Quickie: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah Maclean


Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
Historical / Regency
2010-03-13 (HarperCollins)

Rating: A
Heat: Hot

Heroine: Callie Hartwell – Artistocrat, Tomboy 
Hero: Gabriel St. John – Marquess, Rake
Setting: England



I started this book a month or more ago. Read to somewhere in the 50's page-wise... And it didn't really capture my interest. It could've been a mood I was in, or maybe the three pages dedicated to a rehashing and romanticizing of The Odyssey. Which felt like filler. Not sure, but it didn't work for me then.

I decided to pick it up again the other day and skimmed through the parts I'd already read, then began in earnest. And what I read was fantastic!

The tasks Callie sets up for herself, the way in which she goes about completing them, how Ralston gets himself tangled in it as well... It was highly entertaining. An excellent plot for the characters to work within.

Who would have thought a fencing match could make your blood boil? Or a game of vingt-et-un could be so scandalous?

It was delightful watching Callie and Ralston complete each task on her list, and the romance that bloomed as a result. MacLean took taverns, gentleman's clubs, and gambling dens and turned them into the most romantic places. Loved it!

Favorite Quote:

He smiled, setting his forehead to hers. "You are very bad for me. I am trying to turn over a new leaf--I am trying to be more gentlemanly."
"But what if I want you to stay a rake?" she teased, her fingers trailing down his neck and chest, fingering the buttons on his waistcoat. "A libertine, even?"
She slipped one fastening from its seat and he grabbed her errant hand, bringing it to his lips for a swift kiss.
"Callie," he said, his voice thick with warning as she set her free hand to the second button on his coat.
"What if I want the rogue, Gabriel?" the question was soft and sweet.
"What are you saying?"
She kissed across the firm square line of his jaw and whispered to him, shyness in her shaking voice, "Take me to bed, Gabriel. Give me a taste of scandal."


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