Lady Calpurnia Hartwell has always followed the rules and that plan has left her unmarried and very unsatisfied. So now…she’s vowed to break the rules…and find the pleasures in life that she’s been missing.
But to do all the things on her list, Callie will need assistance from a willing partner. Someone who knows everything about rule-breaking. She turns to Gabriel St. John, the Marquess of Ralston…someone who knows everything about breaking the rules…and who also happens to be charming and devastatingly handsome. His wicked reputation is matched only by his sinful smile.
If Callie is not careful, she’ll break the most important rule of all…that those seeking pleasure and fun should never fall in love …
Now…I’m not a romance novel kind of girl. All of the bodice ripping and heaving breasts…it’s not for me. I have no idea how this book ended up on my radar at all…I think I saw it on some summer reading list somewhere. When I realized (after two chapters) that this was indeed a romance novel, I almost put it down.
I’m so glad I didn’t…because I absolutely loved it.
There was a lot of sex…more than I prefer to read about. And there were far more “his rigid sex” and “her throbbing core” references than I really cared for.
But the story was great. Callie is a wallflower yearning for excitement and she certainly gets it…in the form of Ralston. Ralston is a cad who has sworn off love in exchange for pleasure…but who finds himself in a whole new world with Callie. And then there are the rest of the characters…Ralston’s charming twin brother and long-lost sister, Callie’s protective older brother and newly engaged younger sister, her devoted maid and eccentric mother. Every character is likeable…except those you are meant to despise and the dialogue is sharp and funny.
I became attached to each character and found myself truly invested in their lives. I was alternately joyful and heartbroken for Callie, nervous and excited for Ralston’s sister Juliana before her debut to society, and always hoping for Ralston to just get his shit together already.
I know that romance novels aren’t for everyone…and I will admit…there was so much sex in this book that I blushed a few times. But the story was smart and funny and definitely worth reading. There are actually two other books in this series…one about Ralston’s sister and one about his brother…that I’m very much looking forward to reading.