Review – The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean

POSTED ON February 29, 2016 BY Austine IN Book Review

Review – The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean
The Rogue Not Taken
by Sarah MacLean
Series: Scandal & Scoundrel #1
Published on December 29, 2015 by Avon
Format: Paperback
Pages: 419
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance


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…

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I’m not sure what to say about this book. I read it after a really stressful day and the reading itself lifted my mood significantly. The Rogue Not Taken definitely didn’t disappoint when it comes to romances. To be fair, I’ve read enough of those free books on my Nook that I’m not really sure what qualifies as good or not. At first, I thought this was a great read. Then I thought about it.

5 minutes post-read: You know? I really liked that book. It was a great romance.

10 minutes post-read: One thing I don’t understand is why Sophie put up with so much. But it’s just a cheesy romance. Happy endings are good, right?

15 minutes post-read: King is an asshole. 

There’s a certain formula to romances and this one followed it quite well. I loved Sophie and really connected with her character, which made King’s character a bit more bearable. Now I will say that, for those of you who have also read The Rogue Not Taken, that I absolutely don’t condone the idea of the hero getting off easy because he apologized. King had to be one of the rudest, most obnoxious jerks I’ve read to-date in a romance. He constantly put Sophie down and was outright nasty to her while she compromised and put up with him through it all.

I really liked Sophie. She could be quite snarky at times and wasn’t an airhead in dangerous situations (thank goodness). But for someone so smart, I had hoped to see a little more fire from her when it came to King. She put up with way more than most people likely every would, but only when it came to him. Which is a shame. Her character had more potential than the author gave her, in my opinion.

The story was predictable for anyone familiar with the genre, so I won’t delve into that too much. Nothing stood out as special about it. And despite the horrid hero, I did enjoy this book at times. There were moments I chuckled to myself at the banter, and sometimes King could be sweet — rare, at best, but they were there. While I wouldn’t recommend this if you’re looking to be swept off your feet, it works as a light beach read. I’ve read much worse so this isn’t at the bottom of my list, thankfully. Just another romance.

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