Title: To Tame a Wild Lady A Duke-Defying Daughters Novel, Book 2
Author: Ashlyn Macnamara Genre: Historical Romance, Regency
Story Setting: Suffolk, England, 1822
Published by: Loveswept
Published Date: January 31, 2017
Sold by: Random House LLC
He’s a roughhewn bastard. She’s a rebellious noblewoman. Their passion bridges the class divide in a scintillating novel of forbidden desire and raw sensuality from the USA Today bestselling author of To Lure a Proper Lady.
Lady Caroline Wilde is expected to ride sidesaddle, but she’s not about to embrace convention. She’s also expected to keep a chaste distance from men like Adrian Crosby, the new estate agent, yet she cannot cease her ogling—which is especially irksome considering their ongoing feud. Adrian insists that the fields must be planted; Caro needs those same fields to train her horses. But whenever she tries to put him in his place, Caro looks into his steely gaze and her words simply . . . disappear.
A bastard son who grew up on the Wyvern estate, Adrian was lucky enough to receive an education at the behest of the late marchioness. Now that he has set out on his own, Adrian knows better than to fall for Lady Caroline, the Duke of Sherrington’s daughter. Caroline is at once a thorn in his side and an exquisite temptation, especially when she’s playing the feisty daredevil. Adrian would give anything for a chance to tame her—and with Caro in the saddle, he just might get his wish.
My Thoughts: Any time I pick up one of author Ashlyn Macnamara’s books, I can be assured of an interesting, hot and spicy read. By the very title of this book, To Tame a Wild Lady, gives you an idea of the spirit of this book.
Lady Caroline Wilde (I’m sure her last name is intentional!) is the second daughter of a duke. Her father has closeted himself away for close on ten years, since the death of his beloved wife. Therefore, allowing his daughter to be quite the wild thing without his censure. She loves the country life, the freedom it provides her, and horses. More than not, you will find her in breeches riding astride over her father’s lands.
Lady Caroline chafes at being a duke’s daughter. Why should the ton have anything to do with how she wants to live her life? Her biggest dream is to ride her beloved champion horse in Earl Bellingham’s fox hunt. Unfortunately, they don’t allow women to hunt with them. Her logic is why shouldn’t be allowed if she proves her expertise with a horse? After all, aren’t mares allowed to hunt and female hounds? Why should her gender prevent her when she can outhorse any man in the county? Such is the fighting spirit of Caro.
Adrian Crosby, the new estate agent, meets Caro at her very worst, as society would measure her. She’s in boy’s breeches and covered with mud. She’s just located Gus, an eleven-year-old, who doesn’t understand the word ‘no’. He had decided to go our riding, even though he does not seat a horse well. Mimicking Caro’s hedge and wall jumping, he tries to jump a trench, his horse slips, he’s thrown and Gus falls and is unconscious. Caro finds him but is unable to pick him up. Along Adrian comes, on his way to the manor for a job interview, and gets everyone back to the manor, the very one he will be working.
Adrian Crosby is running from past problems in his previous work, and never feels he measures up. He was educated somewhat by the marchioness of Wyvern and had worked alongside its estate agent. From outward appearances, his manner bespeaks a gentleman. His clothes set him apart, however. This inconsistency peaks Caro’s curiosity and eventually sparks fly. Caro is both stubborn and spoiled, giving her the mindset she shouldn’t be denied what she wants. Adrian would have his woman no other way.
- Lady Caroline can’t chase a man, especially when she must marry someone of her station.
- Adrian can’t possibly reach above his station to consider Lady Caro. He would only ruin her.
Their attraction must be denied. In this, they are both in cages; Lady Caro’s is gilded, Adrian’s is being born on the wrong side of the blanket.
Snowley Wild, the duke’s nephew, who provides comic relief to this tale, is to inherit the estate and spends much of his time at the manor. He’s something of a dimwit, at least it appears that way, is socially incompetent, and generally is just tolerated because of his future dukedom. He is seen often posing for Pippa, Caro’s younger sister, who has a passion for sketching.
A story of strong emotions where two people from different stations in life can find true love when so many forces are against them. Can Lady Caroline fight for what she wants? Can Adrian let this woman go, knowing he loves her, but he is only a curiosity to her? You will not want to miss this series. Engagingly written, with a sensual and demanding heroine, who finds her match in Adrian.