Series: Adventurers' Club #1
Genres: Romance, Historical
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.
Romance plus monkeys equals total win.
My Thoughts on The Care and Taming of a Rogue
Well, hello, Suzanne Enoch. Where have you been all my historical romance bender life? The Care and Taming of a Rogue was delightful in so many ways.
You see, I went into this a little apprehensive because the synopsis makes it sound like there’s little more to this story than Bennett’s courtship of Phillipa, and while I’m sure you’re like, “Duh, Amanda, it’s a romance,” I like it when there’s something ELSE driving the story.
Which there is. And I liked it. A LOT. Because Bennett wasn’t just presumed dead, his was falsely presumed dead by someone on his team who stole Bennett’s journals, then published them under his only name. And so while Bennett attempts to restore his good name, he’s ALSO caught in Phillipa’s spell.
And it was fun. And gorgeous. And MONKEY!
That last one really is in context, I swear. I adored Phillipa because she was smart, practical, and a book lover. No one sees her because they don’t understand her, and I get that.
Bennett swoops back into London and all he sees is Phillipa, wants her, and knows he has to have her. All those years spent in Africa has changed him, though, and he doesn’t like RULES, but he’s determined to have Phillipa, and so he says, “TEACH ME YOUR WAYS” and then proceeds to win her and step all over the rules anyway.
I liked that there was little angst around the romance in the sense that neither Bennett nor Phillipa really fought their feelings for each other. What prevents them from coming together is a mixture of society rules, Bennett’s troubles, and Phillipa’s insecurities (which are not overdone and highly HIGHLY believable).
I liked Phillipa’s relationship with her sister Livi, and that this book is the first in a series (which I suspected while reading by YAY to have my suspicions confirmed). I adored how the ending plays out and and and I JUST LIKED THIS BOOK, OKAY?
Definitely have to find myself some more Suzanne Enoch books. Her writing style drew me in and made me forget I was reading a book because I was experiencing the story, and that is the best compliment I can give.