Review: Nine Rules to break when romancing a rake – 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.
My thoughts:

I am trying to come up with something to say, I really should not write a review when I am all stressed out and annoyed but I will do my best. Perhaps do it in a different format.

Nine Reasons why this was a fun book to read
1. Callie is a woman, a true woman. A spinster with breasts too big too be fashionable, and too wide hips. And it all makes me like her more. Sure she has given up but now she takes the bull by the horns and decides to live and I admired her for that.
2. Ralston, he never saw her coming. He tried to be all smart by it, but his heart fell. It took a while for him to get it, and there will be heartache and drama but he falls. And I love him more for it.
3. “A kiss should not leave you satisfied..It should leave you wanting more.”
Now how do you say no to a quote like that? 😉
4. The whole vibe of the book was fun and light.
5. Lots of temptation, and stolen kisses and embraces.
6. I have already mentioned them on their own but together they were great. I got why she liked him and I truly could see him fall.
7. Side characters. Nick, oh yes, I should read his book. I have already read Juliana’s book and enjoyed that one too.
8. The pages flew by. That is sooo cliche but well they did.
9. The rules. To see Callie try all these things was fun to read about and she just did them. Even if she was a bit scared.
That was it. I enjoyed the book.

Cover snark:

I do want to see her head too

Series: Love by Numbers #1
Genre: Historical romance
Pages: 422
Published: 2010 by Avon
Source: My own


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