One Good Earl Deserves a Lover (Rules of Scoundrels #2) by Sarah MacLean
Synopsis: The second in the incredible new Rules of Scoundrels series fromNew York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean.
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.
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.
Review: Book two had similar tendencies towards the emotional roller coaster that book one had. It was the whole doomed-lovers-because-they-are-promised-to-another scenario and how can they possibly thwart their cruel fate to be separated. It was enjoyable, but I liked book one better. With that said, this was hard to put down and I loved watching the character interactions between Pippa and Cross. It ended happily and beautifully, though I would have liked to see a mended relationship between brother and sister. That was never resolved. I loved how Pippa saved Cross and the scene at the church at the end of the story was perfect. Overall, sweet and enjoyable.