To Tame a Wild Lady (Duke-Defying Daughters, #2)by Published 31 Jan 2017
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He’s a roughhewn bastard. She’s a rebellious noblewoman. Their passion bridges the class divide in a scintillating novel of forbidden desire and raw sensuality from the USA Today bestselling author of To Lure a Proper Lady.
Lady Caroline Wilde is expected to ride sidesaddle, but she’s not about to embrace convention. She’s also expected to keep a chaste distance from men like Adrian Crosby, the new estate agent, yet she cannot cease her ogling—which is especially irksome considering their ongoing feud. Adrian insists that the fields must be planted; Caro needs those same fields to train her horses. But whenever she tries to put him in his place, Caro looks into his steely gaze and her words simply ... disappear.
A bastard son who grew up on the Wyvern estate, Adrian was lucky enough to receive an education at the behest of the late marchioness. Now that he has set out on his own, Adrian knows better than to fall for Lady Caroline, the Duke of Sherrington’s daughter. Caroline is at once a thorn in his side and an exquisite temptation, especially when she’s playing the feisty daredevil. Adrian would give anything for a chance to tame her—and with Caro in the saddle, he just might get his wish.
"To Tame a Wild Lady (Duke-Defying Daughters, #2)" Reviews
I had high hopes for To Tame a Wild Lady, especially considering that the first of the series, To Lure a Proper Lady, was one of my favourite books of 2016. That book’s charm was found in its unexpectedly droll but deserving hero finding love with a similarly intelligent woman. In this, the second of Ms. Macnamara’s Duke-Defying Daughters books, it feels as though all of the humor allotted for the series was spent in the previous instalment and what remains is just a similar conflict of family duty verses personal desires.
Caroline Wilde may be a lady but her behavior more often than not would label her a hoyden. Caro’s interests don’t go much further than her father’s stable yard and in persuading a famous sportsman to allow her to join his next great hunt. Fortunately for Caro her father’s hypochondria has kept him bedridden for years and far removed from the actual running of the estate or in pushing her into an unwanted society marriage. The recent exposure of their estate manager’s embezzling of the family wealth doesn’t affect Caro much as long as she can keep her prized mare Boudicca and the open fields on the land for her personal use. That all changes when her brother-in-law hires Adrian Crosby as the new estate manager.
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I liked this book much better than the last one! I am still not jazzed that the author likes to have her heroines chase down the hero - but in this book, it works.
Lady Caroline aka Caro was introduced to us in the last book. She is the middle sister and to put it politely, a hoyden. She cares more for horses than she does people and has no desire to change.
Adrian has come to the estate to take over as steward, he has left his former position as assistant steward to the Marquess of Wyvern for personal reasons. The Duke of Sherrington is in desperate need of a good steward, the former steward was robbing the estate blind and Adrian has his work cut out for him, restoring the families holdings.
Adrian and Caro meet when they work together to rescue Gus (the son of Dysart, the hero from the previous book). Adrian mistakes Caro for a stable hand, then realizes that she is a woman. He is attracted to her and wonders about her position on the estate. When he finds out who she is, he tells himself to keep his distance. For her part, Caro is intrigued by Adrian, she is also conscious of their social differences and tells herself to stay away too. But the best intentions...
Caro and Adrian are thrown together on several occasions and form a friendship of sorts - they are both attracted to each other, but realize they can have no future.
When they finally "get together" Caro knows she is in love with him. She is ready to give up everything to be with him and then a ghost from Adrian's past shows up and causes problems. Problems which end up getting Adrian fired from his position.
Caro is heartbroken when Adrian leaves, but feels that it is hopeless to pursue him. Her sisters convince her to go after him and swear to stand by her.
The scene where Caro and Adrian reunite is really well done and I loved it!
Now I am totally invested in this series and can't wait to find out who Pippa is match with and I wouldn't mind a story for Snowley as well!
I loved the feisty and sassy side of Caro, "she sat taller in the saddle, spine perfectly straight. “When hell freezes and the devil dons a pair of ice skates.” The reactions Caro gets out of Adrian, "he choked on his wine, coughing and spluttering for a good minute before he collected himself. “What do you know of orgies?” I loved this book, Caro beat to her own drum.
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A new twist to a historical romance that will add enjoyment for the reader. Caro is a very strong willed woman who constantly pushes the bar on propriety in the era in which she lived. For me it was enjoyable watching the tension and verbal back and forth between her and Adrian. Caro is not your typical women and she is extremely comfortable with herself. This attitude comes across the pages and draws the reader into the storyline.
Adrian is a social stigma with a very solid belief system of working hard and making solid business decisions. His strong moral fiber gets him in trouble and his stubbornness pushes everyone's buttons. What I like about him is that he always puts what's right before what's easy. This is a lesson everyone should learn
The reader will find the interaction between Caro's family members entertaining and her father priceless. With every story, there must be a character the reader doesn't like and of course the character is this story is written to exacting perfection.
For me I felt this story was entertaining but there were a few times it felt a little flat but by no means did it take away from my reading enjoyment.
I give this 4 STARS for showing the reader that male characters can be exciting and full of moral fiber.
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
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