Review: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean

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Review: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake

5 Stars

Book Info

Released: March 30. 2010
Series: Love By Numbers #1
Pages: 422

I really loved this book! I loved the idea of the list of forbidden activities, the lovable rake and the unconventional heroine.It all starts when 27 year old spinster Callie hears her younger sister having a romantic liaison with her fiancee at their betrothal dinner and hears herself described as passive. This instigates her to make a list of activities that she has always wanted to do, such as gamble at a gentleman’s club and attend a duel. She actions her first item on the list a passionate kiss, that very night. And who better to kiss then Ralston, the man she has been in love with for 10 years, but who has never noticed her. Notice her he does when she gets into his bedroom and asks for her first kiss, he obliges her but for a price. She must help Ralston introduce his sister into society.

I think everyone at some point has had a similar list to Callie, a list of things they have always wanted to do and hope one day they will be able to pluck up the courage to actually go through with them. The first thing I love about Callie was that she was going to act on her list, she was going to seek out adventure after ten years of waiting for it to come to her.

The infamous list leads Callie and Ralston into a number of both funny and passionate encounters, which gradually makes Ralston rethink his opinion of the seemingly very proper, plump and plain Callie. The budding relationship between them was funny and sweet, Ms Maclean wrote the banter between them perfectly.

Ralston was a good hero, although I wouldn’t put him under the category of tortured hero, he did have a painful past that had him distrusting love. He was also wicked enough to be intriguing but not disgustingly debauched. For those of you who have read The Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas, he sometimes reminded me of a more responsible older brother of St. Vincent. However, as much as I liked Ralston, I found that, for a change, it is Callie that I remember this book for her, her transformation to passive wallflower to adventurous beauty was entertaining to watch unfurl as the romance.

The cast of secondary characters were also fantastic, they were well rounded and each had their own small story. Juliana and Nicholas, Ralston’s siblings also have books in this series, and I can’t wait to read them!

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About Sarah MacLean

Sarah MacLean is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of YA and adult romance.

She grew up in Rhode Island, where she spent much of her free time bemoaning the fact that she was more than a century too late for own Season. Her unabashed addiction to historical fiction helped to earn her a degree in European History from Smith College before she moved to New York City to pursue a career in publishing. After receiving a Masters in Education from Harvard University, Sarah returned to New York, where she lives with her husband, their dog, and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels.

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This one is on my GoodReads recommendations, and after reading this review, I may have to add it to my to-read!

Angie @ Pinkindle Reads & Reviews


I read this book and loved it too. I quickly grabbed all of the books in the series and they’re all great. Sarah MacLean has now become an auto-buy author for me.

Sophia Rose

I loved this story and thought it was so cute.

Thanks for sharing the review!


Like that she made up a list and then has the courage to do them. Sounds like a great story. Adding to my to buy list. Enjoyed the review.


Fantastic review Suz I addded this and the rest of the series to my Kindle wishlist!!!!

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