ARC Review: The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean

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ARC Review: The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean
The Rogue Not Taken

3.5 Stars

Book Info

Released: December 29th 2015
Series: Scandal and Scoundrel #1
Pages: 384

“…saying I was disappointed it overstating how I felt, I wasn’t exactly disappointed, but I wasn’t floored by it”
~ Under the Covers

Is there anything I love more than a plain Jane story? Not really, especially in historical romance, I’m pretty sure if you search ‘wallflower’ on my kindle most of the book son my historical shelf would pop up. And one of my all time plain Jane books and just favourite books in general is Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake which is Sarah MacLean’s debut novel. So seeing that she was starting a new series, with a plain Jane/wallfloweresque heroine had be chomping on the bit, desperate to get my greedy mitts on it.

Now, saying I was disappointed it overstating how I felt, I wasn’t exactly disappointed, but I wasn’t floored by it, nor did I think it was as good as Nine Rules… I admit, MacLean’s writing has become a little more polished since than, but what I loved about Nine Rules… was the heart it had in it. I loved the heroine I felt like I connected to her, writing that was a little rough around the edges barely registered compared to the involvement and investment I had with the characters and the story.

The Rogue Not Taken had a great premise, the hero and heroine were hightailing it across the country, each for their own reasons and were very reluctantly coming to admire and love one another. The heroine was witty and intelligent and the hero was brooding enough to be interesting and of course bliming gorgeous. I just didn’t feel it, it was all very well calculated, but it failed to tug on my heart strings and really capture me like some of her previous work has.

But, I did enjoy this book it just didn’t wow me, it was a good start to the series and I would read the next book, I maybe just wouldn’t rush for it.


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About Sarah MacLean

Sarah MacLean is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of YA and adult romance.

She grew up in Rhode Island, where she spent much of her free time bemoaning the fact that she was more than a century too late for own Season. Her unabashed addiction to historical fiction helped to earn her a degree in European History from Smith College before she moved to New York City to pursue a career in publishing. After receiving a Masters in Education from Harvard University, Sarah returned to New York, where she lives with her husband, their dog, and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels.


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hmmmm i may wait until for reviews on the second book before starting this…


Thanks Suzanne for sharing your thoughts

Sharlene Wegner

Thanks for the review! Sorry you were disappointed! I have a few books of Sarah’s on my shelf, but haven’t gotten to them yet. Hopefully next year!

Amy R

Thanks for the review.


Nice review, Suzanne. I’ve read one and a half books by this author, and neither wowed me. I may check her out further down the road, but at this point I’m just not sure her writing is for me.

Christina Britton

I love wallflower stories so much, and love this author. Thank you for a well thought out review; it gave me something to chew on.