Sooooo…it’s that day.  You know, the one where you’re supposed to be romanced to death with chocolate, roses, and smooches.  Or, if you were an ancient Roman woman you got slapped with a bloody goat pelt (don’t worry – it’s ok to click that link).

My Valentine’s day is typically not all that showy, and I’m ok with that.  Mostly. Sometimes my inner romance addict rears its head and demands flowers, or a decadent meal, or a sacrificial goat.

In honor of Valentine’s day I’m recommending one of my favorite romance books:

Author: Sarah MacLean

Title: Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake

Redonk Nutshell: Callie makes a scandalous list of things to do before succumbing to her spot on the spinster’s shelf

Official Synopsis: 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 . . .

Rare is the romance novel that is genuinely well written, bitingly funny and witty, and extremely romantic.  I love Callie (Lady Calpernia), and I truly admire her list of things to accomplish.  She works to break the mold she had tirelessly created of herself, and her collision into Gabriel St. John’s life is just…hilariously wonderful.  The banter between the two is LAUGH OUT LOUD funny, and the evolution of their relationship is so…steamy and all encompassing…it’s fantastic!

This is one of the first books I recommend to people when they ask me for a good romance novel.  I’ve come to love Sarah MacLean’s style, and I look forward to her releases with much anticipation.

Rating: A+

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