Series: Shakespeare in Love #1
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on November 6th 2012
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Anthony Carrington, Earl of Ravensbrook, expects a biddable bride. A man of fiery passion tempered by the rigors of war into steely self-control, he demands obedience from his troops and his future wife. Regardless of how fetching she looks in breeches.
Promised to the Earl of Plump Pockets by her impoverished father, Caroline Montague is no simpering miss. She rides a war stallion named Hercules, fights with a blade, and can best most men with both bow and rifle. She finds Anthony autocratic, domineering, and...ridiculously gorgeous.
It's a duel of wit and wills in this charming retelling of The Taming of the Shrew. But the question is...who's taming whom?
Right from the beginning, Christy ties her story to “The Taming of the Shrew” by William Shakespeare. While growing up, my favorite version starred Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. If you haven’t seen their version, you should watch it. They were great together and I can’t picture two more perfect people to play the parts. It’s a great way to understand the work of this famous bard.
Caroline Montague knows her way around a bow and arrow. Like other stories written of that time period, men would fight in order to win the hand of the fair maiden. For a woman who is an excellent markswoman, I don’t know how fair Caroline is.
Anthony Carrington is speaking with Caroline’s father. They were talking about Caroline’s future. And then he goes to speak to her. As I read their first meeting, I can definitely see where Christy would like to compare this to the “Taming of the Shrew”. I didn’t feel that Caroline was that much of a shrew as I think of how Elizabeth Taylor played the part of Katharina. Yes, Caroline is willful and that goes to how she was brought up. I would be interested to know if you felt the same way.
As I get to know Caroline I find that Anthony wants her to be meek and mild and let him do all the thinking in this relationship. Christy puts into words how men of that time period felt about their wives. I wonder how these same men would feel about the women of today. Anthony may feel that he’s God’s gift to women in his time period but he might find himself knocked down a peg or two today. And women are supposed to walk around with blinders on while the men go about their business and carry on as though they aren’t married. Yet in all this time I’m still not seeing Caroline act like a shrew.
Christy has a character that seems to have something against Anthony. His name is Viscount Victor Carlyle. We get hints as to what he against Anthony but nothing very definitive. We know he is the bad guy in this tale but most of his behavior happened in the past. What occurs in the present is more to irritate Anthony.
I enjoyed the story, as long as I didn’t compare it to the “Taming of the Shrew”, and would read something else by Christy. If you want to know what else she has written you can go over to her web site, http://www.christyenglish.com/, and check out what other books she has written. (Reviewed by Lynn from Romance Reader Enthusiast)