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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 397 pages
  • Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake
  • Sarah MacLean
  • English
  • 10 October 2017
  • 9780061852053

10 thoughts on “Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake

  1. says:

    This book has everything single thing I love about romance novels a kill me now s.o.b alpha hero be still my pitter pattering heart D an amazing heroine who is brace yourself now shock normal biting humor great repartee story focus on h h 99.9% of the time a rare breed of book originality for something that s been done 36 gazillion times superb tension building unpredictability where you re expecting the predictable aka bug eyed scenes chilling meanness sex a licious scenes page turning writing that plastered a smile on my face from start to finito crying moments that had me actually reaching for the Kleenex box to the point that I d get mad too because I couldn t see to read for how watery my eyes were sigh worthy Cinderella moments yeah what about it, everybody likes Cinderella and the prince who sweeps her off her feet p I love this book It s been a while I haven t had an OMG crack open the address book and call all the friends to tell them about this gem It s such a simple story too Why can t authors do the same Here s the basic story lowdown Calpurnia Hartwell is an on the shelf spinster who s been in love with the King of Hotnicity Gabriel, Marquess of Ralston, for a good 10 years Unrequited love at its finest Gabe s a screw society skirt chaser but he has to turn over a new leaf to ensure his half sister s success with the ton He asks Callie to help him out because she s so upstanding Callie s in heaven hell The reader is on cloud nine DThis story reminded me of those great romance writers who have a particular talent to put out amazing reads and get on your auto buy list There s some of Lisa Kleypas sparkling storytelling and hot sex scenes, some way out of left field steam scenes la Suzanne Enoch, a very hard to find arrogant but you can t help falling in love with him yourself hero like only Anna Campbell can write FYI if you liked Campbell s Duke of Kyle you re going to adore the Marquess of Ralston , biting humor and choice verbal sparring like only Loretta Chase can do and a splash of Julia Quinn s laugh out loud humor with bittersweet moments of seriousness interspersed throughout the novel With a dash here and a pinch there of all these authors trademarks, Sarah MacLean has made some memorable characters that will leave you with a parched throat because you haven t swallowed or blinked for that matter once in the past 10 minutes you ve been reading and holding your breath When you do regain those abilities you ll be trying to catch your breath as you sing the OMG song Both the h h are brilliantly constructed so you can empathize as well as sympathize with them Callie isn t the diamond of the first water and she s not some independent blue stocking either She s just a normal woman with normal woman insecurities and desires who d really like to find love How many women can t say the same thing you know You could just feel her pain while shaking your head and saying I m with ya sister You just don t get that kind of depth where the author plucks the heart strings not because of something tragic but because of the everyday stuff Then there s Gabriel D His arrogance and do it because I said so attitude really could have made him a close relative of Anna Campbell s Duke of Kyle and his cold and calculated aloofness reminded me of Katie MacAlister s Drake Vireo two oozer of sex heroes if ever there was one What s fabulous about our man Gabe is that he s soooo arrogant but then he gets all confused and unsure of himself because he screws up big time who can t find a few men like that in everyday life D Oh yeah, and this guy s a whisperer Good lord he whispers against her lips, her ears, her hair just gives you the shivers D As for the other characters, there s the witchy gossipists of the ton or the well meaning family member who feels compelled to tell you for the umpteenth time that you basically have no life You just cringe along with Callie as she goes through all this politely excusing herself to go cry and ask herself why is it always me To be clear, Callie is no crier for no reason I hate whiny woe is me heroines and MacLean did a superb job of not turning her into one of those When she cried you bawled right along with her It s very emotional without it being painfully tragic or dramatic There are also the characters who are so freakin mean they rile you up nice and good lol It s the kind of story that I think everyone can relate to on some level whether you ve felt like her or know someone who has When an author can take you away like that, for me they ve written some mighty fine keeper shelf material.A brief word about the ending it s put a cramp in your cheeks beautiful Of course with that comes the anger because you finished it too fast like an idiot and didn t savor the read like you should ve o Ah, the good book Just one little qualm seems that the art department at Avon thought they were doing the art design for The Mediterranean Lover s Sex Kitten or something what the That is not Callie or Ralston at all Whatsamatter with these people Don t they think the reader looks at that This is the kind of book you re still reading at 3am with the book light on all the while whispering, just one page geeze I m almost done the chapter ok just a few pages of chapter 33 , even when you have to be up by 6am or, even better, when you wake up at 6am and your first thought as you pat around for your glasses is Where s that book I can get in just a few pages before I go to work suddenly finding yourself with 10 minutes to boot it out of bed but still torn to read D It sucks you in and glues itself to your fingers Bad book lol Very, very, very, very few authors make auto buy for me after just one book Well, it would appear that I have found a new one to add to that select group now, why doesn t MacLean have a damn backlist already Pick Up This Book Today D

