Summary from Goodreads:
“Lord Nicholas is a paragon of manhood. And his eyes, Dear Reader! So blue!” Pearls & Pelisses, June 1823
Since being named one 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.
It is so wonderful discovering new authors because of recommendations by other bloggers. It’s one of my favorite things about the book blogging community. Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord by Sarah MacLean is such a book – one I decided to read because of other recommendations. I loved MacLean’s first book, Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (my review), so I couldn’t wait to read Ten Ways, and even with my high expectations I was not disappointed.
In many ways, Ten Ways is exactly what one would expect from a romance. Which isn’t a bad thing at all, I don’t think. When people come looking for a historical romance, they have certain expectations. Well, I do anyway. I think that what makes a historical romance great is when the characters are interesting, and well-developed. MacLean totally delivers on that front.
I really liked both Isabel and Nicholas. I found Nicholas’s backstory interesting, and I can see how past experiences has made him into the person we see in Ten Ways. Isabel, I loved. She doesn’t exactly have that Regency-attitude on women, which although perhaps a bit unbelievable, was totally awesome. It made her very relatable. And, as I’ve said before, I do not come to historical romance looking for realistic fiction. Isabel is such a determined person, and incredibly smart. I loved reading about her, and wanted so desperately for her to have her happy ending.
MacLean also peppers her stories with a wonderful supporting cast. I was particularly in love with Nicholas’s best friend and Isabel’s cousin. I did find certain aspects of this story reminiscent of both Julia Quinn’s Lady Whistlesdown and How to Marry a Marquis. And although I don’t feel that MacLean was quite as wonderful in that aspect (Pelisses and Pearls) as JQ is, I did really enjoy reading the advice of Pelisses and Pearls.
I know some people preferred MacLean’s debut, Nine Rules, more than Ten Ways, but I might like this one more. It’s hard to decide, I admit, but I like them at least both equally. If you like historical romance, then you probably have already read this one. But if you haven’t, seriously run over to the library, and borrow MacLean’s novels.