by Sarah MacLean

April 2010
ISBN: 978-0-06-185205-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

Lady Calpurnia Hartwell is a proper, young lady who follows all the rules of the elite, London society. However, following the rules has left her an on the shelf, spinster of twenty-seven years old. She has no prospects or options for marriage and her life is just living in the shadow of her family and sitting in “Spinster seating” at the balls. But Callie has bigger dreams, no one knows what lurks behind the brown eyes of boring Lady Callie.

After a conversation with her brother, then overhearing that she was passive, Callie decides to take control of her life and do something about being so “missish”. She writes a list of things she would like to do if her reputation would not be ruined. She includes smoking, gambling, drinking, being kissed passionately and a lot of other things that she would never do. She wants to cross out one item on the list and be kissed passionately by the ten year love of her life the Marquess of Ralston, Gabriel St. John.

This list will be the death of him. He thought Callie was a plain, boring spinster, but he keeps pulling her out of messes her list puts her in. Then when he finds himself attracted to her, and compromising her reputation, what should have been just an adventure becomes pursuits of passion. Gabriel and Calpurnia have immersed themselves in something neither one of them can control.

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake is a riveting story about a wallflower who comes into her own. You will find yourself routing for Calpurnia and how she takes control of her own destiny, not depending on the actions of others. Her adventurous nature will charm you, and her antics will make you laugh out loud. I found myself engulfed in this story, and enjoying how the plot unfolded before me. This story will make you a fan of this author. Ms MacLean you have given your audience the gift of a great story. May I say, Thank you?

Reviewed in June 2010 by Lakisha.

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