New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Sarah MacLean

I write books. There's smooching in them.

The final book in the Rules of Scoundrels series, Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover: The Fourth Rule of Scoundrels is here!

Order it from the iBookstoreAmazonBarnes & NobleBooks a Million, HarperCollins, from your local indie or for your Kindle or Nook
You can also order signed copies from my indie (and get a fun giftie for your trouble!) -- WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn.

The Rules of Scoundrels

Four Scandals, whispered about in ballrooms across Britain.
Four aristocrats, exiled from society, now royalty in the London underworld.
Four loves, powerful enough to tame the darkness and return these fallen angels to the light.

Winner, 2013 RITA Award, Best Historical Romance

Purchase 'A Rogue By Any Other Name' 

What a scoundrel wants, a scoundrel gets . . .

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.


A Rogue by Any Other Name moves past the expected, and delivers two characters who are out of the ordinary. Penelope is quirky but intelligent, and the dialogue is delightful.
— Linda Howard
Stunningly complex and compelling characters, a cleverly conceived and impeccably executed plot, intense passion, and sharp humor add up to a blissfully romantic literary treat.
— Booklist, Starred Review
MacLean is never afraid to try something different; this time she incorporates letters into her romantic story. It’s another unforgettable love story with passion and power — power that will shake you to the core.
— Romantic Times, TOP PICK
Rogue is a deeply romantic novel that reminded me of Lisa Kleypas at her best. When Michael finally realizes that he must choose love for the woman he calls Sixpence over revenge, I couldn’t stop smiling.
— Eloisa James
MacLean starts a new pre-Victorian series with enjoyable romps, witty banter, and electric sexual tension.
— Publishers Weekly
Romantic magic that will dazzle readers and compel them to ignore hungry children, laundry, homework and sleep.
— Lezlie Patterson, McClatchy-Tribune News
A Rogue by Any Other Name is a nearly perfect read...A Rogue by Any Other Name is destined to become one of the best historical romances of all time.
— Romance Novel News

Best Romance of 2013, Library Journal
Best Romance of 2013, Kirkus Reviews

Purchase 'One Good Earl Deserves a Lover'

 Lady Philippa Marbury is…odd.

The brilliant, bespectacled daughter of a double marquess cares more for books than balls, for science than the season, and for laboratories than love. She’s looking forward to marrying her simple fiancé and living out her days quietly with her dogs and her scientific experiments. But before that, Pippa has two weeks to experience all the rest–fourteen days to research the exciting parts of life. It’s not much time, and to do it right she needs a guide familiar with London’s darker corners.

She needs…a Scoundrel.

She needs Cross, the clever, controlled partner in London’s most exclusive gaming hell, with a carefully crafted reputation for wickedness. But reputations often hide the darkest secrets, and when the unconventional Pippa boldly propositions him, seeking science without emotion, she threatens all he works to protect. He is tempted to give Pippa precisely what she wants…but the scoundrel is more than he seems, and it will take every ounce of willpower to resist giving the lady more than she ever imagined.

This is not your mother’s romance. Nor your typical heroine. For one thing, the heroine Lady Philippa Marbury wears glasses. Thick 1831 spectacles, not Tina Fey’s smart-girl ones….From the moment she strides into Mayfair’s infamous gaming club, The Fallen Angel, on foot and without a chaperone, both the reader and the hero named Cross are bewildered and bewitched.
— USA Today, 4 of 4 stars
Sarah MacLean writes intelligent, original characters. One Good Earl Deserves a Lover is another gold mine of wit, excellent characterization, and engaging plot. If you think you deserve a good book — get this one.
— Linda Howard
This book shouldn’t simply be read, it should be savored. Slowly. And more than once. One Good Earl Deserves a Lover is decadence and delight. Titillation and torment. Wit and overwhelming want. It’s one gorgeous read.
— Happy Ever After, the USA Today romance blog.
With her usual clever writing style, superb flair for historical detail, and gift for subtle characterization, MacLean constructs the second scintillating installment in her Rules of Scoundrels series. Completely captivating and exquisitely sensual, this is a tour de force of wit and romance.
— Booklist, Starred Review
Laughter and lust are delightfully intertwined in [One Good Earl Deserves a Lover]…Pippa is a remarkable heroine: smart, funny, beautiful, and genuine. The interactions between Pippa and Cross recall the great screwball romances and are enormously entertaining. Steamy sex and witty banter make for a highly enjoyable Regency romance.
— Publishers Weekly
Dark dealings, tragic secrets, and old vendettas temper the social glitter and add a realistic touch to this offbeat story that is seductive, witty, and charming as sin.
— Library Journal, Starred Review
MacLean seamlessly moves from the first novel in her Rules of Scoundrels series to the second. The same great chemistry, intelligence and sparkling humor shine, and the added sexual tension provided by lessons in temptation provides readers with a delectable read. Pure, unadulterated MacLean!
— Romantic Times, 4 1/2 Stars, Top Pick,, Best Romance of 2013
Library Reads #1 Pick, December 2013
Winner, Seal of Excellence, RT Book Reviews, December 2013

