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Taming an Impossible Rogue (Scandalous Brides) [Kindle Edition]

Suzanne Enoch
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Taming an Impossivle Rogue

Suzanne Enoch

One year ago, Lady Camille Pryce left her haughty fiancé at the altar--for good reason. Not only was the marriage arranged before she could even walk, her betrothed was too smug to exert himself to meet her! Now, disowned, with no husband or family to support her, she's left with one option: go to work in the notorious Tantalus Club…

A gentleman's gaming house run by a woman, the Tantalus is no place for a proper lady; so, to save face, her jilted fiancé must retrieve her. But banned from the club, he's forced to employ his ne'er-do-well cousin instead. A handsome, experienced rogue, Keating Blackwood is the perfect man to lure Camille away. But the moment they meet, Keating instead wants to save her…for himself. Impossible? Perhaps. But if Camille can make the ultimate player lay his cards on the table--and risk his heart--all bets are off…

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"The Scandalous Brides are on a roll! Revisiting the Tantalus Club, Enoch ensures readers a fantastic, rollicking, emotional read. The pace never falters, and the sensuality fires up the pages as the deliviously naughty hero discovers the magic of being tamed by love. Enoch delivers what readers crave." --"RT Book Reviews "on "Taming an Impossible Rogue" (4 1/2 stars! Top Pick!) "With humor, grace, and superb insight, Enoch takes a pair of bold, refreshingly honest, vividly rendered protagonists with renegade tendacies, gives them a seemingly unresolvable conflict, and keeps the tension building until the end. The brilliantly atypical Tantalus Club backdrop puts a delightful, surprising spin on the classic runaway bride plot, while the wealth of intriguing characters will entertain fans and have them anxiously awaiting the next in the series."--"Library Journal" on "Taming an Impossible Rogue"

About the Author

A native and current resident of Southern California, Suzanne Enoch loves movies almost as much as she loves books, with a special place in her heart for anything "Star Wars." She has written thirty Regency novels and historical romances, which are regularly found on the "New York Time"s bestseller list. When she is not busily working on her next book, Suzanne likes to contemplate interesting phenomena, like how the three guppies in her aquarium became 161 guppies in five months.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 851 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (27 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006JJJA48
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars quite nice 8 May 2012
By allana
Format:Mass Market Paperback
this was a nice enough book quite sweet and an easy read though it does get over chatty and tiring as regards repetition at times cammy left this lord at the alter because he had shown no affection towards her he sends his rogue of a cousin with the incentive of 10000 to persuade to to return but in the meantime they fall for each other no surprise there !what i dont get is SPOILER BY THE WAY why did she laugh at the jilted bridegroom in the end i totally felt sorry for him he didnt do anything mean to her and we were supposed to believe he was after her money but the poor guy had already signed most of it to the rogue so it makes no sense????plus you get the feeling throughout that these two live in 2012 rather then victorian England but not a bad read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story. Worth picking up 17 Oct. 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Betrothed to Stephen Pollard, the Marquis of Fenton, since birth, yet never having met him, Lady Camille Pryce is hurt that her fiance refuses to spend time with her and instead of marrying him, leaves him standing at the altar, much to her family's dismay, who then disown her. She begins working at the Tantalus Club, run by her female friend. Her jilted fiance is outraged, and has since been publically cruel about Camille, yet demands that she be tamed and made to pay for what she's done. He goes to his cousin, Keating Blackwood, a rake with a bad reputation, to do whatever it takes to get her back to the altar. Keating won't do it for free, so knowing his cousin needs the money, he tells him he will pay him when the job is done.

Keating is shunned from polite society, after murdering the husband of the woman he'd been having an affair with. He needs the funds to pay for the child he made with his former lover, who refuses contact unless he gives her money. Having never met his son since his lover disappeared in disgrace, Keating is adamant his child won't suffer, and does his upmost to get Camille back. But when he spends time with Camille, and he learns why she won't return to her jilted fiance, he has some sympathy for her. He informs her why he's asking her to return, and even mentions the money. Camille likes his honesty, but she has already developed feelings for Keating through their growing friendship, and wonders how she can help him.

Camille is willing to marry Pollard, so she can afford to give Keating the money he needs from her dowry. But there is a twist in the story, which changes everything.

