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The Care and Taming of a Rogue (The Adventurers' Club) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Nov 2009
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From the Back Cover
How to tell if a man is an unrepentant rogue:
1. He has no patience for frivolous debutantes
2. He kisses you after a single dance
3. He makes you forget yourself and kiss him back . . .
After years away from London, Captain Bennett Wolfe is back—and alive, much to Society's surprise. Having been presumed dead, this rugged adventurer is now much sought after by every marriage-minded young woman . . . but Bennett only has eyes for the intriguing Lady Phillipa Eddison.
Phillipa would rather read than flirt, but she does know a thing or two about proper courtship rituals. A gentleman does not kiss a lady senseless, and he certainly does not bring his pet monkey when he comes calling. Lady Phillipa's ever been so scandalized . . . or tempted. She simply must teach Bennett some manners—before she succumbs to temptation as wild as the man who offers it.
About the Author
A native and current resident of Southern California, Suzanne Enoch loves movies almost as much as she loves books. When she is not busily working on her next novel, Suzanne likes to contemplate interesting phenomena, like how the three guppies in her aquarium became 161 guppies in five months.
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One woman who doesn't believe that, having read Bennett Wolfe's previous two books, is Lady Phillipa Eddison. She's a bluestocking with no beaux but finds that Bennett Wolfe is taking an interest in her. However the fearless adventurer is rather out of place in society's drawing rooms. He doesn't entirely know how to behave and when he begins to court Phillipa he doesn't always get it right.But how can a stay-at-home avid reader and an adventurer with wanderlust ever make a good pairing?
That final question is one of the problems with this book, in that I didn't feel that it was convincingly solved. There were other problems with the book, no less the rather odd name of the hero which sounded very un-British to me. The historical setting didn't feel very accurate and although there were some nods to some contemporary events (such as the Rosetta Stone), I didn't feel that the book sat all that well in its time period.
The romance was sweet and believable but I found it hard to believe that Phillipa had been so overlooked previously when she came across as a very nice young lady. Bennett (that odd name again!) was a rather brash and uncouth character but I liked him, if not his propensity to violence. The subplot of some missing journals didn't work very well for this reader but I did find it a reasonable read overall.
Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2009
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Bennette Wolf was presumed dead, but that was not the only shock he got when he returned to London. He was also shocked to learn that his former associate, David Langley, who’d left him for dead, had ruined his reputation by stealing his journals and claiming his fame as an explorer and author, and leaving him looking like the fool tag-alone. Determined to reclaim what’s rightfully his, he sets out to destroy his nemesis. However, once meeting Phillipa, his plans of being savage are turned into honorable attempts, while he introduces her to a life outside of her home, books, and living in her sister’s shadow.
This rushed romance leaves readers wanting for more. Bennette has traveled the world and been involved with many women, yet somehow, just the sweet sound of Flip’s voice and the lemony smell of her skin is enough to steer him into obsession. The author gives us nothing prior to him declaring she’s the one, to understand why he MUST have her. As the story unfolds, I did become quite fond of Phillipa, but there is not much attachment prior to Bennette declaring he plans to marry her. Had it been for the usual historical romance reasons – it’s good for the family, we were promised to each other as kids, etc. this would’ve been acceptable, but considering he didn’t give a damn about society’s rules, the intended betrothal was based purely on his intense attraction to her, which came out of nowhere.
Also, the romance between Olivia and John, Benette’s good friend, was more of a way to add words to the story, than it was a subplot. Nothing ever became of it. Although I finished the story, and was pleased by the climax and eventual union, as a whole, the development of the romance is lacking sustenance.
The fist few chapters come across as nothing more than a lesson on etiquette with a love story as an example.
Captain David Langley was on the same expedition as Bennett. Bennett was hit with a poison spear on his side. He was seriously wounded when David left him and Kero to die on the river. David stole his discoveries, papers, Journals, maps and sketches that belong to Bennett and the Africa Association. David when back to London told everyone that Bennett is dead. He didn't say anything to the Africa Association that he had Bennett's journals. David wrote several books and was making money off of Bennett's discoveries.
Five months later, Bennett recovered from his injury and he and Kero went to London to get back his Journals. When he arrived at his friend's home, Lord Jack Clancy, Jack was shocked to see Bennett. Jack explained to Bennett he had been declared dead five months ago. Bennett thought Captain David Langley. Jack had the reading club members over to his home when Bennett arrived. His quests were reading aloud David Langley's book that was out for weeks. As soon as, Bennett walked into the reading room he was being mobbed. He backed up a step and bumped into Lady Phillipa Eddison, sending her to the floor. He helped her up, and instantly there was a mutual attraction between Bennett and Phillipa.
Phillipa is a bright and intelligent person. She reads a lot, and tends to have her nose in a book. Phillipa belongs to a reading club. Even though Phillipa is a bookworm, she is a prim and proper Lady of the ton who must follow the rules of courtship in the upper class. There is another side of her that's hidden. She likes adventure. Bennett wants Phillipa for his wife. He's having a hard time with the courtship. Bennett has been away for three years on his expedition, and never courted a debutante.
The Care and Taming of a Rogue was amazingly thought over. The author did an excellent job with the heroine and hero with great chemistry between them from the moment they met. There were some funny moments such as when Phillipa passed out when Bennett gave her two dozen roses when her parents and friends were present. Adding Bennett's Pet monkey Kero was superbly done.
I really did enjoy this book. My only complaint is that I prefer to see a relationship develop slowly rather than have the hero and heroine fall instantly in love/lust with each other. But for others this may not be a problem. Once Bennett's nemesis, Langley, comes to town, the action really does pick up. This is a lighthearted, enjoyable read that took me no time at all to finish.