How to Tame a Willful Wife (Shakespeare in Love, #1)
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How to Tame a Willful Wife (Shakespeare in Love #1)

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How To Tame A Willful Wife:

1. Forbid her from riding astride
2. Hide her dueling sword
3. Burn all her breeches and buy her silk drawers
4. Frisk her for hidden daggers
5. Don't get distracted while frisking her for hidden daggers...

Anthony Carrington, Earl of Ravensbrook, expects a biddable bride. A man of fiery passion tempered by the rigors of war into steely self-control,...more
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published November 1st 2012)
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Jill

3.5 stars

Caroline Montague is young, beautiful and about to be married off to a man with enough money who can pay off her father's debts. Anthony Carrington, Earl of Revensbrook is rich and titled. He has great respect for Caroline's father. They have fought together on the battlefield and Baron Montague has twice saved Anthony's life. It's a perfect arrangement.

Based on Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew and set in 1816, Caroline is spoilt, headstrong and independent. She has been allowed the l...more
Caz
When I saw this was a "re-working" of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, I was intrigued but knew I would have to Approach With Caution. The play has fallen out of favour in recent years because of the mysogynistic views it displays which, regardless of how they were seen by contemporary audiences, are not to modern tastes. A "reworking" as a piece of romantic fiction therefore has one huge.problem to solve, namely how to make the hero attractive to the reader while retaining those controlli...more
Jenny Q
Anthony Carrington, Earl of Ravensbrook, is doing his former commanding officer and close friend a favor by marrying his daughter and saving the family from bankruptcy. But he’s not pleased to discover that his bride-to-be was not raised to know her place as a lady of society. No wife of his will be out riding stallions, competing in archery competitions, and taking fencing lessons! She’ll have to be tamed if she’s to take her place by his side in London, and he’s not looking forward to the task...more
Tara Chevrestt
Not a bad novel. I didn't love it, won't read it again, and I'll divulge my reasons, but for those seeking a fun historical romp with a ton of sex, this would be your cup of tea.


It's a "retelling" of sorts of the Taming of the Shrew. There's even a funny moment when the play itself is mentioned.

Caroline is "sold" to the most worthy bidder for her lovely hand. She marries Anthony and gives him heirs and he pays off her family's debts. But in the process, he wishes to tame her. If he has his way,...more
Lisa
Anthony Carrington, Earl of Ravenbrook, is ready to take a bride and have his heirs so he expects his bride, the one he paid for, to do what he says and enjoy her life in the country while he can still entertain in the city. Caroline Montague is not that woman. She likes to ride astride in breeches, fence and takes lesson in handling a dagger, which is never far from her side. She cannot believe the man her father has picked out for her, a man that can not accept her as she is but she knows her...more
Jess the Romanceaholic
Started off strong, but our heroine was of the Harlequin Presents model -- that is, whenever she goes to stand up for herself, our extremely virile hero gives her a smouldering look and she immediately is overcome with lust and falls into bed with him.

Don't get me wrong, I like a good steamy novel, but sometimes sex just isn't the answer.

Plus, I REALLY don't like when the mistress/ex/whatever is still in the picture. :-/

Not bad, and it certainly had its redeeming qualities, but the ex and the h...more
Kathleen
Story Rating 3 Stars
Character Rating 3.5 Stars
Romance Rating 4 Stars
Heat Level 3.5 Stars
Overall Rating 3.5 Stars

I love a book where the heroine is strong and likes to wear men's clothing while riding astride on a war horse. Lets not forget that Caroline can best most men in archery and use a dagger to protect herself. This is what had drawn me towards this book. While each of these things were used during the course of this book, I wished there would have been more of it added.

I liked the hero A...more
Elis Madison

This one's a pretty good revisitation of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, which just happens to be one of my favorite plays, exactly because it's so obnoxiously not politically correct (although I think the Bard intended Kate's last monologue to be delivered with sarcasm, so maybe he was a little bit of a feminist).



Anyway, given the source material, you can probably guess the character makeup. Caroline Montague's a willful vixen who (gee I wish they could find a better way to show us that...more
Blodeuedd Finland
There is a difference between a book not working and a book not working, or is there? Well here the book was well written, it could have been really good, but I hated the characters and that ruined it all for me.

