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Too Wicked to Tame (The Derrings) [Kindle Edition]

Sophie Jordan
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Book Description

Would a Reluctant Beauty Ever Wed . . .

Headstrong Lady Portia Derring has an impeccable pedigree . . . and not a penny to her name. Which is why she is alone on the rain-swept Yorkshire moor, waiting for a wealthy earl she has never met but whom her family insists she wed. When she's nearly trampled by the blackguard's stallion, Portia is more determined than ever to refuse Heath Moreton's suit. Handsome devil he may be, but she could never marry a rogue who's so clearly out of control!

A Wild, Incorrigible Beast?

An avowed bachelor, scion of the notorious "Mad" Moreton clan, Heath won't be shackled in matrimony. Why then does this rain-drenched beauty excite him so? Desire consumes him, but the eminently beddable lady resists his well-practiced seductions. Now only one route remains: Heath must ignore his bad blood, vanquish his inner beast . . . and prove to Portia that she's the only woman capable of taming his heart.

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This is an unconventional Regency-set romance from promising new author Sophie Jordan. We have a star in the making! The reluctant bride Lady Portia Derring has an impeccable pedigree and not a penny to her name. Sister to a duke, this impoverished bluestocking reluctantly travels to Yorkshire to meet the wealthy earl her family insists she wed. Meeting him, however, is as far as she will go. Refusing to be a sacrificial lamb on the altar of matrimony to satisfy her brother's debts, this determined lady will do everything in her power not to gain a proposal. After all, she has plans of her own and they don't involve matrimony. The unwilling groom Known as Mad Moreton to everyone in Yorkshire, Heath lives a life as untamed and wild as the moors. After all, he has a family reputation to live down. The bad blood that runs in his veins is more than enough reason to swear off matrimony. Not even the outspoken, infuriating Lady Portia will succeed in trapping him. Bright eyes and tempting smile aside, he will resist the chit even if it kills him.

About the Author

Sophie Jordan grew up on a pecan farm in the Texas hill country, where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times bestselling author of Avon historical romances and the Firelight series. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows..

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 225 KB
  • Print Length: 383 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061122262
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (13 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000OI0EYU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #137,742 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas Hill Country, where she wove stories of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she is also a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author.

She lives in Houston, and when she is not writing she enjoys true crime and reality TV shows. She also writes paranormal romances under the name of Sharie Kohler.

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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars see the sparks fly 8 Aug. 2007
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good love story set in 18th century yorkshire. both lord moreton and lady derring have no notion to be married but have been betrothed to each by the grandmothers. so sparks fly and against their better intentions they fall in love. great detail and fast paced story telling, great book to curl up with where the woman gets swept off her feet literally.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Historical Romance Book 9 Aug. 2010
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Not read it yet, but it came in good condition and looking forward to reading it later
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Wicked To Tame 12 Mar. 2007
By M. Nix - Published on
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Lady Portia Derring may have been the daughter of a duke but that didn't keep her from being on the brink of poverty. Portia's grandmother has given her an ultimatum, accept a proposal of marriage or one will be accepted for her. Portia's family is desperate for the money her marriage would bring. Sent by her grandmother to visit the Moreton family, and the unmarried Earl of Moreton, Portia has no intention of marrying despite her grandmother's ultimatum!

Heath, Earl of Moreton is more determined than Portia to never marry. With insanity running in his family, Heath refuses to wed. Portia tempts him from his vow with her very presence. Although Heath fights his desire for Portia, he cannot stop wanting her. Will his family's history of madness keep Heath from his one chance at happiness?

Too Wicked to Tame is the second book by Sophie Jordan. Fans of Ms. Jordan's debut novel, Once Upon a Wedding Night might remember a precocious young girl named Portia. Portia is all grown up and gets her own novel in Too Wicked to Tame.

I really liked the adult Portia too. Portia was clever enough to dodge marrying for years and I admired that about her. I also liked the way Portia interacted with Heath. When she didn't back down from his attempts to run her off, I liked her all the more.

All that aside, I would have chased Heath, Earl of Moreton, to the ends of the earth despite the threat of madness. He was just that yummy. Handsome, rich and possessor of a keen wit that made me want him enough to overlook a little thing like insanity. Seriously!

Historical romance fans will not want to miss Heath and Portia's story in Sophie Jordan's Too Wicked to Tame.


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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully sexy romance! 8 Mar. 2007
By Lark Howard - Published on
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Once again Sophie Jordan steps out of the rarified world on the ton in a wonderful story of two people who have given up any hope of happiness, only to find love.

