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Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
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Apr 15, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: adult, historical, romance, read-in-2012
Read from April 15 to 19, 2012

Quick review: If this is one of the best in the genre, then I think that historical romance and I shall never be friends. Moments of good banter and tension were appreciated, but the overall use of obvious tropes (a wallflower who seeks adventure! a notorious rake who reforms for love! trysts in carriages, complete with a bucket of euphemisms!) and the unbelievable and too frequent sex scenes were turn-offs for me. I may finish this series out since I have now read the first and third books in the trilogy, but I don't expect to be enamored by it.

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Reading Progress

04/15/2012 page 90
04/16/2012 page 227
54.0% "Just got reminded again of why I don't normally read romance novels: the bad (and very unsexy) sex scenes. Her "little button of fire?" Ack." 25 comments
04/17/2012 page 260
62.0% "If this woman's mouth or lips get "plundered" another time, I think I'm going to have to call in the anti-pirate brigade." 4 comments
04/17/2012 page 290
69.0% "Ohhh, our hero just almost got feminist points b/c he described how the mistresses and courtesans are not free, as her naive heroine believes, but unfairly beholden to the men who pay for them. But then he ruins it my taking our fair virginal maiden on a chaise lounge in the den in the men's club right across from the prostitute about to engage in group sex. Ack."
04/17/2012 page 295
70.0% "Oh no, he went a-plundering her lips again with "possessive" force and that soon led to him getting her body to release its "sweet rain" for him. I cannot make this stuff up, people." 2 comments
04/18/2012 page 330
78.0% "How do *all* of the women in these historical novels have curly or wavy tresses? Unless there's been a big shift in the gene pool as of late, the number of people with "perfect ringlets" as adults seems to be greatly overstated." 2 comments
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