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The Care and Taming of a Rogue (Adventurers' Club #1)

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How to tell if a man is an unrepentant rogue:

1. He has no patience for frivolous debutantes
2. He kisses you after a single dance
3. He makes you forget yourself and kiss him back . . .

After years away from London, Captain Bennett Wolfe is back—and alive, much to Society's surprise. Having been presumed dead, this rugged adventurer is now much sought after by every marriage-
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Published March 8th 2011 by HarperCollins (first published October 27th 2009)
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Eastofoz
Nov 30, 2009 Eastofoz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the in yer face alpha hero
Suzanne Enoch’s latest stand alone is a pretty solid read overall. The hero couldn’t have been better and the heroine is alright for the most part if a little full of herself. The story keeps you turning the pages mostly because of the what’s-he-going-to-do-next attitude of the hero.

The hero, Captain Bennet Wolfe is a big name explorer who was presumed dead but wasn’t really. This is cleared up within the first 5 pages of the novel and thankfully not dragged out. He hates society and its rules b
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Beanbag Love
After loving Enoch's "Always a Scoundrel" I was disappointed I didn't like this book more. In an earlier review, Audball mentioned that she didn't like Enoch's anachronistic heroines (correct me if I'm mistaken please, Audball). This isn't a problem for me. I thought Phillipa was pretty much like all of Enoch's heroines and I tend to like most of them pretty well. I actually thought she was pretty amusing sometimes, and the times I didn't get her were the times when I thought the story wasn't fo ...more
Amanda
Well, hello, Suzanne Enoch. Where have you been all my historical romance bender life? The Care and Taming of a Rogue was delightful in so many ways.

You see, I went into this a little apprehensive because the synopsis makes it sound like there's little more to this story than Bennett's courtship of Phillipa, and while I'm sure you're like, "Duh, Amanda, it's a romance," I like it when there's something ELSE driving the story.

Which there is. And I liked it. A LOT. Because Bennett wasn't just pres
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Becca
Oct 25, 2015 Becca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suzanne Enoch is my go-to for a fun, light romance with a caper plot. This book fits that category, but Enoch has spoiled me with so many good stories, that this one just didn't quite measure up.

The dialogue at the beginning of this book was positively brilliant. It was quintessential Enoch and I loved it. What made the book lose stars for me was the characterization. Bennett was an adventurer who barely survived an expedition to Africa, only to have his assistant steal his journals, shame him,
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Kyraryker
The beginning of the book was a little strange and it took me awhile to get into a rhythm of reading the story. But once I was able to get into the book I really did enjoy the beginning. This story and the tone seems different from anything I have read before. (or less dramatically in a while)
Oh my gosh the repertoire between Bennett and Phillipa during the picnic is awesome. I love when she blurts out "I bathe in lemon water." and then Bennett answers back "Do you now. Tasty." Ah, little intera
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Juliana Philippa
Can't believe I'm saying this about an Enoch book ... but it wasn't that great

Suzanne Enoch is a fabulous writer and some of my absolute favorite historical romances have been written by her, namely London's Perfect Scoundrel and Always a Scoundrel, with close second favorites being England's Perfect Hero, By Love Undone, and After the Kiss. Needless to say, I was ecstatic about this book coming out and expected it to join my "all-time favorite" bookshelf - it won't, and frankly, I'm considering
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Keri
This was a fun read. Captain Bennett Wolfe has just come back from Africa after being gone from England for over 3 years. Funny thing is, is that everybody thought he was dead. Even worse the man that was his second in command is the one that reported him dead and wrote a book about his exploits and made the his own.

Now Bennett must figure out somehow he can gain his reputation back and expose David's lies. In the process he meets sweet Phillipa Eddison...you know the bookish, plain one, not th
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Mona
Sep 01, 2016 Mona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, romance
Me ha encantado. Cautivador y con personajes poco convencionales, como me gustan a mi. Además todos actúan acorde con su personalidad (lo menciono porque en muchos libros son del todo incoherentes). Phillipa Eddison no es una heroína, ni una femme fatale, ni una seductora ni nada de eso. Es una rata de biblioteca que no tiene pretendientes. Por eso me ha gustado tanto. Además, es una historia romántica pero que tiene sus dosis de aventuras y emoción. El final es totalmente adictivo y los dos últ ...more
Audrey
May 23, 2011 Audrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I really liked this book and was wavering between giving it 4 or 5 stars. I ultimately went with 4 because some of the plot points dragged in the middle.

