Date read: January 4, 2014
The Rules of Scoundrels
1. A Rogue by Any Other Name
2. One Good Earl Deserves a Lover - Paperback | Kindle
3. No Good Duke Goes Unpunished
4. Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover
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Lady Philippa Marbury is odd. The bespectacled, brilliant fourth daughter of the Marquess of Needham and Dolby cares more for books than balls, flora than fashion and science than the season. Nearly engaged to Lord Castleton, Pippa wants to explore the scandalous parts of London she's never seen before marriage. And she knows just who to ask: the tall, charming, quick-witted bookkeeper of The Fallen Angel, London's most notorious and coveted gaming hell, known only as Cross.Thoughts on One Good Earl Deserves a Lover: Oh, I got a kick out of this book. Pippa's very ordered, logical, blunt way of looking at things threw Cross for a loop more than once. Cross is an excellent match for her intellect and one of the few who aren't intimidated by her intelligence and her quest to learn new things. But... he's also not used to gently bred ladies showing up out of the blue and demanding answers to such things as what purpose the tongue is used for while kissing.
Like any good scientist, Pippa's done her research and Cross's reputation makes him perfect for her scheme. She wants science without emotion—the experience of ruination without the repercussions of ruination. And who better to provide her with the experience than this legendary man? But when this odd, unexpected female propositions Cross, it's more than tempting . . . and it will take everything he has to resist following his instincts—and giving the lady precisely what she wants.
It was GLORIOUS to watch him go all befuddled when she started asking questions.
Pippa's acceptance that she was odd and nobody would see her as more than that was heartbreaking. When Cross not only sees her but enjoys the way her mind works, she begins to experience a riot of pesky emotions that so defy her logical mind. And so the ruination of Philippa Marbury takes a turn. Because Pippa never planned to get her heart involved and the more time she spends with Cross the more she falls for him.
Cross, on the other hand, has a few demons plaguing him. Guilt. Anger. More guilt. Poor guy. With the things he's dealing with from his past and the things that pop up in the course of his and Pippa's acquaintance, he's in a tough place.
Good thing he has a determined, intelligent woman to keep him from straying from the things that are important.
All in all, Pippa and Cross's story was very fun and kept me entertained with Pippa's determination to find out answers to all the things she had questions on. And now, Temple's up next! Let the games begin!