Book: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake
Series: Love by Numbers #1
Author: Sarah MacLean
Page count: 422
Published: Avon Books, 2010
Well, this lady has found herself a series to truly and most excitedly look forward to. If I wasn’t so obsessed about writing a review and be done with a book completely before starting a new one, I’d be on the next book like *snaps fingers* this!
The story is about one proper lady who’s tucked away on a wallflower shelf, and the rake who clears her dust. Hmm, a bit too shabby? Nah, this is perfect, because it’s what happens. Well, okay, maybe it’s Lady Calpurnia, our beloved so called wallflower who does most of the dusting off, but I can assure you, when our hero the rake comes to offer his not-so-gentlemanly help, it’s a feast for the reader.
Lady Calpurnia, whose name I so loved, is the queen of proper ladies. All her life she’s done exactly what is expected of her, behaved in a way that completely in line with the role society has cast for her. Too bad all this rule abiding didn’t get her a husband. So our Lady Callie sets out on a quest to do the improper for once, society be damned. She makes a list and does her best to cross off every single item on it.
Here comes our hero the rake, aka Marquess of Ralston, aka Gabriel St. John, aka the first book hero who this lady loved completely. Now, Gabriel may be a rake, and he certainly knows how to warm a woman’s bed but when it comes to a heart he’s not your man. But circumstances force these two to come together in a plot to get Gabriel’s long lost sister accepted into society.
There were many reasons why I liked this story. The characters were quite likeable for starters. I especially felt a lot for Callie as she tried to find herself again. Always loved self discovery stories. Callie was also the biggest source of the funny in the book which I loved. And Gabriel’s character was not the usual brooding hero, surely he had his own thing with the whole notion of love and marriage, but he was also a very flirtatious man with a hunger for passion. On more than one occasion I may have reached for the little fan I keep around, but let’s keep this to ourselves, shall we?
The plot, even though it seems like it may not promise much in the sense of some kind of action, it certainly surprises you in its fullness. While reading this I never, not once, wondered how much more is left because it was so engaging and fun, I just kept reading and reading.
Needless to say when I’m done with this review I’ll be moving on to reading the next story which happens to be the one of the twin brother of Gabriel St. John.
I highly recommend this series to anyone who still hasn’t discovered it yet, I myself might be the only one, and I will be adding four big fat spoonfuls of this into my hodgepodge.
Love By Numbers series by Sarah MacLean:
- Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake
- Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord
- Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart