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Posted September 23, 2011
A Wonderful New Author Enters the Historical Romance Genre!!!!
I've probably read a thousand (I don't exaggerate) historical romance novels. I'm truly an addict!! I have my favorite authors and devour their new releases as soon as they hit the shelves. So I am always searching for a new favorite author - I've found her in Sarah MacLean. I really enjoyed this series - the main characters are funny, spirited and defy conventional ton behavior. All three books in this series are great reads - I look forward to her next work!
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Posted October 19, 2010
Brilliantly funny and highly adventurous
As you will find on this website, I absolutely fell in love with Ms. MacLean's first book called, Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake. Not only was the title hilarious, but this is a writer who captures you in the first paragraph; and that's even if romance isn't your thing. Her characters are so ingratiating you find yourself routing for the heroine from the word go! In this, her newest offering, the reader is immediately introduced to a local newspaper "rag-mag" of the time period titled, Pearls & Pelisses; which does an article about the ten most eligible bachelors in their fair city, and how any woman - worth her weight in brains - can land one of them just for herself. The number one bachelor listed is Lord Nicholas St. John, and from the moment that the newspaper hits the stands, his life turns into a total and complete mess. Wherever the poor man goes there are lines of females batting their eyelashes and practically drooling all over themselves to get two seconds with the charming - single - prince of their dreams. This is not easy for Nicholas, especially since he's spent most of his entire life being the hunter and not the hunted. In fact, he has gone on many excursions into the middle of nowhere in order to track down things that others have lost.or have been stolen from them. That's why, when he hears about a Lord's daughter who is missing, he is so thrilled he can get out of town and away from the desperate lasses who want to tie him up and cart him to the marriage altar, that he practically runs out of town to hunt for the missing girl. During the hunt, he finds himself at the door of Lady Isabel Townsend. Now this is one lady who has worked her proverbial behind off to keep her home and her family.not to mention her secret.from the rest of the world. Her father was a hideous man who liked to wager her in poker games and Lady Isabel has - on far more than one occasion - had to kick men out of her home who have come to "claim their prize." Now she finds herself in financial straights and must fix the roof of her estate in order to protect the women who live inside. In order to do this, she must sell her greatest treasure, and Lord Nicholas is the antiquarian who has come to catalogue and price her valuables. Little does he know that he is also walking into the arms of the most amazing woman he has ever met. Quill says: At once brilliantly funny, highly adventurous, as well as an indelible story that will stick with me just as long as my beloved Mr. Darcy will. And that's, literally, the highest compliment an Austen fan like myself can bestow. I am thrilled that Ms. MacLean has come on the scene with her fabulous books, strong women characters, and men that will make even the hardest cynics swoon.
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Posted November 1, 2010
How Many Ways Can You Adore Me?
In Sarah MacLean's newest tale she was able to capture all the magic, adventure and steamy hot romance that her made her first historical romance such a success. In this story we now focus on Gabriel's twin brother Nicholas St. John who we met briefly in the first story 9 Rules To Break When Romancing A Rake, now in his own story he defiantly holds his own bringing all that quite intensity, intrigue and drama to the forefront. Drawing in Isabel Townsend, his love interest, who has secrets of her own and little do she know all the drama and action that comes to her and her house inhabitants with her newest house guest. She surely didn't expect for Nicolas St. John to show up at her door and Nicholas didn't expect to fall for the woman behind it. Isabel's quite world in the country and Nicholas quite solitary life soon becomes the center of action that will change Nicolas and Isabel's lives forever. Sarah MacLean took me on an entertaining wild ride with two such strong captivating characters both carrying secrets and fighting for a love that they couldn't fathom happening to them. I really enjoyed how independent and strong both characters were, especially Isabel who had the courage to take life in both hands when things were at there worst and make things better for her and her little brother. During the time period it was refreshing to see a lady not afraid to do what needed to be done, not trying to find a man to fix things for her. I enjoyed Nicholas a.k.a Nick's heart and how caring and genuine he was. How he came to understand and care for Isabel and the others and in overcoming his needs to try and be the hero realized the value in having a partner who was willing to love him as much as he did. The chemistry and courting between Nicholas and Isabel had me on edge flipping page after page to see what would happen next and who would find out the others secret first and whether their growing love could stand after all the truths came out. I liked how MacLean integrated all the rules into the story which added another level of humor to the story. As I said before Sarah MacLean did another amazing job telling a story filled with humor, action, suspense, drama and romance and I can't wait for her next book.
