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This is the first romance I have read by this author and she is terrific. I have easily read thousands of romance books in my lifetime and this one was one to remember. I love that their romance took time. It was not an instant love(well at least on his part). When it did happen you could believe that this beautiful man could love this plump, plain girl. Just wonderful
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on February 9, 2015
Lady Calpurnia a young woman considered on the shelf decides to take herself in hand and be more daring and have some life experience that makes her feel like she is truly living her life instead of sitting idly and letting her relatives be rudely critical of her. Her adventures take her down a path that could lead to ruin but instead to love and happiness.
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This book got great reviews. I liked the book, but did not think it was anything out of the ordinary. Or even original, for that matter.

One of my favorite romance novels is Julia Quinn's Romancing Mr. Bridgerton. While Quinn's principle pairing were untitled, I could not help but note echoes of their characters and relationship in this book.

Penelope(Quinn's heroine)was a 28 year old spinster who loved Colin(the hero) from afar for 10 years. Callie was a 28 year old spinster who loved Gabriel from afar for 10 years. The first kiss between Penelope and Colin happened in response to her direct request because she wanted to know what it was like to be kissed. Callie initiated the kiss with Gabriel for similar reasons. Both couples had their first make-out session in a carrier when the hero was taking the heroine home after finding her engaged in an untoward escapade. Once he falls in love, Colin wondered why he never noticed Penelope's beauty before. Gabriel wondered the same thing. Colin became fiercely protective of his heroine. Gabriel, likewise. Strange.

In additon to the curious similarities noted above, this book was riddled with romance cliches. Gabriel placed a bet on Callie! Come on, who didn't know that was going to come to light AFTER they had committed to each other.

Despite her similarities to Penelope(my favorite romantic heroine), I really did not like Callie. She was a shallow thrill seeking voyeur completely out of step with her times and even her characterization in the opening of the book. Callie's excelleration from zero to 60 rang false wih me. A woman who had accepted life in the shadows for the 10 years of her adult life in not the same one who would cavort in pubilc places and riddle the hero with questions regarding how one courtesan could pleasure three men. This about face would have been more believable if the writer had given us little snips of Callie's tasts for adventure/wickedness that may been repressed in the past. As it was, it did not work for me.

The hero Gabriel was likable enough to make up for his unforunate heroine. I found him strong, interesting and vulnerable but could have used a little more depth. Other than have him reveal his childhood pain(which the reader aleady new about)to Calli, the writer did not do much to develop his character. I would have appreciated fewer parties and more substance. Or even more productive utilization of his time other than attending parties and making out.

It is a compliment to a writer when one images the fate of the characters after the fade out. In this instance,I don't have much hope for a HEA or Gabriel's sanity. This very silly woman seems destined to continue in her recklessly selfish ways even after the got the man of her dreams. When Callie told Gabriel that she would make a new list, I groaned right along with him.

This book was clearly set up for follow-up books. I look forward to the stories of Nicholas and Benedict(who shold receive a special reward for his restraint in not strangling his idiotic sister). I am not as interested in Juliana's story which I suspect with be as full of cliches as this one-but Italian ones(Oh, the beautiful Italian girl has a temper. How surprising).

Good first effort, though.
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on July 4, 2014
very believable as regard how the romance played out , it was a built up not smack bang but did not enjoy all the girl chatter nor constant reference to her plumpness , yes i understand how overweight girls might enjoy feeling that they can land a stunning gorgeous man and that said man will fall helplessly in love with them, but constant reference to her plumpness and at inappropriate moments is a mood killer and frankly not attractive. Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder and people do fall in love for their personalities alone but not in my little escape time. Of course i did not mind that she was plump but who enjoys reading that he touched her plump ,.::;; really? So one star was chopped off , it was a very nice read though so 4 stars for that though i do not see how he can remain faithful in the long run !
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on July 3, 2014
I loved it
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on June 17, 2014
This was a really fun book to read. I loved the hero and the heroine, the chemistry was great. The story and plot were good. There was lots of dialogue, and some good sex scenes to boot.

I totally recommend this book. I have not been disappointed in any of Sarah MacLean books at all! She is a great author and hits all the marks I look for in a book, story line, plot, characters, character development, dialogue (that is most important) and some sex scenes.

I look forward to the next book in this series.
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on June 17, 2014
This book was just so amazing, perfect, funny and other adjectives that would compliment this book!

I was searching a book specifically like this so when I saw this on a thread on Amazon I instantly sought it out.

Lady Calpurnia sister to the Earl of Addendale was a spinster and she's tired of playing by the rules. So she makes a list of nine things to do which she has always wanted to do but never did for her fear of ruining her perfect reputation.

Gabriel St. John was an undeniable rake and was one real hot guy. Callie met him a decade ago when she was first introduced to the ton and since then she has been pining for him.

I am not a fan of Historical Romances just because of the fact that I sometimes cannot get past the fact that they have this weird thing with age. I mean, Callie was only 28 and she was already regarded as a spinster for Pete's sake! But thankfully it really wasn't a bother that much to me on this book.

I loved how quirky this book was! Seeing normal heroines is really hard so I was really thankful when Callie wasn't overly perfect. Since I think it's so much sweeter when the man you love is only the one who sees you for who you truly are and it's fine with you since the opinion of other people doesn't matter.

While reading this book I felt all tingly inside and I was always on the verge of screaming like the total fan girl that I am every time something sweet happens in this book.

Another think that I liked about this book was the groveling part made by the hero was fine by me. Since in some books the hero just tells the heroine some flowery words and then BAM, happily ever after.

Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake was such a perfect read and it is a book that I would not forget
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on June 13, 2014
I haven't read any of her other books and I've been itching to because of how good this one is. The one thing stopping me is that the reviews on the others are disappointed they aren't as good as this one. There's so much about this book to love. I laughed, I had a few tear jerking moments. There was a few predictable things but overall a super enjoyable tale. :)
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on May 27, 2014
I've read it more than once, and happily recommend it. Characters are memorable, plot delightful and the book is very well-written.
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on May 23, 2014
A little on the predictable side,and a little too much repetition (especially in the sensual area). Not at all a bad read though! I liked the sense of sarcasm and strong willed characters.
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