Overall, the book was very good. It's my first book by this author and it won't be the last.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hogwarts 14 Mar. 2013
By Annon
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Another great book.It leaves you desperate to read the other characters story's.well written romance very descriptive and a good second book
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 1 April 2012
By Under The Covers Book Blog - Published on
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Taming an Impossible Rogue
Reviewed by Ann & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

Fans of both Lisa Kleypas and Julia Quinn should really take a look at Suzanne Enoch's books. As a fan of both Kleypas and Quinn, it's hard to find another author that grabs my attention as they do. However, upon picking up TAMING AN IMPOSSIBLE ROGUE, I knew right away that Enoch would become an author I would be interested in reading more of.

The opening paragraph alone captured my attention and it was then that I realized that I was missing out big time.

"Keating Blackwood came away with the sharpness of gunfire. Someone was in the room with him. Someone he hadn't invited. Keeping his eyes closed, he stirred enough that he could slip his hand under the pillow and curl his fingers around the hilt of the knife resting there."

Immediately, Keating became a character I was instantly attracted to. He is called "Bloody Blackwood" because of his past actions. Six years ago, an event transpired that caused him to leave the ton, causing rumors to spread about his inappropriate actions and ruining any noble reputation he had before.

Similarly, the heroine of this book, Camille Pryce has also been shunned by society when she ran away from her own wedding to a man named Stephen Pollard, the Marquis of Fenton. Fenton is actually Blackwood's cousin and he is outraged when Camille leaves him hanging, thus making him the laughing stock of society because it seems that Camille would rather work at a gentleman's club called the Tantalus Club than be married to him.

In a desperate effort to stop the whispers and laughter behind his back, Fenton proposes a deal to Blackwood. For an outrageous amount of money, he asks Blackwood to convince Camille to marry him. This offer is very tempting to Blackwood because he has a secret that follows him day and night. So, he takes it. But when he finally meets Camille Pryce, he soon realizes that there is more to the woman than just the fact that she is a runaway bride...

I have to say how much I enjoyed this story. There was never a dull moment and Enoch does a fantastic job with the pacing and chapter endings. I kept allowing myself to read one more chapter because I was so enthralled by it.

Another thing I loved about this book is the fact that the character's personalities really shine through. Quinn and Kleypas are known for their witty dialogues, but I think Enoch should be added to that list as well. I loved the interactions between Keating and Camille. They were sweet, funny, and sometimes wickedly sinful.

Keating for me was the major reason why I loved this book. Right from the start, he was an honorable man. Though he may have reasons to be mysterious, he was always upfront with Camille. He tells her his intentions and the reason why he wants to be her friend and I think this made him more likeable as a character. Though Camille and Keating start off as friends, it is obvious that they each wish to be something more.

I am very excited about the next book in the series, RULES TO CATCH A DEVILISH DUKE because I loved Adam's part in this story and Sophia White seems like a very fun woman. I can't wait to get my hands on this book!

I'm so pleased to have found a new author I can turn to for historical romance. Though this may be my first Enoch read, I can assure you it will certainly not be my last!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved every minute of it 25 April 2012
By Mom of 4 - Published on
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I love Suzanne Enoch's other novels and this was mo exception! i am an avid reader of historical romances and I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

Camille was betrothed to Stephen practically sine birth, but on the day of the wedding she decides to run. Stephen is somewhat cold. Concerned with his own reputation more than anything.

Enter Keating. Stephen's cousin who has also embarassed him. With the promise of money, Stephem is able to convinve Keating to come back to town to get the bride to the altar. Keating, also known as "Bloody Blackwood" has issues of his own. Very hungover when we first meet him, we get to watch him struggle to change his ways.

Camille and Keating bond as friends when he comes to the "gentlemen's club" she has gotten employment at. He teaches her how to handle the looks from the friends that turned her out after her scandal. however the more time they spend together, the more they start to fall for each other.

Keating is a refreshing hero to read about. He's not a complete jerk to everyone and we find out the real reason behind his motivations in the story.

Great read! Sorry if there are any typos in my review, I am writing this from my Kindle Keyboard.
26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is now one of my favorite romances. Great H/h! 4 April 2012
By S. Gill - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
What a wonderful book! I can sincerely say that I am waiting to re-read this in a couple of months to enjoy the characters and the story all over again.

A quick synopsis followed by what I did and didn't like:

Lady Camille Pryce has been engaged to Stephen Pollard, the Marquis of Fenton, for twenty one years, who has never made the effort to interact with her or court her. Camille feels that she can't be married to a stranger, and runs away on her wedding day. She is socially disgraced and thrown out by everyone including her own family. She finds shelter and the means to earn an income at Tantalus Club, a gambling house.

