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The Rogue Not Taken
The Rogue Not Taken: Scandal & Scoundrel | Sarah MacLean
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Lady Sophie's Society Splash!When Sophie, the least interesting of the Talbot sisters, lands her philandering brother-in-law backside-first in a goldfish pond in front of all society, she becomes the target of very public aristocratic scorn. Her only choice is to flee London, vowing to start a new life far from the aristocacy. Unfortunately, the carriage in which she stows away isn't saving her from ruin . . . it's filled with it.Rogue's Reign of Ravishment!Kingscote, "King," the Marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn't charm, resulting in a reputation far worse than the truth, a general sense that he's more pretty face than proper gentleman, and an irate summons home to the Scottish border. When King discovers stowaway Sophie, however, the journey becomes anything but boring.War? Or More?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, making opposites altogether too attractive . . .
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ravenlee
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Mehso-so

A decent #romantsy but not great. Started slow but picked up once Sophie made her great escape. King‘s trust issues wore thin but the real dealbreaker for me is a profound misunderstanding of the myth of the Minotaur. 2.5/5 ⭐️

Clare-Dragonfly I‘m really curious what the mythunderstanding (😁) was! 3mo
ravenlee @Clare-Dragonfly I like what you did there! The myth became this whole metaphor for the hero‘s inner torment. But the author has Ariadne leading the annual virgin sacrifice directly to the Minotaur, who is in love with Ariadne, then she gives Theseus a sword and leads him to the Minotaur and hands him the sword when he drops it during the fight. The Minotaur, broken-hearted, allows Theseus to kill him. Elements are close but overall a miss. 3mo
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TheEllieMo
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Bkwrm7
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Pickpick

Made the mistake of starting this at bedtime last night. Around 4:30am or so I finished it! MacLean is a master at keeping me engaged and unable to tear myself away from the page. Immediately checked the next one out of course. #romantsy

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llwheeler
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When a cat in your book has the same name as your cat 😛 (but it's such a fuss to pronounce that we usually call him just Gus)

Though this Asparagus can't be named after the same Gus as mine, since that would be anachronistic by a good 100 years for this historical #romantsy

I started this book as a light read while dealing with the stress of Gus needing vet trips, so what are the odds... thankfully he's doing much better now!

rretzler 😻 8mo
batsy Gus is looking at the book like, "Is that me?" ? 8mo
llwheeler @batsy 😹😸 8mo
Erofan Cutie 😻 8mo
llwheeler @Erofan Thanks 🙂 8mo
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Christinak
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But she could try.
#romantsy
❤️📚❤️

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Mariana1
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Smell of books is the smell of happiness 😍😍👌

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llwheeler
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#bookhaul 😍
From me to me lol. Grabbed the chance to visit one of my fave used bookstores while visiting my in-laws for the holidays. My luck was high and my willpower was low, so I scored big! Super excited about these, especially finding the Lady in Gil series! I loved those when I read them as a teen, hopefully they hold up on a reread.

MrBook Ooooh! You got one of @EloisaJames 's books! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 11mo
llwheeler @MrBook I'm looking forward to it! 😃 11mo
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Deborah42
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Mehso-so

When Lady Sophie catches her aristocrat brother-in-law in a tryst with a woman who is not his pregnant wife, she pushes him into a pond. Instead of taking her side, the other lords and ladies shun her. Sophie disguises herself as a coachman and hitches a ride on a gentleman‘s carriage. The gentleman turns out to be the Marquess of Eversley, a rake who is aware of Sophie‘s social climbing sisters and thinks she‘s out to trap him into marriage.