  2. says:

    There once was a plain and plumpish blubbery waste of space girl with tons of money called Calpurnia, who never got married even though she had some suitors We re told she s a pragmatic girl who has dreams of marriage, house, home, and children, but she s turned everyone away because they re not the same as that handsome guy she once talked to for a couple minutes a decade ago about how her quaintly Classical name isn t really cause for eternal shame and contemplated suicide.So in the meantime, she s beaten herself up emotionally about how she ll die the same fat and lonely sow she s always been Occasionally she faps to Homer and his romance of Odysseus and Penelope, but then feels ashamed that a megaton heifer like herself should even entertain such thoughts Because as she is entirely all too aware, pretty babies abort when a plain girl even considers sipping from one of these But then one day, after she s been reminded by herself and others once too often that she s a dusty loser of the Youth, Beauty and Happiness Game, she decides to Fuck That Shit and makes a list of racy and scandalous stuff to do because who cares what an obese and homely water buffalo like herself does anyway She s going to pick herself up and fly free, dammit So one night, drunk on sherry, she arrives at the house of her decade old object of pathetic pining with the intent of getting a kiss from him Of course he soon has those Inexplicable Feelings for the hefty cow with the massive milk bags and is Fiercely Protective of her, to his sudden bewilderment and confusion.But now that they re in closer quarters because his Italian half sister future series heroine needs a Professor Higgins to make her presentable in Society, this most notorious rake in London blah blah blah lame cliche and Two Ton Annie will discover that what they ve been looking for, all along, is each other.I didn t get far Page 150 Such self abuse is biblically abhorrent, and I felt lightning starting to crackle around me, so I bailed But from what I did read, it was every Regency romance cliche packed into one book Marriage wager Making out in a carriage I tried to read this because of the raves, but there was absolutely nothing in it that I haven t read in books like this before There was the ugly duckling heroine who eventually becomes a swan, paired with the bad ass rake who is really a slightly risque playboy with media savvy Blah The heroine was really ridiculous, the heaps of abuse she put on herself and got from others such a blatant attempt by the author to get me behind her.It gets than a little wearying to read a heroine who has the attitude ofwhen my attitude isIf these are the awesome romances of today penned by Ivy League educated authors, then I m going to stick with the trashy rapefests of the 70s and 80s by Midwestern housewives, thankee very much.

  3. says:

