“Taming an Impossibe Rogue
“Taming An Impossible Rogue was a good book, but not something that was riveting or unforgettable. For myself, I found Lady Camille Pryce a little immature at first, and then later when she shows some assertiveness and intelligence, she does something that really seemed out of character to me. (SPOILER): She pursues and then continues a physical relationship with a man who is the cousin of her soon-to-be fiancé. The message seemed to be that it was all right to do this because her fiancé did not really care for her and was an unmitigated ass. He didn't and he was, but I don't think that justifies Camille's and Keating's actions.
I had trouble with Camille's family - specifically, the fact that her father and mother shut her out of the only home she had because she ran away from her wedding. They made no effort to see her, to find out whether she lived or died. I found this a bit unbelievable.
Camille's erstwhile fiancé, Stephen Pollard, Marquis of Fenton, was cold, prissy, uncaring, and controlling. I understood why she was reluctant to marry him. I also understood why she laughed at him as she left him at the altar a second time.
Keating Blackwood is an interesting hero who suffers from a little "fake rake" syndrome. He is described as a "rogue" who cut a swath through boudoirs several years ago and as a result of a liaison with a married lady killed her husband. Now he is known as "Bloody Blackwood" complete with a salacious poem written about his exploits. Except. . . He no longer lives in London, doesn't pursue the ladies of the Ton (married or not). Now he lives like a hermit on a sheep farm, drinking Russian vodka, and sending all his money to the woman whose husband he killed in self defense. All of his actions, save his dependency on alcohol, were mostly honorable and honest with a little dash of mischievousness thrown in. No roguishness anywhere except when he and Camille decide to start and continue a relationship behind his cousin's back. Even then, it was not superficial or shallow or for momentary satisfaction.
The other problem I had was that he never questioned Eleanor's demands until it was almost too late. Secret babies are one trope I hate, but pretend secret babies are a little too much by half.
The next in this series will feature the Duke of Greaves and Sophia White, but I'm not sure I'll be reading anymore of the Scandalous Brides series.”
“Taming an Impossibe Rogue
Reviewed by Ann & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
Fans of both Lisa Kleypas and Julia Quinn should really take a look at Suzanne Enoch’s books. As a fan of both Kleypas and Quinn, it’s hard to find another author that grabs my attention as they do. However, upon picking up TAMING AN IMPOSIBLE ROGUE, I knew right away that Enoch would become an author I would be interested in reading more of.
The opening paragraph alone captured my attention and it was then that I realized that I was missing out big time.
“Keating Blackwood came away with the sharpness of gunfire. Someone was in the room with him. Someone he hadn’t invited. Keeping his eyes closed, he stirred enough that he could slip his hand under the pillow and curl his fingers around the hilt of the knife resting there.”
Immediately, Keating became a character I was instantly attracted to. He is called “Bloody Blackwood” because of his past actions. Six years ago, an event transpired that caused him to leave the ton, causing rumors to spread about his inappropriate actions and ruining any noble reputation he had before.
Similarly, the heroine of this book, Camille Pryce has also been shunned by society when she ran away from her own wedding to a man named Stephen Pollard, the Marquis of Fenton. Fenton is actually Blackwood’s cousin and he is outraged when Camille leaves him hanging, thus making him the laughing stock of society because it seems that Camille would rather work at a gentleman’s club called the Tantalus Club than be married to him.
In a desperate effort to stop the whispers and laughter behind his back, Fenton proposes a deal to Blackwood. For an outrageous amount of money, he asks Blackwood to convince Camille to marry him. This offer is very tempting to Blackwood because he has a secret that follows him day and night. So, he takes it. But when he finally meets Camille Pryce, he soon realizes that there is more to the woman than just the fact that she is a runaway bride...
I have to say how much I enjoyed this story. There was never a dull moment and Enoch does a fantastic job with the pacing and chapter endings. I kept allowing myself to read one more chapter because I was so enthralled by it.
Another thing I loved about this book is the fact that the character’s personalities really shine through. Quinn and Kleypas are known for their witty dialogues, but I think Enoch should be added to that list as well. I loved the interactions between Keating and Camille. They were sweet, funny, and sometimes wickedly sinful.
Keating for me was the major reason why I loved this book. Right from the start, he was an honorable man. Though he may have reasons to be mysterious, he was always upfront with Camille. He tells her his intentions and the reason why he wants to be her friend and I think this made him more likeable as a character. Though Camille and Keating start off as friends, it is obvious that they each wish to be something more.
I am very excited about the next book in the series, RULES TO CATCH A DEVILISH DUKE because I loved Adam’s part in this story and Sophia White seems like a very fun woman. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book!
I’m so pleased to have found a new author I can turn to for historical romance. Though this may be my first Enoch read, I can assure you it will certainly not be my last!
*Review copy provided by publisher