Publisher: Avon (2010)
Format: Mass Market Paperback | 357 pages
Genre(s): Historical Romance
Description (Goodreads): "Since being named “London’s Lord 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 she is 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 and foolish…like falling madly, passionately in love."
After finishing Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake, I immediately jumped to the second in the series as I was curious about Nichola's story. Unfortunately Ten Ways to be Adored when Landing a Lord wasn't as good as the first one. The characters were much less developed and the romance felt somewhat flat. Plus many scenes are similar to those of the first book, it felt like I was reading the same story with different (and less charismatic) characters.
There was much the author could have done with the story (I mean, a lady hiding abused women seems pretty cool, considering the time period) but everything seemed rushed as if the entirety of the plot was there only to make the protagonists meet. The runaways were all alike, with not much of a personality and even Isabel wasn't developed.
I guess my main complaint about this book is that, while everything happened gradually (and more or less realistically) in book one, in this one everything was rushed and there was no chemistry at all between the characters. There are authors that can make you believe that it is possible to fall in love in three days (at least while you're reading the book) but Sarah MacLean is definitely not one of them. I really wasn't convinced by this love story.
Overall, this book is not up to par with the first one. Nicholas was much less interesting in here and both he and Isabel were pretty undeveloped. The love story felt flat and the other plot lines felt rushed. Although it is an easy read, I couldn't get as immersed in it as I was in the first book. It did not make me laugh or feel sad for the characters.