Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake

Written by Sarah MacLean
Review by Audrey Braver

By 1822 Calpurnia Hartwell is, by all the standards of the ton, well and truly a spinster. A bit overweight and plain of face, Callie has never attracted any man worthy of her intelligent, courageous spirit. In fact, the only attractive man who made a point of being kind to Callie (and then only once) was the Marquess of Ralston, an inveterate rake. That was ten years ago and she’s been in love with him ever since. Now Ralston needs Callie’s help with his sister’s debut. However, after twenty-eight years of doing and being what everyone expects of her, Callie is restless. She makes a list of all the things single men can do that single women cannot—it is her bucket list and she’s determined to do them all before she is irretrievably placed on the “spinster” shelf. Learning of her plans, Ralston insists on including himself as her accomplice to protect his sister’s reputation. This association brings unexpected results for them both.

Ms MacLean expertly takes her heroine from passive spinster to daring adventurer. Within the boundaries of standard Regency fare, Nine Rules To Break… offers enough twists and turns to keep the pages turning.