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Nine Rules To Break When Romancing a Rake. Home · Nine Rules To Break When Romancing a Rake Author: MacLean Sarah. downloads Views . Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. A lady does not smoke cheroot. Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, by Sarah MacLean. Romance Novel News is proud to announce its list of Recommended. Reads for
She was plain old Callie. And she always would be. Seriously, when read in context, with the entire prologue, that was one of those most heartbreaking moments from any book I can recall. Although, it did appear she was more than willing to lift her skirts for you…and I suppose that is something. Because there was absolutely no question that Callie was going to be his wife. Drunk or no, Oxford would pay for his words. Reaching out, Ralston grabbed Oxford by the lapels of his topcoat and slammed him against the stone wall that marked one edge of the balcony.
The force of the blow took the breath out of the baron, and, gasping for air, he slumped to the ground, clutching his chest. Choose your seconds. I will see you at dawn. And, if you intend to keep me from her, you had better have an army at your side. The bottom line — this was my first Sarah MacLean read and it most assuredly will not be my last.
Have you read any of my top 4? If you're interested in reading why I loved the other books so much, here are my reviews: View all comments. Apr 02, Shawna rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Big 5 stars! View all 30 comments. Feb 09, Nalini Singh rated it it was amazing. I loved the "on the shelf" heroine who decides to do all the things ladies aren't supposed to do smoke a cheroot, gamble, attend a duel Totally recommended!
View all 3 comments. Fans of steamy and fun historical romance. 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. I I enjoyed this book a lot. I think Ms. MacLean did a great job of writing this novel, that was recognizably full of honest and real emotions.
Normally, I don't care for the Regency hoyden, who gallivants around town doing things that women just didn't do. But, this book wasn't quite like that. Callie was a woman of her times. But, she was a woman who was trying to claim some happiness for herself.
She never felt anachronistic in her morals. She was just tired of trying to live up to others' expectations. So, despite this being a theme I'm far from fond of, I wasn't bothered by Callie's hijinks.
I really liked and felt for Callie. Some readers complained about it constantly being repeated that she was plain and plump.
I didn't really see that. I think that it was mentioned as much as necessary, especially considering that's the box that Callie had been put into. I felt for her, seeing how insensitive people were in their treatment of her.
It felt authentic. Women are often treated in such a fashion, when they don't fit into the mode that society defines for them. If you're not married, don't have a man, or a boyfriend, then what's wrong with you?
You must be flawed somehow. You have no purpose in life. Sadly, that's still the case. This was a very sexy book. There are some pretty spicy scenes, and they are quite well-done. The chemistry between Gabriel and Callie felt authentic. I could see why they were attracted to each other, and why they fell for each other. Those love scenes really kept me on the edge as I read. I liked Gabriel a lot. Although he was a rake, he showed himself to be fairly admirable in his behavior.
There were some lines that he knew he shouldn't be crossing with Callie, but the way this book was written, you could see that he couldn't resist his feelings for Callie.
I didn't find Gabriel especially tortured. But, I don't guess all heroes have to be. He did have some baggage with his mother running off and leaving him, and you could see how that affected him, making him afraid to give his heart to a woman.
But, with Callie, it was natural for him. He couldn't hold that back from her.
I liked Nick, Benedick, and Juliana a lot. I hope that Ms. McLean writes stories for them as well. It wasn't a particularly dark romance which is my favorite , but it was nuanced and had an intensity between Callie and Gabriel that made it a fairly compelling read. MacLean is a very good writer, and it's clear she makes an effort to write a high quality historical romance that manages to entertain but also has an underlying message.
She treats important elements of historical romance with respect, but writes a story that is fun, sensual, and engaging, and she earned my respect for doing so.
She's definitely going on my to-read list. View all 81 comments. Feb 20, Vinaya rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 year olds.
The handsome, titled rake: Your hero cannot be a man of moderate tastes and self-control. Where's the fun in that? Be sure to create a handsome, irresistible man-whore who has bedded hundreds of women and is, in all probability suffering from a severe case of syphilis.
But the title, of course, will subsidise a multitude of sins. Quel amour! Using Cant: You have to gammon your readers with some fustian about a bluestocking who turns into a diamond of the first water and sets her cap at a Corinthian, resulting in some cork-brained adventures.
But it's still okay to use apologize instead of apologise, realize instead of realise, and so on Hoyden-ish behaviour: Despite being brought up in a society renowned for the rigidity of its rules and mores, make sure your heroine almost never wears a corset, rides astride, wears men's clothes, freely uses swear words such as 'damn' and somehow still fails to incur the attention or wrath of society.
A makeover: The spinster on the shelf must always get an opportunity to re-invent herself and dazzle all comers. For this purpose, you will need 1 a French modiste 2 a stunning gown 3 feminine lingerie 4 a devoted abigail with magic hands and 5 a beautiful face and lush figure that have so far been hidden under dowdy clothes for some unknown reason.
A Special Ball: If it didn't happen in a ballroom, it ain't worth talking about! Preferably the Season's biggest one.
Said ball must be rife with passion, drama and, of course, the waltz. Who gives a shit about the quadrilles and the country dances, bring on the cabaret waltz! The Big Misunderstanding: The path of true love is never smooth. Huh, what did you think this was, real life?
Generally, the BM involves a wager of some sort. What else do these gambling rakes have to do apart from waste their blunt wagering on their women? Alternatively, it could involve abduction by the evil dandy, but it's more fun to see the hero and heroine make an ass of themselves. No, not arse, darling, ASS! For some reason, it appears almost mandatory in Regency romances for the hero and heroine to have sex or almost-sex in places where it would be easy for other members of the public to walk in on them.
