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....
©2010 Sarah Trabucchi (P)2014 HarperCollinsPublishers
Such a very enjoyable story, complete with humor (lots), passion (lots), deceit (sort of) and mostly self discovery. Historical romance, the ton, the many sides of London and the balls.... etc , etc... Very well done! I loved everyone in this story (almost) and will miss them (until book 2) as I really feel like I got to know them.
NARRATOR : Excellent! Carolyn Morris has fast become one of my favorites.
HEAT FACTOR: Scorching!!!
I love reading but don't have time. The audiobooks allow me to hear the books I want to read. I love audible!
Someone stated that this book was to advanced in its time. I didn't see that I saw a woman who wanted the same rights as men. To have freedom. I believe that occurred in all times. That is how equal rights for women began. Who are we to judge if this couldn't occur at this time. This was a great book of characters and was full of live. I can't wait to read the next in this series.
I really enjoyable listen. Carolyn Morris did a great job, really bringing the story to life. I am looking forward to the other books in the series.
Mom of 3 and a book lover.
This is my first kind of storyline about a lady in regency era who defy all the society rules just to enjoy the pleasure she had deprived of. I think it's likely 21 century ideas being put in regency era, that's why the story kept my interest till the end. In other words I LOVE IT, the narrator is excellent.
This series was very entertaining. Just the right amount of steamy moments and many moments of laughter. The narrator was very good...just make sure you read them in the proper order..they are not numbered as a series (that point is very annoying) but I would say : Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord and then Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart. I read them completely backwards and still enjoyed them...can't wait for another.
I like it when stories have a prequel of the characters meeting. Ralston was a delightful character and the love scenes were just the kind I enjoy, with lots of tension.
The fencing match.
I found she had the right amount of tension in describing a scene . There were a few mispronounced words at least from American pronunciation, like renaissance, but she did such a great job in such along project, that it did not take away. I liked her choice of voices for the characters and she had a nice place. It was more enjoyable to listen rather than read this one.
Yes , I would have liked to. I did listen to it again a few months later because I enjoyed it so much.
book had all the elements that I like in a romance novel.
This was a great love story and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I only regret not reading it first of the series. Now I have to go back and reread the others.
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