Also in this series: Secrets of Seduction, My Fair Lover
Series: Legendary Lovers #4
Published by Ballantine Books on January 26th 2016
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era, Mystery
Sparks abound in this sizzling new Legendary Lovers tale from New York Times bestselling author Nicole Jordan, in which a seductive rakehell must woo his spirited but love-shy bride while unmasking a mysterious assailant.
Despite his notorious reputation, Quinn Wilde, Earl of Traherne, has mostly honorable intentions. So when beautiful Venetia Stratham boldly enters a gentlemen’s club, demanding that Quinn stop courting her sister, he does what any bachelor would do: He kisses her. With her sharp wit, intoxicating passion, and surprising vulnerability, Venetia is irresistible—except for all this nonsense about threatening to shoot Quinn. But when clandestine enemies make an actual attempt on the earl’s life, Venetia is implicated. To save her good name, Quinn does what any true gentleman must do: He proposes.
Thus Venetia finds herself wed to arrogant, wickedly sensual Quinn, whose devilish ways are as legendary as his rumored skills as a lover. Yet vexingly, her body rebels against her vow to remain immune to his many charms. If only she could reform the infuriating nobleman—without diminishing his undeniable allure. As Venetia discovers that a true rake is hard to tame, Quinn faces an even greater challenge: winning his wife’s fragile trust . . . while defending both their lives.
Quinn Wilde, the Earl of Traherne is not what he appears to be. To many he is known as a disreputable rake, and to Venetia he is everything that rumors claims him to be. But for Venetia Stratham, she has reason to distrust Quinn. They have a history. Venetia previous betrothed, she learned on their wedding day, that he had a mistress even though he claimed to love her. Venetia ended their betrothal and a scandal erupted and Venetia had to deal with the fall out. She doesn’t trust any man, especially since Quinn was once friends with the one man she gave her heart to and broke her trust in men. But when she learns that Quinn has been rumored to have taken a sincere interest in her sister, Venetia is determined to make sure that doesn’t happen. She will do anything for her sister. But when Quinn and Venetia are caught in a horrible scandal, Venetia and Quinn will need to marry or the fallout will effect her sister in the worst ways. Neither Quinn or Venetia are looking for a love match, but when the unexpected happens will they embrace it or scorn it?
Our hero, Quinn Wilde is such a delicious character. Boy did I have a blast reading him. Quinn is one of the Wilde’s, very protective of his family, intelligent, a bit of a scientist and has been known to gamble, drink and enjoy the pleasures of the fairer sex. Quinn is quite well rounded, at first I would never have expected to see the depths of his character come forth as the story unravels. When we learns of his history especially considering his parents. He is driven to succeed and a bit of a mystery sleuth. But he isn’t all seriousness…in fact he can be quite mischievous and devil may care at times. We see various facets to his character and this made him all the more charming and engaging. We also see that even though he doesn’t believe in love, he has honor and integrity.
Venetia Stratham, is quite a match for our hero. Although I feel like her character isn’t revealed bit by bit…we see her in her full glory from the beginning which was different. Venetia hasn’t had the best luck when it comes to men. She is bold, daring and says what’s on her mind when the situation warrants it. She understands the culture that she wa raised in, and the strict code of honor and scandal she has to live by. She can be rash at times, but this aspect of her character is what makes her seem so vibrant in the story. She has this spirit that I loved, and on some level I connected with her. She was once betrayed, but she still believes in love and wants to have it for herself one day. Venetia has a quiet inner strength that I admired greatly.
She only knew that she intended to fight for his love with every ounce of strength and determination she possessed.
Her parents set her aside to live in France, when the scandal erupted. They refused contact with her younger sister, with whom she was very close to. We see how devoted she is to her sister, and what lengths she will go to protect her….even if that means threatening Quinn with a pistol. She was quite a unique character.
Plot and Story Line
The Art of Taming a Rake was simply fantastic and I honestly couldn’t get enough of these two!! I did have a bit of a headache while reading it, which I think contributed to not being able to enjoy it as much. However despite that…I found a very charming and likable romance and I adored getting more of a Legendary Lovers theme. Now this series is based on famous lovers. This book resembles “Taming of the Shrew”. It’s not a play I am super familiar with however. But I still enjoyed seeing these two fall in love. I can’t help but admire the Wilde family…they are a very engaging and fun family. I love their sense of closeness, and I love the set up of each of them finding a love match for life.
In this story, we have a book that is very engaging. What I have always admired by this author is the way that she pulls the reader into her story. Nicole Jordan is quite unique and her writing style is one I can never get enough of. Both characters are simply wonderful for each other. In many ways they understand each other’s needs. I really loved seeing the way these two work through mistrust and find a common ground. This book was such a quick read, and I couldn’t believe it when it was over. I was thinking…wow did I just read all that??!!! But yes I did. What we see at first is a great chemistry between these two.
Her lips trembled under his. Encouraged, he changed the slant of his head and took her mouth more thoroughly, coaxing her to participate in her own seduction. When finally she opened completely to him, Quinn felt the unexpected impact like a jolt of lighting: heat, pleasure, excitement, sheer satisfaction
They could set a match to a forest fire with the heat that passes between them. I loved seeing the sexual chemistry grow into something more tangible with emotion.
Another great aspect to the story that was one of my favorites…was the mystery and a bit of “cloak and Dagger” themes. We have a mystery that Quinn is trying to solve about his parent’s deaths. He suspects that it was no accident. But when he has multiple attempts on his life, he knows the killer is after him because Quinn is getting too close to the truth. This adds a unique element to the story that raises the bar. I found that this portion of the story is very much-needed because this is what brings Quinn and Venetia together and makes them realize what they mean to each other and admit their feelings at the right time.
If you put your heart in my hands, I swear to cherish it and keep it safe always
The ending was simply perfect and I got a bit teary-eyed while reading it. I loved how it leaves us fully satisfied with the romance, while giving us a teaser for the next book. *eek….I can’t wait!!*
What a beautiful cover….pure love!! The pose is so sensual and romantic. I love the mix of colors that really pop with the bright yellow and pink. Seriously….this cover is one you want to jump right into.
The Art of Taming a Rake is a stimulating romance that takes us into another Legendary Lovers romance, we see passion, hidden depths of emotion and a thrilling tale to keep you excited from beginning to end.