by: Sarah MacLean
Published: January 29th 2013 by Avon
From Goodreads: 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.
If you know my reading style, you’ll know that I always bite off a little more than I can chew and go crazy when I find a new list of books. I always want to read them all. I found a list of the best historical romance authors out there and added them all to by TBR list. I had read the first book in this series as part of an internship I did. Sarah MacLean’s agent was who I was working with, so I figured I’d read one of her books. I remember loving it and not being able to put it down. Historical romances are like chocolate to me. I don’t know why it took me so long to finally pick this one up, but I’m so glad I finally did. I was immediately drawn in by the idea of this book, a lady wanting to find out the details of what happens between a man and a woman before she takes her vows. She’s a scientist with a curious mind and is looking at it as a science experiment. She picks the owner of a notorious gaming establishment, which is somewhere no lady should find herself. This premise was so cute to me and I loved watching all of the mayhem unfold. Sarah MacLean is a wonderful and witty author. If you’re looking for a fun historical romance to sink your teeth into, then I’d recommend this. The first book in the series was just as much fun, but you aren’t missing anything really if you start here. You’ll be able to follow along just fine. 🙂