    Updated because I ve been asked by the lovely Jessie Edwards, one of the fabulous ladies in charge of the Avon Addicts program, to choose my favorite Avon romance Is she kidding She must be joking Just one sigh Anyway, to refresh my memory, I reread a few of my old Avon reviews and I ve decided to repost this review in hopes that anyone not familiar with the Love by Numbers series will give it a go Yes, it s that good.So, my favorite Avon romanceWell, there are a few books that instantly came to mind Again the Magic with the physically and emotionally scarred Aline, and John, the man who loved her, by Lisa Kleypas Whisper Falls starring good girl Tessa who falls for the bad, bad boy, Lucky Romo, by Toni Blake Flowers from the Storm with Christian, one of the most tormented heroes I ve read, and Maddy, the woman who saves him and he saves her right back, by Laura Kinsale review links can be found below and this one Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean Well I ve picked Nine Rules, and here s whyIt s because if I could choose to be any heroine from a historical romance, I d want to be Lady Calpurnia Hartwell, and here s whyI find I m at a loss for words when trying to describe the wide range of emotions this book evoked in me, except to say that it made me laugh, cry, sigh, gasp, and hope for a happily ever after for the hero and heroine than I have in any other book I ve read in a very long time And, this is the first book in which I ve found myself invested in the heroine s happiness than the hero s.The prologue had my heart breaking for a young woman s shattered albeit it brief fairytale fantasy, and her so very low self esteem But that said, this is one of those books that made me wish that I were the heroine Not just so I could live happily ever after, but for the kind of person she was I loved her for her goodness, her kindness and compassion I adored her for her sense of humor, her generosity and her selflessness, but most of all it was her strength, her courage to live, rather than sit on the shelf collecting dust as society dictated that all self respecting spinsters should It s for all of these reasons that I wish I were Callie.It took me awhile to fall in love with Gabriel St John, Marquess of Ralston, but it did happen I mean, how could it not Take a gander at that step back again, I ask How could I not fall for him The look on his face speaks volumes as to his passionate nature, his need his hunger for this unusual woman who was nothing like society expected her to be She was daring, witty, refined, and intelligent and she d managed to work her way under his skin, and before he knew what happened, into his heart His reputation was no secret he was known by all as a rake and a libertine, so when he became aware of her plan to experience the same kinds of things that gentlemen are allowed to experience, I wasn t terribly surprised when he offered to facilitate her in her quest to check each item off of her list, whilst risking utter ruination I m always impressed by other readers who include quotes in their reviews Me I m too engrossed in the book to make myself stop long enough to make notes, but this book demanded that I do exactly that twice This first quote I ll share is from the prologue and had me sobbing My ever faithful Goodreads friends, Catherine and Rane, were there to help me through this tear jerking scene as I posted it on my status update She pushed aside a devastating pang of sorrow as the truth coursed through her She would never have the magnificent Marquess of Ralston, nor anyone like him She felt an acute certainty that the things he had said to her earlier were not the truth but instead the lies of an inveterate seducer carefully chosen to appease her and send her blithely off, easing his dark tryst with his ravishing beauty He hadn t believed a word of it No, she was not Calpurnia, Empress of Rome She was plain old Callie And she always would be. Seriously, when read in context, with the entire prologue, that was one of those most heartbreaking moments from any book I can recall Now, the second quote snippet I have for you is the moment in which I finally became invested in seeing Callie and Gabriel s happily ever after come to pass, and knowing I could believe in it view spoiler This is yet another gut wrenching scene and takes place when Callie finds out about a wager that had been placed between Gabriel and Oxford as to whether or not Oxford would be able to convince Callie to marry him. Of course, this is a romance novel so we, the readers, already know who s going to end up the winner, but when Callie gets wind of it, she s humiliated and thinks she s nothing than something for men to wager over Gabriel had proposed to her and she d accepted, but now, even though the bet was for 2,000 , she suddenly felt so very worthless So she has demanded that Gabriel stay away from her, and she s fled the ball where this scene takes place Oxford, well into his cups, has some unflattering things to say about Callie in front of Gabriel and Benedick, Callie s brother Certainly, the best thing about spinsters is that they re eager for a toss, but you can t really mean to tell me you need to resort to one as plain and uninspiring as that one Although, it did appear she was than willing to lift her skirts for you and I suppose that is something Benedick stiffened, and fury, hot and quick, coursed through Ralston at the words, so demeaning and unpleasant, directed at the woman he planned to make his wife Because there was absolutely no question that Callie was going to be his wife.Drunk or no, Oxford would pay for his words Reaching out, Ralston grabbed Oxford by the lapels of his topcoat and slammed him against the stone wall that marked one edge of the balcony The force of the blow took the breath out of the baron, and, gasping for air, he slumped to the ground, clutching his chest.Ralston looked down his long, elegant nose at the vile creature at his feet and said, You just impugned the honor of my future marchioness Choose your seconds I will see you at dawn Leaving Oxford sputtering on the ground, Ralston spun on one elegant heel to face Benedick When I am done with him, I am coming for your sister And, if you intend to keep me from her, you had better have an army at your side hide spoiler

  4. says:

