What a scoundrel wants, a scoundrel gets…
A decade ago, the Marquess of Bourne was cast from society with nothing but his title. Now a partner in London’s most exclusive gaming hell, the cold, ruthless Bourne will do whatever it takes to regain his inheritance—including marrying perfect, proper Lady Penelope Marbury.
A broken engagement and years of disappointing courtships have left Penelope with little interest in a quiet, comfortable marriage, and a longing for something more. How lucky that her new husband has access to such unexplored pleasures.
Bourne may be a prince of London’s underworld, but he vows to keep Penelope untouched by its wickedness—a challenge indeed as the lady discovers her own desires, and her willingness to wager anything for them… even her heart. – Goodreads
It seems I have jumped full into the historical romance field with no questions besides looking at friends recommendations lists. A Rogue by Any Other Name came into my life because it was recommended by friends and my library’s overdrive app. While the overdrive app is 50/50 in accurate recommendations, this is one that I enjoyed. Huzzah!
While the Marquess of Bourne and Lady Penelope once were friends, they no longer are. Marquess of Bourne, or Michael lost everything in a card game around ten years ago. While he found this to be the!worst!thing!ever! it is actually the kick in the ass he needed to get the fire in his life that made him do something with his life. While this makes him vengeful and a bit of an asshole, that one moment changed his life forever. Lady Penelope’s life was shaped by the moment that she broke her engagement off and was the talk of the season, for multiple seasons.
Bourne, or as Penelope calls him, Michael, is determined to get his estate back and the only way he can figure out to get it back is to essentially kidnap, compromise and force Penelope into marrying him. What Michael doesn’t know is that Penelope has loved him for most of her life. Even when he left her, she always loved him, her childhood friend. While he treats the marriage as a business proposition, filled with negotiations and threats, she treats it more as something that is filled with a sort of love. She is not naive, she knows that he views it as a business deal, but to her it’s more than that.
What MacLean made work was that about halfway through the novel, Michael comes around, he begins to realize that he’s been a bit of an asshole. Not even a “bad boy” but a pure asshole and he begins to try to make amends. What he doesn’t expect is that Penelope doesn’t make it easy. She knows, from experience that people don’t just change and she is suspicious of the fact that Michael is willing to change so quickly. What doesn’t change however is Michael and his need for revenge and how it might tear the couple apart. While this is my first MacLean novel, I don’t plan on letting this be my last.