How to tell if a man is an unrepentant rogue:
1. He has no patience for frivolous debutantes.
2. He kisses you after a single dance.
3. He makes you forget yourself and kiss him back…
After years away from London, Captain Bennett Wolfe is back-and alive, much to Society’s surprise. Having been presumed dead, this rugged adventurer is much sought after by every marriage-minded young woman… but Bennett only has eyes for the intriguing Lady Phillipa Eddison.
Phillipa would rather read than flirt, but she does know a thing or two about proper courtship rituals. A gentleman does not kiss a lady senseless, and he certainly does not bring his pet monkey when he comes calling. Lady Phillipa’s never been so scandalized… or tempted. She simply must teach Bennett some manners-before she succumbs to temptation as wild as the man who offers it.
The Care and Taming of a Rogue is book one in the Adventurers’ Club and I enjoyed it for the most part. There were bits and pieces, though, that kind of irritated me. The biggest issue I had with this book was Bennett Wolfe, the hero. I started out liking him, but the more I read and the more I thought about it, the more he struck me as a bit of a bully. And that diminished my enjoyment of this story.
Bennett Wolfe lost his parents at an early age and is used to taking care of himself. He’s never been one for frivolity, which makes London and Society his least favourite places in the world. As soon as he was old enough, he left England and went on a number of expeditions around the world. He most recently traveled to the Congo, where he was very nearly killed. Now three years after he last set foot in London, Bennett is back… and boy, is he in for a surprise. Not only did his second-in-command during the expedition leave him behind in the Congo, the man plagiarised his work and wrote a book portraying Bennett as a bumbling oaf. Also, he spread a pesky rumour that Bennett was dead. Needless to say, Bennett is not a happy camper. There is one bright spot in the dreariness that is London, though: Lady Phillipa Eddison. Phillipa is what Society calls a “bluestocking”; she prefers books to people and finds Society unbearably boring. So imagine her excitement at meeting the famous explorer Bennett Wolfe, the man whose books she’s read a number of times. And imagine her surprise when she realises that he finds her just as intriguing as she finds him.
I found that I could relate to Phillipa. She’s a booknerd in every sense and topics like fashion and flirting are beyond her comprehension. Rather than looking forward to the next big soiree, Phillipa just wants to be at home with a book. So when Bennett started paying attention to her, she was a little taken aback. Typically, men tend to gravitate towards her older, more sociable, sister. I found that I enjoyed Bennett’s character in the beginning. But as the book progressed, I found him to be a little bit of a bully. Phillipa had never had a beau, so her experience with physical and emotional intimacy was nil. There were moments where Bennett came on really strong and he kept telling her that he was being really patient, like he expected a noddy badge or something. It was just something that bothered me and it kept me from really enjoying this book as much as I wanted to.
In all, a little disappointing but I enjoyed Ms Enoch’s writing. If you’re looking to give this book and Ms Enoch a try, you can get this book at Foyles.