Review-Nine Rules To Break When Romancing A Rake by Sarah MacLean

It is time for the Romance Writers of America (RWA) to have their convention in New York City.  They give out awards called RITAs to the best romantic books in many catagories.  Unfortunately I’ve only read one of their nominated books, TEN RULES TO BREAK WHEN ROMANCING A RAKE by Sarah Maclean.  It is deserving of the nomination and the award.  Here is my review:

Title: Nine Rules To Break When Romancing A Rake

Genre: Regency Historical Romance

Author: Sarah MacLean


Source: Purchase

Rating: 5

Sexy rating: 5

Description from the author’s website:

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


There is nothing I love more in a Historical Romance then fabulous writing and a yummy plot. Well…perhaps a good dose of humor, too. This book has all those and it made for a can’t-put-it-down read.

Callie is the all too respectable young woman who sees her chance for marriage and children fading into the land of lost dreams. She decides if she can’t have what she wants then she will have adventures like the men have. She makes her version of a Regency bucket-list and decides passionate kissing should top the list. Once she starts on the slippery slope of checking off her list, all manner of compromising situations ensue.

This delightful romance is laugh out loud in some scenes and also brought tears to my eyes in other scenes. The author weaves a spell that makes the reader care deeply about Callie and her happiness.

If you trust me, you cannot but delight in this book.

P.S. Lord Ralston, the hero, is the rake in question and don’t we love the bad boys?


Filed under Book review, Historical Romance

3 responses to “Review-Nine Rules To Break When Romancing A Rake by Sarah MacLean

  1. Edyta

    I actually got this one on my kindle a while back. I’ll have to get to it soon, as you make it sound good. The book I’m reading right now is World War Z. It’s a really unique and super compelling book, but I will not rec it to you. Z stands for Zombie and I know how you feel about them :D.


  2. OOps! I made a mistake, so sorry, in the opening paragraph in this post I wrote “TEN” instead of “NINE”. I must have been thinking of the next book by MacLean.


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