Date read: December 25, 2013
Love By Numbers
1. Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake
2. Ten Ways to Be Adored... Paperback | Kindle
3. Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart
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“Lord Nicholas is a paragon of manhood. And his eyes, Dear Reader! So blue!” Pearls & Pelisses, June 1823Thoughts on Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord: Poor Nicholas. Between the ladies of the ton who are interested in him only because he's made the list of Lords to Land and the pickle he finds himself in when he starts falling for Isabel while keeping a fairly big secret from her, he has a lot on his plate.
Since being named on of London’s “Lords to Land” by a popular ladies’ magazine, Nicholas St. John has been relentlessly pursued by every matrimony-minded female in the ton. So when an opportunity to escape fashionable society presents itself, he eagerly jumps—only to land in the path of the most determined, damnably delicious woman he’s ever met!
The daughter of a titled wastrel, Lady Isabel Townsend has too many secrets and too little money. Though used to taking care of herself quite handily, her father’s recent passing has left Isabel at sea and in need of outside help to protect her young brother’s birthright. The sinfully handsome, eminently eligible Lord Nicholas could be the very salvation she seeks.
But the lady must be wary and not do anything reckless…like falling madly, passionately in love.
To start with, Isabel. She's not like the society ladies he's used to. Her secrets aren't hard to ferret out but she's very wary of trusting anyone not in her inner circle. She's also stubborn and proud, a combination that makes her disinclined to accept help even when it's within shouting distance.
I did like Isabel but I kept shaking my head over how she refused to admit she needed help. Even after Nick saves her from being trampled by horses, she still maintains that she hadn't been in any danger. While I can appreciate a woman who is determined to get things done, sometimes you need to take a step back and admit that you need another set of hands.
That said, when Isabel fell, she fell hard. And she did what needed to be done to hang onto the guy who made her heart go pitter patter.
I'm excited for book 3 simply because I imagine the Duke of Leighton has a lot of hidden depths. Based on what we've seen of him, they might be hidden very deep, but I suspect they're there and I'm ready to watch him fall.
Thus far, my foray into Sarah MacLean's books have been fuuuuunnnn. I'm all about the fun while reading, so this is totally hitting the spot!