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review 2017-11-07 07:21
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake - Sarah MacLean

Title:  Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake

Author:  Sarah MacLean

Genre: Historical Romance

Year Published: 2010

Number of Pages: 397 pages

Date Read: 12/15/2010

Series: Love By Numbers #1

Publisher: Avon 

Source:  Library

Content Rating:  Ages 18+ (Sex Scenes)



After reading so many romance novels with a generous and kind hero, I have finally stumbled upon a romance novel where we have here a “bad boy” hero. “Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake” is an amazing tale by Sarah MacLean about romance, drama, betrayal and lots of love making scenes that will have romance fans flipping over with excitement!

Lady Calpurnia Hartwell (Callie for short) has always wanted more out of her life since her life as a spinster to make a list of nine rules to break to make her life more interesting. While completing her list, Callie meets notorious and handsome rake Gabriel St. John, the Marquess of Ralston (Gabriel or Ralston for short) who she seems to have feelings for since ten years ago. Now Callie’s notorious list will either break her and Gabriel apart or bring them together.

Oh my goodness! Oh my gosh! I have never read a romance novel quite like this before! Sarah MacLean has certainly done an awesome job at writing this wonderful tale of love and betrayal! Now, I will talk about what I loved about the characters and the story. Sarah MacLean has probably created the most controversial yet most memorable characters in romance novels history! Callie is such a headstrong and passionate character, that I just loved her from the beginning! I loved the way that Callie was willing try something different in her life; even if it meant that she has to break the rules of the society she lives in to be a more daring person. Another character that really grew on me was Gabriel St. John and I will admit that when I first read about him, I was so annoyed by his rude and arrogant behavior towards Callie, but once I found out about how his mother had abandoned his family when he was small which caused him to distrust the power of love, I actually felt sympathy for him and when he stood up for Callie, watch out because Ralston truly shows his “bad” side when it comes to Callie! I also loved the fact that Gabriel is a true “bad boy” hero of the story as he has one rude and arrogant attitude, but he truly does have a heart of gold when it comes to protecting Callie. Now onto the juicy parts of this story! There are plenty of love-making scenes in this book from the very beginning to the very end and each love scene in this book will make you literally sweat and tingle all over as the scenes really go into great detail.

This book is basically filed to the brim with sex scenes, so anyone who is uncomfortable with reading about sex scenes might find it a bit difficult to read through this book.

Overall, “Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake” is definitely one of the most irresistible and unique romance novels ever written and any romance fans looking for pure love scenes and “bad boy” heroes will definitely get a kick out of this book!

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog


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review 2017-07-04 12:13
Book Review For: 'THE DAY OF THE DUCHESS' by Sarah MacLean
The Day of the Duchess: Scandal & Scoundrel, Book III - Sarah MacLean

'THE DAY OF THE DUCHESS' by Sarah MacLean is Book Three in the "Scandal & Scoundrel" series. This is the story of Seraphina and Malcolm. I have read the other books in this series but feel this is easily a standalone book.
Wow...this book took me through so many emotions! But that is what Ms. MacLean does best! Seraphina and Malcolm were married but things happened and someone also interfered into their lives. This put Seraphina in a position that encouraged her to leave and not come back for a long time. Malcolm had been looking for her but has been unable to find her. But Seraphina turned back up to ask for a Divorce. Malcolm isn't so willing to give it to her but he does come up with a plan to buy him some time to change her mind.
I really felt these two characters needed to be together and work out their issues. If you start reading this book make sure you have an open schedule because you won't want to put it down.
"My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."

Source: www.amazon.com/Day-Duchess-Scandal-Scoundrel-Book-ebook/dp/B01JFYFU6U/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1499177273&sr=1-1&keywords=the+day+of+the+duchess+by+sarah+maclean
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text 2017-05-05 19:11
A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean $1.99
A Rogue by Any Other Name - Sarah MacLean

A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean


The first book in her remarkably fresh and original Fallen Angels series—featuring four dark Regency Era heroes who will steal the hearts of their heroines and the readers alike—A Rogue will captivate fans of Julia Quinn and Suzanne Enoch while bringing new romance readers eagerly into the fold. The scintillating story of a disgraced Marquess reduced to running a London gambling hall who hopes to restore his good fortune by marrying a very proper lady who’s secretly drawn to sin, A Rogue by Any Other Name is sexy and wicked fun.

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review 2017-03-30 23:44
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake - Sarah MacLean

Bah humbug!
New author for me, thought I'd like, but man, I wasn't crazy about this book!
Callie just wants to live, so she is going to break some rules! My main issue is, I didn't connect to either character. I wasn't cheering for their story. I really didn't care. I don't know if it's the writing, my mood, or what.
One takeaway- I really want to know what, exactly, Callie used to bind her chest. I would never be able to bind mine enough to pass as a man (and as the books said, she is well-endowed)!

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review 2016-10-04 07:42
Beautiful word: defenestration
The Rogue Not Taken - Sarah MacLean

An okay historical romance, although it didn’t work too well for me. The characters make lots of stupid decisions, take steps without thinking, and generally bumble around without listening to each other, all for the sake of plot. I don’t enjoy reading about idiots, and that’s what I wanted to call the heroes now and again.

The writing was good though, one of the best of all the historical romance writers I’ve read, and I’ve read lots of them, so the reading experience was fairly pleasant. I did sympathize with the characters, even if they frequently irritated me by their thick-headed resolutions and childish choices.


I learned a beautiful new word: defenestration, which means the act of throwing something or more commonly someone out the window.

Occasionally, I wanted to defenestrate the heroes of this book for being too stubborn and not willing to compromise with each other.   

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