Author: Sarah MacLean
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Love by Numbers #1
Number of Pages: 422
Source: My Copy
|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.|
This was a cute, light read. I loved that the heroine was a bit older-29, and that she was tired of being the plain old boring wallflower people thought her to be. After overhearing a conversation with her soon to be brother in law and sister, she devises a list of things she wants to do. The first one-steal a midnight kiss leads her to Gabriel St. John, and from there surprises await her because he recently learned that he has a half sister and wants to introduce her to the ton. His sister is Italian, and despite the midnight kiss, he feels that Lady Calpurnia (Callie for short) is the perfect candidate to show his sister the ways of the ton.
The two are thrown together, and I love how every time Callie tries to sneak out and complete a task on her list, she of course runs into Ralston. He eventually agrees to help her with her list and discovers that there is more to her then meets the eye.
I loved the secondary characters in this book, and really can't wait for their stories. Ralston's half sister and twin brother held their own, and made the story that much more fun.