First we have Lord Ass Hero. Sure he fits his time and is perfect for that with his constant "Obey me! You are my wife." But I do not read romance for heroes that are correct for their time. I read it for romance and he did nothing romantic. He saw her and lusted for her. They were to be...more
SOS Aloha
'Men have forgotten this truth,' said the fox. 'But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.' Antoine de Saint-Exupery, THE LITTLE PRINCE

Christie English describes HOW TO TAME A WILLFUL WIFE as a retelling of the Taming of the Shrew where it is the wife who tames the husband. My Shakespeare is sketchy at best … I just enjoyed this story!
Baron Montague is a generous man. He has gone broke caring for the soldiers under his command from the continental war...more
Crystal Leo
This review was first posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club

Okay, first let me start off by saying that even after taking advanced English classes in high school, I have never read Taming of the Shrew. Don't throw rotten tomatoes at me yet though girls! I know it's a master piece in literature, so bad Crystal, no cookie for you! That being said, I can honestly say that if Shakespeare's piece is as entertaining as this book was to me, well then I might have to go read some Shakespeare. Tha...more
Cynthia Mcarthur
I grew up reading Regency Romances. I forswore them years ago for "serious" reading. But I must tell you, I couldn't resist this book. I like Christy English's style, so I had to give it a go. And I loved it! Truly, it is the best Regency I have read! I won't go too much into the story, but I will say that the characters were wonderful, well-written and likable, even in their worst moments. Christy's imagery was beautiful, and that is so important in an historical story. The story was spicy and...more
Stephanie
Christy does it again with this wonderful re-telling of, "Taming of the Shrew." This is one romance novel I couldn't put down! I normally don't read romance that often and this story was wonderfully told! I have enjoyed every single one of Christy's novel and I knew she would be fabulous. Wonderful character building and the story-line was fast-paced, entertaining, engrossing, and a delight to read! I really enjoy reading stories with strong female characters and this story gives you that. This...more
Bob
I enjoyed the book, but there were a couple of problems. Caroline is an interesting character, something not shared by Anthony, who I simply did not like. While C is supposedly a very stong and independant person, she pretty much folds in the second meeting with A. The progress of the plot just did not match the characters as they were set up. With all that, the concept of paralleling Shakespeares works can work well, as certainly been done many times before. The writing is technically good enou...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
HOW TO TAME A WILLFUL WIFE by Christie English is an exciting Regency Historical romance set in 1816 England. It is re-telling of Shakespeare's "Taming of The Shrew" and what a re-telling. A battle of wits between Anthony Carrington, Earl of Ravensbrook,an older friend of Caroline's military father and Caroline Montague,promised in marriage by her impoverished father to his friend. Caroline is most definitely not your everyday gentle bred lady,why she wears breeches,rides a wild stallion,shoots...more
Julie
Nov 17, 2012 Julie rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Historical/Regency Romance Lovers
Anthony Carrington, Earl of Ravensbrook, is everything a proper Earl should be, and he is looking for the same in a wife. After retiring from the life of a soldier, he is ready to get on with the responsibilities of an Earl, the foremost to beget an heir. When his friend and fellow soldier, Baron Montague, wrote to him requesting a betrothal to his only daughter, Anthony thought fate was smiling on him. That is, until arriving at the Baron's estate and witnessing the shameless behavior of this...more
Terra
This was such a treat. A romance that is closer to what would have possibly have been the scenario of what was expected of one during these early times in our history. Lots of sensual steam, tempers flying and the Battle of Wills that will make the War of the Roses look tame in comparison.

Caroline Montague is the ultimate in beauty. She is also very independent and willful due to her father's doting on her and not cracking the whip when it was much needed. Even still Caroline is quite the beauti...more
Amanda Ryan
Redonk Nutshell: Misogynist marries an independent woman and enters a war of wills

It’s tempting within the first few chapters to give up on this book. It’s hero, Anthony Carrington, is an ass of the highest degree. Or at least he makes himself out to be. His wife to-be, Caroline, is an independent woman who has no problems defending herself (literally – she was trained in knife fighting) and figuratively. Anthony is insistent on having a cultured, staid, and biddable woman for a wife, and he mak...more
Katheryn Lane
How to Tame a Willful Wife is a wonderful retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew set in Regency England. Caroline Montague is a wilful, independent woman (by Regency standards!) who is skilful at archery and fencing and charges around the country on her stallion, Hercules, wearing men’s breeches. However, to save her father’s estate from ruin she is married off to the equally strong-willed Earl of Ravensbrook. Once married, they both try to tame each other and sparks fly, in more way...more
Deedee
It was an okay one of those books that have a lot miscommunication going on or a lot of omission of the truth. But it was a good read because of the two strong characters trying to name one another yield to ones another's belief of how the other should be.

