Friday, June 15, 2012

Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord by Sarah MacLean

Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord
by Sarah MacLean
Series: Love by Numbers #2
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: October 26, 2010
Genre: Adult Historical Romance
Purchase: Barnes and Noble/Amazon/Book Depository


*contains sexual content

“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.(synopsis from Goodreads)

Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord is the second book in Sarah MacLean’s Love By Numbers series. I absolutely love this series and the characters MacLean creates. Once again, I found myself swept away and consumed this in a single afternoon. I laughed, giggled, swooned and cried. Fans of historical romances, strong woman and swoon worthy men do not want to miss this series.

The local woman’s rag has set out to tell the young women of the ton how to snag a lord. They first begin by naming the top “Lords of the Land”. When Nicholas St. John finds himself on the list it completely unnerves him. Women are following him everywhere and the invitations are flowing. When he is asked by a friend to find his runaway sister he jumps at the chance to escape.  Meanwhile, twenty-four year old Lady Isabel Townsend is in a pickle. She is the daughter of a titled and deplorable man. The type of man who would gamble away his own daughter. Her father has passed, and left the Minerva estate in financial shambles. Since her mother's passing she has been harboring troubled women in her home. She offers them a safe haven and honest work.  She is passionate about helping them, but money is tight. She resigns herself to selling all of her mother’s marble pieces.  When Isabel and Nicholas’s paths collide, the world-tilts on its axis. The tale that unfolds is sweet, hilarious, delicious and at times bittersweet.  

The character are colorful, strong, flawed, opinionated and oh so lovable! While the sky is falling around Isabel, she keeps her chin up and carries on. She is afraid to trust or lean on anyone; especially a man. She has vowed to never give her heart away. Nicholas is in a word - yummy and like his brother he has been emotionally damaged. His weakness has always been damsels in distress. Isabel can handle herself but he finds himself wanting to help. He senses the burden she carries and longs to scoop her up and hold. He is drawn to her strength and beauty. Their romance was sweet, fragile and left me breathless. I worried, they might not get their happily-ever-after. I loved the ladies residing under Isabel’s roof and it is quite apparent they all adore her. They think Nicholas is exactly what Isabel needs. I loved Nicholas’s friend Turk. He understands Nick and at times was hilarious. Of course we get to see Callie and Gabriel *swoons* again.

MacLean accurately depicts the circumstances women found themselves in during this era. By helping them Isabel puts herself and her young brother at risk. I adored the authors of the rag; Pearls & Pelisses. Each chapter begins with their advice, and I found myself giggling at their outlandish suggestions. I loved Nicholas's story and so wanted him to be happy and loved. I became completely caught up in this tale and while the first book in the Love by Numbers is still my favorite, I was delighted.

I highly recommend the Love by Numbers series and think you will find Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord a welcome addition to your historical romance collection!  Next month I will be bringing you the third novel in this series, Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart.  I have added MacLean to my favorite authors list and look forward to reading and sharing more of her novels.

I gave this novel 4 coffee cups out of 5. 
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See my review of book one in the Love by Numbers series here.

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19 Comments:

At June 15, 2012 at 5:11 AM , Blogger Michelle Chew said...

I think I'll like the series! Historical romance! <3 <3 <3 I'll be reading this soon. Just added it to my TBR list. Thanks for sharing with us!

Michelle

 
At June 15, 2012 at 8:37 AM , Blogger Nick said...

I've heard amazing things about the first book in this series. :)
Nicholas looks like a character that I can swoon over. Isabel seems like a really sweet character and I have no doubt I'll enjoy her !
I'm so glad you enjoyed this one too, Kimberly :)
Lovely review !

 
At June 15, 2012 at 9:34 AM , Blogger Christina said...

I don't really read romance novels (anymore...I was obsessed in my middle school years). But Sarah MacLean's books always sound so fun. I love her titles. They're so long and tongue in cheek.

 
At June 15, 2012 at 9:52 AM , Blogger emaginette said...

Nice way to spend an afternoon. :-)

 
At June 15, 2012 at 1:34 PM , Blogger Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

I know I picked up the first book in this series and after reading your review I need to get to it. I so need some characters that will make me swoon and giggle and show me a good time!

 
At June 15, 2012 at 2:58 PM , Blogger Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

oh gosh, you've made me want to read her books even more than i already did!

 
At June 15, 2012 at 3:15 PM , Blogger Sam said...

Lovely review, Kimba! I'm glad to see the second book is just as great as the first and the series hasn't lost steam. I must give this a shot one day - I am definitely a fan of swoon-worthy men. ;)

 
At June 15, 2012 at 3:51 PM , Blogger lisab said...

This looks good!

 
At June 15, 2012 at 4:37 PM , Blogger Blodeuedd said...

I can't wait to read it now :D I am glad it's another good one!

 
At June 15, 2012 at 5:36 PM , Blogger Candace said...

I've had the first two for ages but thought they wouldn't be my thing. They came in a surprise box of books and are a little worn so I couldn't trade them and thought maybe I'll read them, someday... but I've seen a few reviews that have me thinking I should give them a try! I think I might actually like them! Awesome review!

 
At June 15, 2012 at 7:44 PM , Blogger Rebecca said...

I love when characters have a realness to them! And it is always so refreshing to have humor in a story. It sounds like I really need to get on this series. Thanks for the great review:)

 
At June 15, 2012 at 8:54 PM , Blogger Sophia said...

Oh, goodness, I've heard so many amazing things about this series! I know a ton of blogger who love these books. I don't think I'm quite ready for adult romances at the moment, but I'm sure to read them some day! Wonderful review, Kimba! <3 Glad you liked this book. :)

 
At June 15, 2012 at 9:30 PM , Blogger Michelle @ Book Briefs said...

I have heard such great things about this series! I really want to read the first book. Now that I know you like it, thats just another reason for me to go buy it :)

Thanks for the great review, as always Kimba

 
At June 16, 2012 at 9:20 AM , Blogger samantha.1020 said...

I'm sold on this one for sure! I'm adding the first book to my TBR list right now!!!

 
At June 16, 2012 at 5:06 PM , Blogger nea barabea said...

Lovely review!! I liked this book! Though I prefered Ten rules to break while romancing a rake :P :P Callie was just awesome <3 <3

 
At June 16, 2012 at 10:28 PM , Blogger The Brunette Librarian said...

I really liked this book too! It was so clever, fun, and romantic. :) Glad you liked it!

 
At June 16, 2012 at 11:20 PM , Blogger DBookWhore said...

AHHHH!! I LOVE this series so much!! Great Review! I can't wait to read your review on the next book! We must mug Sarah and force her into more books in this series. Illegal you say? I'll save bond money for us both, it will be worth it.

 
At June 17, 2012 at 12:56 PM , Blogger GABY said...

I love this series! :) Hope you enjoy the next book~

 
At June 17, 2012 at 9:58 PM , Blogger Dani Chapman said...

I need to read more historical romance! This does sound like a fun read.

 

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