How to Tame a Willful Wife
(Shakespeare in Love Series #1)
by Christy English
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ARC Courtesy of NetGalley
How To Tame A Willful Wife:Goodreads
1. Forbid her from riding astride2. Hide her dueling sword3. Burn all her breeches and buy her silk drawers4. Frisk her for hidden daggers5. Don't get distracted while frisking her for hidden daggers...
Anthony Carrington, Earl of Ravensbrook, expects a biddable bride. A man of fiery passion tempered by the rigors of war into steely self-control, he demands obedience from his troops and his future wife. Regardless of how fetching she looks in breeches.
Promised to the Earl of Plump Pockets by her impoverished father, Caroline Montague is no simpering miss. She rides a war stallion named Hercules, fights with a blade, and can best most men with both bow and rifle. She finds Anthony autocratic, domineering, and...ridiculously gorgeous.
It's a duel of wit and wills in this charming retelling of The Taming of the Shrew. But the question is...who's taming whom?
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Crystal L's Thoughts:
Okay, first let me start off by saying that even after taking advanced English classes in high school, I have never read Taming of the Shrew. Don't throw rotten tomatoes at me yet though girls! I know it's a master piece in literature, so bad Crystal, no cookie for you! That being said, I can honestly say that if Shakespeare's piece is as entertaining as this book was to me, well then I might have to go read some Shakespeare. That's a HUGE concession from me girls, cause reading thee's and thou's is kind of like getting teeth pulled at the dentist to me. However since this book is suppose to follow the theme of Shakespeare's work, well I might just have to go check that out.
Caroline Montague is the apple of her daddy's eye. After the loss of his other children, her father had atendency to indulge her in practice's that were not acceptable for women to engage in, such as fencing, archery, knives, and riding her horse astride as a man would. Because of financial woes her father is dead set on making an advantageous match for her, and Caroline is dreading what her father will come up with. Little does she know she's headed for a dominant man who is determined to tame her wild tendencies so that she will be a proper little wife waiting for him at home. That man is Anthony Carrington, Earl of Ravensbrook. And little does Anthony know, but he's got his work cut out for him if he wants to make Caroline what he would consider more biddable. (Good luck with that buddy. I've got two words for you. Ready for them? You're Screwed.)
I LOVED Caroline! A strong willed, stubborn heroine is my favorite kind to read. Especially for this time era.Caroline's character certainly doesn't disappoint in that department. And this book has devious characters, nice plot twists, and enough humor to keep you turning the pages well past any burnt midnight oil. It's a five wine glass toast all the way and I hope all of you ladies rush out to get it even if it's just to enjoy Caroline trying to throw knives at her future husband!
Rating: 5 Wine Glasses