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Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (Love By Numbers #1)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  17,427 ratings  ·  1,406 reviews
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 miss...more
Mass Market Paperback, 422 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by Avon (first published 2010)
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May 25, 2014 Eastofoz rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Kleypas/Quinn/Enoch/Chase/Anna Campbell
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-licio...more
UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...

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???


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 romance...

Well, there are a few books that i...more
Jul 27, 2014 Shawna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lisa Kleypas fans & any historical romance lover!
5+ stars – Historical Romance

What 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 endearin...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
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.

Karla (Mossy Love Grotto)
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,...more
Jun 11, 2010 Auntee rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone who likes a good romance
Recommended to Auntee by: Kathrynn M., Eastofoz, everyone
I loved this book! Loved it! For the last few years I've drifted away from reading historicals, but with all the rave reviews regarding this book I thought I had to take the plunge and see what all the fuss was about. And all those glowing reviews are not wrong, IMO--this was one delicious read!

I absolutely adored the heroine in this book--and I'm not one who usually falls for the heroine. But there was something so real, likable and relatable about the character of Lady Calpurnia "Callie' Hartw...more
Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter

"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)


Even though the plot is very predictable, I really enjoyed Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake. It's another winner and delightfully p...more
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 ha...more
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake was an utterly charming and wonderful read! I was very impressed with the story and the characters. I loved the heroine, I really felt emotionally connected to her and wanted her to get the love and life she longed for with the handsome rogue hero.

Lady Calpernia Hartwell is an on the shelf spinster at 28 years old. She believes herself plain and thinks her opportunity to have a husband and children is over. Seeing her young sister fall in love brings Cal...more
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake had everything I love about romance novels, humor, drama, wallflowers and a rake. Once I picked this book up, it was very hard to put down, it’s that fun to read.
With a heroine Lady Calpurnia Hartwell or Callie being front and center, a wallflower and now a spinster, Callie was a great lead as she made a list to do, something wild , something that breaks her out of the mold she’s been placed in. What made Callie so great was how relatable she was to t...more
Amy (Foxy)
OH MY GOSH!!! Loved it!

The title of this book had me pondering what a "rake" means. A man who is morally loose. Simply put- a womanizer. I wonder if the slang word- 'ho' comes from men being called, rakes?

Callie is a total rule follower. She’s a 28 years old unmarried women who is feeling unsatisfied with her proper life. Her brother challenged her to break some of her rules. Her younger sister is newly engaged and going to live the life that Callie has always dreamed of. Callie begins to ponder...more
Yay!! Finally a good new release, a wonderful new author, and a fantastic shy-wallflower-heroine (4.5 stars)

"Plain" and spinsterish 28-year-old Lady Calpurnia "Callie" Hartwell is sick of being seen as an old spinster, on-the-shelf, passive, and uninteresting - and thus THE LIST is born. On this list of nine things are activities that normally-shy Callie would never have dared to even contemplate, let alone actually do (gamble at a gentleman's club, drink scotch, smoke a cheroot, attend a...more
Sometimes you just NEED a book like this, and I was definitely in the mood for some mind candy of the genre! Doesn't really re-invent the historical-romance wheel, but has a sweet sensibility about it that doesn't make you feel skeevy when you're reading REALLY naughty bits (which this one does very well!) Typical wallflower/rake setup, I just really enjoyed the style of writing, it was easy and breezy and made me keep reading even when I wanted to slap the heroine upside the head a few times fo...more
Sarah MacLean
Feb 07, 2010 Sarah MacLean rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: historical, romance, mine
once again, don't take my word for it. ;)
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
May 02, 2011 Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) by: Leah

And I’m sure Lady Calpurnia Hartwell would agree with me on that!

As a twenty-eight year old self-proclaimed spinster, Callie is feeling pretty crappy about how her life turned out. Her younger sister is engaged to be married to a duke , no less, while she’s been put away on the shelf, doomed to be alone and unloved forever.

Tired of sitting around the perimeter edges at all the balls, Callie decides to take a more adventurous route in life. Her plan?...more
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
2012 Reread! I still love this book, I wish I could give it more then 5 stars!

I really loved this book! I loved the idea of the list of forbidden activities, the lovable rake and the unconventional heroine.

It all starts when 27 year old spinster Callie hears her younger sister having a romantic liason with her fiancee at their betrothal dinner and hears herself described as passive. This instigates her to make a list of actvities that she has always wanted to do, such as gamble at a gentlemans c...more
I love the inside cover of this book!

♡Karlyn P♡
An entertaining Regency read. The writing voice reminds me of Eloise James, Suzanne Enoch, Stephanie Lauren. The heat is more pronounced though, I'd say on that level its similar to Kleypas or Gaelen Foley. This is hot! I enjoyed it, and the characters were fun. In many ways it's a typical regency story that centers around all the events the Ton participates in to 'see and be seen' (Balls, operas, shopping on Bond street, museums...etc.) The storyline is a bit of a farce and does require you to...more
 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
(4.5 Stars)

I really enjoyed this... but I'm a little sad that it wasn't an OMG-I-LOVED-it!!-5 Star read for me, like it was for others. I really wanted it to be!

