Despite their cutesy titles, Sarah MacLean’s Regency romances are very good reads indeed. Her newest book is Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart (ugh, I know), the third in a series about the bold and engaging St. John siblings. I hesitated to read the books because of their silly titles (Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, Ten Ways to be Adored When Landing a Lord), but I’m glad I got over it. MacLean’s books are clever, funny, sensual and compelling.
Miss Juliana Fiori didn’t know she had two half-brothers in England until her father died and left her to their care. Her very arrival in London is a scandal, but her passionate Italian nature makes her even more notorious. Soon, she is rejected by the aristocracy and barred from many social events.
Note: Though it’s a good follow-up to the first two books, this one does not stand alone well. I read 50 pages of Eleven Scandals but was confused about the plot and uninterested in the characters. After I reread Nine Rules, Eleven Scandals made SO much more sense and I genuinely cared about Simon and Juliana because I knew how far they’d come. MacLean added some flashbacks so a new reader could easily grasp the story, but they didn’t work well enough. If you’ve enjoyed the first two books, absolutely read Eleven Scandals. If not, I highly recommend reading Nine Rules first – it was one of my top picks of 2010 – then decide if you want to continue the series. I think Sarah MacLean is a fabulous new addition to the romance world, and I can't wait to read her future contributions. I just really hope she ditches the too-cute titles.