May 13, 2014

Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord by Sarah MacLean (Love By Numbers #2)

Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord by Sarah MacLean 
Genre: Historical Romance
Bottom Line: A perfect balance of humor and romance. 

Rating: 10

Love By Numbers
1.  Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake
2.  Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord
3.  Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart

Synopsis (Goodreads):

"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.

My Thoughts:

Sarah MacLean is the queen of making fun, witty characters and situations that aren't typical for 1800's lords and ladies.  This book brings one incredibly handsome lord together with a tough, troubled lady who has an entertaining habit of babbling when she's nervous.  Nicholas is my favorite of the St. John twins...and come on, who couldn't love such a "paragon of manhood".  Can I use that in a pickup line?  I think I will.  Nick is sweet and a little mysterious and has this nasty habit of falling for damsels in distress.

Isabel starts out in financial trouble after her father, the "Wastrearl," left her with nothing but her own rag-tag team of servants and a young brother to take care of.  Enter Nick: a wealthy, sexy lord who just wants to escape the rapacious young ladies of London.  I swear I was laughing for the entire first half of this book.  Isabel has absolutely no idea how to host a titled gentleman, and she continues to stun Nick and his friend Rock with her lack of decorum.  This was also one of those books where the secondary characters were almost as entertaining as Isabel and Nick.  Isabel's 10-year old brother, James, might just be the cutest Earl ever, and her cousin and friends are fun as well.  And Rock?  God, he's hilarious.  

Ok, Nick is hot.  He knows how to tease Isabel, and that made for some very steamy romance.  These two were perfect.  I enjoyed how Isabel wasn't one of those coy heroines...she knows what she wants, and she isn't about to lie about it.  Sometimes you just aren't in the mood to listen to a girl deny her attraction for 300 pages.  I think the fact that the majority of this book took place with everyone locked in a country house (convenient, eh?) allowed the plot to deviate from the normal propriety-driven historical romance plots.  That's not to say this book lacked conflict.  There was tension, there was heartbreak...I may have cried a teensy bit.  One tear, max.  But in the end, this book was a perfect blend of humor and romance.       

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