I mean, don't get me wrong, I loved the heroine (Lady Calpurnia) and the hero (Gabriel St. John, Marquess of Ralston) and their repartee was great. The chemistry was hot. There were humorous moments. And moments that made me teary for the heroine (mostly - Oh, how my heart ached for "plain and plump" Callie!) and the hero (somewhat). Ma...more
I think I gotta stay away from ‘Unrequited crush’ & ‘Plain Jane vs Hunky Tarzan’ (usually 2 of my fav themes) books for a while. I’m not sure I wanna pick up the next SM. Aside from the attention-grabbing title (not that many romance books out there feature 8 words on the cover), the content itself is just too plain. The volume is quite plump (397 pages – w/ small font). In hindsight, mayhap it’s a boo-boo to read 2 books simultaneously featuring the same aspects, tho’ 9RTBWRAR is slightly b...more
First of all, please know that I’m picky. For a romance to grab me, it has to have a compelling plot, interesting characters and internal consistency. This last quality is what I called when the elements of the story come together to form a cohesive whole. If one of those elements is missing, I start having problems with the book.

Nine Rules has a compelling central plot – a wallflower who decides to eschew convention and her reputation to do things she always wanted to do because she wants to li...more

It was a enjoyable read overall. It's light hearted without all those unconvential villians and secrets for the sake of having a plot. It just focuses on Callie's hilarious determination to break the rules, being a spinster at twenty-eight years old, while falling for Ralston, a rake who gets in her way. Callie also chaperones his half young sister, Juliana, so they get closer. Throw in a slight problem of the hero secretly betting against the heroine before realizing he loves her,...more
3.5 stars. This started out with two strikes against it for me -- the title, and the list. Oh how I hate cute lists, especially in historical romance. But so many people on my friends list loved it, I decided it was worth a look. It didn’t hit my particular happy buttons as much as it did for them, but I did enjoy it; it was both hot and sweet, and made me smile.

The plot... well, it’s pretty generic. Also repetitious: They clash, he kisses her. They clash, he kisses her and pleasures her. They c...more
Maureen Feeney
Plain and overweight Lady Calpurnia Hartnell(28) daughter of an Earl has been in love with the beautiful notorious rake Gabriel st John, Marquess of Ralston after he gave her a few kind word 10 years previous
Now firmly on the shelf, she decides to make a list of things she would do if society allowed her. First on her list is to be kissed passionately, so taking her courage in her hands she arrives at Gabriels house late at night. Gabriel and his twin Nick has just discovered they have a half-si...more
4.5/5 stars. Before I start this review, I will admit that I really enjoyed this book. I definitely look forward to reading more of this author in the future. I am close to giving the book 5 stars from my enjoyment level reading it, but I am not ready to do that. I hate to harp on the negative, but feel I better explain why I docked this book 1/2 a point :)

Here were my issues:
- There was some really fun talk during the intimate scenes... I always love when the hero talks during his seduction. Ho...more
Blacky *Romance Addict*
This was absolutely enchanting, lovely, witty, funny, emotional, and a billion similar epithets :) I really loved it <3

The 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 more books so I could enjoy her writing some more :)

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 uglies...more
Laura the Highland Hussy
A big fat 5 star rating! 5 shining stars!!!
I think that I wasn't expecting to like this book as much as I did, but it is far and above my absolute favorite book this year. (even above Pride Mates which as you all know, is a huge favorite of mine!) I loved how Callie, one day tired of being nice, proper, boring Callie, just decided that was it! She had lived on the outskirts of the ballroom long enough. She may never be the belle of the ball, but she would not die an unkissed old spinster! She wr...more

**4 1/2 stars**

I'm not typically a fan of historical romances, specifically Regency romances...all the titles and dialogue have a tendency to drive me a little nutty, but they didn't bother me in this one...dare i say that Sarah Maclean might be making a convert of me!?

It was super sweet and extremely sexy!! Calpurnia being the super sweet and Ralston being the "extremely sexy!!" ;) I love story lines where the bad boy, or in this case the Rake, is brought to his knees by the innocent wallflower...more
Kim H
I hate to criticize because I know that this book is currently getting a lot of rave reviews, but whatever the charm, it was totally lost on me. It basically read like a 432 page romance novel cliche. To call it something I've seen before is really an understatement. It would actually be more appropriate to ask where I HAVEN'T seen it before. You certainly couldn't include in that any one of numerous books by Stephanie Laurens, Julia Quinn, Jo Beverley, etc. etc. etc...
A plain-ish, plump-ish deb...more
This book made me think of fruits. Of all the things, FRUITS. I am actually about to compare people to fruits. Fruits could be either IN or OUT of season. A certain type of fruit could have a higher demand than the other. Just like people. The early 1900s, THIN and other qualities I do not possess was IN season.

And Calpurnia Hartwell’s face, and obviously her name, is out of season, so it’s not a wonder how she ended up on the spinster shelf. Calpurnia, Callie for short, has been the perfect mod...more
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Sarah MacLean is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of YA and adult romance.

She grew up in Rhode Island, where she spent much of her free time bemoaning the fact that she was more than a century too late for own Season. Her unabashed addiction to historical fiction helped to earn her a degree in European History from Smith College before she moved to New York City to pursue a career...more
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