by Suzanne Enoch

November 2009
ISBN: 978-0-06-145676-3
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Mass Market Paperback

Adventurer and traveler Captain Bennett Wolfe has finally arrived back on English soil, and he is enraged and angry. That anger only intensifies when he learns he was recently declared dead when in fact, he is alive and well. He knows who the traitor is that set him on this path and will do all he can to bring him down and get the truth told.

His attention is soon snagged elsewhere when he meets the lovely and bookish Lady Phillipa Eddison, commonly referred to as a bluestocking in society. Bennett is immediately intrigued by her intelligence, humor, and common sense. Though Phillipa is not the great beauty her older sister is, Bennett does not care a wit. Everything about her makes him react. And it is with her help that the truth about his journals will be revealed, and the man who stole them will be branded a liar. But Bennett’s enemy is smarter than Bennett hopes and it is not an easy task to uncover the truth. However, with Phillipa by his side, along with a very sweet monkey, Bennett knows the truth will be revealed.

The best part of this story is the developing romance between Bennett and Phillipa. She has never really had a suitor so she, and everyone in polite society, is immediately surprised when Bennett sets his sights on her. She can only think it is something of a joke, but as Bennett sets out to prove otherwise, Phillipa comes to understand that Bennett is honest and truly falling for her. The lies circling about Bennett in society help to bond them, but it will take more than that for true love to emerge.

The Care and Taming of a Rogue is a satisfying romance. While it’s not one of Enoch’s best stories, I believed in Bennett and Phillipa’s developing love to stick with the story.

Reviewed in December 2009 by Sarah.

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