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 . . .
Love By Numbers, Book 1
PRAISE FOR NINE RULES
New York Times Bestseller
USA Today Bestseller
*Winner, Romantic Times Seal of Excellence (Inaugural Recipient)
*Best Romance of 2010 – Kirkus Reviews
* Finalist, 2011 RITA® Awards, Best Regency Historical*Nominated for Romantic Times “Historical Romance of the Year”
*Nominated for Australian Romance Readers Association “Favourite Historical Romance”
“Wow, what a great book! I love it. One of the best wrenching-heart scenes ever…Fabulous!” –Eloisa James, New York Times Bestselling Author
“Amazing … everything a historical romance should be. The best romance I’ve read in ages.” –Sophie Jordan, New York Times Bestselling Author
“MacLean’s devilishly fun debut (romance) novel is an absolute delight: rich in supple wit, suffused with sensuality, and enlivened with a wonderfully engaging cast of characters.” — Booklist (Starred Review)
“MacLean has penned a fast-paced, funny tale with a marvelous cast of characters who captivate and enchant. This book should come with a warning: Once you start, you won’t want to put it down!” — Romantic Times, 4.5 stars! TOP PICK! (Recipient of the Inaugural Romantic Times Seal of Excellence)
“Rocked my socks, blew my mind, and caused me to make the Good Romance Novel noise.” — Sarah Wendell, Smart Bitches Trashy Books, Kirkus Reviews
From its title, to the happily-ever-after; to the plot, characters, dialog and story twists; Nine Rules To Break When Romancing A Rake is infused with charm, humor and romance and is an absolute must-read…MacLean is a supremely gifted writer whose story reads as if she’s a decades-experienced master…She’s certain to become one of the genre’s top historical writers. -McClatchy-Tribune News
“First off, can I just say, you are going to need flame retardent panties if you plan on reading this book, because normal panties just won’t cut it. I suggest only reading this book when you have hours and hours to read, because I am telling you, real life just kind of fades into the background where this book is concerned.” –The Crooked Shelf
“MacLean’s regency debut is a classic in the making.” — Romance Novel News, 5 Stars
“I just can’t say enough about this novel. I am so excited to have found another author who has exceeded my expectations, and I do predict that Ms. MacLean will have a very long and fruitful future in the romance novel industry…Be sure to put this book at the VERY TOP of your TBR pile because it deserves that coveted spot!” — The Romance Dish, 5 Stars