The Taming of the Rake (Blackthorn Brothers) Mass Market Paperback – July 26, 2011
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- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0373775910
- ISBN-10 : 0373775911
- Product Dimensions : 4.22 x 1.03 x 6.61 inches
- Publisher : HQN; Original Edition (July 26, 2011)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,766,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beau Blackthorn, bastard son to an English marquess and an actress mother, is at home recovering from his celebrations of his 30th birthday when a mysterious woman shows up at his door. It takes Beau but a moment to realize this vaguely familiar woman was once the cheeky little girl he had known several years ago. She was the little sister to the woman he once thought he was in love with, but Thomas had showed him the error of his ways. Enraged at a bastard having dared to ask for his sister's hand in marriage, Thomas beat him within an inch of his life. Chelsea, fully aware of what Thomas did all those years ago, has a proposition for him - to abscond to Gretna Green and marry. On their journey both Chelsea and Beau quickly find a decision meant to seek the ultimate revenge on the person they both equally loath is turning into something that they never imagined they would have in marriage - love.
While The Taming of the Rake was not badly written, as in the plot was solid and there was nothing that I would say that Michaels left out, I have to say that I just don't see what all the fuss is about. I was very excited to read it because Publisher's Weekly gave it a stared review. I didn't really feel any suspense within the story and I was not interested in getting to the end, which is a very big signal to me that I'm just not feeling the book.
Everything in the story to me felt too whimsical - in a teehee haha, we are all so clever and it's just lovely that we are all together on this challenging, but lively journey to Gretna Green way. The characters were very characterized - a wet mouthed, greedy man of the cloth; a fat, stupid brother; a cold hearted bitch of a sister who was stupid (because we all know all the bitches we know are stupid); the amusing, frivolous brother... I could go on and on.
While Chelsea and Beau do fall in love, I didn't feel that the book had a sufficient amount of romantic scenes and the ones that were in it were not very good. I had a hard time following the way Michaels described them. She is also overly fond of using her favorite sexual action - Beau flicking Chelsea's nipples. That's about as good as it gets!
And finally the title: where did that come from?! It's very misleading. Beau may have been around the block a time or two or three before Chelsea came into his life, but he's a good guy that in no way during the story needs "taming." While some might find this book charming and entertaining, if you need a little more originality, tension and romance in your stories rather than charm, this book is not for you.
I laughed so hard I almost wet my pants. Her sense of the ridiculous is wonderful! It was like the best of Georgette Heyer with a bit of sex thrown in. One of the best Recency romances ever!
I was going to give 4 stars because of a couple of plot quibbles, but upped to 5 because so few authors can sustain clever dialogue throughout a book. Also, she took an old premise, and gave it a fresh twist.
I really liked this book, especially the characters. I was not sure what to make of Chelsea at first, she has a very dual nature. She is determined and selfish, but also smart and dedicated. There were times when she was almost obnoxious with her demands, not considering anyone but herself. Then again, when times got rough, she held her own and didn't complain. I grew to appreciate her character as the story went on. I really loved the Blackthorn brothers though. Beau was the more realistic brother who knew who he was and made the best of his situations. He handled Chelsea's demands with aplomb. Beau's brothers, Puck and Black Jack are intriguing characters as well, and I look forward to reading their stories in the future.
The characters do not spend a lot of time in London, in the ton setting with balls and soirees. The focus is on the main characters, their plight, and the development of their relationship. The Taming of the Rake gives a realistic bent to elopement in historical England, with dirty traveling conditions and fear of being caught. The romance develops throughout the story, and all together, The Taming of the Rake is a really good read.