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Posted October 15, 2010
AN EXCITING REGENCY ROMANCE!
TEN WAYS TO BE ADORED WHEN LANDING A LORD by Sarah Maclean is a Regency Romance set in 1812 England. It is the follow up to Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake but can be read as a stand alone.It is well written with depth, details, twists and turns. It has romance, sweet sensuality, forgiveness, adventure, witty dialog, friendship,loyalty, and secrets.The characters are charming, witty, full of life, believable, will grip at your heart, and determined. A highborn but penniless woman meets London's "Lord to Land", the most sought after gentleman of the ton. Pearls and Pelisses a ladies magazine explains to their readers how to "Land a Lord" listing Nicholas as a "Lord to Land. He tires of marriage stalkers takes a job to find his friend's sister, which leads him to the delightful, unpredictable, fascinating Lady Isabel.The hero, Nicholas, is wealthy,handsome,eligible, is the twin to a marquis, a hunter(he finds lost people), decided he doesn't want to be in love or get married due to his family's past. The heroine, Isabel, is beautiful, witty, penniless daughter of an earl, trying to keep her brother's birthright together after her wastrel of a father has died leaving them virtually penniless. She also is running a house for women who need a safe place to stay. When Nicholas and Isabel first meet sparks begin to fly and continue ever through either of them want to give in to their lust or growing love. This is a powerful story of love, forgiveness, moving forward even after past hurt and coming to grips with your parents faults and let downs.I would highly recommend this book especially if you enjoy a truly exciting story of following your heart. This book was received for review from Net Galley and details can be found at Avon, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishing and My Book Addiction and More.
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Posted October 17, 2011
I so enjoyed this novel. The plot was solid and original and the characters were fresh and lovable. This was even better than "9 Rules to Break". I couldn't put it down and thats saying something. This is definitely worth reading:)
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Posted November 3, 2010
Highly Recommended - Makes me with there were 20 Ways, just so I can read more!
Much to his dismay, Nicholas St. John is labeled as one of London's "Lords to Land" by a popular ladies' magazine. Given that he is far from willing to get emotionally attached to any woman-let alone a wife-he is less than thrilled by the swarms of ladies that come buzzing his way due to the article. When his friend, the Duke of Leighton, seeks him out for his skills as a hunter, Nick jumps on the opportunity once he finds out it will take him far North. Not only can he help Leighton find his missing sister, but he can escape the gauntlet that is the husband seeking Ton. Lady Isabel Townsend is well aware that St. John is one of the landable lords. When he runs into her unexpectedly she is ecstatic by her good fortune, but not because she wants to scoop him for marriage. She is thrilled by his antiquarian expertise. She needs money and needs it fast, and he is just the one that can help her sell the only things she has of value-her marbles, left to her by her deceased mother. Intrigued by the mystery surrounding Isabel and shocked by the fact that she wants him for his mind and not marriage, Nick immerses himself in Isabel's world. A hunter at heart, he is determined to solve the puzzle that she is. In the meantime, she is determined to keep him at a distance, regardless of the mutual attraction that is setting off sparks between them. The best part about this book is you get the opportunity to watch a strong woman, who is used to being the savior to people, finally get her chance at being "saved." Isabel is an admirable heroine that has been through her fair share of tough times while being the daughter of the "Wastrearl," and she is well deserving of the hero she will come to find in Nick. Sarah MacLean has taken Regency romance by storm! I always get a little extra giddy when a new author surfaces in one of my favorite sub-genres, and Ms. MacLean is worth the excitement. Not once, but twice now! The perfectly executed plot and the witty dialogue in Nick and Isabel's tale made it easy to stay up into the wee hours of the night to finish this book in one sitting. Ms. MacLean created characters that were so well executed in their spectrum of strengths and weakness-balanced in a way that you couldn't help but fall in love with them. The depth and flow of this story (and her debut) leave me eagerly awaiting the surprises that this fabulous author has yet to show us. Kiss or Diss? This is worthy of a hot and heavy make out session! *fans self*
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Posted October 9, 2010
an enjoyable Regency romance
In 1823 England, Pearls and Pelisses ladies magazine explain to its readers how to land a lord and names single aristocrat Nicholas St. John as a "Lord to Land". Not wanting to marry and already tired of the marriage stalkers even before the article listed him as a top prize, Nicholas decides it is time to leave London.
