Nine Rules to Break when Romancing A Rake by Sarah MacLean | Book Review

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Nine Rules to Break when Romancing A Rake by Sarah MacLean | Book ReviewNine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake written by Sarah MacLean
Publisher Avon
Publication Date: March 30th 2010
Series: Love By Numbers #1
Pages: 422
ISBN: 0061852058
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Flame Rating: three-half-flames
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A lady does not smoke cheroot. She does not ride astride. She does not fence or attend duels. She does not fire a pistol, and she never gambles at a gentlemen's club.

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.

My Thoughts

I initially read Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake a couple of years ago and DID NOT finish it! Gasp!  I know, right?  Then last year, I picked up One Good Earl Deserves a Lover and I was hooked!  I immediately went back and read her backlist and I am so glad that I did.

The story takes place 10 years later when Callie, wanting to be free and taking a page from her brother, creates a bucket list.  Naturally, she immediately visits Gabriel in his townhouse in the middle of the night to ask for assistance.  Gabriel reluctantly agrees in exchange for Callie, introducing his half-sister, Juliana Fiori (Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart, Love by Numbers #3) to society.  As both Callie and Gabe are thrown together, sparks fly and before he knew it, Callie had worked her way into his heart.

I love Nine Rules.  In fact, I was charmed and blown away by Lady Calpurnia (love her name, by the way) Hartwell and her antics.  I love that she took charge of her own destiny by taking matters into her own hands.  I especially liked her first meeting with Gabriel St. John, the Marquess of Ralston 10 years before where he called her “the Empress of Rome.”   I thought that it was a unique first meeting between the two h&H because their real relationship would begin after 10 years.

I love rakes and scoundrels so it was no surprise to me that I immediately fell for Gabriel.  Of course, the scene where he was assuring Callie when she was at her lowest point during her first season convinced me that he was going to be a wonderful hero.

Despite it being a little bit predictable, I loved the freshness that the author added to make it unique.  There were no boring parts and for once, I did not skim the pages.

I highly recommend reading the whole Love by Numbers series.

About Sarah MacLean

Author: Sarah MacLean

New York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller Sarah MacLean is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages, and winner of back-to-back RITA Awards for best historical romance from the Romance Writers of America.

Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place at the nexus of gender and cultural studies. She is the author of a monthly column celebrating the best of the genre for the Washington Post. Her work in support of romance and the women who read it earned her a place on’s Sheroes list of 2014 and led Entertainment Weekly to call her “gracefully furious.” A graduate of Smith College & Harvard University, Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

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0 responses to “Nine Rules to Break when Romancing A Rake by Sarah MacLean | Book Review

  1. Love by Numbers series of Sarah MacLean is one of my must-reads! The women are vivacious and the men are dashing 🙂 Plus there's always humor in her work so I enjoy reading her books most of the time 🙂

    I actually forgot about Calpurnia, but her name is so incredibly unique that when I read it, I immediately remembered the story. Plus points for unique names in literature!

    I'm glad you reread the book and enjoyed it the second time around 🙂
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