Author: Sarah MacLean
Series: Love by Numbers, #1
Release Date: March 30, 2010
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 of 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.
NINE RULES TO BREAK WHEN ROMANCING A RAKE was quite an entertaining book and I enjoyed it immensely, but just not as much as some other romance books I have read. It didn't jump out at me or surprise me in anyway, but still, it was a good read.
I thought everything in this book was well written and was very funny and entertaining, especially the characters. I liked Callie and Gabriel as a couple, even though sometimes I got a little frusterated with them. But they just didn't work for me. I mean by the end of the book. I didn't 100% care for them all that much. I just felt like there was nothing memorable and unqiue about them.
I didn't see a real connection towards Callie's and Gabriel's relationship. I felt like he was attracted to Callie's innocence and with Callie it was that she had always had a thing for him and I don't know. It just didn't work out for me. The beginning started out wonderfully but the more I had, the more I got a little annoyed with the characters. But, the love scenes were lovely though and made your heart beat like crazy. All and all, I still liked NINE RULES TO BREAK WHEN ROMANCING A RAKE to some extent. It was still a good read.