Book Review: The Rogue Not Taken (Scandal & Scoundrel #1) by Sarah MacLean



The youngest of the infamous Talbot sisters scandalized society at the Liverpool Summer Soiree, striking her sister’s notoriously philandering husband and landing him backside-first in a goldfish pond. And we thought Sophie was the quiet one…

When she finds herself the target of very public aristocratic scorn, Sophie Talbot does what she must to escape the city and its judgment—she flees on the back of a carriage, vowing never to return to London…or to society. But the carriage isn’t saving her from ruin. It’s filled with it.


The Marquess of Eversley was espied descending a rose trellis—escaping an irate Earl and his once-future countess. No lady is safe from Eversley’s Engagement Ending Escapades!

Kingscote, the Marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn’t charm, a quality that results in a reputation far worse than the truth, a furious summons home, and a long, boring trip to the Scottish border. When King discovers stowaway Sophie, however, the trip becomes anything but boring.


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, and suddenly opposites are altogether too attractive…


Book Review:

This book was laugh out loud funny! I haven’t had such a good time reading a book in forever! The main character was witty, sarcastic, full of spunk and good humor. Oh my goodness, I absolutely adored every single second of this book!

I haven’t read a historical fiction in a very long time. This took me back to the days when I would devour Johanna Lindsey books like they were out of style. I didn’t really know how well I would respond to a straight up historical romance, but, oh boy, I’m so glad that I didn’t push this one under the shelf. This was just a heaping dose of amazing!

The Rogue not taken is full of drama and scandal. I can’t even begin to tell you how many crazy adventures the main character manages to walk straight into it. From start to finish something is always going down! Never a dull moment!

The main male character, King, was gorrrrrgeeeeous! Also full of spunk and good humor, King often had my lip curling up in amusement and my heart beating a mile a minute. I could definitely have done with some more scenes of that fine man.

I would say that the sexy scenes could have been a little more developed. I loved the flirting and the banter throughout most of the book. When we finally got to the ultimate a+b=c scene, though, I was left a little bit disappointed. That’s what I waited for?

The second half of the book definitely lost some of that spark and good humor that the first half of the book had. It probably started to happen about when both MCs started to develop feelings for one another. All of a sudden, it was more about being proper and shyly flirting. I definitely missed the good hearted jabs that they would throw at each other during the first half of the book. I definitely thought that the first half was way better than the second half.

Overall, I was a big fan of this book. This is the first Maclean book that I’ve ever read, so I’m very excited to finish the rest of her works!

Pages: 419

Publication Date: December 29th, 2015

Publisher: Avon

Rating: [rating: 4]


  1. I really enjoyed the humour in this debut novel too! And it reminded me a little of Lindsay Sands… I keep meaning to get to the sequel actually and continue on with the series.

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