Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (Love by Numbers #1)
by Sarah MacLean
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Description: 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
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.
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.
Mini Good Review: It's been a long time since I read from this genre, which used to be the only genre I read, and it was the perfect story to hook me back in. Calpurnia is a delightfully charming heroine and the love interest, Gabriel, is an imperfect but delicious rake that is perfect for her. This is a fabulous story to lose yourself in while sitting at the beach or snuggled up on the couch with a glass of wine. I understand Calpurnia, a quiet girl who does what she is expected to do but yearns to be wild and free. She wants someone to see and love her for what she is. I think most bookworms like me feel exactly like Calpurnia. Story is fast paced if a tad predictable and the dialogue is delightful. Good steamy sex scenes, that are wonderfully done (take note certain authors that use terms like love missle) and some cry your eyes moments and even better laugh your ass off scenes. Some interesting secondary characters that I would like to learn more about, and judging by this being listed as, Love By Numbers 1, I am sure I will be soon. Look forward to reading more by Sarah. My only beef with this one is the cover. Um hello that chick on the front is the total opposite of Calpurnia. I hate when they put some pretty little thing on the cover instead of the realistic looking character described in the book.
I picked up copy of this at Book Expo America 2013 - well because I am a sucker for anything with Rake in the title
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