Author Addiction: Sarah MacLean

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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 TaylorVictoria (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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nine-rules-sarah-macleanOne 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.

one-good-earl-sarah-macleanI 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!

Find Sarah on: Twitterher websiteGoodreadsInstagramPinterest.


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! :)

  • Somehow I haven’t read any of Sarah MacLean novels. I don’t know how, she’s everywhere and I used to binge read historical romance.

    I had a big break in reading hr, mostly due to overdoing it. But now I am starting again. Currenlty you are my biggest source of recs. Sarah MacLean being second this week. :)

      Give her a try, I wonder what you’ll think.
      It’s been a while since I read a historical romance that REALLY loved – especially from new-to-me authors. I’m constantly searching for new ideas because I’ve read most of what my favourite writers have written.

      • I will for sure. I plan to binge-read on romance while on a vacation. :D

        Yeah that’s one of the reasons I stopped. I read everything the authors I love wrote (Lisa Kleypas, Eloisa James, Julia Quinn) and others were just meh.

        And then there are those when there is one book I LOVE and the others are just meh. That’s the worst. :/ I see you haven’t read: The Bride by Julie Garwood, The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie by Jennifer Ashley, And the Miss Ran Away With The Rake by Elizabeth Boyle. Those are one hit wonders I stumbled upon recenlty. :)

  • I think I discovered Sarah MacLean during the course of my first ever library job, shelving books in high school. I saw Ten Ways To Be Adored…and I though to myself “self, this looks like it could be good.” And then surreptitiously borrowed all of SM’s available books from the library. I definitely agree that she seems to have a feminist slant to her writing; the easiest way for me to check that in romances is whether the heroine has a distinct plot line and life outside of her romantic interests. Now that I think of it, that’s basically just the Bechdel test, haha.

    • Haha, yeah, I don’t think romances often pass that test. Though perhaps the likes of MacLean and Shalvis actually think about this! I always feel sad for the heroine if ALL she thinks about is the guy.
      But reading MacLean in high school? :D I hadn’t discovered romances then – I only started reading them when I was 23, I think, when I got a Julie Garwood novel (Saving Grace) as my first translator commission. I fell hard after that! :)

  • I love your post. I agree the best place to start with her books is at the beginning. She definitely manages to break a lot of the perceived stereotypes on romance books and I am so glad she was one of the first authors I came across in the historical romance genre otherwise god knows how it would have gone in my little reading journey. The fact she is a feminist is obvious in the strong characters she writes every time.

    And I also discovered her new book is out in December, I’m definitely preordering me a copy of that, it looks like it will be really good, I’ve just got one more book in the Rules of Scoundrels series to read, I kind of don’t want to finish all of her books!

    • Ugh yes, that happens to me a lot. Recently, I binge-read all of Jill Shalvis’s books (I have a problem, there’s like 25 of them or something) and now I have to wait for the publication of the next one :( Bah. I’ll have to find a new author to binge on during the summer :)

      It makes sense to start with MacLean’s books at the beginning because like you said in your post, they’re all connected. I like that as well, it’s like seeing old friends again :)

  • Konstantina Papazoglou

    A Rogue by Any Other Name was an amazing read! I definitely want to read more of this author :)

    Aeriko @

    • I’m glad you enjoyed Rogue! It’s so sexy and smart all at once.

  • I’ve only read The Season. I found it in my library and was super excited about YA historical romance. I’ve reread that about a dozen times, but have yet to read any of her other work.

    • Oh, The Season! I was confused about that one, I thought it was adult romance but the heroine was 16 or something so it was a bit weird for me :) It was at the beginning of my historical romance binge (or at the beginning of the FIRST binge anyway!) so I didn’t know that much about the genre yet. I have to give it another try now that I know it’s supposed to be about teenagers :)
      I hope you’ll give her other books a try, they’re lovely! Thanks for stopping by!

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  • One Good Earl… is my favorite as well, at least of the 4 I’ve read thus far! So glad I’ve “discovered” her this year. She’s definitely moved into the favorite slot for historical romances!