Title: The Taming of the Rake
Author: Kasey Michaels
Series: Blackhorn Brothers #1
Release Date: July 26th, 2011
MEET THE BLACKTHORN BROTHERS—THREE UNREPENTANT SCOUNDRELS INFAMOUS FOR BEING MAD, BAD AND PERILOUS TO LOVECharming, wealthy and wickedly handsome, Oliver “Beau” Blackthorn has it all…except revenge on the enemy he can’t forget. Now the opportunity for retribution has fallen into his hands. But his success hinges on Lady Chelsea Mills-Beckman—the one woman with the power to distract him from his quest.Desperate to escape her family’s control, Lady Chelsea seizes the chance to run off with the notorious eldest Blackthorn brother, knowing she’s only a pawn in his game. But as Beau draws her deep into a world of intrigue, danger and explosive passion, does she dare hope he’ll choose love over vengeance?
The Taming of the Rake is the first book of the series, where you will be introduced to the three bastards sons of the Marquess of Blackthorn. Their name, given by their mother (who is an actress), are Oliver Le Beau Blackthorn (Beau), Don John Blackthorn (Black Jack) and Robin Goodfellow Blackthorn (Puck). They have been educated and have a lot of money, but they are still bastards and the society doesn't accept them.
Beau is the oldest son and realized a long time ago he was never going to be accepted in London's society. He's a good man, at least most of the time. He hates Thomas Mills-Beckman, the oldest son of the Mills-Beckman family. So it isn't exactly bad when Lady Chelsea Mills-Beckman, his youngest sister and soon to be married, finds him and asks him to elope with her. It would be the perfect revenge, taking the Earl's sister. Also, Lady Chelsea has grown up to be a beautiful woman. So, the plan is to reach Gretna Green before Thomas, Madelyn (Chelsea's older sister) and Reverend Flotley (her future husband) and get married. She will be compromised by that moment (and probably pregnant), and her family won't be able to take her again.
I fell in love with Beau. He was such a good man, really. Of course he was a little naughty (ok, a lot) but I understood his motives. He was brave and intelligent, and wasn't the usual alpha male who wanted to command.
Chelsea was always fun. I was always laughing with the things she said and liked that she wasn't as innocent as Beau thought. She was intelligent and was always making plans for them to escape her brother, and really enjoyed being with Beau. It's obvious they were perfect for each other.
Overall, I really liked this book. It was realistic and fun, and I would love to read the next one. I imagine it would focused on one of the Blackhorn Brothers, I can't wait to see who (Jack or Puck) is going to be the next one who finds love, and how their mother is going to react!