on 2 June 2013
Originally given 4 and a half stars at The Rookie Romance Blog.
Oh wow, so good! There's so much passion, a swoon worthy hero and seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
It's my first book by Nicole Jordan, and I can absolutely guarantee you that I will be reading more from this author, starting with book 1 in this series- Princess Charming.
Although this is the second book in this series, I definitely didn't need to read the first book to understand anything that was happening. It works very well as a stand alone book.
So, Sophie and Jack's families have been feuding for decades, Sophie's father still feels cheated by the Wildes. Jack's cousin is absolutely determined that Sophie could be his perfect match, and they fit the roles of Romeo and Juliet rather well! Jack finally gives in, and agrees to at least meet her, but when they finally meet there is an instant attraction between them. Even though Jack considers the idea that he and Sophie are star-crossed lovers, to be crazy, he can't deny their connection and pursues her. Unfortunately, he has to court her rather secretly because of her father. And another problem- she's practically engaged to a Duke twice her age. Sophie's parents have financial problems and are reliant on her wealthy aunt. Sophie has a very strong sense of her familial duty, and can't afford to consider Jack, despite what her heart tells her.
I loved Jack! He was such an awesome hero. He ticked so many boxes for me, he has the image of a carefree rogue, known for his antics. There is a lot more to him though. He hides his vulnerabilities very deeply, even from his own very close family. He suffered as a child, and it still affects him greatly as a man. He's also incredibly protective, and is determined to fight for Sophie. There's nothing he wouldn't do to be with her. He is a total swoon-fest!
My feelings about Sophie varied greatly throughout the book. I could really appreciate the struggle she had between head and heart. Her parents have suffered so much disappointment, that she is determined to stand by her family's wishes, whatever they may be. She has resigned herself to marrying the Duke, even though she doesn't love him. I just found her complete devotion to her family, frustrating at times. It just seemed like they were being unreasonable and she was just accepting of it. But when she meets Jack, everything in her world is tipped upside down. She begins to yearn for more, and suffers such conflicted emotions. I liked Sophie, but I loved her by the end of the book. She became more of a fighter, and Jack brought out the rebel in her.
I loved how much this couple grew together. They both had individual obstacles to overcome, as well as ones as a couple. The secondary characters were brilliant! I love close knit families like the Wildes, that are a little bit eccentric. I'm looking forward to the rest of the Wildes' stories! Also, who doesn't love a crotchety old aunt, with a heart of gold?
I thought Nicole Jordan did a wonderful job of making Romeo and Juliet's story work for Sophie and Jack. There was quite a lot going on, but I never felt lost in the story and it moved at a fab pace.
It was also an emotional rollercoaster! One minute I'd be laughing, and the next chapter I'd be crying. Ms. Jordan seems to have a knack for tugging at my heartstrings, so I'm looking forward to more!
*I received a review copy from the publisher, via NetGalley, for my honest review.
on 18 April 2014
LOVER BE MINE is the second instalment in Nicole Jordan’s Legendary Lovers historical romance series. This is Lord Jack Wilde and Sophie Fortin’s story-a tale not unsimilar to Romeo and Juliet where a decades old feud has left two families bitter and Sophie’s family without a title or a royal name. Nicole Jordan weaves a fractured Shakespearean tale where our couple will fall in love much to the disdain of Sophie’s family when an arranged marriage has already been in the works that will insure Sophie’s family a title and connection to a royal seat.
The focus of the series is on the five Wilde cousins who, through young Kate and Skyler Wilde, have made it their job to ensure each of the cousins finds love. With reference to fairy tales and Shakespeare’s plays, the youngest Wilde’s set into motion a plan that will see their cousin Jack fall in love with Miss Sophie Fortin-but not before a battle of wills forces Jack and Sophie to reconsider what it is, that they want. With the Fortin family pride on the line, Sophie refuses to acknowledge her love for Jack in the hopes that her father will be accepted back into royal society.
The attraction between Jack and Sophie is immediate. They are drawn to one another but Sophie has been betrothed to another man. Jack’s only hope to win Sophie’s hand is to accept his family heritage as the rightful heir to a principality but in doing so he must accept that the man he has hated since a young child is the father who abandoned his mother and his self almost twenty five years earlier.
Sophie is a strong willed woman-when she wants to be- but has a very difficult time saying no to her father. Her mother’s ‘depression’ and her father’s loss of prestige is used constantly as a form of blackmail to ensure Sophie’s compliance and in this she is a character whose personality flickered between weak willed and combative. Her feelings waffled constantly, and at times, was an irritant to both Jack and the reader, as well.
The passionate storyline follows Jack and Sophie as they dance around one another and the private and public morals of the day. The sexual tension is palpable; Jack’s need for Sophie is demanding and true. Theirs is a sensual affair that will pit two families against one another should the truth be revealed about their already burgeoning romance. Emotions run deep when a man refuses to acknowledge his birthright but must do so to win the hand of the only woman he has ever loved.
Nicole Jordan pulls the reader into a seductive storyline where one couple will unite two families torn apart by a blood feud that tells a different tale then history remembers. LOVER BE MINE is an engaging tale where Romeo fell in love with his Juliet but no one was harmed in the end.
I was gifted a copy