This is book number 1 in the Love By Numbers series.
Readers will delight in this brand-new trade paperback edition of New York Times bestseller Sarah MacLean’s debut novel—featuring her sexy, funny, emotionally rich writing and one of the fiercely feminist heroines that made Entertainment Weekly crown her “the utterly intoxicating queen of historical romance.”
There are things a lady simply does not do. She does not smoke. She does not fence or attend duels. She does not fire a pistol, and she never, ever sneaks into a men’s club for a night of gambling and…other excitements.
Calpurnia Hartwell has spent a lifetime following the rules and, as a reward, she’s been forgotten at the edges of society, unnoticed…and unsatisfied. So, what’s a girl to do, but break the rules and get a taste of the life she’s been missing?
Once Callie throws herself into a bold new world, she fast realizes a taste won’t ever be enough. She’s going to need a partner—someone who knows everything about rule-breaking. Someone like Gabriel St. John, Marquess of Ralston—charming and handsome, with a scandalous reputation matched only by his wicked smile.
But the further Callie ventures into this new world, the further she gets from her family’s expectations and all she once held dear. Will she be brave enough to leave her old life behind? Because she’s about to break the most important rule of all—the one that says pleasure-seekers should never fall in love. . .
A life-long romance reader, Sarah MacLean wrote her first romance novel on a dare, and never looked back. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of romances translated into more than twenty languages, a romance columnist, and the co-host of the weekly romance novel podcast, Fated Mates. A graduate of Smith College and Harvard University, she lives in New York City.
"Sarah MacLean's books are fierce." — Julia Quinn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Bridgerton series
“I recommend anything by Sarah MacLean.” — Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestselling author
“MacLean’s books should be required reading...She is, without question, the elegantly fuming, utterly intoxicating queen of historical romance.” — Entertainment Weekly
“MacLean’s devilishly fun debut novel is an absolute delight: rich in supple wit, suffused with sensuality, and enlivened with a wonderfully engaging cast of characters.” — Booklist (starred review) on Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake
“The nineteenth-century clothes are luscious, the twenty-first sensibility is raunchy, and it’s all implausible, escapist fun.” — Publishers Weekly on Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake
"Sarah MacLean reinvents the historical romance for the modern reader. Don’t know if you would enjoy historical romance? Do yourself a favor and discover the compelling magic of Sarah MacLean. Her sharp, edgy, witty and intense novels overflow with cross-genre appeal." — Amanda Quick, New York Times bestselling author
"Bestseller MacLean (Daring and the Duke) launches her Hell’s Belles series with a sizzling, adventurous Victorian romance...This promises good things to come." — Publishers Weekly
"With the splendidly conceived launch to her new Hell’s Belles series, RITA award-winning MacLean aptly demonstrates that her literary magic never loses its allure by gifting readers with both an extraordinarily memorable cast of characters and a fiercely feminist storyline powered by ample measures of intense sensuality and sharp wit." — Booklist