I originally read this back in 2016 and gave it 3 stars. What was past mfred doing with her life? Obviously not appreciating fabulous romance novels.
Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
Lady Calpurnia decides she’s had enough of the spinster life and makes a list of nine outrageous activities to do in order to really live. Lord Ralston needs Calpurnia to remain staid and respectable in order to introduce his half-sister into society. Except Ralston can’t quite stop kissing Callie every chance he gets.
This book hinges on the idea that the hero can’t accept/understand love. If you buy that, then all the romantic tension and plot shenanigans fall into place. I think MacLean does a pretty awesome job of selling Ralston as a jaded, unrepentant rake with a (damaged) heart of gold. It’s not perfect, but it worked for me. And the way Callie challenged and overcame her own loneliness and passivity by being willing to take risks and seek out adventure really spoke to me. 4 enthusiastic stars.