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
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.
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.
I love it when a wallflower tries to regain some power and control over her life and tries to live her life the way that makes her happy when society does not approve it. I enjoyed every minute of this book. So parts of it are a bit forced by having the hero run into the heroine every time she decided to cross something off of her list but if you try and go beyond that you’ll find the story heart warming. A must read
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.
I usually like SM's books but, like I've said time and time again, I'm part of the real world and when I read a book I'm looking to go somewhere else. I see people in life that are too plain, too plump, too skinny, too whatever. So, it's not something I want to read about in a book. Especially when it's said over and over again and the hero is described as "devastatingly handsome." I mean, she was called a "piglet" once. Really? I gave it 3 stars because I did like Ralston and Calpurnia (UGH, what a terrible name,) should have just called her Callie throughout the book. I, also, liked Mariana, Benedick and Nick, Ralston's twin. I'm going to see what the other two books are about and if they are filled with someone being too plain and too plump I'll probably pass on them. I'm too plump and I have no desire to read about someone like me in a romance novel. Just sayin'
As to the narrator: Ms. Morris did an alright job, not great but not as bad as some I've tried, and failed, to listen to. There wasn't a time when I wished it were someone else. I would listen to her again.
This was a fun listen with plenty of funny situations. It is about a women tired of the sterotype she's forced to live within to be acceptable in a society of shallow cookie cutter women. She finally decides to be her own woman since she isn't acceptable enough to marry within the ton and the result of this decision is enough to give her brother and Gabriel St. John gray hair as they strive to protect her from herself! Great Story and a Fun Listen!
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