Short and Sweet Reviews: Love by Numbers Series by Sarah MacLean

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake - Sarah MacLeanBook: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (Love By Numbers #1)
Publisher: Avon (March 30th 2010)
Paperback: 422 pages
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Rating: 5 of 5 stars

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.


This one, I loved. So much. There’s just something really endearing about Callie as she takes her life into her own hands and goes out to have the life and adventure she always wanted. And Ralston. Such a charming rake, always so sure of himself. It’s so much fun watching him get knocked down a peg and not know exactly what to do with this daring, witty Callie. I love them together, there’s such a spark between them and they really bring out the best in each other. Oh the verbal sparring.

I’ll probably do a full review of this sometime. Because it totally deserves it.

Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord - Sarah MacLeanBook: Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord (Love By Numbers, #2)
Publisher: Avon (October 26th 2010)
Paperback: 357 pages
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Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

“Lord Nicholas is a paragon of manhood. And his eyes, Dear Reader! So blue!” Pearls & Pelisses, June 1823

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.


Sorry book, I really tired to like you but you were just not doing it for me. Nick, you seem to have lost your laid-back charm in Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake and Isabel, oh Isabel, I really tired to like you, you had good intentions but spent most of the book being whinny and kind of a hypocrite.
I don’t mind predictable, but when there’s no witty dialogue or humour to balance it out, it’s just boring.
I would have liked to have seen more of Rock and Lara though.
Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart - Sarah MacLeanBook: Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart (Love By Numbers, #3)
Publisher: Avon (April 26th 2011)
Paperback: 367 pages
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Rating: 3 of 5 stars

There is no telling where a scandal might lead…

She lives for passion.

Bold, impulsive, and a magnet for trouble, Juliana Fiori is no simpering English miss. She refuses to play by society’s rules: she speaks her mind, cares nothing for the approval of the ton, and can throw a punch with remarkable accuracy. Her scandalous nature makes her a favorite subject of London’s most practiced gossips…and precisely the kind of woman the Duke of Leighton wants far far away from him.

He swears by reputation.

Scandal is the last thing Simon Pearson has room for in his well-ordered world. The Duke of Disdain is too focused on keeping his title untainted and his secrets unknown. But when he discovers Juliana hiding in his carriage late one evening–risking everything he holds dear–he swears to teach the reckless beauty a lesson in propriety.

She has other plans, however; she wants two weeks to prove that even an unflappable duke is not above passion.


Enjoyable, but a bit forgettable compared to Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake. I really liked Juliana in Nine Rules and she keeps her sassy attitude in this too. Simon Pearson, Duke of Leighton is also known as The Duke of Disdain. I think that says a lot. The starchier they are, the more fun to watch them go soft (with love haha). Together, they are a fiery couple, both really trying to resist the chemistry between them. But it was nice to see them have their happily ever after.

Author: Cyn

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0 Replies to “Short and Sweet Reviews: Love by Numbers Series by Sarah MacLean”

  1. Oooh no, while I am glad you loved book one..I adored book two and I think three was my favorite, but I am glad you read them 🙂

    1. Oh no, maybe I need to give me another go haha. I just loved one so much. I think I might re-read three! Two, I’m still sitting on the fence haha.

  2. Ah! While I liked all the books in the series, I have to agree with you that Callie’s book was the best! I just loved her so much. And Ralston. I just loved that whole book in general!

    And I know a lot of people liked the last one, but there was something about it. I guess I’ll have to reread it.

    I am kinda sad that there was no book for Callie’s brother. (Or was there??)

    1. Me too, I just loved then together. I always end up re-reading this every few months haha.

      Yeah, maybe I’ll try reading it again too. I do love reading about starchy heroes eating their words muahaha.

      I was wondering the same thing!! I wonder if there’s a novella or something. She started on her Rules of Scoundrel series right away and I was thinking maybe Benedick would have a story in there or that he might be Chase (which makes nooo sense lol) but yeah…

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