One Good Earl Deserves a Lover is the second book in Sarah MacLean’s Rule of Scoundrels series and my FAVOURITE MacLean book yet. Yes, I LOVED IT!!!! This book is AMAZING!! Pippa and Cross’ story is THE BEST.
This is the sixth book in the Summer of Sarah MacLean event. The event is hosted by Kelly Gallucci (bookish.kelly, Instagram) and Dana Cuadrado (To All the Nerdy Girls, Instagram). For more information about this amazing event you can look at my review of our first book, The Season, it’s not too late to join us! This is where I currently stand with my Summer of Sarah MacLean Bingo Card:
Okay, now it’s time for me gush – and gush I shall!! This book tells the story of Lady Philippa Marbury aka Pippa, and the truly sexy and amazing hero Cross, yet another scoundrel from The Fallen Angel gaming hell.
Pippa is the sister of the heroine of the previous book, Penelope. In fact, Penelope’s book ended with Pippa asking Cross for ruination. The woman knows exactly what she wants!! This is just one of the many reasons I adore Pippa. Other reasons include that she’s really smart, has no idea how attractive she is and she is odd. Yes, odd. She is a brilliant scientist and horticulturist.
And as someone who has been described as odd, I understood her immediately. Some heroines you just get, you know?
When the book begins Pippa is engaged to marry a truly boring Earl. Everyone in this book and the last has commented on it. But Pippa has agreed to marry him, and she wants to be a good wife, but she doesn’t understand what it takes to be a good wife. Pippa wants to make sure she knows how to satisfy her new husband so she seeks advice from a fellow scientist who she has also heard knows all about spending time with ladies. What better place to seek answers?
I have to admit I felt bad for Cross, the poor man never stood a chance. And Bourne’s sister-in-law in his office asking for ruination could lead to his early demise. He tries to dissuade her but at the same time, he can’t resist her. It is truly wonderful!
Cross’ struggle to resist Pippa and Pippa’s struggle to get information by any means possible lead to some truly laugh out loud encounters. I so appreciate her ingenuity, and her coming to grips with the fact that she is also struggling to resist Cross.
MacLean describes Cross as a ginger-haired attractive gentleman. You can’t help but love it when Pippa appreciates his attractive forearm! With Cross’ sleeve rolled up – I know it’s a small thing but a good forearm…hmm.
Outside of trying to resist Pippa, Cross is also dealing with his sister’s debt issues. It was interesting to see Cross as a love interest, brother, friend. I also enjoyed the fun his business partners and friends Chase and Temple had at his expense before he of course finally admitted his love for Pippa.
Pippa’s search for knowledge to be a good wife was both admirable and sad. Sad because she struggled to get the answers she needed and because she was so judged when asked. It was also sad that her sister Penelope would not help her.
In the end, Pippa’s oddities were what made Cross, who is also an Earl, love her most. And isn’t that what we all want, someone to love us for who we truly are. This book made me cry and cheer for joy.