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Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake
A wonderfully talented new author joins the Avon Romance family—Sarah MacLean, who fans of Eloisa James and Julia Quinn will immediately take into their hearts! Sarah’s delectable debut, Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, is the Regency Era romp readers have been waiting for—fresh, fun, and wonderfully romantic—placing her solidly in the company of El...more
• 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
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
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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
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
"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)[of my death. And I very much wanted to be able to tell you all that before you were shot in a field." (hide 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
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
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
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
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
“Love isn't one-sided and selfish. It is full and generous and life-altering in the best of ways. Love does not destroy, Gabriel.It creates.”
It was a terrifying feeling. And if it was love, he wanted none of it.”
4 1/2 Stars - Simply Splendid! A very well done audio edition of a lovely historical
Just my second HR by Sarah MacLean but I have a good feeling.
Everything I want in a good 'Regency'...
I have a weak heart for those wonderful spinster romances with older heroines. Yeah, I'm not kidding they touch my heart every time.
A fantastic 13 hrs audiobook narrated in the very best way by Carolyn Morris. Highly recommended!
Calpurnia’ya aşığım, hayranım. Gelmiş geçmiş en eğlenceli, cesur, gözü kara ve en romantik historical karakteri. Listesinde yazanları yaparken çok eğlendim. Toplumun baskısından dolayı kendini yalnız hissetmesi ve 10 yıldır Gabriel’i hayran hayran uzaktan izlemesi çok hüzünlü ve romantikti.
Gabriel ise ufak tefek boca ...more
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
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
"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
Siguen sin dejarme de gustar los libros de Sarah, cada uno tiene su punto especial, éste en concreto primero de la serie “Love by numbers” ha sido un plus. Me he pasado el tiempo bastante divertido con esta pareja con tan buena quími ...more
★★★★★ Five full stars! I loved both the hero and heroine in this one, with the author bringing a depth of character I appreciated. It also had great secondary character development. There are a lot of situations that have been done before in other books, but they are done so much better here, with much better dialogue.
I enjoyed doing it as a "buddy read," too. Thanks, ladies of Happily Ever After Café for the great discussion!
- Creo que te he amado durante toda mi vida..
Los ojos azules de Gabriel brillaron bajo la luz plateada de la luna
-Y yo te amaré durante el resto de mi vida emperatriz
Verdadera y Locamente enamorada de Gabriel
Comencé esta lectura por recomendación y me dijeron que me iba a encantar y a enamorar de Gabriel, Gracias Viri eres una vidente porque así sucedió desde las primeras páginas ya estaba encantada con este libro, me hizo reír, llorar, suspirar ...more
- Sarah MacLean, Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake
While reading this book, I have frequently thought that I am reading one of the Historical Romance novels of Julia Quinn.
Both of the authors possess the quality to mix humor in a grave situation. Both of them are satirical of the then London Society, popularly known as the Ton or the Marriage Mart. Both of them disparage the then rule for the girls to be shown as some merch ...more
2012 Reread - I still love this book, I wish I could give it more then 5 stars!
2015 Reread - See above, I can't help but love this book
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 liaison with her fiancee at their betrothal dinner and hears herself described as passive. This instigates her to make a list of activties that sh ...more
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
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
Me ha gustado mucho como ha ido desarrollandose la historia de los dos personajes principales, sus encuentros y sí.. también las partes negativas. Pero ante todo le tome un cariño especial a Calpurnia y su valentía de llevar adelante la lista, realizando lo que en ese tiempo estaba prohibido para las mujeres. Además de que me pegado unas cuantas carcajadas ante distintas situaciones. ...more
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Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place at the nexus of gender and cultural studie ...more