The Taming of the Rake

The Taming of the Rake

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Meet the Blackthorn brothers-- Three unrepentant scoundrels infamous for being mad, bad and perilous to love Charming, wealthy and wickedly handsome, Oliver "Beau" Blackthorn has it all...except revenge on the enemy he can't forget. Now the opportunity for retribution has fallen into his hands. But his success hinges on Lady Chelsea Mills-Beckman--the one woman with the power to distract him from his quest. Desperate to escape her family's control, Lady Chelsea seizes the chance to run off with the notorious eldest Blackthorn brother, knowing she's only a pawn in his game. But as Beau draws her deep into a world of intrigue, danger and explosive passion, does she dare hope he'll choose love over vengeance?show more

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  • Paperback | 379 pages
  • 104.14 x 165.1 x 30.48mm | 181.44g
  • Harlequin Books
  • United States
  • English
  • 0373775911
  • 9780373775910
  • 190,630

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Surely Lady Chelsea is the epitome of sound reasoning as she determines that her odious brother cannot force her in an unwanted marriage with a sleazy reverend if she beats him to the punch first by marrying the last man that her brother would ever approve. Which is why Oliver Blackthorn finds himself unexpectedly on his way to Gretna Green with his enemy's sister. Beau had dreamed of bringing shame to Chelsea's brother as payback for a past humiliation, but when his conscience starts bleeding into his heart, will revenge prove to be just as sweet as a possible romance? One of my favorite aspects of a historical romance is the witticisms that gets sprinkled within its pages, most notably the very first sentence to kick off the story. The Taming Of The Rakestarts off on the right foot as we see how peacock-brained Beau had been - and how horribly Chelsea's brother scoffed at his lowly rank. However, fast-forward a few years, as everyone races to Gretna Green, I start to lose momentum on the main characters - and instead wished that the steries had started off with the other Blackthorn brothers who seem more colorful than Beau. The romance between Chelsea and Beau seemed a tad too rushed, and while that can work in a story, in this one, I would have liked them to slow it down a notch and had more time to get to know each more
by theEPICrat
The Taming of the Rake is the first book of the series, where you will be introduced to the three bastards sons of the Marquess of Blackthorn. Their name, given by their mother (who is an actress), are Oliver Le Beau Blackthorn (Beau), Don John Blackthorn (Black Jack) and Robin Goodfellow Blackthorn (Puck). They have been educated and have a lot of money, but they are still bastards and the society doesn't accept them. Beau is the oldest son and realized a long time ago he was never going to be accepted in London's society. He's a good man, at least most of the time. He hates Thomas Mills-Beckman, the oldest son of the Mills-Beckman family. So it isn't exactly bad when Lady Chelsea Mills-Beckman, his youngest sister and soon to be married, finds him and asks him to elope with her. It would be the perfect revenge, taking the Earl's sister. Also, Lady Chelsea has grown up to be a beautiful woman. So, the plan is to reach Gretna Green before Thomas, Madelyn (Chelsea's older sister) and Reverend Flotley (her future husband) and get married. She will be compromised by that moment (and probably pregnant), and her family won't be able to take her again. I fell in love with Beau. He was such a good man, really. Of course he was a little naughty (ok, a lot) but I understood his motives. He was brave and intelligent, and wasn't the usual alpha male who wanted to command. Chelsea was always fun. I was always laughing with the things she said and liked that she wasn't as innocent as Beau thought. She was intelligent and was always making plans for them to escape her brother, and really enjoyed being with Beau. It's obvious they were perfect for each other. Overall, I really liked this book. It was realistic and fun, and I would love to read the next one. I imagine it would focused on one of the Blackhorn Brothers, I can't wait to see who (Jack or Puck) is going to be the next one who finds love, and how their mother is going to react!show more
by Maria Guajardo (GABY)
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