Monday, August 12, 2013


Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (Love By Numbers, #1)Book Review:  Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake

Author:  Sarah MacLean
Published:  2010
Series:  Love by Numbers #1
Genre:  Adult Romance

The Setting - Taken from Goodreads
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.

My Two Cents
Yes, yes...I know what you're thinking.  Why did I ever pick this book up?  So a blogger I follow pledged to venture out into different book genres that she usually doesn't read, and the first one up was the adult romance.  She was taking suggestions from "experts" in this area and Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake came highly rated.  I figured "what the heck", I'll join in the fun!  Fun it did not turn out to be.  Maybe it's just this genre that I'm not a fan of, but it seems all adult romance set in the 1800's are "bodice ripper" novels (and I'm not sure they can be called novels either).  Meaning, not a whole lot of plot...and a whole lot of sex.  This book was no exception.  While I acknowledge MacLean tried to endear me to Callie, a spirited "spinster" who was sick of living life on the sidelines, I found I really didn't believe her bout of recklessness and new found adventure.  Combined with the fact that the love interest Ralston was not a swoon-worthy character in my opinion based on his actions, and well, I barely made it through this book.  I'm pretty sure I'm done with this genre.  Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake is getting 2 out of 5 stars, and once again I'm being generous because I survived until the end.   

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