Grade: 4 stars out of 5
I was never a big fan of historical romance novels. I’ve tried Julia Quinn (twice), but to no avail because frankly it was one big yawn. Was the novel just not for me or was it just the right time and place? I’m not too sure of it myself, but Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake was the right novel at the right time.
"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.I found the novel to be a delightful, good wholesome fun (just what the doctor ordered). Unlike some reviewers who managed to write 7 freaking huge paragraphs, I don’t have much to say about Nine Rules. I found Callie endearing and Ralston spicy (?). You know what? Heaving bosoms, tugging heart strings, silk blue gowns, and gunshot wounds; let’s see you make out of that.
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..."--from GoodReads