Following some toad she never met before who informed her that her father sent him to marry hier, Lady Isabel Townsend flees town in disgust while learning dear wastrel dad just died. Lord Leighton asks Nick to find his runaway sister Georgiana, which he agrees to do though insisting he is retired from the bulan days. Meanwhile Isabel needs money to maintain Minerva House for women in trouble so she plans to sell her beloved marble statues. When she is in trouble due to a runaway carriage, Nicholas rescues her. They are attracted to one another as he tries to uncover her dark secrets that she conceals from him and she wonders if he can keep her safe.
The sequel to Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (Nicholas' twin brother Gabe's tale) is an enjoyable Regency romance starring a strong cast especially the intrepid heroine. Fast-paced from the moment that the list places a bulls-eye on Nicholas' butt and never slows down from there. He and Isabel fall in love while he works on her secrets and finding Georgiana.
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Posted May 17, 2011
I LOVED the 1st book. I guess that is why i am so disappointed in this book. I expected so much from it and it just did not deliver. It's WAY!!!!! to unrealistic... the storyline is laughable. The convos among the characters is just weird. I saw reading this book as a task not a pass time i enjoy.
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Posted May 5, 2011
Definitely a fun read
Although the names of the books are a little embarrassing, this is a fun series of books. They're well written, the characters well developed and their adventures very entertaining. And of course extremely romantic. You can't go wrong. I'm also glad they are not too short, the story is fully developed and there are no silly misunderstandings, only real misunderstandings.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 20, 2011
Hot hot hot - Sarah MacLean is on fire!
Is it just me, or does Sarah MacLean get better and better? Her titles may be long, but truly their cuteness really encompass the writing within! Ten Ways definitely delivers sparkling yet sharp wit and head-butting yet heart-fluttering romance that I have come to love! Truly a diamond of the first water - and I cannot wait for Eleven Scandals to come out!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 12, 2011
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I don't know if I'm the only person to fall under this assumption, but after reading the blurb for the book, I was a little sad to see that it was going to take place, "at sea." After reading Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, I really loved the drama and near scrapes that Callie and Gabriel went through and I just couldn't see that happening on a ship. But you know what? The book doesn't take place 'at sea', they don't even leave England! So I was relieved but unhappy with the blurb, which maybe was only misleading to me. Anyone else think that?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Ten Ways continues in much the same way that Nine Rules began; with strong women doing things that other women don't do, and doing it with passion. Callie, in Nine Rules, was just coming into her adventure, while Isabel has had to be strong her whole life. She is visibly shaken from the moment she meets Nicholas St. John. She tries to resist him, and though you might think that the Ten Ways are a list she has made to try to win him by, they aren't. Those Ten Things are everything she does wrong as a proper lady.
After reading Ten Ways I was really looking forward to a book about Nick. He is the younger brother to the Marquees of Ralston, and of the two he is the funny, charming one. I was a little disappointed with part of his character arc. Crucial to his history is his time spent as a *bulan, and while it's that experience that sets him off on his journey that inevitably throws him and Isabel together, it slipped and faded into the background until the end when it was mentioned. It sounded like something really interesting that could have flavored more of the book and I was sad to see it not featured more.
Sarah MacLean writes historical romance that I want to read. Ten Ways is a fun, witty book where the woman wins the man through unusual means. It's not a fairy tale romance, there are secrets and moments where trust and hope are lost, but the characters are adventurous and endearing. I read the book in one sitting almost the instant I bought it and I wasn't unsatisfied. The romance is believable, in that flawed way that people really love each other and the supporting cast made me laugh.
Even if you don't normally like historical romance, I suggest this book and the previous one, Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, and her YA historical, The Season. The third Ralston book, I just learned is called Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart and will be out in April 2011. I have to wait that long????
*you have to read the book to find out what a bulan is!
Posted December 26, 2010
Don't want to put it down...
It has been difficult choosing between the "must do's" during the holiday and reading this book. Unfortunately, I have the book now and I got a Nook for Christmas. Just can't see dishing out another $8 for the book just to finish it on my Nook but plan to lock myself in the room and finish it this weekend!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.