But I guess my part of this book is when she (being Caroline Countess of Ravensbrook) goes back home to her mother after a terrible argument with the Earl. And her mother then said something that was amazingly truthful and needed to be said.

...more
Arshia
When I read that this book was based on "Taming of the Shrew" I bought it automatically. I love that play even though the husband is very autocratic and annoying. I can tolerate him because that was the view point back then. I understand this is also a historical novel with similar views of marriage however it's not something I like to read in my ROMANCE novels. Therefore, I didn't like Anthony at all. From the beginning he irritated me. His character only improves at the very end and by that ti...more
Gaile
This has everything a reader could want, wild fierce love making although it doesn't quite get into erotica for which I am grateful, a handsome hero with a beautiful mistress and Caroline whom our hero marries.
Caroline has been trained in archery, fencing and short blade. She wants to continue but her husband, Anthony disapproves. Almost right away he is giving orders for how she should behave and he doesn't want her going out alone. Anthony has his reasons but Caroline sees no sense in all this...more
Christy English
Oct 26, 2012 Christy English rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Read it many times, because I wrote it. I love Caroline and Anthony, and I hope you will too.
Stella
I LOVE Shakespeare retellings and The Taming of the Shrew is one of his plays I like the most, so as soon as I read the blurb of Christy English's latest novel and saw that it would be a Regency retelling of that story I was excited and impatient to read it.

We all know that The Taming of the Shrew is one of Shakespeare's most controversial plays, often criticized nowadays for its misogynistic ways, so I was curious to see how Christy English would manage this problem in her novel, which though s...more
Melanie
This is my first time reading this author and I understand that this is her third book; she wrote two other historical novels ‘The Queen’s Pawn’ and ‘To Be Queen’.

First, I never read any of Shakespeare's works, but I have seen many movies made of them, and I loved ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, which was directed by Franco Zeffirelli. Both actors were magnificent in their portrayal of the lovers; both so passionate, she with one vicious tongue and fiery tempe...more
Jenny - Book Sojourner
It's been a while since I read any historical fiction. I wouldn't tie this down in the historical fiction department, but it did play into a certain time era. Plus, the integrating of The Taming of the Shrew gave this book a historical and unique feel with the combining of the two. It took an adjustment to enjoy the verbage and style of the book, than I found that I really enjoyed the flow and workings of the story and setting.

The characters in their environments and with each other are really w...more
Adria (Romance Reviews)
Originally posted on Breath of Life Reviews

I'll admit, I have never read The Taming of the Shrew or watched any adaptations save for 10 Things I Hate About You so I had nothing to compare it to. That said, How to Tame a Willful Wife is an entertaining love story about two very stubborn, very determined and very lonely people who find themselves married and must learn to change their solitary ways if they want a chance at happiness.

Anthony is like most men in fiction, stubborn and borderline cont...more
Farrah
This review also appears on my blog at http://www.thegoldenruleof666.blogspo...

How to Tame a Willful Wife left me a bit conflicted. I liked the story and the heroine. The hero, I had a more difficult time with.

The Taming of the Shrew causes a bit of irritation on my part from the treatment of women. So, reading a book that was influenced by the play was bound to be tricky. It turned out well, if not perfect, but I did enjoy the book.

Caroline was a fantastic heroine. She was tough and didn't let...more
Deborah


I enjoyed this book . However , I thought that the title was a bit misleading. Caroline wasn't willful . She was a delightfully charming & spirited heroine . On the other hand , my feelings for the hero were more than a little conflicted . In a nutshell : Anthony was an overbearing & egotistical character . A better title might have been : How To Tame An Arrogant Ass .
Okay , so his sister was seduced & betrayed by the villain of this story . So....ergo, all women must be weak & e...more
*MariaA*
4 stars to Caroline.. Anthony, I loved to HATE, a despicable character!! It was a torturous read for me...way too TaXinG!!..I felt emotionally drained after finishing this one..
even the manyyy sex scenes held no appeal because of Lord Jerk!! (the nerve of this guy to choose same bauble for both mistress n wife at the same time and deliver it to them personally, one after the other..piece of crap this a$$)

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Caroline should not have forgiven him so easily..he should have been given more of a hard...more
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