The Art of Taming a Rake by Nicole Jordan {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 26 January, 2016 by Amanda / 6 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Art of Taming a Rake by Nicole Jordan {Amanda’s Review}The Art of Taming a Rake by Nicole Jordan
Series: Legendary Lovers #4
Genres: Historical Romance, Historical, Romance
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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.

Waffled a bit with this one.

Thoughts on The Art of Taming a Rake

You know those books that aren’t bad, but there’s something about them that doesn’t really *do* it for you? That’s what The Art of Taming a Rake was for me.

I found this book on NetGalley and was intrigued by the synopsis. A heroine who boldly enters a gentlemen’s club? Yes, please. A suspense plot in historical times? Give me more.

The story, while good, didn’t quite satisfy, at least in the ways that I usually like to read. (And no, this has nothing to do with sex scenes, you dirty-minded readers.) Quinn and Venetia were wildly attracted to each other, and yet both had this firm desire not to fall in love. Beyond the believable point and into the eye rolling point.

In fact, I was pretty sure Quinn was already in love with Venetia, until he developed an aversion to love about 31% into the book. Venetia’s aversion to love was pretty understandable—after all, her former fiance was an asshole—but she judged Quinn unfairly constantly. It got old pretty fast.

Then the ending got super sweet and sugary, and that’s not my cup of tea. I like love that’s shown, not told. Take that how you will. There were also things I would have liked to see: closure with Venetia’s friend Cleo, since that thread was opened and never really closed in the book. Some kind of face off with Venetia’s former fiance, just because he was mentioned so many times (and the number of times Venetia unfairly compared Quinn to him).

That said.

I want Kate’s story, who I assume is next. I liked that Quinn’s family appeared in this book (since it’s the fourth in the series and most have already found their mates), but I was never really interested in them enough to want to read their books, either.


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6 Responses to “The Art of Taming a Rake by Nicole Jordan {Amanda’s Review}”

    • Yeah, it has to be odd when your name is the hero’s name! It’s not quite the same, but I’ve read a few books where “Amanda” is the main character. It’s a weird experience.

  1. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairytale Reviews

    I have tried a few Nicole Jordan historicals in the past and I haven’t been real into them. I hate it when you get a book that isn’t bad, but you just can’t get into it. I always have a hard time reviewing those books as well. You did a great job though!

    • Hmm. This was my first introduction to Nicole Jordan, but if her books are all like this, then I may have to pass them up. (Considering I’ve completely forgotten what happened in the book already, that seems like a reasonable conclusion.)

  2. oh sorry to hear this didn’t meet up with your expectations. I actually have loved the whole series. I haven’t read this one yet, but I do plan on reading it. Mostly because I have enjoyed reading her and I have really liked the set up of the series and having this author do a unique take on twists for fairy tales. I do wish you had a more enjoyable time with this one so you would be encouraged to try her out again. The first book is probably my favorite of her works. So if you ever get brave…you should pick that one up, I think you would enjoy the whole romeo and juliet theme but they do get a HEA. :)

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