Title: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake
Author: Sarah MacLean
Series: Love by Numbers #1
Rating: 5 out of 5
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. But to dance every dance, to steal a midnight kiss – to do those things, Callie will need a willing partner. Someone who knows everything about rule-breaking. Someone like Gabriel St John, the Marquess of Ralston – charming and devastatingly handsome, his wicked reputation matched only by his sinful smile. If she’s not careful, she’ll break the most important rule of all – the one that says that pleasure-seekers should never fall hopelessly, desperately in love…
This book is one of those that found its way into my computer (don’t ask me how) and had been staying there without much hope of being read any time soon. Then one day I decided to give it a try and I was captivated by the first few pages.
It’s not a slow-pace book, but it’s not that fast-pace that has you thinking “Yeah right, nobody falls in love that fast”. Everything happens in just a couple of months, but a lot of things happen in those two months to make the story more believable. Witnessing a renowned rake being shocked by the impropriety of somebody else’s actions was just hilarious. Gabriel’s reputation as a rake is very much deserved and still he cannot believe that a lady would ever even think of going to a tavern and ordering scotch.
I loved the way Sarah MacLean defies all notions of propriety that people had at the time and the traditional standards that wanted women to be meek and compliant. Instead she creates strong female characters, with no fear of voicing their opinions and with a taste for scandal. And still, although all of her heroines have all of the aforementioned traits, they seem to retain an air of innocence about them, which makes them even more interesting.
Throughout this book one can see the way society at the time so easily ostracized people for trivial things and accepted only the ones who were unhappy. How anything that could make someone happy would be most likely considered scandalous.
The writing was good, the descriptions were great, I laughed, I cried… It was an overall great book 🙂