Review: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean


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…(Source:Goodreads)

My Review:

I picked Nine Rules to Break up on a whim due to a conversation I had with some other bloggers on Twitter. I am so glad I did! I’ve been reading a lot of sci-fi and young adult books lately. A nice dose of adult romance was a fun break from all that. Historical romance is genre I really enjoy and don’t read often enough.

This is definitely one of my favorites that I’ve read of the genre so far. Normally I always recommend Lisa Kleypas’ Wallflower series for someone looking for romance. I’ll definitely be recommending this one too from now on. It was so much fun! Hysterical in parts, and also poignant at times.

Callie Hartwell is a very fun and relatable heroine. I really enjoyed her thoughts and personality. Her jump into being more daring was a bit sudden, but that just made it more fun to read. I loved the chemistry between her and Ralston, because sometimes their interactions were more silly then romantic, and that made their chemistry so much more realistic feeling.

This is not an original plotline. In fact, it is a lot like Kleypas’ Wallflower series, so it must just be a plot I generally enjoy. The heroine that has always been overlooked deciding to throw convention out the window and do what she good-and-well-feels-like-doing-thank-you-very-much. So if you enjoy that storyline with a large dose of romance and constant laughing…pick this up, because you will love it!

Can’t wait to read the next in the series, Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord, which comes out in October 2010!

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