LOVER BE MINE is the second book in the Legendary Lovers
series from talented author Nicole Jordan. I have to say that I like this series plot. The series features the Wilde cousins and their quest for true love based upon some of the most famous legendary lovers.
Here's the deal, taken straight from Ms Jordan's own website :
"Determined to find true love, the passionate, pleasure-loving Wilde cousins vow to follow in the footsteps of the world's greatest lovers. But fate has a way of playing tricks on lovers' hearts and making even classic romances go awry..."
In the first book of the series, Princess Charming, Ash found his Cinderella. Now that their most recent foray into matchmaking has found success, Kate and Skye have Jack in their sights, and they've cast him in the role of Romeo. His Juliette will be Sophie Fortin, a lovely young beauty on the cusp of an engagement to the Duke of Dunmore.
However, for three generations, these two families have been locked in a blood feud. Way back in the day, one of the infamous Wilde men had ran off with a Fortin bride, which instigated a duel that caused Sophie's father to lose the family barony.
Jack is the lovechild of a Wilde woman and a foreign prince. The prince had abandoned them to an angry French mob, and Jack's mother was killed. Her death left a very young Jack alone, to fall prey to a very bad man. It was a while before he was rescued by his uncles, who brought him back to England and adopted him. Jack never forgave his father for leaving him and his mother to that horrific fate, and refuses anything to do with the man. As such trauma is wont to do, this experience left its mark on Jack. It is these issues, rather than his rakish ways, that may keep Jack from claiming the woman he wants. This was a heartbreaking part of the story and was hard for me to read. It had me sniveling into my tissues, and made me want to reach into the pages and give Jack a big hug.
Sophie's parents are pushing for an engagement to the Duke, who was admittedly, a nice enough guy. He just wasn't Jack. She plans on accepting the offer for her family's sake. They're not well off and could use the lofty connections. She's a sweet girl and wants to please her family, so she is prepared to accept the arranged marriage.
At his cousin's urging, Jack takes a look at his Juliette and is instantly smitten. He just doesn't know it yet. He thinks he is saving her. Now Jack wants Sophie to marry him, and she's tempted, but doesn't want to be his damsel in distress. It seems she wants love, and if she can't have Jack's, then she may as well choose the Duke. But Jack is very persuasive, and he takes matters into his own hands. Since Sophie doesn't want to marry without her family's approval, Jack makes a huge sacrifice to win that approval.
Here's the thing, this pair is between a rock and a hard place, and at times I worried for their happiness. Jack was a charming rake with some emotional issues that made it hard for him to express his love. Sophie wanted his love, but felt him incapable of giving it. She wanted to help her family...but she wanted Jack. They each flip flopped as to what they wanted, but in the end both found their way, and I was elated to see it.
I highly recommend this charming regency read, and will be giving it a 4 star rating. Looking forward to the next book in the Legendary Lovers