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[(Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake)] [by: Sarah MacLean] [Paperback]

Sarah MacLean
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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003QDD280
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake It's a well-known rule that a proper young lady should never steal into the home of a notorious marquess and demand a passionate kiss. But to romance this rake, Lady Calpurnia Hartwell will break "all" the rules. Original. Full description

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 15 Jun 2010
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"Nine rules to break when romancing a rake" is a delightful and entertaining book that I loved reading.

Lady Calpurnia Hartwell (that's really her name!) has always followed the rules of society and it never did her any good. She's nearly thirty and still a spinster without any hope to find a man she could love. Over the years she has accepted the role of a walflower and lost hope to lead a more satisfying life.
When her younger sister get's engaged Callie realizes that it's finally time to do something about the boredom in her life. She makes up a list with nine items that she wants to do but aren't acceptable for a single woman. Suprisingly the one man she has dreamed about for years turns out to be her partner in crime. Gabriel St. John, the Marquess of Ralston, wants Callie's help to intruduce his newly found sister into society. He soon realizes that Callie is so much more than a wallflower and is utterly fascinated by her. She is happy about his attention but still dreams of his love even though she fears that he will never be able to truly love her.

"Nine rules to break when romancing a rake" by Sarah MacLean is one of the best historical romances I read in a long time. The story is so lovely and I enjoyed reading about the characters right from the start. The plot is very entertaining and also unique. I love the idea of the list and how carrying out the items made Callie into a stronger woman. She is a great and very likable character and Gabriel is perfect for her. I loved how in the end he convinced her that she really is as beautiful on the outside as on the inside. Gabriel is a strong man who can have everything he wants in life. But he never misuses his privilege and he is really a very charning rake.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable, entertaining romance 19 Jun 2010
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At the ripe old age of 28, Lady Calpurnia Hartwell is firmly on the shelf. Relegated to the spinster seating at every ball and on the fringes on society, Callie is a little more than unsatisfied by her lot. So she vows to make a change in her life and do all the things that she's always wanted to do even if she has to break society's rules to do it.

But stealing a midnight kiss, smoking a cheroot, learning to fence and drinking in a tavern aren't as easy to achieve without a willing partner. And willing or not, the handsome rake Gabriel St. John, the Marquess of Ralston, soon finds himself caught up in Callie's adventures.

I absolutely adored this book and it's definitely one of the best that I've read in a long time. Gabriel is a delicious rake but he's such a rich character and it's so entertaining to see him almost baffled by his growing feelings towards Callie. Callie herself was such a refreshing heroine. She was so endearing and likeable that I felt really engaged with her and really rooted for her. Together the pair had the kind of chemistry that gives you butterflies in your stomach and makes you think about the story even when you're not reading.

The plot itself was witty, clever and so entertaining. Despite Callie undertaking scandalous tasks, the book never got ridiculous and you always cheered for Callie. There were times when I laughed out loud, times when I felt Callie's pain and times when I was almost giddy at the sweetness of the romance between Callie and Gabriel. There were also no clichés and the secondary characters were as rich and full as the main pair but without ever overshadowing the actual love story.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance Without Rules 22 April 2010
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After ten unsuccessful years on the marriage mart, Lady Calpurnia Hartwell has had enough. An impeccable reputation is all very well, but hardly what she dreamed of as a child. With her little sister about to marry, Callie is tired of false sympathy and impertinent comments. Perhaps the time has come to stop being so passive - and to take her fate into her own hands.

After all, she's never even been kissed! Luckily she has just the rake in mind to help her out - Gabriel St. John, Marquess of Ralston - who Callie's been in love with for ten long years. But when Ralston bargains for her help in return for a kiss, a new Callie is born, and it's time to have some fun.

Ridiculous, frivolous, funny and thoroughly enjoyable, Callie's adventures in the top tier of the ton are a delight. As a proper girl who has always done what's expected of her, no one could blame her for being tired of being good. Especially when it's done nothing for her. And the bold, frequently fearless way she sets about achieving her list with such romantic naivety makes her hopelessly endearing. She's no fool, she's just had enough of being ignored while life passes her by.

Ralston is a suitably handsome hero, seductive and sinful, with an awkward habit of turning noble at just the wrong moments. He's got enough shadows in his past to hint at being a tragic hero, but his cheeky twin brother and unexpected sister save him from angst. As does his indulgence for Callie's starts, no matter how ridiculous they are.

Pure fun from start to finish, with a sparkling historical setting, a touch of adventure, a hint of wickedness and bundles of romance, MacLean is a great addition to the genre. As for whether Callie achieves everything on her list... well, you'll just have to read it and see.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake is the first proper historical romance book I've read and wow did I love it! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jenny, Wondrous Reads
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing easy read
Amusing easy read, nicely written. I have been looking for a new author and will now try some of her other books
Published 5 months ago by Sunshineblue
3.0 out of 5 stars not convinced
I bought this book because of all the great reviews but I was very disappointed. While the heroine of the story was likeable, she took it into her own hands to get herself a man as... Read more
Published 6 months ago by carmel bangor.
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved this book
This was an excellent read. It was fun, romantic, steamy and had a real feel-good factor about it. The hero and heroine were both wonderful and other characters in the book... Read more
Published 9 months ago by maggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Nine reasons why this is a great book
1. The plot has interesting twists and events, for example the different balls they attend along with the different backdrops for Callow to complete the items on her list
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Published 10 months ago by Period drama lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful
I really Loved it from beginning to end especially callie's transformation. Definitely recommend it as my favourite sarah MacLean novel
Published 14 months ago by book buddy
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down
This book was brill. It had a heroine who I could relate to and I grew to like the hero too. Good plot with lovely characters and lots of humour. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Holly
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One: I made a review earlier on the Kindle App but I forgot to press 'submit', and so I lost everything I had written... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Rebekka
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
What a great read! This is the first Sarah Maclean that I have read and I will definitely be looking for other stories by this author. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mrs Moneypenney
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read
I've seen this book recommended several times as one that featured a heroine who doesn't meet the standard definition of beauty, and as I was in the mood for one of those "ugly... Read more
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