***Possible spoilers in this paragraph***I also gave it a 4 and not a 5 because I thought they jumped into intercourse pretty quickly. Personally, I like a little more foreplay or, in the words of our heroine (taken out of context), "steps" between passionate kisses at a ball and doing the deed. Maybe this is partly characterization (in that Be
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Erin
Apr 07, 2010 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I wanted to like this more than I did, and I'm honestly not sure why I didn't like it more. It's your basic historical romance novel--strapping dark roguish adventurer type + sassy brunette book-ish type (always unappreciated by London society!) meet, try to resist each other (well, SHE tries to resist him, he basically pursues her like a jungle cat), fail miserably. The story is somewhat unique in that the hero is an African explorer who's presumed dead and who returns to London finding out his ...more
Alex Morrison
Actual Rating: 1.5

Zero chemistry between the hero and heroine, a dash of unearned insta-love/lust/obession, and too many anachronisms to ignore. I can't believe this is an Enoch book!

At least there was a pet monkey?
Jennifer
Dec 26, 2010 Jennifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
That's it Suzanne Enoch. I officially wash my hands with you. I gave you a second chance because I really enjoyed Reforming a Rake, inspite of its cringe-inducing cover. But after enduring Meet Me at Midnight, I'm done. This book started off on a good note, and I really liked the relationship between Phillipa and her sister, which is pretty much the only reason I kept reading after things started going down hill. I just don't understand how someone with such a good premise for a book can make su ...more
Mey Buentipo
Jul 24, 2011 Mey Buentipo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book that I read from Suzzane Enoch. I liked the book from the start to the finish. It gave me a sense of adventure for myself also. It is some different from the other books I read. There are witty and smart conversions between the h/h that I loved. It is so funny, that the heroine fainted when the hero gave her 2 dozens of red roses. It maybe a simple story, but I liked the flow of the story and each characters brought the best of it.
Nithya Subramaniam
3 and a half stars.

There is nothing much to complain about this book. It has all the elements for a good romance novel. The protagonist of the book are likeable with strong characters. However, the were was a lack of something particularly the chemistry. Phillipa and Bennett did not convince of their love or that fact they couldn't keep their hands of each other. Read it when you're bored with nothing else to do.
Ann Keller
Excellent historical romance, interwoven with danger and intrigue. Bold, powerful characters are wonderfully meshed with the strict protocols surrounding courting in Victorian England. It's delightful to see just how far each character is willing to give as love inspires them to risk it all for a chance at happiness.
Sierra
Jul 30, 2015 Sierra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I know its a cheesy romance but I enjoyed this one. It had an adventurous side along with a respectable heroine. They had an odd couple dynamic that was fun.
Lita Bouquard
Having read one awful Enoch book and one okay this was the decider whether to continue with this author. An intelligent, socially naive woman admires Bennett Wolf, explorer and favorite to Prinny. Presumed dead, Wolf returns to England to find his reputation tarnished by his travel partner who has claimed Bennett's journals as his own writings. London society isn't sure what to make of Bennett. Is he the brave explorer or was his true character really that in this latest published diary. Bennett ...more
Susinok
May 01, 2012 Susinok rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all this was a fun story with quite a few laugh out loud moments. The Note in the daisys was priceless. I loved both characters plue the secondary characters.

However...

There were quite a few historical research blunders which threw me out of the story.

1. Tattersals did not admit women in the Regency period. Sloppy lack of research. Even reading other Regency period novels would have pointed this out.
2. Regency dresses do not shrug off the shoulders to pool at the feet. Also the Regency
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Jan
The Enoch up until now I got least sidetracked with. The plot seemed more or less consistent, and it never really dragged.

I still don't think Enoch is the author for me, but overall I liked this book. It was nice and sweet and even funny at times. It never really went beyond all that to anything remotely nearing depth, but it was nice. I don't think nice is enough for much longer though, I'd like to read a romance with some meat on, or a romance on the light side that's actually GOOD.

