titles all contain a little rhyme. I f ...