Today we're thrilled to be joined by Sarah MacLean, author of the Rules of Scoundrels series. While many of her readers can pick a favorite character from any of her books, Sarah herself has a deep love for backdrop of those characters—The Fallen Angel, the gaming hell featured in the Rules of Scoundrels series. With the release of Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover only a week today, Sarah is here today to introduce you to the series, and The Fallen Angel!
I haven't read the beginning of A Rogue By Any Other Name since I read final typeset pages of A Rogue By Any Other Name. I don't read my books once they're printed—the horse is out of the barn at that point, and I can't tinker with the language, so it's best for my own sanity and the sanity of those around me if I avoid the whole thing.
That said, I just reread the first 1000 words of Chapter 1 of Rogue (below), and I am so happy to say that they really set the stage not only for the book, but for the entire Rules of Scoundrels series.
Here, readers meet the most important character in the series—The Fallen Angel. London's most notorious and legendary gaming hell, one run by four fallen aristocrats, each having lost favor with the ton by chance or by choice. The Angel is my Hogwarts—filled with nooks and crannies and rooms of requirements and mystery and sin and, when love is in attendance, salvation.
Here, readers see the draw of that wicked, wonderful place...of the card tables, the roulette wheels, the dice games. They begin to see the way The Fallen Angel takes hold of those inside her, owning them in every way she can, something that Bourne—the hero of Rogue—knows firsthand, as he lost everything important to him a decade earlier with a single turn of a card.
[That's a rough start...]