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ValkyrieAndHerBooks
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#HumpDayPost @MinDea
1. Ivy says hello! 👋🏼 #DogsOfLitsy
2. Oh Sarah MacLean, how I love thee...
3. Unclear, maybe crafty times with family, maybe a haunted house? Both? Neither? We‘ll see!
4. A shirt
5. 🎶 Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?🎶

Cinfhen SpongeBob Squarepants 💛💛💛 14mo
robinb Sarah MacLean...I ❤️ thee too! 🤣👍 14mo
wanderinglynn What a cutie! Hi Ivy! ❤️🐶 14mo
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tammysue Hi Ivy!💖💖💖 14mo
TheSpineView Hello there Ivy!💜🐾 14mo
Johanna414 She‘s gorgeous! 14mo
MinDea SpongeBob SquarePants!
Absorbent and yellow and porous is he!
SpongeBob SquarePants!
14mo
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theladygreer
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Needed a fun #audiobook so I grabbed my first Sarah MacLean -- not too far in yet but feels like 100% the right choice so far. Witty & wonderful!

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ScientistSam
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Pickpick

I loved the spunky heroine in this book, and the hero who reluctantly gets drawn into her messy situation. This is the first in this series but the second one I've read, and I enjoy seeing the scandalous heroines come into their own.
#romantsy

robinb Her books are always full of fun, spunky heroines...she does them so well!! ❤️💋🏆 1y
ScientistSam @robinb yes indeed! 1y
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DGRachel
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1️⃣As much as it pains me to say it, I still feel guilty about reading and enjoying romance novels, even though that‘s unfair to both the authors and me. Litsy is helping me to feel less shame, though. 😊
2️⃣Prince of Persia
3️⃣Jelly Beans. Cheetos. Cotton Candy.
4️⃣ @dsfisher
#TuesdayTidbits

tournevis About 1️⃣, rock on! 🤟🤙 2y
robinb Wear your romance proudly, my friend! 🤣🤣👍😊❤️ And MacLean totally rocks!!! (edited) 2y
DGRachel @tournevis @robinb Thanks!! 😍😘😘 2y
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TaciturnWhenReading
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Long week! I‘ve earned a little #romantsy!

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Quite good, but it dragged a bit. I would have rather it had been maybe a hundred pages shorter (it is over 400 pages!). But I liked the spunky heroine a lot, it was very funny in some parts, and the sex scenes were 🔥. The references to scandal sheets of the time were fun too. Wasn't super into the hero, though, and wasn't really emotionally attached to the couple. My fav historical romance author is definitely still Courtney Milan. #Romantsy

Centique I‘m a Courtney Milan fan too. She‘s just wonderful 🙌🙌 2y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Centique I really like how she works in historical details! 2y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Slightly weird to be reading this book with my lunch at work while it's getting to the sexy parts. 😬 On another note, I appreciate how this book has had two sex scenes so far and they have both just been him going down on her and that's it. #Romantsy

TsundokuAleax It has been some time since I read this and now you have me thinking I should check Overdrive for it.🤔 2y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @TsundokuAleax I bet it would be great in audio! 2y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Decided I didn't have the mental energy to wrap my head around world building of the fantasy and the SF books I was contemplating starting, so I have opted to alternately read this book and Little Fish by Casey Plett. This is my first Sarah MacLean book and it has so far won me over by having a heroine willing to bribe a servant and take his livery, escaping high society cross-dressed. #Romantsy

WhatDeeReads Sarah Maclean is the best. 2y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @WhatDeeReads Ooh, good to hear! I trust your recs 😀 2y
WhatDeeReads @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian Oh my, means a lot to me! ☺️ 2y
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daniwithtea
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Pickpick

That was delightful! My first MacLean but definitely not my last.

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daniwithtea
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“You were leaving to be caught so that I could be caught” OMG HOW VERY MUCH ADO OF YOU JUST TALK TO EACH OTHER ALREADY

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daniwithtea

*fans self* getting to the steamy bits first thing in the morning at work.

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daniwithtea
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About halfway through this as my current work audio. Very entertaining! I‘m reading a nonfic now due to the library soon, but my mind keeps wandering back to Sophie and King‘s antics.

