I’m not gonna lie – I was equal parts nervous and excited about picking up A Rogue By Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean. Her previous trilogy was fantastic, and she had a lot to live up to. Part of me was sure she could handle it – and luckily, that part was right!
Ten years ago, some bad stuff went down and the young Marquess of Bourne got a crap deal (literally). He dedicated his life to revenge and his chance has finally come. It means taking advantage of (and ruining the life of) childhood friend Penelope Marbury. Too bad Bourne isn’t too concerned with feelings, or he might care. At least that is what he thinks…
The plot synopsis of A Rogue By Any Other Name had me a little wary. I don’t like jerks, and I don’t like reading books about jerks. No matter how great Penelope Marbury turned out to be, could I handle a book – even one written by Sarah MacLean – that features an unlikable hero?
Then I started the book and just had to laugh at myself. Unlikable? Hardly. I never once stopped rooting for the Marquess of Bourne! His back story was excellent and it was fairly easy to excuse all of his craptastic behavior. Insert sigh of relief here.
Seriously – so many times, the reasons behind rakes and rogues acting like fools are ridiculous. They have wussy, weak and poor back stories that barely make sense. Sarah MacLean doesn’t have this difficulty!
Everything about A Rogue By Any Other Name is excellent, including the side characters. I am already dying to see where the series goes next! I absolutely can’t wait to pick up the next book. Sarah MacLean has me hooked. And while Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake is still easily my favorite of her books, I won’t be doubting her mad skills again.