    5 stars Historical RomanceWhat a wonderful, charming, sexy, entertaining, sweet, funny, emotional, steamy, and well written regency romance with an utterly lovable, quirky, plump, Plain Jane, wallflower, spinster heroine and a sexy as sin, tarnished heart of gold rogue hero to die for Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake is a truly delightful read with everything I love in a historical romance an engaging story, witty dialogue, humor, drama, emotion, smokin hot love scenes, an endearing heroine, and a deliciously sexy rake hero reformed by love.Sarah MacLean has earned a place on my author auto buy list, and I can t wait for Nick s story, Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord, to come out Big 5 stars

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    I loved the on the shelf heroine who decides to do all the things ladies aren t supposed to do smoke a cheroot, gamble, attend a duel , and the scandalous hero who gets caught up in her rule breaking until he actually helps her do some of the things on her list Totally recommended

  6. says:

    I enjoyed this book a lot It was rich with depth and with characters that I was interested in reading about Callie was tired of being trapped by society s expectations, and the box she d been put into, and decided to claim some happiness for herself I liked that Gabriel liked her for who she was He was drawn to her, even though she didn t fit society s ideas of beauty She became the one woman he couldn t resist, and it wasn t hard for me to believe that was the case as I read this story I think Ms MacLean did a great job of writing this novel, that was recognizably full of honest and real emotions Normally, I don t care for the Regency hoyden, who gallivants around town doing things that women just didn t do But, this book wasn t quite like that Callie was a woman of her times But, she was a woman who was trying to claim some happiness for herself She never felt anachronistic in her morals She was just tired of trying to live up to others expectations So, despite this being a theme I m far from fond of, I wasn t bothered by Callie s hijinks I really liked and felt for Callie Some readers complained about it constantly being repeated that she was plain and plump I didn t really see that I think that it was mentioned as much as necessary, especially considering that s the box that Callie had been put into I felt for her, seeing how insensitive people were in their treatment of her It felt authentic Women are often treated in such a fashion, when they don t fit into the mode that society defines for them If you re not married, don t have a man, or a boyfriend, then what s wrong with you You must be flawed somehow You have no purpose in life Sadly, that s still the case.This was a very sexy book There are some pretty spicy scenes, and they are quite well done The chemistry between Gabriel and Callie felt authentic I could see why they were attracted to each other, and why they fell for each other Those love scenes really kept me on the edge as I read.I liked Gabriel a lot Although he was a rake, he showed himself to be fairly admirable in his behavior There were some lines that he knew he shouldn t be crossing with Callie, but the way this book was written, you could see that he couldn t resist his feelings for Callie I didn t find Gabriel especially tortured But, I don t guess all heroes have to be He did have some baggage with his mother running off and leaving him, and you could see how that affected him, making him afraid to give his heart to a woman But, with Callie, it was natural for him He couldn t hold that back from her.I liked Nick, Benedick, and Juliana a lot I hope that Ms McLean writes stories for them as well Reading Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake was a very pleasant experience It wasn t a particularly dark romance which is my favorite , but it was nuanced and had an intensity between Callie and Gabriel that made it a fairly compelling read I think Ms MacLean is a very good writer, and it s clear she makes an effort to write a high quality historical romance that manages to entertain but also has an underlying message She treats important elements of historical romance with respect, but writes a story that is fun, sensual, and engaging, and she earned my respect for doing so She s definitely going on my to read list.

  7. says:

