Book Review: Lover Be Mine

Title: Lover Be Mine
Author: Nicole Jordan
Series: Legendary Lovers
Book: 2
Publication Date: May 28th 2013
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0345525299
ISBN13: 9780345525291
Source: Netgalley

When Lord Jack Wilde's cousin tries to match him with Lady Sophie Fortin, he isn't too thrilled by the prospect since Sophie's family has long feuded with the Wildes. Nevertheless he attends a masquerade ball in disguise and when he meets Sophie, he's drawn to her. The attraction is mutual-until she learns who he is. Angry that Jack has tricked her into lowering her guard under false pretenses, Sophie declares she doesn't ever want to see him again. But then Jack shows up in unexpected places, driving her crazy with his seductive advances. She doesn't want her parents finding out that she even knows him, let alone succumbed to his passionate kisses. If her father discovers Jack courting her, blood could be shed. Yet, Sophie still wants him and realizes that in order for the star-crossed lovers to be together, they must try to somehow settle the bitter feud between their families once and for all.

It's been a while since I've read a regency novel, and I really missed the feeling this genre evokes in me. I'm a hopeless romantic at heart and I've always believed in fairytales. So this kind of genre holds a special place in my heart. 

Since reading her Courtship Wars Series, I've been an avid fan of Nicole Jordan and she did not disappoint me with her latest offering. I'm quite thankful that I was given a chance to read this book in advance. Thanks to Netgalley! 

Jordan's trademark is still evident in this book. The carnal and untamed scenes between the main characters were still there. The wooing is adorable. And the hesitation of the lady to acknowledge him s sometimes infuriating and I find myself muttering that she's one hell of a lucky woman if the man still won't give up on her. But all in all, I love this book. 

The Characters 

Jack Wilde. Well he portrays the character of a rogue very well. There were times when I feel exasperated by his boldness towards Sophie. His ego doesn't need any boosting. He certainly have a lot of it. But within him is still a troubled young man who have undergone such difficulties in life that he seemed to not have gotten over. Though he's closed with his adopted siblings, he finds it hard to open himself to them. He doesn't share his feelings and because of his traumatic childhood experience, he still hated being alone. I love his persistence in courting Sophie and his efforts haven been paid in the end. 

Sophie Fortin. This chit is really what Jack needed. She's very charming and will let you eat at her fingers without you even noticing it. She has the ability to let people feel relaxed around her, making them share whatever their thinking. She's an obedient daughter and have thought it a mission to fulfill her parents' wishes that she be married to a Duke. It was only in that way that she can bring them happiness again. She has a tender heart that can be abused by selfish people. 

Skye and Kate. I adore these two ladies. They're quite a pair, trying to connive a love match between their siblings and cousins by adapting several fictional couples. Jack was their second victim, thinking that he and Sophie can be Romeo and Juliet. It was quite amusing watching these two plot against Jack. Hmmm, I'm wondering how they're going to plot their own love story. 

Overall, it was good. I only gave it a four because I have been used to reading Jordan's books that sometimes the plot becomes very predictable. On the other hand, I really enjoyed this book and I'm so looking forward to the next book. I'm guessing it would be about Quinn.

New York Times bestselling author Nicole Jordan spins delightful tales that simmer with passion and sensuality. In her former life, Nicole grew up as an Army brat, moving frequently and attending high school in Germany. She later earned a civil engineering degree from Georgia Tech and spent eight years as a manufacturing manager making disposable diapers and toilet tissue! Currently Nicole lives in the Rocky Mountains of Utah with her real-life hero (her husband) and beloved kids (her horses). 

With over two-dozen historical romances to her credit and four million books in print, set in numerous eras and locales, Nicole now enjoys chronicling the sparks that fly when Regency lovers play the matrimonial mating game.

One of her novels had the dubious honor of being humorously spotlighted by Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show." On a more serious note, Nicole's romances regularly appear on numerous bestseller lists, including The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today, and have earned such honors as RITA finalist, RWA's Favorite Book of the Year, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Historical Romance, and the Dorothy Parker Award of Excellence, presented by a group of over one hundred romance reviewers.

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