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How steamy is it? Sizzling

Publisher's Summary

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

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I loved it the 1st time & again the 2nd!

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.

CREDITWORTHY? YES!!

HEAT FACTOR: Scorching!!!

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Great read!!

I've read this book years ago and loved it. The audio version does it justice. The narrator does the characters and story justice.

A must read/listen😊.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Good Story

wonderful and enjoyable story line. Excellent narration by Carolyn Morris. I will look for m

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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This book I loved!!!

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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Laughed, cried, loved!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was quite an adventure. The chubby heroine who has been beaten down by society's judgements and expectations breaks all their rules under the sharp eye of her hero of a decade who, while not initially heroic, becomes sufficiently lovable. There were some moments where her pain hit close to home but she never lost her resolve to be loved or nothing. This was so enjoyable that I wish all my romantic novels were this satisfying. Full stars, one of my favorite listens in a long time (excellent narration as well!).

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Excellent Author. I thoroughly enjoyed.

This is an amazing book. Can't wait to listen to more from Sarah Maclean. I am a big fan.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Loved it

Great book, wonderfully written as only Sarah MacLean can do. Looooved it and highly recommend.

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listened to this book again, worth repeating!

What did you love best about Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake?

The fencing match.

What does Carolyn Morris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes , I would have liked to. I did listen to it again a few months later because I enjoyed it so much.

Any additional comments?

book had all the elements that I like in a romance novel.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Loved it!

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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  • Lee
  • VERO BEACH, FL, United States
  • 06-26-14

Loved this Story!

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!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful