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 gentleman'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 . . .
Combine a few tried and true romance tropes, like the wallflower spinster and the jaded rake, with some improbable but amusing misadventures, and you have the makings of an entertaining Regency debut. Lady Calpurnia Hartwell, a plain but wealthy 28-year-old who refuses to marry a man who only desires her fortune, acts on a long-held crush and flings herself at Gabriel St. John, marquess of Ralston. Gabriel finds her antics more amusing than enticing, but his half-wild half-sister needs an impeccable chaperone and he chooses Callie for the role. Their proximity creates an infinite series of opportunities for the rake to practice his wiles on the more than willing wallflower. The 19th-century clothes are luscious, the 21st-century sensibility is raunchy, and it's all implausible, escapist fun. (Apr.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
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1 . just purchase this book already!
Posted June 15, 2011 by DANIELLE , PITTSBURGH, PAI am a historical romance addict! And if the books are part of a series, I'm hooked. After years of reading them, I started to get bored with variations of the same story line. I spent a full day searching for a new book that sounded altogether different from the ones i recently read... but with no luck.
Truth be told, the only thing that caught me was cheesy rhyming title. (yea, I'm that easy)
Needless to say, I have decided to write my first book review. That, in of itself, says alot. Mainly because I spend a lot of time poking fun at the yammerings of the people who write them. (why do they feel the need to write a synapse of the book, when its written in plain English just above it!?)
To make a long story short, this is a great book. I loved it. I cannot wait to read the next ones, so I can hear about Juliana Fiori and Nick St John. Sarah MacLean made me really feel for the characters and I will be seriously disappointed if it doesn't carry into the other two books.
So, now it's time for me to quit my own yammering and get started on Juliana's story!
Go on! Just purchase this book already!
2 . Highly Recommend
Posted May 10, 2011 by R.S. , Houstonreally liked Sarah's books, would highly recommend
3 . Wicked Good
Posted October 29, 2010 by Michelle , MemphisThis was one of the best romance books I've read recently. So much going on to keep it exciting and sexy throughout the book. Lady Calpurnia really comes into her own and it's so thrilling to picture all her adventures along the way.
You will love it!
4 . couldn't put it down
Posted July 24, 2010 by choach , ontarioWith a title like this one, I wasn't expecting much even though this book kept showing up on the bestseller's lists. I was greatly surprised.
I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading the 2 that follow,
March 29, 2010
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