Jess_Read_This I loved this series on audio! I think it is one of Maclean‘s best. 2y
daniwithtea @Jess_Read_This this is my first Maclean - I grabbed it on a whim, having seen a lot of good feedback on Litsy, and I‘m so glad I did! 2y
Maria514626 I just read the description and now I'm getting the vapors. 😁 (edited) 2y
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Purplerosiepage
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Pickpick

Not my favorite Sarah Maclean, but still pretty darn good. #romantsy

Bianca May I ask what your fave of hers is? I don't know where to start with her books haha. 2y
Purplerosiepage @Bianca Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover is my favorite, but it‘s the last one in the Rule of Scoundrels quartet! I recommend reading the other three first. 2y
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LaurenReads
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Pickpick

I loved the humor and her characters. Sophie and King were great. #romantsy #romance #historicalromance

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Things I did today... 🤷🏻‍♀️

This was delightful. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

AmandaL Then it was a day well spent. 😊 2y
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AshleyS
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This is the fun part of unpacking!

emilyhaldi 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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callielafleur
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Day 3: cliche

I struggled with this one, but I really enjoy the quote that I found. The quote isn't from the book attributed, I just love that title 😂.

#quotsyNov17 @TK-421

MaureenMc Love Sarah MacLean! 2y
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DGRachel
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Pickpick

Decided to take a break from JAL by starting this series. I think what I really need is a break from romance novels. I liked the H/h and the growth of their relationship, but I hated the big misunderstanding. I knew it was coming, but I still wanted nothing to do with it. Anyway...it's a historical romance, so the HEA is promised, thankfully. Overall, a good story, just not my favorite -but I really think it's me feeling yucky, not the book.

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Kmmsellers
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Pickpick

I am working on my second iced coffee this morning because I stayed up much too late to finish reading. The Rogue Not Taken was a fun read that broke me out of a reading slump. And reading a romance novel for the first time in years was nostalgic, a bit like returning to a place that is both strange and familiar at the same time. I'll definitely be reading more.

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Kmmsellers
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This scene was written for readers. 😍

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Kmmsellers
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The way to a book lover's heart ❤️

RaimeyGallant Devious. ;) 2y
DGRachel I really loved that Sophie was a bookworm. 2y
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Kmmsellers
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I haven't read a romance novel since high school, but I've been in a reading slump and decided I needed something new to break the cycle. I'm halfway through and loving it so far. So fun!

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heikemarie
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I'm so excited!! I just FINALLY got the TRNT off hold from my library, and I am going to a cool romance trivia event tomorrow with one of my best friends and meeting @sarahmaclean ! Everything's coming up Heike 😉

Debiw781 Very cool! I think she was at one of the conferences I went to years ago as I have a couple signed books by her. So much fun! 2y
annamae I love that book 💛 2y
heikemarie @Debiw781 @annamae she's definitely my fave romance author and one of my overall faves! 2y
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moarbookspleaze
Rogue Not Taken | Sarah MacLean

Brain-candy audio recs?

Karkar Here are a few of my favorites recently.... 2y
Marchpane This has some serious moments but is mostly funny snark: 2y
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moarbookspleaze Thank you! Will check these out. @Karkar @Marchpane 2y
hermyknee I tagged you in a couple of my recent post about audiobooks! I actually asked this question recently, and Born A Crime came highly recommended! I just started it and love it so far. Highly recommend! 2y
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Bianca
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I was excited to come on here and remember that it's #litsypartyofone weekend!

Started reading this yesterday to fill the rake or rogue in the title square for the #rippedbodicebingo read along. I've never read anything by Maclean before, but I'm so here for feminist romance.

JenniferJarrell She's my favorite romance author. 2y
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MaidaMalby
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"Happiness. That's what books smell like. Happiness. That's why I always wanted to have a bookshop. What better life than to trade in happiness." ~ Sophie Talbot to King, Marquess of Eversley

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AshleyS
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Pickpick

💜💜💜💜💜💜💜loved this so much! I had never read Sarah Maclean before but strongly feel the need to get all of her books asap!

