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Combine a few tried and true romance tropes, like the wallflower spinster and the jaded rake, with some improbable but amusing misadventures, and you have the makings of an entertaining Regency debut. Lady Calpurnia Hartwell, a plain but wealthy 28-year-old who refuses to marry a man who only desires her fortune, acts on a long-held crush and flings herself at Gabriel St. John, marquess of Ralston. Gabriel finds her antics more amusing than enticing, but his half-wild half-sister needs an impeccable chaperone and he chooses Callie for the role. Their proximity creates an infinite series of opportunities for the rake to practice his wiles on the more than willing wallflower. The 19th-century clothes are luscious, the 21st-century sensibility is raunchy, and it's all implausible, escapist fun. (Apr.)
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Wow, what a great book! I love it. One of the best wrenching-heart scenes ever...Fabulous! (Eloisa James)
MacLean’s devilishly fun debut novel is an absolute delight: rich in supple wit, suffused with sensuality, and enlivened with a wonderfully engaging cast of characters. (Booklist (starred review))
An entertaining Regency debut.... The 19th-century clothes are luscious, the 21st-century sensibility is raunchy, and it’s all implausible, escapist fun. (Publishers Weekly)
MacLean has penned a fast-paced, funny tale with a marvelous cast of characters who captivate and enchant. This book should come with a warning: Once you start, you won’t want to put it down! (Romantic Times BOOKclub)
I loved the heroine - she was sassy, smart, willful, and adventurous. I adored the hero….he was the proverbial rake with a heart of gold we all secretly long for, even though we... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Sue J
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake was so adorable! I love Historical Romance where the heroine decides to challenge society and do whatever the heck she wants! Read morePublished 6 days ago by Angie
I love love love historical romances. They are my favorite reads as some of you know. And Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake just fits the bill for being amazing. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Anna (Martini Times Romance Book Blog)
This was a fun quick read but for some reason the constant reference to "drugging" kisses seemed out of place to me. Read morePublished 18 days ago by jamie lisa
What a sweet, funny, romantic story! I absolutely loved this book, and it is definitely in my top 5. Had me hooked from the first scene. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bitten By Love
A Ravishing Tale of Heart Seduction!
MacLean’s winsome romance is a seductive treat. Her name is not the only thing Lady Calpurnia Hartwell is unhappy about. Read more
I've found a new favorite romance author. This one had me laughing... and blushing!Published 1 month ago by K. Seaman
Nevertheless entertaining. The author has a knack for creating likable characters and certainly seems to understand sibling relationships. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Theresa Brandt