Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake
by Sarah MacLean
Well then, this book was awesome. It's one that Julie recommended ages ago but I never got round to reading until I picked it up last night. It pretty much had me hooked from the start.Summary: 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.
I was in the mood to read historical romance (and I wanted to branch out from Eloisa's James's books, because most that I've read have been hers). I started a different one and it was the most torturously boring reading experience I've had in quite a while, but when I switched to this one...sdkljbkjfv. It was everything I was looking for.
It was sweet and funny (I think it did manage to make me laugh out loud a few times) and it had so many characters that I loved and well written relationships and the romance made me smile and... it was just really great.
Literally the only thing I didn't like about the book was that there were a few moments that I wished Callie would've...I dunno, given Ralston a cold glare and dramatically left the room with a flip of her hair and her head held high, because he would've deserved that quite a few times. But then it would've been less convincing given the time period and it didn't bother me that much--I'll happily just consider it a small character flaw that she is way too easily calmed by kisses.
Also, if you've been reading this blog for a while, you'll know that I really don't like books written with alternating POV's and there are very few exceptions to that. This book is one of the exceptions--the way it was done was so natural and it didn't feel forced or unnecessary (something I appreciated greatly because one of the huge issues I had with the torturously boring book I mentioned was that it was written terribly, clumsy POV switches and all).
So...I guess that's all I have to say about this one. It was really awesome and I wish I'd read it sooner and I intend to read anything else I can find written by the author (I ordered the next two books in this particular series before I'd even gotten halfway through this one, that's how much I loved it).