It’s the first Monday of the month and we’re back with Author Addiction! This is a monthly feature here on Of Dragons and Hearts and on A Fool’s Ingenuity, Becky’s wonderful blog. You can also check out my previous editions with Laini Taylor, Victoria (V. E.) Schwab, Sarah J. Maas, and Jennifer L. Armentrout. This month, we picked Sarah MacLean, an author of several wonderful historical romances (all these hearts seem very appropriate this week!).
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One of the questions Becky and I always try to answer is: How did you find out about this author? I’m trying really hard but I’ve got nothing: I don’t remember how I stumbled upon Sarah MacLean and her wonderful historical romances.
This means I probably read everything there was to read from one of my other favourite historical romance authors and then poked around Goodreads until I found the first novel in her series Love by Numbers, which has a 4.09 rating: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake. And I fell in love! It’s such a great story about a young woman, Callie, who’s tired of being bound by the strict rules of her society and makes a list of scandalous things she’d like to accomplish in her life. But she needs the help of the Marquess of Ralston! So good.
I think this is a great novel to start with if you’re unfamilliar with MacLean’s work. But my favourite is One Good Earl Deserves a Lover from her The Rules of Scoundrels series that follows Numbers. Ok so she has the longest titles ever but don’t let that put you off her books! :)
I find her heroines to be seriously cool – Lady Pippa, the heroine of One Good Earl, is a bit odd, very intelligent, curious, and brave, for example. I always feel that MacLean’s a feminist at heart, which goes against what most people believe of romance writers, but she tries to give her female characters a voice, she gives them power and agency that’s absent from these kinds of novels all too often (and from other genres as well, don’t get me wrong, romances are nowhere near the worst end of the spectrum!). I wrote more about this in my review of Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover.
I would recommend MacLean’s romances to anyone who likes sexy writing, strong women and swoony men – she’s one of my favourite romance writers (along with Tessa Dare, Karen Hawkins and Julia Quinn, for example). I saw her new novel, The Rogue Not Taken, will be published in December 2015 (it was pushed back because she had brain surgery, eep!) and I’m definitely preordering it because the synopsis sounds great!
Have you read any of Sarah’s novels? If so, which one was your favourite?
How do you find your next historical romance author to binge on?
I’d love to hear from you! :)