May 1, 2010

9 Rules To Break When Romancing A Rake by Sarah MacLean

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Saturday, May 01, 2010

9 Rules to Break When Romancing A Rake

Adult Historical Romance
Author: Sarah MacLean

Summary: 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 . .

My Thoughts: I enjoyed this novel. I liked the characters and the plot. However, there were quite a few things I didn't like. I'm very picky when it comes to historical romance novels, I've been reading this genre since I was 14 and so I know what I want when it comes to a romance book. What I look for is more romance less sex. To me sex scenes do not equal romance and this book had far to many sexual scenes for my taste. I thought the hero and heroine didn't spend enough time just talking to one another, instead every time they were together it was about something sexual. Personally I don't know how he fell in love with her based on their time together, but I've learned to accept that that is how it works in the world of romance novels. Anyways, this is just mostly my opinion, the writing itself was excellent and I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of this genre. There were plenty of laugh out loud moments and quite a few lines that were just perfectly delivered at the right time. I most likely will read another by MacLean and I give this book 3 out of 5. I should probably say I rate historical romance novels a little more harshly than others because this is my favorite genre and I expect a lot of the books I read in it, so maybe if this book had been a different genre it would have gotten a higher rating.


cat on May 1, 2010 at 12:07 PM said...

I was happy there was so little sex in the book to be honest, however it's true - when Callie and Ralston were together all it was was sex! I do like that he was always around at the right moments though.

I am not a romance fan at all, but this book was just so much fun. I suppose I can read romance if it's not bashing me over the head with how romantic everything is and has a great sense of humour. ;)

BookRants on May 1, 2010 at 1:16 PM said...

I agree with you, Ralston was always around at the right moments. I'm hoping that she'll write a book with Nick St John I want him to find a happy ending as well :)

Juju at Tales of on May 3, 2010 at 7:39 AM said...

Amen. I could not agree more on romance versus sex. It's why I shy away from so many contemporary romances.

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