May 16, 2011

A Lady's Rebellion • Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake

Series: Love by Numbers #1
Publisher: Avon Romance
Publication Date: March 30, 2010
Source/Format: Bought || Kindle e-book

Lady Calpurnia Hartwell has always followed the rules, rules that have left her unmarried - and more than a little unsatisfied. And so she's vowed to break the rules and live the life of pleasure she's been missing. 

But to dance every dance, to steal a midnight kiss - to do those things, Callie will need a willing partner. Someone who knows everything about rule-breaking. Someone like Gabriel St. John, the Marquess of Ralston - charming and devastatingly handsome, his wicked reputation matched only by his sinful smile. 

If she's not careful, she'll break the most important rule of all - the one that says that pleasure-seekers should never fall hopelessly, desperately in love...

Honestly, I love a good romance novel every now and then. And it's a pleasure to discover new (well, new to me, anyway) authors, who brilliantly portray love stories, especially when they're historical romances. Sarah MacLean is one such author.

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake was the first one I read from her and I read it quick! It took me about an hour, if only because the story had me intrigued right from the start. Lady Calpurnia (otherwise known as Callie) was quirky; her list of acts to accomplish was incredibly unexpected for that era in time and I loved that! Her adventures were always entertaining - and set the stage for her acquaintance and relationship with Gabriel St. John, Marquess of Ralston. Ralston, on the other hand, was the perfect romance hero, dashing, daring, brave, with a dose of compassion and wit on the side. He was such a dish and I obviously developed quite a crush on him while reading the book.

Sarah MacLean's story made me laugh out loud multiple times, choke up during the emotional moments and left me feeling incredibly satisfied. It's a great historical romance and worth checking out!

(I was so in love with Sarah MacLean's story that I immediately got myself a copy of Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord.)


  1. I have not had the pleasure of reading this author's books yet but this series is already on my TBR/wishlist. I love books that run the gamut of emotions.

  2. Laughing your way through a book is certainly a great review in itself..

    1. I absolutely agree! Books that make me laugh or promise to are generally appealing to me :)

  3. This became a comfort read for me so fast it made my head spin. I just adore Callie & Ralston.


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