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On Sarah Maclean, a guest post by Alexa Yupangco

by Louisa Klein

It gets better and better folks! Here’s for you an exclusive and insightful article by Alexa Yupangco, the owner of http://www.alexalovesbooks.com/, a very professional blog full of very helpful book reviews and with an intriguing graphic. Go and follow her, you won’t regret it, promise!
 
When I first started reading romance novels, I could immediately see the kind that I was going to gravitate towards: historical romances. There’s just something utterly enjoyable about being immersed in a world so completely different from the one I live in. I enjoy all the details of life in Regency England, including the customs, the fashion and even the etiquette.
And in my search for historical romances, I found many wonderful authors along the way – Lisa Kleypas, Julie Garwood, and Julia Quinn, just to name a few. But one of my current favorites is Sarah MacLean. I’m warning you now: this is a love-fest for Ms. MacLean and her novels!
The Books
It is definitely a treat to read something Ms. MacLean has written. I discovered, read and fell completely in love with her Love by Numbers series last year. I’ve read many historical romances, but the three books that comprise this series (Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake, Ten Ways to Be Adored when Landing a Lord & Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart) definitely manage to stand out.
Ms. MacLean is incredibly talented at two things, stories and characters.
Each novel has a title with a numerical figure. The stories play off the title quite wonderfully. Ms. MacLean managed to capture my attention by using numbers in her titles – and she held it there by expounding on them in her writing.
The premise of each book is refreshing, unique and slightly outrageous; I think, however, that is what makes them so easy to enjoy and love. Her special talent is her ability to infuse humor and emotion into her novels. While reading every single one, I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, I’ve sworn and I’ve sighed. It takes a good writer to be able to elicit such an emotional response.
Not only are the storylines unique, the characters that populate Ms. MacLean’s novels are real and relatable. Her heroines are always different, bold and intelligent; her heroes are swoon-worthy, mannered and interesting. I’ve always been a fan of good character-building, and Ms. MacLean managed to create wonderful characters in her novels.
These books are the kind that will grab your attention and hold on to it for the next few hours. Enthralling, sigh-inducing, fun and swoon-worthy, the Love by Numbers series is definitely one I’d recommend to readers, both romance fans and romance newbies.
The Author
Apart from her incredible writing, Ms. MacLean is also a wonderful person. I haven’t had the fortune of meeting her in real life, but I’ve interacted with her a bit on Twitter. Through our interactions, her tweets and her blogs, I’ve discovered the Ms. MacLean is quirky, incredibly nice, and lovely to her readers and so much fun.
It’s truly heart-warming to discover an amazing personality behind some equally amazing novels. I absolutely love it when the authors are just as interesting, fun and intelligent as their novels – and Ms. MacLean is definitely one of those people.
A Final Note
I obviously love Sarah MacLean, her Love by Numbers series and historical romances in general. And for those people out there who enjoy a good romance, especially of the historical variety, as much as I do, I’m absolutely certain that you can understand where my love comes from.
But for those who don’t, or those who have yet to try a romance novel, I definitely think reading the Love by Numbers is a great introduction into the genre. It showcases intelligent, entertaining writing – and you won’t be sorry you took the time to read them!
And Ms. MacLean, should you stumble upon this post, I just want to take a moment to thank you – for incredible, witty and entertaining stories, for lovable, flawed and real characters and for making the hours I take out of my day to read your novel SO incredibly worth it.
Other Pertinent Information
Apart from the Love by Numbers series, I also recommend checking out Ms. MacLean’s young adult novel, The Season. It’s also historical fiction, with a dash of romance, and it’s a fun, easy read. She also has a new historical romance series coming up, known as the The Rule of Scoundrels and the first novel, A Rogue by Any Other Name will hit bookstores on February 27, 2012.
ENDS

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Suko February 17, 2012 - 5:23 am

Wonderful post! I hadn’t heard of this series before, but now I will keep an eye out for it.

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