Michaels, Kasey. The Taming of the Rake* (2011). 384 Pages. HQN Books. $7.99**
Meet the Blackthorn brothers— Three unrepentant scoundrels infamous for being mad, bad and perilous to love
Charming, 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?
“Men have died from time to time, and worms have eaten them, but not for love.” – As You Like It, William Shakespeare
Oliver Le Beau Blackthorn was young and in love, which made him a candidate for less than intelligent behavior on two counts.
And so it was that, with the clouded vision of a man besotted, that same Oliver Le Beau Blackthorn, raised to think quite highly of himself, the equal to all men, did, with hat figuratively in hand, hope in his heart and a bunch of posies clutched to his breast, bound up the marble steps to the mansion in Portland Place one find spring morning and smartly rap the massive door with the lion’s head brass knocker.