I liked Ben
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Miss Lily
Jul 23, 2010 Miss Lily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kudos to Ms. Enoch; there were fun and different things in The Care and Taming of a Rogue and I enjoyed the banter between the characters. I've read a lot of Regency romances, and to give one four stars is high praise, from me. The characters' personalities were actually fun and likable, and some of the interactions between them (our heroine and her older sister, for instance), were believable. I've liked others of Ms. Enoch's books more in comparison, I'm not going to say this was my favorite, ...more
Pepa
Es un libro entretenido, pero espero mucho más de este autora.
La historia me ha parecido absurda, los personajes muy poco creíbles y ni he visto amor, ni pasión.
De todas formas es tan absurda que resulta original, tiene algunas escenas graciosas.
Pero no pasa de entretenido..

Bueno terminado ya la relectura, poco cambio.
Sigo pensando lo mismo, le falta desarrollo a la parte en la que se enamoran, porque tanto él como ella parecen hacerlo de repente.
Eso sí, me encantan las protagonistas arrojadas
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Iraida
Charming. But also plain and dull.
Hannah
It briefly crossed my mind as I read this book that it might have been more accurately titled The Care and Taming of a "Savage", because Bennett Wolfe wasn't a rogue so much as he was a savage in the eyes of the ton. If the man possessed of any manners, I didn't notice them. I half expected him to go "Me Tarzan, you Jane" to Philippa, that's about how civilized he was. So in this case, the real star of the show was Philippa, the one who did the "taming" - and boy, was she an heroine worth rootin ...more
Jo-Jo
Feb 04, 2016 Jo-Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016, trilogy
This book was full of adventure and love. The characters were interesting and I enjoyed the entire book from start to finish. The main love interests in the story were both likable and the added addition of a pet monkey named Kero made Bennett all the more charming in my eyes. The villain of the story, one Captain Langley was a buffoon, but they make great villains, do they not? Phillipa, the main woman in the story, was unlike the rest of the girls in high society and most men didn't spare her ...more
Gwyn Plummer
Phillipa, also lovingly known as Flip, is not your typical socialite. She prefers reading over flirting, and museums over soirees, unlike her beautiful and well sought-after older sister, Olivia. When Flip gets the chance to meet an adventurer and author of two of her favorite books, she discovers that his expeditions aren’t the only things about him that arouses her.

Bennette Wolf was presumed dead, but that was not the only shock he got when he returned to London. He was also shocked to learn t
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Yossra kerkeb
DNF at 41%.

Reading too many HR can become a bit of a bother, because now that I got use to reading Lisa Kleypas, or Laura Kinsale, everything else seems bland in comparison. There was nothing wrong with this book, which is the main reason I made myself keep reading, however it just didn't captivate me.
Lisa
Jun 06, 2010 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book had potential but fell flat. Our hero was just too absurd for my tastes and our heroine...well, I can't remember anything about her so I suppose that says something. I usually enjoy Enoch but was disappointed.
Ruth
This is a fun book. However, if you are committed to historical accuracy in your historical romance, don't read this book. If, however, you just want a popcorn movie kind of book, with punching in faces and stabbing in bodies and a guard monkey, then this is your book. Adventure galore! Cute characters, he likes her for her brain, she can't understand why he's interested, true love, and lots of flower deliveries. Good fluffy fun, just don't think about it too hard. (view spoiler) ...more
kreekree
Aug 19, 2014 kreekree rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this, but in the end everything fell flat for me. I know the "history" in historical romances are to be taken with a grain of salt (and believe me I've rated novels with high marks even without the accurate historical detail), but I guess what I couldn't get past was the fact that everyone was calling each other by first name almost from the moment that they met.

And I do love a novel in which a strong stubborn male goes after the nerdy female, but somehow I feel like I've read
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Koki
Jun 03, 2014 Koki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bennett nie je typickým hrdinom, ktorých poznáme z historických romancí. Nie je ani zvodca, ani záletník. V žilách mu skôr koluje krv dobrodruha a cestovateľa. Hoci nehľadí na spoločenské pravidlá, etiketa mu je cudzia, a niekedy sa správa ako barbar, pri zoznámení sa s Phillipou sa to všetko mení. Flip ho očarí už na prvý pohľad, ba čo viac, mladá dievčina očarí aj jeho opičku Kero, ktorú si so sebou priviezol z Konga.
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“Don’t cry,nyonda,” he murmured.
Phillipa took a deep breath. “What does that mean, anyway? Nyonda?”
His green gaze held hers. “It’s Swahili. It means ‘beloved.’” A small smile touched his mouth, and he brushed her cheek again. “You do know I love you, Phillipa. To an alarming degree.”
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“Phillipa, my heart, my blood, my everything,
will you for God’s and my sake marry me?”
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