Like an unlocked fencing room in a men's club. Or a garden adjoining a ballroom. Or an alcove in a museum. Or, of course, the ubiquitous carriage. It's like nobody in Regency England's ever heard of a bed! Also, Regency romances are the perfect illustration of Big Stick in Little Hole syndrome, since the heroine is always a virgin, the man is always well-hung and yet the first time they have sex is magical, with only some minor, fast-vanishing pain.
Obviously practice makes perfect doesn't apply to Regency sex. I actually liked this book; it was funny in parts, did not read like bad Georgette Heyer fan fiction, and even the sex scene was a little goose-bump-inducing After that, well, jeez, I know how it's done, skip it already!
There was a big discussion going on over at Jillian's review about the actual romance quotient of graphic sex scenes, so I'm not going to get on that soapbox here. I've had a love - hate relationship with historical romances for a while now, but I'm pleased to report that Nine Rules falls on the like side of the scale; if you're a fan of historical romances, I would recommend you put this on the top of your list! View all 12 comments.
This was absolutely enchanting, lovely, witty, funny, emotional, and a billion similar epithets: 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 This was absolutely enchanting, lovely, witty, funny, emotional, and a billion similar epithets: The second chapter is 10 years after that yes, 10!!
Callie is dissapointed in life, watching her younger sister get engaged, while she remains a spinster oh that is such a dreadful word. Anyway, one night she decides to live her life, be free and do what she would like to do if she were not confined by society and the fact that she is a woman. So she goes to Ralston to do the first thing on her list - get kissed, passionately. View all 24 comments. 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. It's another winner and delightfully penned by the very talented Ms. London, England April Gabriel St. John, Marquess of Ralston and a rake of the highest caliber, is in for a surprise. His brother Nick is telling him that they have a sister. A half sister, as it is. Since her father is of common birth, the ton won't accept Juliana easily. Ralston needs someone with an impeccable character to introduce his half sister into society.
Well, Gabriel found someone. Lady Calpurnia Callie Hartwell, proper and well-behaved spinster. She is twenty-eight years old and she has the most pristine reputation of any member of the ton. However, that is about to change.
Callie doesn't want to be passive and plain and unadventurous anymore. Kiss someone--passionately 2. Smoke cheroot and drink scotch 3. Ride astride 4. Fence 5. Attend a duel 6. Fire a pistol 7. Gamble at a gentleman's club 8. Dance every dance at a ball 9. Be considered beautiful. Just once. Yes, Callie, you're in for a surprise. Your wishes shall be fulfilled… In a whisper, she announced, "I came to ask you to kiss me.
For a price.
And the story takes it from there. As expected I loved the dialogue. It's witty and very entertaining. Further, I appreciated the fact that Ms. Maclean portrayed another average-looking heroine. Again, beauty lies in the eye of the beholder and I loved to see our hero falling for Callie. And he fell very hard eventually.
Throughout the story, Ralston's feelings changed and he really saw her as beautiful. He realized that there was nothing about her that was plain or unassuming. Ultimately, Ralston was the man to let her loose from her cage. Despite my issues with Gabriel, I have to admit that he was very sexy.
His tempting words and his deep and sensual voice sealed the deal for me. Some wicked glances, some hot kissing and touching and somehow I fell for him too.
The love scenes are deliciously well-written--very sensual and passionate. What didn't work for me The conflicts view spoiler [the wager was extremely predictable hide spoiler ] and the plot were too predictable--just too convenient for my liking.
I would have loved to see more and better relationship development as well. Further, Ralston is very reluctant to accept his feelings resp.
After completing her list, Callie seems to be in dire need to create another one. It is very short though. Particularly to your reputation. View all 38 comments.
Una relectura de tu libro favorito - Creo que te he amado durante toda mi vida. Diositoescuchamisruegos Than.. Es un seductor nato me mantuvo embobada en todo el libro. Por cierto las escenas hot entre Callie y Gabriel estuvieron bastante incendiarias y me encantaron. Porque es un personaje que tiene mucho potencial para enamorar.
View all 5 comments. Apr 14, MelissaB rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 Callie to the realization that she wants more out of life that sitting in the spinster section of the ballroom. She makes a list of nine daring things she wants to try because they are forbidden things that only men do or will cause her ruination.
But she figures what's the point of a perfect reputation when she will never be married, so she impulsively heads out to complete the first thing on the list - a kiss. Callie goes to Gabriel St. John, the Marquess of Ralston because she has secretly been infatuated with him for years.
Gabriel is quite surprised to see the proper Callie appear in his bed chamber one night. She reluctantly asks him for a kiss which he agrees to for a price - he needs a respectable sponsor like her to help introduce his newly found half-sister into society.
Though it was entertaining, there were a lot of cliche moments. I have read a lot of books from this genre and I felt like this book was not very original. I was laughing and rooting for our heroine Lady Calpurnia. Lady Calpurnia is a young lady in London whose season has passed and has never married or been in a serious relationship. Her brother tells her to create a list of things she would like to do but he doesn't expect her to actually go through with doing the things listed.
Some of the items are things we wouldn't think twice about doing. Entering a men's pub. Drinking Whiskey etc. Lady Calpurnia has a younger sister who is engaged to a Duke and this is what starts her thinking about her life. The man of her dreams Gabriel St. John is a notorious rake and she remembers the first time she met him. I know I will be looking into more books by Sarah MacLean.
Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake 4. Nevertheless, MacLean manages to bring it all together in this delightful read with its original premise, witty dialogue, sizzling scenes, and engaging characters.
Callie Hartwell is tired of being considered a passive wallflower and decides to defy convention by breaking the nine rules necessary for maintaining a pristine reputation starting with propositioning the most notorious rake in London, Gabriel St.
John, Marquess of Ralston. Callie and Gabriel have amazing chemistry and their interactions more than make up for the predictable plot line. Published: 14th February Description: 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.