Published by Loveswept on January 31st 2017
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He’s a roughhewn bastard. She’s a rebellious noblewoman. Their passion bridges the class divide in a scintillating novel of forbidden desire and raw sensuality from the USA Today bestselling author of To Lure a Proper Lady.
Lady Caroline Wilde is expected to ride sidesaddle, but she’s not about to embrace convention. She’s also expected to keep a chaste distance from men like Adrian Crosby, the new estate agent, yet she cannot cease her ogling—which is especially irksome considering their ongoing feud. Adrian insists that the fields must be planted; Caro needs those same fields to train her horses. But whenever she tries to put him in his place, Caro looks into his steely gaze and her words simply ... disappear.
A bastard son who grew up on the Wyvern estate, Adrian was lucky enough to receive an education at the behest of the late marchioness. Now that he has set out on his own, Adrian knows better than to fall for Lady Caroline, the Duke of Sherrington’s daughter. Caroline is at once a thorn in his side and an exquisite temptation, especially when she’s playing the feisty daredevil. Adrian would give anything for a chance to tame her—and with Caro in the saddle, he just might get his wish.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
To Tame a Wild Lady is the second book in the Duke-Defying Daughters series by by Ashlyn Macnamara. I haven’t read the first book in the series, and although I am sure it will be a great read, it wasn’t necessary to read it in order to fully understand and enjoy this one.
Adrian Crosby was born on the wrong side of the blanket, in other words, he is illegitimate. He doesn’t even know who his father is. His mother is a tenant of Lord Wyvern, and thankfully the Lord’s wife decided to take Adrian under her wing. He was her little project. She wanted to make a little gentleman of him. So while she made sure he had elocution lessons, the estate manager made sure he learned everything there was to learn about managing the estate. It was hoped that one day he would take over the man’s job. But circumstances arise which see Adrian having to leave the estate. With a good reference in hand he makes his way to the next nearest estate with the hope of taking on the position of estate manager there.
On his way to his interview there he sees two lads in trouble on the other side of an irrigation ditch, it’s raining a downpour and both boys are covered in mud. At first he thinks they are fighting but he soon realises that one of them is lifeless and the other is struggling to help him. He immediately jumps into action, and it isn’t long before he realises that only one of the lads is indeed a lad. The other one is a shapely woman. Why she is in breeches, very wet form fitting breeches, he has no idea, but he certainly likes what he is seeing. He helps her back to her home with the unconscious boy. He is really taken with her, and thinks she is just a servant at the estate.
He is shocked to find out that she is actually Lady Caroline Wilde, daughter of the Duke of Sherrington, the very man whose estate he wants to work on. Caroline is a most determined character, a bit self centred and fully focused on being allowed to ride in the male orientated sport of Hunting. She’s keeping land vital to the prosperity of the estate for herself. Using it for training her horse, and she wants to invite important people to ride on the land too. She wants to prove to them all that she is a good rider so that one of them puts a good word in for her to the Lord of the Hunt. Nothing matters as much to her except riding in the hunt. Not just for her sake but for all women who might want to ride in hunts too.
Caroline is attracted to Adrian, but for the most part it reminds me very much of the rich lady wanting her bit of ‘rough’. She has no plans for marriage or children, but would very much like to have a roll in the hay with Adrian. He would like that too, but he knows nothing could ever come of their relationship because he is just a member of staff, and he doesn’t want to be just a ‘roll in the hay’. When he may be tempted by Caroline’s come hither looks he has to keep reminding himself that if he gives in, and is found out, not only will Caroline be ruined, but he will lose his much needed job. Can they be more than just employee and employer?
This was a nice romance story with a couple of great subplots that kept the story exciting. One of them involved Caroline’s beautiful horse and a man who will do anything to get it from her. All in all this story was lovely, it didn’t have the wow factor for me, but I still enjoyed reading it and look forward to the next book in the series.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book.