on January 26th 2016
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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.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
The Art of Taming a Rake is the 4th book in the Legendary Lovers series by Nicole Jordan. I haven’t read the previous books in the series, so can safely say that this one can be easily read as a stand alone one.
It is a beautiful story which revolves around the main characters, Venetia Statham and Quinn Wilde, the Earl of Trahern. He has an awful reputation of being a seductive rakehell, and Venetia believes he has his heart set on wedding her sister. She is determined that her sister makes a better match than Quinn, and with that in mind she follows him to a Gentlemen’s club in order to warn him off her. He says that he will give it some thought on the condition that Venetia kisses him. She agrees and they are both overwhelmed with the depth of passion they experience from that kiss.
When Quinn offers to see Venetia out of the club through a more discreet back exit, after all, women of class shouldn’t be in gambling clubs, he is set upon by 2 men. Venetia ends up helping to defend him and thankfully the skirmish is over quickly. But the question arises as to why he was set upon in the first place. Could it be something to do with the reason he was in the club in the first place?
That is the start of the intriguing part of the book, and also the start along the road where Venetia finds herself having to marry Quinn. On the one hand she is thrilled to be married to him because not only does it keep her sister safe from him, but also although she has sworn off love thanks to a past hurt, she does appreciate the passionate side of herself that Quinn brings out in her. On the other hand though, she knows his reputation, she thinks he was out to corrupt her sister, and she wonders just how she will cope being married to such a man.
Quinn never saw himself as the marrying kind, but finds that being married to Venetia is much better than he thought it would be. Could a marriage of convenience end up being a true love match. Can he convince Venetia that he truly loves her and not her sister? What will the latter think about Venetia coming in and snapping up the man she hoped to become betrothed to? Can the family ever be whole again, first there was their falling out which had Venetia exiled to France, and now she has made it worse by marrying Quinn? He is determined to see fences mended for her and is more than happy to use his status as an Earl to get her parents to at least act civilly
Of course, while all the wonderful romance and passion is happening, we also read about more attempts on Quinn’s life. He has to discover just who has it in for him and why, and he now not only has to keep himself safe, and solve a mystery, he also has to keep Venetia safe.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story because it has the perfect mix of romance and passion, along with the added excitement of mystery and danger. The characters and their backgrounds are so well written that it was terribly easy to get involved with their stories, and a couple of times I even found myself getting emotional over a scene or two. The story had me gripped from when Venetia stormed into the club to have words with Quinn, right up until the very end. I definitely recommend it, and I am absolutely going to be reading the rest of the books in the series.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.