A Rogue by Any Other Name (The Rules of Scoundrels #1) by Sarah MacLean
Summary: A decade ago, the Marquess of Bourne was cast from society with nothing but his title. Now a partner in London’s most exclusive gaming hell, the cold, ruthless Bourne will do whatever it takes to regain his inheritance—including marrying perfect, proper Lady Penelope Marbury.
A broken engagement and years of disappointing courtships have left Penelope with little interest in a quiet, comfortable marriage, and a longing for something more. How lucky that her new husband has access to such unexplored pleasures.
Bourne may be a prince of London’s underworld, but he vows to keep Penelope untouched by its wickedness—a challenge indeed as the lady discovers her own desires, and her willingness to wager anything for them... even her heart.
Review: A forced marriage "romance" story with a complete asshole for a main male character.
I had wanted to read this for a while. Honestly, it was mostly because I liked the cover a lot. I'm a sucker for pretty covers, especially when there are pretty dresses and/or the cover isn't too terribly embarrassing. Perhaps I should have not been expecting too much since I read Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake and didn't it enjoy it much (it got two stars). The main character in that book, Ralston, was a jerk that took advantage of the heroine too many times to count.
What really bothered me was how Bourne went about forcing Penelope to marry him. They had been childhood friends and should have known damn well that Penelope would have still cared about him. He could have easily asked her to marry him (without trying to ruin her) and I'm pretty sure she would have said yes. Instead, he forces her into marry and acts like a jackass the whole novel. I know that Bourne was her childhood friend, but Bourne as a man was a completely different person and there wasn't a good reason for his change in character. There was nothing to redeem him.
Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those that historical romances with childhood friends becoming more.