Portia is the penniless sister of a duke who would marry her off to the devil himself if the price was right. She wants nothing to do with marriage which in her experience is one step away from imprisonment. Heath is the victim of a family curse which makes marriage impossible, especially to a lady like Portia. And yet when he rescues her on the road in a bitter storm, the need to tempt her is irresistible--and tempt her he does. For the first time in her life, Portia feels desire for a man, and knowing Heath is reckless and dangerous only fuels the attraction. Although nothing technically happens between them, they see in each other a passion that can never be and they part, never to meet again. Or so they both assume.

When they meet again, Heath's outrage at what he sees as Portia's plot to marry him backfires. Instead of driving her away, his insistence that he will never marry her suggests to Portia a way to avoid the humiliation of another season of husband hunting in London. Soon, however, they must deal with the undeniable attraction that could ruin both of their lives.

The characters in the story are especially compelling. Portia is a complex mix of independence and vulnerability, while Heath hides a deep sadness under an exterior of arrogance and anger. Even the secondary characters are multi-faceted people who do more than act as a background to the heroine and hero. While most regency romances tend to focus on social conventions of the time, in Ms. Jordan's story the main characters have been badly damaged by their respective family situations and as a result live on the edge of polite society. Ms. Jordan's story is more in the spirit of a Bronte than Ms. Austin, where raging passions are a curse rather than a blessing and love seems like an impossible dream. Still, this a romance and the final resolution is even more satisfactory because the heroine and hero have had such a transformational journey. Too Wicked to Tame is a beautifully written book historical readers won't want to miss!
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mesmerizing Must-Read! 4 Mar. 2007
By Alyssa Goodnight - Published on
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Lady Portia Derring does not wish to marry. Then again, neither does the Earl of Moreton, and both of them have very good reason to avoid the shackles of matrimony. Portia cares nothing for love, wanting only the freedom her mother enjoys, and Heath has vowed never to wed, never to sire an heir, and thus, never to inflict his family's madness on another.

But their grandmothers have schemed to get them together, and so Portia departs London for the chilly landscape of Yorkshire, to stay with the Moreton clan and tempt the earl into changing his mind. The earl quickly finds himself bewitched--and irritated beyond measure--and so repeatedly asks Portia to leave. Yet relieved to be away from her family's constant bullying, to be left to her own devices, free to roam the Moreton library at will, Portia is very content to stay.

The pair of them butt heads at every turn, and sexual tension begins to slowly mount, moving them inexorably towards a point of no return. But just when the outcome seems inevitable, a little twist changes everything. With beautifully drawn characters, vivid description, and sensuous details, Sophie Jordan has penned a thrillingly satisfying novel that will leave you breathless with anticipation while wanting to savor every bit.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Let me save you the $6.99 I wish I hadn't spent 28 Oct. 2007
By S K - Published on
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Maybe part of my problem with this novel was that I was led to believe it would contain witty dialogue. I might have liked it had there been witty dialogue. Better yet, had there been witty characters. Or even charming characters. Or even something I could care about in this book. Right up to the predictable "dramatic" rescue at the end I still was hoping something would happen to make these characters interesting. To make this story interesting and not just a silly mishmash of several formulaic plot rehashes. Look elsewhere for a good read.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wickedly Sexy! 30 Mar. 2007
By Beverly Romance Books - Published on
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The beautiful and penniless Lady Portia Denning is traveling to the Yorkshire estates of the Earl of Moreton when her coach breaks down, her coachman takes off, and to make matters worse, a dark, handsome rogue nearly runs her over, splashes her with mud, and then sweeps her off her feet and onto his horse. She soon discovers the handsome bounder is the Earl of Moreton, the very gentleman her family insists she wed. She is more than determined to not marry him. Known as the "Mad" Earl of Moreton, Heath has lived with the scandal of family madness and is determined never to marry. When he discovers that his and Portia's grandmothers are arranging a marriage between them, he is livid. An emotional struggle of wills and physical desire ensue between the passionate couple. Heath is realizing the "mud pie" he discovered on the road is extremely desirable. Portia attempts to avoid the dark, handsome Heath, but no matter how she tries, her attraction builds. When Portia becomes lost in a storm while riding, she shelters at the hunting lodge on the estate. Heath rides out to find her. Discovering her in his retreat, he is disturbed when they have no choice but to spend the night. A night that heats up with intense passion that can no longer be denied, and they make love. The following morning Heath informs Portia that even though he has taken her innocence, he will not marry her. Realizing he is too wicked to tame, angry and hurt she leaves the estate to return home, penniless and vulnerable to the evil businessman Simon Oliver. When longtime secrets are revealed, Heath realizes he loves Portia and longs to win her love and marry her, but will it be too late?

Too Wicked to Tame is a wickedly pleasurable read. Sophie Jordan is one of the best newer romance authors with the talent to write romance that sizzles with desire and passion.
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