    Nine Rules to Follow When Writing a Regency Romance 1 Read Georgette Heyer This one is self evident If it s not, read this 2 Spinster on the shelf Make sure your heroine is never the belle of the ball Young, vibrant beautiful ladies are, of course, infinitely less interesting than pale, passive, middle aged women who somehow mysteriously retain the fresh bloom of youth and the ability to attract rich, handsome men who are being desperately pursued by 17 and 18 year olds Right.3 The handsome, titled rake Your hero cannot be a man of moderate tastes and self control Where s the fun in that Be sure to create a handsome, irresistible man whore who has bedded hundreds of women and is, in all probability suffering from a severe case of syphilis But the title, of course, will subsidise a multitude of sins Quel amour 4 Using Cant You have to gammon your readers with some fustian about a bluestocking who turns into a diamond of the first water and sets her cap at a Corinthian, resulting in some cork brained adventures But it s still okay to use apologize instead of apologise, realize instead of realise, and so on we re sure the Americans learnt these mis spellings from the Brits 5 Hoyden ish behaviour Despite being brought up in a society renowned for the rigidity of its rules and s, make sure your heroine almost never wears a corset, rides astride, wears men s clothes, freely uses swear words such as damn and somehow still fails to incur the attention or wrath of society.6 A makeover The spinster on the shelf must always get an opportunity to re invent herself and dazzle all comers For this purpose, you will need 1 a French modiste 2 a stunning gown 3 feminine lingerie 4 a devoted abigail with magic hands and 5 a beautiful face and lush figure that have so far been hidden under dowdy clothes for some unknown reason 7 A Special Ball If it didn t happen in a ballroom, it ain t worth talking about All major scenes, but ESPECIALLY the makeover, must be accompanied by a ball Preferably the Season s biggest one Said ball must be rife with passion, drama and, of course, the waltz Who gives a shit about the quadrilles and the country dances, bring on the cabaret waltz 8 The Big Misunderstanding The path of true love is never smooth Huh, what did you think this was, real life Can t have no Happily Ever After without the Big Misunderstanding Generally, the BM involves a wager of some sort What else do these gambling rakes have to do apart from waste their blunt wagering on their women Alternatively, it could involve abduction by the evil dandy, but it s fun to see the hero and heroine make an ass of themselves No, not arse, darling, ASS 9 And last, but most importantly, EXHIBITIONIST SEX For some reason, it appears almost mandatory in Regency romances for the hero and heroine to have sex or almost sex in places where it would be easy for other members of the public to walk in on them Like an unlocked fencing room in a men s club Or a garden adjoining a ballroom Or an alcove in a museum Or, of course, the ubiquitous carriage It s like nobody in Regency England s ever heard of a bed Also, Regency romances are the perfect illustration of Big Stick in Little Hole syndrome, since the heroine is always a virgin, the man is always well hung and yet the first time they have sex is magical, with only some minor, fast vanishing pain Obviously practice makes perfect doesn t apply to Regency sex Epilogue I actually liked this book it was funny in parts, did not read like bad Georgette Heyer fan fiction, and even the sex scene was a little goose bump inducing the first time After that, well, jeez, I know how it s done, skip it already There was a big discussion going on over at Jillian s review about the actual romance quotient of graphic sex scenes, so I m not going to get on that soapbox here I ve had a love hate relationship with historical romances for a while now, but I m pleased to report that Nine Rules falls on the like side of the scale if you re a fan of historical romances, I would recommend you put this on the top of your list

  8. says:

    FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED I love you I love your extravagant name and your beautiful face and your brilliant mind and your ridiculous list and your taste for adventure, which I imagine is very likely going to be the actual cause view spoiler of my death And I very much wanted to be able to tell you all that before you were shot in a field hide spoiler

  9. says:

    This was absolutely enchanting, lovely, witty, funny, emotional, and a billion similar epithets I really loved it 3The style of writing is great, much to my liking, the dialogue is witty and funny, and the characters believable and loveable 3 I only wish Sarah MacLean had books so I could enjoy her writing some The first chapter had me giggling and squealing all over hahah Callie is trying to hide in the bushes during a ball because her mother forced her to wear the ugliest dress ever made in mankind XD and of course there she meets Ralston 3 It was lovely and funny The second chapter is 10 years after that yes, 10 Callie is dissapointed in life, watching her younger sister get engaged, while she remains a spinster oh that is such a dreadful word Anyway, one night she decides to live her life, be free and do what she would like to do if she were not confined by society and the fact that she is a woman So she goes to Ralston to do the first thing on her list get kissed, passionately And so it begins 3I just loved them, such a great couple, she did not dissolve into tears on every little thing, even that one time when I really though should do it, she was strong and got in his face hehehehe he deserved it XD Gabriel was sigh so lovely, their chemistry was incredible, every conversation filled with tension, and he s so freaking good at creating it 3 no wonder she went musshy all the time near him loooolA great book, and I highly recommend it for all the lovers of historicals, it is very well written Can t wait for Nick s story 3 3 3

  10. says:

    I absolutely adored this book It was quite sensational Seda My dear friend, thank you so much for recommending this book to me I cannot wait to read the other books in this series Probably very soon.

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About the 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 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 studie