AshleyS @moranadatter I'm buying that one today!! 3y
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AshleyS
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I am seriously behind on my Goodreads challenge of 150 books this year, so I'm going to try and pack in as many books this month as I can-so probably shorter books and quick easy reads I'm hoping. I'll also just be going through the tbr of books I own. Proposed tbr (but hoping to get to more than ten):

CoffeeK8 If you're an audiobook reader, the Lauren Graham one is awesome on audio (edited) 3y
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AmandaMarie
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Joining in on the reread, getting ready for the release of the third book in Sarah's Scandal & Scoundrel series this month! #osrbc #romantsy

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Gillyreads
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Pickpick

This is just so cute. All the feels.

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Verity
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Afternoon tea today with some of the UK members of Sarah MacLean's Old School Romance Book Club. Excellent food and excellent company. It's always great to meet people who like what you like. #bookish #bookishlife #bookworm #litsylife

Cinfhen Looks lovely 💜 3y
PatriciaU That looks AMAZING! 3y
ApoptyGina69 Great looking food! Those meringues!! 3y
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JacqMac
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Mehso-so

I don't read romance very often. But it was a hard couple of weeks and I needed some stress relief. This book was well written and had great character development, but I found it a little frustrating. There's being a bad boy and then there's treating a girl badly. It did serve it's purpose though. I got lost in some fluff for awhile.

GypsyKat That's what fluff is good for, relieving stress. I do the same thing. 3y
ValerieAndBooks We all need fluff sometimes! 3y
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KaraDunn
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Panpan

This was recommended as a fun, well-written romance by someone whose judgment I trust. We'll just have to agree to disagree on this one. I think it falls into the category of "if I just love you enough you'll stop treating me so badly" romance, which I particularly dislike.

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Reader.Writer.Recluse
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I laughed so much! Excited for The Day of the Duchess. #romance #historical #sarahmaclean

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megsb23
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First romance in a LONG time. Interesting, kept me wanting to read. Needed something light & fun. This totally fit the bill!!

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youngreadrshelf
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Mehso-so

Sophie, the quiet, boring one of the Dangerous Daughters, causes a literal splash at a society party and flees dressed as a footman to a Marquis. He is a rogue, but a rogue with a past and a conscience.
They fall in love and after several mistakes and misfortunes.
The Dangerous Daughters are the Kardasians of their time with the scandal sheets to prove it. Romance is not my usual read and I should have given myself longer between books.

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DevLizPat
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@rebeccaschinsky and @Liberty said I should read Sarah MacLean, and I can't resist a good pun, so here we are.

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Abby-J
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I'm still so defensive about reading romance novels. I feel like I need to beat everyone one about the head while screaming, "They're well written, dammit! Just let me enjoy my character based stories that also happen to have some smutty bits!" This is the 5th book I've read by Sarah MacLean, and though, it was a tad predictable, the characters, even the "villains," were fantastically developed.

LauraAndTaraAndBooks YES! I either feel guilty and like I have to hide the cover when I'm reading one, or I want to yell at people for their narrow-minded snobbishness. No in between!! 3y
mcipher I know - I get teased mercilessly about them and I try to explain it's not just about the romance, it's the characters and the comfort of the genre, knowing what will happen but a good author making it new every time. 3y
BookThingo I used to relish taking out my Mills and Boon novel while on public transport. 😄 It helps that my mum and my best friends are romance readers, too. 3y
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Tanner
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"She shook her head. 'Happiness. That's what books smell like. Happiness. That's why I always wanted to have a bookshop. What better life than to trade in happiness?'" Honestly, this whole scene in the library - ❤️!

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The_Literary_Jedi
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A good one with feisty characters! I was really digging the protagonists because they weren't falling all over themselves making moony face. The one thing I notice is the "guilt ridden lover" syndrome which I'm not a super fan of. Everything else was fun in this book - snark and snap!

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wonderlandchick
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Sarah MacLean is one of my favorite authors. Another great romance!

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theshrinkette
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Some of my favorites, including my prized signed copy of @sarahmaclean 's book. #bookriot #riotgrams #kissingbooks