Jan 3, 2012

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (Love By Numbers #1)

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake 
Author:  Sarah MacLean
Publisher:  Avon
Publication Date:  March 30, 2010

From Goodreads:

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.


I really have to love a historical romance book to finish it.  The ideal sounds so appealing, to get lost in the romance.  But when I pick one up it rarely peaks my interest, and I throw it aside for another book.  But occasionally I hit the jackpot, one that is so deliciously funny and romantic like Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake.

Callie is not the most beautiful girl in London, not by a long shot but that doesn't mean she doesn't want it all, especially love.  At 28 she's already considered a spinster with an impeccable reputation.  But what is this great reputation getting her?  She's bored and resigned to the fact that she won't ever be more than a spinster.  Since she can't have the whole works..love, marriage and children she will settle for adventure.  She creates a list of things she always wanted to do and sets upon making them happen.  First on the list is to kiss passionately. And she has chosen none other than her decade long crush Gabriel St. John, the Marquis of Ralston.  He once made her feel beautiful when she was younger and she hasn't been able to keep him off her mind since.  

What I liked so much about Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake is how fearless Callie becomes.  She seeks out adventure and boy does she get it.  She's a lady in public and rule breaker by night.  I laughed so many times.  She definitely has some crazy things on her list.  Gabriel is a great character.  He's gorgeous with dark black hair and blue eyes, and is devilishly bad.  There is quite a bit of naughty parts but not overly done.  It was hot though.  I'm not a fan of overly sexual books and this one was fine for me.  Callie and Gabriel have chemistry.  They are smoking hot together.  What's not to love..the wallflower gets the guy.

Looking forward to reading more of Sarah MacLean's books.  I've already have the next two books in the Love by Numbers series.  


  1. oooh, i've really been wanting to try one of this author's books!

  2. I bought one of Sarah Maclean's books based on all the great reviews (even though I have really not read any of these types of romances before). Glad to see another positive review!

  3. I'm surprised how quickly I whipped through this. Ms. MacLean is a fabulous writer and ya'll won't be disappointed.


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