Another starchy hero--the best type of hero in my opinion! Despite the book's mouthful of a title, Sarah Maclean writes pretty well. The characters are lovable, never bordering on annoying-a fine line that some authors totally cross. The motivations of each of the characters and the obstacles that were thrown in the way of the heroine and hero were believable and, most important, the chemistry was swoonworthy. I couldn't ask for more.
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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.
Love by Numbers
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Love by Numbers: Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart
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9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches
Another starchy hero--...
Respectable, well brou...
Respectable, well brought-up English ladies are not to call attention to themselves. They should be composed, presentable, restrained and modest at all times. There should never be a situation they can't handle with a cool, calm head and above all, they should never display an abundance of emotion or feeling. They are expected to always be on their best behavior. Miss Juliana Fiori is NOT a well brought-up English lady- and you'll please refrain from insulting her by calling her one, thank you very much! She would rather die than be considered amongst those stuck-up, cold, unfeeling, bores and she doesn't need their approval. As the daughter of an Italian merchant and a wayward, fallen English ex-marchioness, Juliana's parentage already has the ton's collective noses turned up when Juliana's brother, the Marquess of Ralston turns her loose on the unsuspecting English peerage. With a titled brother, a duchess for a sister-in-law and other assorted connections to members of the nobility, the ton can't really afford to shut her out, but they don't have to play fair. To her credit, neither does Juliana. Simon, Lord of Leighton, is an English gentleman. More over, he's a Duke and expected to exemplify the ideal English aristocrat. With an ancestry and family name unblemished and well respected, he is always on his best behavior. He will behave properly, marry the proper girl, produce proper children and live a very proper, if somewhat boring, life. What he will NOT do, is take part in any of the ridiculous schemes that a certain feisty Italian seems hell bent on dragging him in to. They once, briefly, found themselves in a nearly compromising situation that left them on none to friendly terms. Now, with his future so cleanly laid out before him, the little devil has tried to convince him that his life lacks color, lacks passion and she's somehow managed to trick him into agreeing to a little wager that could cost him not only his reputation, but his heart. It's no secret that I am a crazy Sarah MacLean fan girl. I absolutely adore her novels. At first this inadvertently shocked the hell out of me because they are romance novels and I've always equated them with being silly fluff, but now I'd like to go back and smack the past Me that thought that. Her books are fantastic. The writing is phenomenal, her characters so well crafted, the dialogue hysterically funny in parts and the whole shebang so very, very romantic. Eleven Scandals... is the third book in her Love by Numbers series, and it's rumored to be the last. I've loved loved loved all three of them and I just don't want to imagine a world in which the series comes to an end. You still have some stories to tell Miz MacLean! A certain brother hasn't found love yet and you OWE him! But anyway, the series features a remarkably loveable cast of characters that will each endear his/herself to you almost as soon as you meet. Juliana is another one of the series unconventional characters as each of her leading ladies tends to engage in activities that are not considered common place or really even sanctioned at the time. Callie from Nine Rules was determined to be admitted into the inner world of men that was denied to women at the time, Isabel from Ten Ways... runs a home for wayward women who find themselves in less than ideal situations and Juliana in this book flat out REFUSES to conform to the expected norms of society. Not the stereotypical, "wild, untameable" heroines you would generally think of in a romance novel, but gutsy, pig-headed rebels who just simply refuse to listen to reason. I've instantly rooted for each of them as they've squared off against their shared opponent- expectation. Simon is a considerable challenge. He is so uptight and arrogant that I wanted to smack him from the moment he came on page. He was particularly man-stupid when he thought that he had a right to try to govern Juliana's behavior and I'm glad she had the guts to continuously remind him of it. Although that isn't a stretch for Juliana because I couldn't imagine anything that she wouldn't have the guts to do. Of all the series' leading ladies, if I were going to do something scandalous and get in trouble, I'd want Juliana as my partner in crime- Callie to plan it and Isabel to turn to when I get in over my head. I've very much enjoyed my new found friendship with these three remarkable ladies and I'm going to hold out hope that a Twelve... will pop up one day in the future. If you haven't started this series yet, even after the pages of posts I've devoted to singing Sarah MacLean's praises, please do so now. You can email me a thank you card when you're through.
I did not expect to li...
I did not expect to like Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake but ended up loving it. I expected to love Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart but ended up only liking it. I liked Juliana and Simon individually, and I found their scenes together very intense and romantic. But the whole book really is about whether or not Simon can set aside his ducal snobbery for this rich, gorgeous Italian girl who's closely related to a handful of high-ranking aristocrats but maybe not totally 100% perfect. I like a book about a snooty duke as much as the next girl, really I do, but I don't want to be reading, "Duke duke duke duke" on every page. For example: Simon is known as the Duke of Disdain. That's his rep. But, somehow, he thinks it's fresh and charming when Juliana calls him on his arrogant attitude. That makes no sense. Clearly, if his nickname is the Duke of Disdain, EVERYONE has called him on his arrogant attitude. So why is Juliana special? This may sound like a minor issue, and in most books it WOULD be, because there would be more content to work with - but Simon's dukedom and social standing relating to said dukedom is the fundamental driver of conflict in this novel. Likewise...it's a big deal that Juliana sees him as a man, not just a title. And it's true that other characters in the novel clearly indicate that his personality is completely irrelevant, only his wealth and lineage count. So Juliana wins by comparison. But lots and lots of conversations between Juliana and Simon are about his dukedom. How can she see past the title if that's all they ever talk about? The mechanic that worked for me was seeing Juliana come around to the notion that passion is empty without love - and seeing Simon come around to the idea that enough love can make scandal irrelevant. That was powerful and touching and saved the novel for me. I'd say this is a 3.5 star book. I'm rounding up to four because I'd read another book by MacLean.
I found this book an e...
I found this book an enjoyable read. I liked Juliana and Simon. I liked him in the other two books in the series - well I enjoyed the idea of his character finding love and the story it could be, as he is a hard man with rigid rules. So you know that they are going to need to be broken. That said, sometimes through, out this book, it bothered me when even while engaged, he would still entertain another. But that was not that big a deal. I look forward to her next series where some of these characters continue their stories.
Very enjoyable book; I...
Very enjoyable book; I think the conclusion to the trilogy? It was great learning more about Leighton and his fear of scandal; however, I feel a lot of his behavior was still unexplained. I loved that Juliana finally got her own book and to see what she experienced in the ton. However, there were a lot of unanswered questions at the end of the book; I'm not sure if they are going to be resolved in future books but didn't like how they were just left hanging out there....
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