Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah Maclean
Publication Date: March 30, 2010
Versions: paperback, kindle
Summary (from barnesandnoble.com):
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 gentlemen's club.
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 or Ralston-charming and devastatingly handsome, his wicked reputation matched only by his sinful smile.
If 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...
I've seen this book pictured on many blogs, so I decided to give it a shot. First of all, I loved every page of this book-it was so amazing and I loved the plot line. Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake is about a woman named Calpurnia Hartwell and she has never been kissed. She's sick of being overlooked on the dance floor and wants to actually do crazy things and be free. So she writes up a list of things that are not acceptable for a lady to do, including gambling, drinking scotch, smoking cheroot, kissing, and some other items. This list eventually leads Calpurnia to Gabriel St. John's bedchamber where she will check off a few items on her list.
This was by far one of the best romance novels I have read. That being said, I recommend this book for older and more mature audiences. The "love" scenes were very graphic but amazingly written. I couldn't put it down for one second without thinking about it and the characters were all interesting and likable.
Will I reread it?
Most defiantly, I loved this book. Sarah Maclean reached my expectations one hundred times over and has earned her a spot as my favorite romance novelist.