Book: A Rogue by Any Other Name (The First Rule of Soundrels)
Author: Sarah Maclean
Year Published: 2012
VioletRose90′s Rating: 2.5/5
Historical Romance has been a guilty pleasure of mine since I was a teenager. I just had a major revival of this love recently. My first book review is on A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah Maclean. This book is the first book of The Rule of Soundrels series.This takes place in the early 1830s London. It’s about the exiled Marquess of Bourne (who’s now one of the partners of the London Underground’s gaming hell) who wants to regain his inheritance by marrying the proper Lady Penelope Marbury. The Lady Penelope Marbury has dealt with a broken engagement and wants more than a simple and quiet marriage life. All of that changes when she meets the Marquess of Bourne.
Now to the book review…
Uh, where can I start? The book started out strong, but as I progressed, the book looses it’s steam and drags. In other words, it gets boring. I basically skimmed through after I read 70% of the book. I felt the author just didn’t care anymore and half-assed through the rest of the book.
There characters were okay, even though they weren’t well-developed. The constant hating each other and not trusting each other got old fast. The secondary characters are just there with not background info about them.
And I couldn’t help but notice how extremely modern the dialogue was for that time period.
I read from other reviewers that her other books in the series (and all of her other books) aren’t too better. So I’m definitely not going to read anything else from this author.
Why the generous rating? There were some scenes in the book that were entertaining and unintentionally funny. Do I recommend this book to a historical romance buff? No, I do not.