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Sarah MacLean is an American bestseller that writes YA and romance novels. Born in Lincoln, Rhode Island, in 1978, MacLean started reading romance at a young age. She discovered the genre because of her older sister, who also loved romance.
Order of The Bareknuckle Bastards Series
|1||Wicked and the Wallflower||2018||Description / Buy|
|2||Brazen and the Beast||2019||Description / Buy|
|3||Daring and the Duke||2020||Description / Buy|
Order of Hell's Belles Series
|1||Bombshell||2021||Description / Buy|
|2||Heartbreaker||2022||Description / Buy|
|3||Knockout||2023||Description / Buy|
Order of Love By Numbers Series
|1||Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake||2010||Description / Buy|
|2||Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord||2010||Description / Buy|
|3||Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart||2011||Description / Buy|
Order of The Rules of Scoundrels Series
|1||A Rogue by Any Other Name||2012||Description / Buy|
|2||One Good Earl Deserves a Lover||2013||Description / Buy|
|3||No Good Duke Goes Unpunished||2013||Description / Buy|
|4||Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover||2014||Description / Buy|
Order of Scandal & Scoundrel Series
|1||The Rogue Not Taken||2015||Description / Buy|
|2||A Scot in the Dark||2016||Description / Buy|
|3||The Day of the Duchess||2017||Description / Buy|
Order of Sarah MacLean Standalone Novels
|1||The Season||2009||Description / Buy|
Sarah MacLean Anthologies
|1||How the Dukes Stole Christmas||2018||Description / Buy|
|2||Naughty Brits||2020||Description / Buy|
|3||Sword Stone Table: Old Legends, New Voices||2021||Description / Buy|
|4||Generation Wonder: The New Age of Heroes||2022||Description / Buy|
She knew that she would grow up to write romance novels. As a young adult, the author attended Smith College, where she secured her BA in American Studies.
Eventually, she moved to New York and worked as a literary publicist, but only temporarily. She had to leave to pursue her master’s degree (Education) at Harvard University.
But she came back to New York later on. MacLean was still living in the city when a friend encouraged her to write a story aimed at teens. The result was ‘The Season,’ a YA novel that received several accolades.
MacLean’s first adult romance novel was ‘Nine Rules To Break When Romancing A Rake.’ It was also her second book after ‘The Season.’ She wrote it because the author loves wallflower/rake stories, and she couldn’t wait to pen a book in which a spinster took deliberate action to change her life.
She credits her sister for helping her to create the nine rules. It only took 15 minutes to generate a complete list. The pair spoke on the phone while MacLean walked her dog.
When Alyssa Eisner, her agent, sent the book out, Thanksgiving was just two Thursdays away. She did not expect to hear back from publishers until after the holidays. But to their shock, the first editor called them the following Monday.
The second editor reached out on Tuesday. Before long, the book was being auctioned. By Friday, the Avon Books editorial team met with MacLean to discuss her book and the romance genre as a whole.
The notion of selling her book to Avon appealed to MacLean because she spent her childhood dreaming about the publisher.
‘Nine Rules’ became a bestseller, placing the author on the path to publishing success. While she writes contemporary and YA romance, the author is particularly attached to historical romance.
She loves the exaggerated characters because of the storytelling potential they bring to the table. For that reason, MacLean places special emphasis on the characters whenever she writes a historical romance novel, taking the time to investigate their backstories and the motivations that drive them.
The author is drawn to the romance genre because of the hope and joy it embodies. She loves the fact that romance promises its characters the sort of happy ending that writers rarely enjoy in real life.
It gives people an opportunity to find love regardless of their flaws. MacLean’s books explore the idea of power and the role it plays in the lives of her female characters.
Sarah MacLean Awards
She has won All About Romance Reader, RT Reviewers Choice, and Rita Awards.
Best Sarah MacLean Books
The author spends a lot of time defending the merits of the romance genre. MacLean’s best books include:
Nine Rules To Break When Romancing A Rake: Lady Calpurnia Hartwell understood the rules and had done her best to follow them. Unfortunately, her caution had done little to help her. She was unmarried and unsatisfied.
For that reason, she was determined to change. Hartwell wouldn’t rest until she had broken all the rules. But Hartwell couldn’t implement her plan until she found a willing partner.
Gabriel St. John was a suitable target. The devastatingly handsome Marquess had the sort of wicked reputation Hartwell desired. Unfortunately, the more time she spent in Gabriel’s presence, the more difficult it became to keep her feelings in check.
A Rogue By Any Other Name: The Marquess of Bourne was determined. He lost everything when he was cast out of society. But Bourne survived. In fact, he thrived, making a name for himself in London.
Now, he wants to wed Lady Penelope Marbury. Perfect proper women are hardly his cup of tea. But he only wants Penelope for the purpose she serves in his scheme.
For her part, Penelope is tired. The years of disappointing courtships have worn her down. She is no longer interested in living a quiet life as a married woman. Fortunately, her new husband is more than happy to expose Penelope to a world of pleasure.
When Does The Next Sarah MacLean book come out?
The next book by Sarah MacLean is Knockout and will be released on August, 22nd 2023. It is the newest book in the Hell's Belles Series.