Saturday, May 22, 2010

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

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake
Author: Sarah MacLean
Publication: Avon; Original edition (March 30, 2010)
Description: 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: The summary pretty much says it all. This was a very pleasant historical romance. The characters were well-drawn and interesting. Callie was innocent without being missish. As a spinster with not matrimonial prospects and a younger sister newly engaged to a Duke no less, Callie's disappointment with her life hits a peak. She was determined to change her life and makes a list of a number of things that she has not been able to do -- like "kiss someone passionately", She was a romantic and she believed in marrying for love. Callie has had a crush on Gabriel St. John, Marquess of Ralston, since he spoke to her kindly during her first season.

Gabriel was a rake and a cynic who didn't believe in love at all. Being abandoned by his mother at age ten and watching his father die because of his love for her has convinced him that nothing good can come from falling in love. However, he needed someone of high breeding with impeccable manners to introduce his newly discovered half-sister to the ton. Since Callie needed Gabriel to help her cross off the items on her wishlist for her new freedoms, they struck a deal.

There was nothing ground-breaking in this book. I have probably read 100 just like it. It was a light, cotton candy sort of book - sweet with no nutritional value. If you are looking for a fun historical romance to wile away a few hours, this is an excellent choice.

Challenges: RYOB Reading Challenge


1 comment:

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