The Taming of the Rake
By Kasey Michaels
Blackhorn Brothers – Book 1
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?
This Blonde’s Review:
Even books about couples have a main character. The one that stands out and drives the book more than the others. In this book that would be Chelsea, even though the blurb and the prologue make it seem like Beau would take that role.
Chelsea is headstrong and opinionated. She doesn’t worry about what other people think. Her treatment of Beau in the prologue give us a glimpse of how different she is from other females Beau has known, but from the first chapter there is no doubt about it. Chelsea’s brother is determined to marry her to a man she refuses to have anything to do with. She quickly forms a plan that leads her to Beau’s door, knowing that there is no turning back from her choice. She’d be bringing ruin and possible harm down on Beau and herself, but she’s sure he’ll fall in line with her plan.
Beau is the bastard son of an Earl. When he was whipped for kissing a woman who was ‘above his station’ his beliefs about the world around him changed quickly. Except for a character who is supposedly changed and untrusting he falls into Chelsea’s plan very easily. Like I said, Chelsea runs the show throughout this book. She stumbles into most of the intrigue and danger on her own, then drags Beau into it. Even though she insists on calling him Oliver.
Despite some things falling together a little too easily in my mind, I really enjoyed this. Despite not thinking how it will affect others, Chelsea is very practical and doesn’t worry about the missish things. I love that she’s cheerful and doesn’t complain. She knows what she wants and is quick to see what’s going on around her. Beau/Oliver was a little harder for me to know. At times he was supposed to be hard and willing to take what he needed, yet he was also very caring and worried about those around him.
The story moved kind of quickly and had quite a few unrelated things going on, but the unrelated things also gave us the benefit of showing the characters in different situations. In some ways that made how quickly things moved with Chelsea and Beau a more reasonable idea since they had seen each other in a variety of situations to really know each other.
I liked this one, just like I’ve enjoyed the other books by Kasey Michaels I’ve read. There were several lines that had me smiling and wanting to sharing them, though they may have been less amusing out of context. We see quite a bit of Puck, one of Beau’s brothers, in this one. It makes it easier to look forward to reading the next book in the Blackhorn brothers series and seeing what happens with Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Sin.
If you enjoy romance novels with women who bulldoze over the men around them and men who learn to love it, you should give this one a try. Especially if you enjoy seeing characters try to figure out their feelings when they start as a relationship of convenience. The Taming of the Rogue is out now, with book two to follow at the end of November.