Review: The Care and Taming of a Rogue by Suzanne Enoch

Suzanne Enoch is one of my favorite historical romance authors. While she occasionally disappoints, she did not do so with The Care and Taming of a Rogue. It's a bit different from her normal writing and doesn't have the emotional depth of...say...England's Perfect Hero...but it's fun all the same.

Upon his return from the Congo, Captain Bennett Wolfe is surprised to learn that society believes him to be dead. And that someone who was part of his last expedition has stolen his journals and published a book effectively ruining Wolfe's reputation.

Phillipa, a bluestocking whose matrimonial prospects consist of her sister's eventual cast-off suitors, is surprised when Capt. Wolfe, a man whose previous adventures she had read about, takes an immediate and obvious interest in her.

As always with just about anything by Enoch, the characters are all terrific. They jump right off of the page--even the secondary ones. It's fun to watch Capt. Wolfe (Dickensian, much?) try to follow the civilized rules of courtship when he'd much rather just seize what he wants. 

The only thing that truly bugged me about the book was the part with Phillipa and the fainting scene. Because it didn't fit with her character at all. No matter the provocation, I can't believe she'd faint over a bouquet of roses or the attention that the gesture caused. She may be disinclined to "real" adventure, but she's not spineless.

This is a fun, light hearted read that is classic Enoch in every way. It's not going to wow you with its emotional intensity, but it will make you smile. A middle of the road book for this author still earns high marks from me.

My grade: B

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