Review: The Rogue Not Taken

The Rogue Not Taken

Sarah MacLean

Scandal & Scoundrel #1

Publisher: Avon
Publication date: 29-Dec-2015
Date Started: 16-Jan-2019
Date Finished: 18-Jan-2019
Format: ebook
Pages: 419
Genres: Romance, Historical Romance, Regency Romance
ISBN: 9780062379412
Source: Library



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…”



Sarah MacLean never disappoints. This book channels the theme of love being worth the risk.

This story begins with a girl trying to escape an embarrassing situation by stowing away in an Earl’s coach. Once he discovers her, they fight and bicker, she gets shot, and they unknowingly fall in love. The earl brings her to his father to taunt him with a scandalous fiance, upsets the girl, he then thinks she trapped him, and they realize their undying love and live happily.  A must read.

The heroine of the story is Sophie, she is one who acts before thinking of the consequences. As someone with low self-esteem, she finds it very difficult to accept compliments. The Earl, Eversly also called “King” in the story, is a reckless supposed rake who helps women get out of unhappy engagements by feining to compromise them. A secretly good human-being.

This is the first book in a series, of which I had previously read the other two novels. After finishing this one I wish I had started at the beginning of the series because some events from this novel come up later in the others.

The writing style is an easy and addictive read. I definitely recommend this book to historical romance fans.

About the Author

“New York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller Sarah MacLean is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages, and winner of back-to-back RITA Awards for best historical romance from the Romance Writers of America.

Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place at the nexus of gender and cultural studies. She is the author of a monthly column celebrating the best of the genre for the Washington Post. Her work in support of romance and the women who read it earned her a place on’s Sheroes list of 2014 and led Entertainment Weekly to call her “gracefully furious.” Sarah lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.”


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