Winner, 2014 RT Book Reviewers Award, Best Historical Romance
Nominee, 2014 RITA Award for Best Historical Romance

Purchase 'No Good Duke Goes Unpunished'

A Rogue Ruined…

He is the Killer Duke, accused of murdering Mara Lowe on the eve of her wedding. With no memory of that fateful night, Temple has reigned over the darkest of London’s corners for twelve years, wealthy and powerful, but beyond redemption. Until one night, Mara resurfaces, offering the one thing he’s dreamed of…absolution.

A Lady Returned…

Mara planned never to return to the world from which she’d run, but when her brother falls deep into debt at Temple’s exclusive casino, she has no choice but to offer Temple a trade that ends in her returning to society and proving to the world what only she knows…that he is no killer.

A Scandal Revealed…

It’s a fine trade, until Temple realizes that the lady–and her past–are more than they appear. It will take every bit of his strength to resist the pull of this mysterious, maddening woman who seems willing to risk everything for honor…and to keep from putting himself on the line for love.


In the third stunning installment of her Rule of Scoundrel’s series, RITA Award–winning MacLean richly rewards readers with a dark, intense, and supremely sexy story that will connect emotionally on every level. Brimming with brilliant dialogue, memorable characters, and just the right dash of dry wit, No Good Duke Goes Unpunished is everything a romance should be.
— Booklist, Starred Review
In the third installment of the Rules of Scoundrels series, MacLean once again creates compelling and complex characters and sets them on a path toward love and reconciliation that begins with seemingly impossible odds and ends with exquisite fulfillment. Beguiling and emotionally lush.
— Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
This is not just a marvelous deep-sigh romance, but a story in which the intensity and profound significance linger long after the tale is done. Well done!
— RT Book Reviews "Top Pick"
Library Reads Pick - December 2014 Kirkus Reviews - Best Book of 2014 Library Journal - Best Book of 2014

Library Reads Pick - December 2014
Kirkus Reviews - Best Book of 2014
Library Journal - Best Book of 2014

By day, she is Lady Georgiana, sister to a Duke, ruined before her first season in the worst kind of scandal. But the truth is far more shocking—in London’s darkest corners, she is Chase, the mysterious, unknown founder of the city’s most legendary gaming hell. For years, her double identity has gone undiscovered . . . until now.

Brilliant, driven, handsome-as-sin Duncan West is intrigued by the beautiful, ruined woman who is somehow connected to a world of darkness and sin. He knows she is more than she seems and he vows to uncover all of Georgiana’s secrets, laying bare her past, threatening her present, and risking all she holds dear . . . including her heart.


Preorder Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover at the iBookstoreBarnes & Noble, Books a Million, your local Indie, HarperCollins or Amazon, or for your Nook or Kindle!

MacLean wraps up her popular Rules of Scoundrels series with the clever plotting, exquisite writing and lush sensuality she is known for. A worthy conclusion to an extraordinary series.
— Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review, Best Books of 2014
Sharp wit, flashes of humor, long-simmering fury, and a wealth of well-drawn characters add depth to this superbly rendered story that deftly addresses a number of social, class, and women’s issues while it delivers a stunning romance... Brilliant, seductive, and intensely engaging.
— Library Journal, Starred Review, Best Books of 2014
Readers know to expect the unexpected from MacLean — and she never disappoints.
— RT Book Reviews, "Top Pick"
Readers will be blown away by the revelation of Chase’s identity, and will cheer on Duncan and Georgiana as they bring their complex relationship to a riveting conclusion.
— Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
MacLean once again successfully woos readers with another entrancing literary merger of sophisticated sensuality and scintillating wit as she wraps up her exquisitely written Rules of Scoundrels quartet in splendid fashion.
— Booklist, Starred Review