The Taming of the Rake by Kasey Michaels

Title: The Taming of the Rake
Author: Kasey Michaels
Series: Blackthorn Brothers #1
Publisher: HQN Books
Release Date: 7/26/2011
Length: 384 pages
Format: Electronic ARC
Genres: Fiction, Historical, Romance
Challenges: 2011 E-book Challenge
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Purchase: Paperback | Kindle | NOOK | ePub

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?

Warning: This book contains sexual content. It is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18.

Kasey Michaels is so clever! I loved this book and I am very eagerly awaiting the next two. These brothers are to die for. This particular book is about Beau, the oldest of the brothers. It has all the elements a good romance should have: love, passion, and adventure. The extras are what made it really stand out there, for me.

Chelsea is one of the most likable heroines I’ve come across. She’s witty and playful, yet there’s still an innocence about her that makes her seem wholesome. She’s absolutely perfect for Beau. The two start off with a playfully turbulent relationship. Chelsea tries to blackmail him into agreeing with her plans, but ends up caring more for him than she thought possible. Beau, who only remembers her as little brat of fourteen, is comepletely taken by the strong-willed woman she’s become. It’s so much fun to watch.

The brothers make their appearances. Robin Goodfellow Blackthorn, otherwise known as Puck, plays a large role in this story. Staying true to the name, he always seems to be into mischief and can’t seem to be serious about anything. I’m excited to read the story about him. It will take quite a woman to straighten him out. The other brother, who they call Black Jack, is a little more mysterious. He runs with the more dangerous crowd and Chelsea refers to him as all dark, compared to his fair brothers. Sounds positively yummy. The dangerous ones always make great stories.

The Shakespeare references aren’t a huge part of the book. It’s mostly in their names, not too much in the plot itself, but they’re still pretty clever. They make other little references to Shakespeare. The sex is so well written. The scenes flow effortlessly with the story, and they have that perfect sense of tension and release that is essential to good sex scenes. They’re not vulgar, but definitely steamy. If you like your romance packed with cleverness and real love, I suggest picking this one up.

I really enjoyed it.

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