Saturday, June 15, 2013

Lover Be Mine (Legendary Lovers #2) by Nicole Jordan

As the wickedly seductive Wilde cousins seek true love by taking a page from history’s legendary love stories, Lord Jack Wilde plays a determined Romeo courting an enchanting Juliet.

The last thing Sophie Fortin expects at a masquerade ball is a dazzling kiss from a pirate. Her desire quickly falters when she learns that her masked gentleman is devilishly scandalous Lord Jack, a member of the captivating Wilde clan — and a man she’s forbidden to acknowledge. But when Jack begins a breathtaking seduction, Sophie can barely resist.

Jack never imagined that the daughter of his family’s mortal enemy would awaken such fierce passion within him—until one unforgettable kiss changes his mind forever. Soon, Jack is hell-bent on winning Sophie’s hand, going so far as to abduct her to save her from marrying a rival nobleman. Determined to woo Sophie and her unyielding parents, Jack is faced with the one decision he’d sworn never to make. The secret heir to a prince, Jack has spurned his royal heritage for years . . . but for Sophie he’ll risk all to turn a legacy of heartbreak into love ever after.

Type: Historical Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

Love Be Mine really turned out to be a nice little treat. The series is a take on the "Legendary Lovers" we've met throughout history which I thought was fairly clever. The Wilde cousins will only find their true love by more or less emulating a love story that's been told through time. Kinda neat, right? In the case of Jack... Romeo and Juliet. And his Juliet is one Sophie Fortin who's father considers his family mortal enemies. Oy the drama! But it's good drama and really fun to watch play out...

I really enjoyed Jordan's writing. It's fun, quick moving, easy to read and for the most part light hearted.  There are a couple dark moments from Jack's past that come into play that broke my heart but for the most part it's a charming Rake falling hard for a dutiful daughter who will do whatever it takes to please her parents, even sacrificing her one chance at true love. Seeing the two spar back and forth and dealing with the family feud was really entertaining. There's all kinds of good drama including a bit of kidnapping. lol
"Abduction is a romantic expression of passion."
My favorite thing about this one was Sophie and watching her grow as a character. She went from a fairly timid girl who would never disobey her parents or step out of line to a fierce woman who was going to fight for what she really wanted and for her future. Really how could you not love a woman like that? And Jack really developed and grew as a hero as well. Dealt with his past and anger at his father and became a good man. I love when an author can really make you see that change. And you can believe the transformation.

So my first time with Jordan and her Legendary Lovers was a hit. I really enjoyed the Wilde family as a whole. They're loud and unruly and completely meddlesome but you can tell how much they love and cherish each other and want the others to be happy. I really had a great time with them and am looking forward to seeing the set ups for the rest of the cousins. If you love historicals and a bit of whimsy give this one a go.

And today's man candy... He really is appropriate. Swear. 
And it's Orlando Bloom. For a kinda "pretty boy" he's just yummy.

Have you read Nicole Jordan? What did you think?
Have you read this theme before?
Do you like a little whimsy to your stories? Or meddlesome family members?

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