The Rogue Not Taken is adventurous and steamy, but my favorite part is all the cozy talk about bookshops and libraries. Sophie is the youngest of her four sisters, and everyone says she’s the boring one. Her family is new money from her father’s work in the coal mine, and because of this they have quite the reputation. In addition to this, her older sisters are known as the Soiled S’s, as they create scandalous personas for themselves through their relationships with men.
Sophie’s goal is to stay as far away from her sisters as possible, but when she finds her sister’s husband in the bushes with another woman, she can’t help but call him out for his scandalous behavior, and before she knows it, she’s pushed him in a puddle in front of the majority of the public! Her escape from this shameful event lands her with the Marquess of Eversley, and she pegs her escape on a ride back with him. Unfortunately, things do not go as planned, and she winds up on the adventure of a lifetime, with a man whose own reputation is about as soiled as they come.
I love the drawn out circling of each other, I love the dreams of bookshops and libraries, I love the sensual talk of pastries. What I didn’t love was how focused the plot felt on the idea that Sophie feels unworthy of love, and therefore doesn’t seek out things in a reality based way. I hate that the Marquess had to be the one to show her that she is worthy of love, although I can understand that some people may be into that.
Sophie’s relationship with servants was a big positive throughout the story, as she found more comfort and reliability with them than she found with the nobility. I enjoyed this departure from the idea that class determines your social stratosphere, and I found this appropriate for Sophie’s character, rather than forced or learned behavior.
This is my first Sarah MacLean novel, but it won’t be my last. I’m so grateful to the BookRiot staff for recommending her as an easy to read romance writer.