Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
Rate 5 out of 5 White Roses.
Content rated with the Red Rose.
What is a good adventure without a good man?
There are many rules that a proper, well-bred young lady must follow to be acceptable in polite society. It’s a shame that Lady Calpurnia Hartwell is thoroughly sick of them all and has decided to make a new set of rules to obey. Her whole life, she has abided by the rules of etiquette and what does she have to show for it? She’s lonely; she’s practically an old maid, and even worse she’s considered to have “the most pristine reputation of any member of the ton”. Why can’t she have some fun adventures for herself?
Callie knows she has crossed a line she cannot return from the moment she enters the Marquess of Ralston’s house in the middle of the night and then asks him to kiss her. What she didn’t know was how that one request would change her whole life, or for that matter, his.
Gabriel St. John would never have figured that prim and proper Calpurnia Hartwell would ever step one little toe out of line. But after that kiss he keeps finding her in the most… precarious of situations. With all the fire she’s playing with she might just get burned. The girl practically needs a keeper, someone to keep her out of trouble. And maybe Gabriel is just the one to take up the job.
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake is positively delicious. It is always great to see characters be as strong as they are in spite of their personal vulnerabilities. I fell absolutely in love with Callie and Gabriel and found myself rooting for them the moment they were introduced. Not to mention there’s a sexual charge between the two of them that will definitely make you quiver.
While the template of the story may seem like any other, the story definitely isn’t. The damsel doesn’t need rescuing, she just needs a “partner in crime”. Nine Rules is a keeper and definitely a book that deserves to be read over and over.
Hugs & Kisses, Everyone!
The Lustrous Courtesan
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake published by Avon Romance, March 2010.