Stephen Pollard is an arrogant aristocrat who feels he was publicly disgraced when his fiancée chose to work at a gambling house rather than marry him. Because he has been publicly vicious towards Camille, he is banned from entry into Tantalus Club. He enlists the help of his socially outcast cousin, Keating Blackwood, in return for a large sum of money to bring Camille back to the altar willing to marry Stephen.

Keating Blackwood, a former rake, was cast out by society when he admitted to murdering the husband of a lover. He accepts Stephen's wager only because he needs the money to financially support the woman whose husband he killed and a child borne of his relationship with her. He returns to London after a gap of many years, expecting to find a woman who can be easily persuaded to return to the bosom of society after having suffered from being cast out. Instead, he runs across an independent and wise Camille, who has learned her lessons about superficial society and relationships. He finds himself drawn to her honesty and vulnerability. Camille also finds herself drawn to Keating as the only male who understands her reasons for not wanting to wed Stephen, and stands up for her without any expectations of physical or other gains. She learns of Keating's charter to return her to Stephen's side as a bride, and is persuaded to consider the option because she wants to help Keating earn the money he needs to support his son. The rest of the book is about resolving their feelings with the context of the financial issues and emotional pressures from Camille's family and Stephen in the background.

1. The hero first, and then the heroine - The one area where Ms. Enoch shines repeatedly in all her writings is her characterization. This book is no different. The slightly flawed characters, both the hero and heroine, are wonderful. Camille is no-nonsense yet humanly vulnerable. I loved that she could was logical and didn't take anything at face value, especially given all that she has been through. Keating has been touched by the events of his past, and needs redemption by righting a wrong he committed years ago, by supporting a woman and a son he has never seen. I loved that he could relate being hurt by society's taunts, and as a result, he stood up for Camille and deflected negative attention from her. They are both on society's fringe, evaluating if there is any good reason to return to it at all in an honest friendship.
2. ALL the secondary character - The support and advice from Camille's friends at the Tantalus Club and the understated friendship between Keating and the Duke are meaningful in the plot. The Duke is a good friend, and yet a mystery so I am looking forward to reading his love story in the next book. I didn't love Stephen or Camille's families as the antagonists, but they are very well sketched out. Stephen's motivations for wishing Camille to return to him and all his actions are completely in line with his character.
3. A slow, simmering romance - The romance develops through friendship and meaningful interaction, which is a refreshing change from so many romances these days where the story seems hinged on sexual interaction and tension alone. Not saying that there isn't appropriate sexual tension in this book, but it's not the focus of the story. Both of the primary characters willingness to consider options that were less than ideal for themselves but would benefit the other was also sweet.

What I didn't like:
1. * Spoiler Alert * - The only negative in this book for me was the lack of resolution of all the open questions for a Happily Every After to materialize. I cannot explain this without some level of spoilers, so spoiler alert. I would have liked to know if Camille and Keating were cast out of society collectively, if Stephen's ego was able to survive the ending, and if Camille's family, especially her sisters, were able to return to society and find their HEA's. It didn't seem fair for her parents to have to go through the same drama twice, especially since it is stated in the beginning of the book that Camille felt loved and cared for by her family before she ran away from the wedding.

Other than a few questions about the loose ends for the ending, this romance was touching and wonderful. It will definitely be on my re-read and recommend list.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Romance Novel I've Read in a While 21 April 2012
By C. Hill - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This was the first Suzanne Enoch book that I've read, but I will definitely be reading more. This book was beautifully written. There were several things that stood out for me: Character development, romance and a plot that seemed simple in the beginning, but became rather intriguing as the story unfolded. Both characters seemed to grow and learn things about themselves and the people around them during the course of the book. And the secondary characters were just as interesting. I won't get into the details regarding this book, suffice it to say that it has made me begin reading romance again, when I'd thought I was through with this genre. The book was wholly realistic, while still giving you the fairy tale ending that makes your heart squeeze. Loved, loved, loved it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suzanne Enoch has created a romance gem! 6 Sept. 2012
By Rita Reader - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
There were so many things I enjoyed about this book. All the characters were fabulous, even those you didn't care for had your interest. Keating is a very flawed hero but is very believable in his struggles mostly with himself. But the diamond of the book is Cammy. I got to know her in the first book in this series and was looking forward to her story. Enoch really did her justice and then some. I enjoy a smart savvy heroine, not a victom and Camile Pryce is that along with a haunting vulnerablility that makes you want to hug her and make all her problems go away. Keating is drawn to her from the beginning even though she is promised to his oaf of a cousin. This author has been a favorite of mine for a long time. You will love this book!
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