Reviewer: Marlene Breakfield
Title: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake
Author: Sarah MacLean
Release Date: April 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: 1813 and 1823, England
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Sarah's Website/Blog: www.macleanspace.com
Lady Calpurnia "Callie" Hartwell, the eldest daughter of the Earl of Allendale, met and fell in love with Gabriel St. John, the Marquess of Ralston, during her first season. Ten years later, Callie is considered on the shelf and acts like it, but after hearing herself called passive, she decides to make a list of the things she would like to do. Callie sneaks out of her house and goes to Gabriel's house, once there, she is led by the butler to his bedroom. Gabriel is surprised, that such a model of decorum has entered his lair and asked for a kiss but sees an opportunity to get a sponsor for his just discovered half-sister. After agreeing to sponsor Gabriel's sister, Callie gets her first kiss. Soon, Gabriel and Callie are thrown together, but Callie's list becomes a point of contention between them.
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake is an enjoyable historical romance with an unlikely heroine and several moments of humor. Callie has all but given up on finding a husband and having a family, so she decides to take her fate into her own hands and live a little. Instead of the boring, ladylike occupations, which take up her time, she will do some things, that fly in the face of ladylike behavior. While Callie's attitude is refreshing and I enjoyed her character, I think she should have been a little more worried about the consequences of her actions. I, also, enjoyed the fact, that Callie was not model-thin. Ms. MacLean handled Gabriel's former mistress in a refreshing manner. I was pleasantly surprised that the looked for, almost clichéd, other woman didn't arise. Gabriel is a flawed, but likable hero, who has never felt love. Because of the heartless way his mother treated her family, especially, her husband, Gabriel guards his heart. Therefore, his feelings for Callie really throw him for a loop. For someone known for his way with women, Gabriel makes several missteps with Callie, and he must convince her of his love.
All in all, Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake is an entertaining read, which I recommend. I'll be looking forward to the next St. John sibling's book.
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