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Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (Love By Numbers) Mass Market Paperback – March 30, 2010
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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)
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Now it's time for some details. Main character Callie is someone that I could instantly relate to, she isn't as young as the other society girls and has been labeled a spinster and has been almost forgotten about. She realizes that after playing the part society has cast her in she really hasn't had any fun and hasn't gotten anything out of being a good polite woman and so the list is born.
The whole idea of Callie completing a list of basically un-lady like and scandalous tasks is written in a very clever and funny way. Seeing someone try something new is usually always funny and when they have to sneak around in disguises and in the pitch black night it's all the more fun. And add in Ralston and you are very much set!
I loved every single character in this book, pretty much as much as I loved Callie (except for maybe her mother, lol!). From her younger sister Mariana who is engaged, to her older brother Benedick, to Ralston (swoon) and his brother Nick to everyone else. The characters are fabulous. I'm very excited that this is the first of 3 books in this series because I definitely want more where this came from (as if you couldn't tell!).
And the romance, how can I say this politely, it was HOT!Read more ›
Frankly, I am baffled at the rave reviews this book has been receiving. Though I'll admit it started out with plenty of promise, by the time I got 40% through it got annoying, and by 70% it became nearly unreadable. I frequently wanted to do bodily harm to the heroine, and the hero was so underdeveloped I barely cared whether he got the girl in the end or not. The emotions, especially towards the end, felt contrived and superficial.
This is Sarah Maclean's first adult romance, and it shows - the writing is very amateurish in several places. There is lots of word repetition, as someone else mentioned - there are two instances where the heroine seems to be unable to think of any way to describe her feelings other than "sadness." I believe she uses the word about five or six times in the span of few pages. There's also waaaay more telling than showing. We are told explicitly what each character is feeling and why, especially when it comes to the hero.
I have to agree with the other reviewers who said this book was full of romance novel clichés. The spinster nursing a long-term crush on the emotionally distant rake has been done hundreds of times before, and much more creatively. The book was also rife with Big Misunderstandings, and the kissing and love scenes were full of overused phrases. Although, there was one term, "sweet rain" (I'll let you figure out what that refers to), that I don't think I've ever seen, and it made me burst into giggles every time I saw it.
Here are some of my other issues with the book (may contain very minor spoilers):
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A lot of historical romances are the same, I love them either way, but this one has a fun side to the main female character that I quite enjoyed!!Published 5 days ago by April D. Patrick
Must read! The beggining was very heart breaking and emotional. The heroin with very low self esteem infactuated with the handsome marquess. Read morePublished 17 days ago
This was an utterly delightful book. Although many of the items on Callie's list weren't entirely original, the way that they were put together in the plot served to be excellent... Read morePublished 19 days ago by AmyWeidenaar
Light, romantic, where the rake holds out till the very end before he realizes he has fallen in love. Far fetched love scenes. But overall keeps one e entertained . Read morePublished 27 days ago by s a park
This is my first MacLean book, I thoroughly liked it, the author kept it real and played with the possibilities of: What if a truly on the shelf spinster decides to throw caution... Read morePublished 1 month ago by NMaret
This is my first novel by this author. There were many things I enjoyed about this book, but there were other important aspects that prevented me from really getting into the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Phantom Bookworm
This is a book that men should read to truly understand how to make a woman melt from their touch. The characters are delightful and intriguing.Published 1 month ago by Linda Bishop