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The Taming (Peregrine #1)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  4,686 ratings  ·  61 reviews
England's most valiant knights paid court to wealthy Liana Neville, but only the infamous warrior Rogan Peregrine made no secret of his powerful desires. His very caress melted Liana into liquid fire, and she vowed to capture this manificent, wild man. Boldly the delicate beauty gave him her hand -- and Britain's richest dower. Yet he was bound to a bitter feud: for love b ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 30th 1991 by Pocket Books (first published 1989)
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Karla
Oh, what wicked smelly webs we weave....

For all the complainers out there who hate it when historical romances, medievals in particular, gloss over the ripe aromas and body hygiene of the time, this is the book for you!

I admit that I've griped on numerous occasions when a heroine's legs and armpits are amazingly smooth or a hero only smells "overpoweringly masculine." Whatever that is. Scrotal funk laced with sandalwood is my guess. But this book took medieval odiferous realism to a whole new le
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Silvana -SLiTsRead
I remember reading this prior to GR, I came across Jude Deveraux's paperbacks on sale and bought them- This happened to be one of them.

While I enjoyed the other books, mainly The Velvet Promise by Jude Deveraux, The taming was awful, I recall throwing up a few time in my mouth while reading about the hero, he's no hero, just a cheating dirty jerk. The heroine wasn't much better, it's like she asked to borrow some of the hero's idiocy and never gave it back. I just couldn't understand what had her melting in his arms, I guess Th
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Wendy,  Lady Evelyn Quince
Looked through my old reading notes, and what the heck was I thinking when I gave this four stars. My memory is failing me! This was a two star read at best.

As a teen, I loved Jude Deveraux but the one hero I HATED more than any was Rogan in The Taming (even more than Gavin in The Velvet Promise)! This book was the opposite of Highland Velvet, where the hero works his ass off to make his wife happy. Here, it is the wife working her fingers to the bone to help her lazy husband and his annoying s
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Dina
Mar 05, 2009 Dina marked it as to-avoid
From Fani @ Ami:
'The hero sleeps with a different woman every day of the week (he actually names them Monday, Tuesday, etc. to keep track), after his marriage to the heroine.
I must confess that I liked The Taming myself (*blushes*). After all it was my first historical romance. But, it IS written in a humorous way. The hero married the heroine because he badly needed money, she married him because of his looks. He takes her to his castle and forgets about her as he goes on with his life the way
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Pamela(AllHoney)
The first book in the Peregrine series by Jude Deveraux. Setting is England in the year 1445. Liana Neville is wealthy and much sought after. But she has avoided marriage for all these years and now her stepmother has given an ultimatum - either Liana gets married or she will leave. Liana has countless men parading before her, giving her compliments all in the name of her great wealth. When she meets Rogan Peregrine, she decides to marry him, even though she is warned of his barbaric and savage ...more
Kathy
Ever read a book and say to yourself "damn, I'm glad that's finished"?

I have.

This book was painful to complete and, truly, I am very surprised I didn't just put it down. If I said "ew" or rolled my eyes any longer I would have gone mad. Or maybe I did go mad as I kept on reading it.

Rogan was dirty and abusive, which, ok, men supposedly were during this time period, but he was also quite childish. Liana was, I don't even know what to say. Oh, and Rogan had women named for every day of the week
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Julz
The overkill with how disgusting (though handsome!) the hero is, coupled with the utter stupidity of the supposedly brilliant heroine, is just too much for me at the moment. Maybe I'll be in the mood for gross and pathetic down the road.
Ane
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L.W.
The book started out great...had an interesting story and I wanted to see where it was going and how the characters developed. The story did have an interesting twist or two and I was happy to follow along, and the then..bam...it was like the author decided she had other things to do and just ended it.

I sat there and looked at the end of the book and wondered just what in the world happened. There were several lose ends that just remained out there blowing in the wind and they weren't resolved.

I
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Shannon Stacey
This was one of my favorite romances when I was younger and, between my Medieval glom and discovering the Kindle edition, I had to reread it. It remains one of my favorite romances, though I was a lot more annoyed with the heroine's TSTL moment that precipitated the crisis this time around. And it ends a little abruptly, but I still sighed a happy sigh when I finished it.
Diana
I found this book funny! Having to read it in the light of times, I had to keep a sense of humor. H was just awful! Mostly because of his hygiene. The story is like most, but with this twist of a filthy husband, castle, and brothers added a very nice touch to it. Good for a light read without a bunch of dark agnst. Loved how he made up for evrything in the end.
Rie_dominique
suka banget ama Liana, geram ama Rogan dan terkagum2 pada para simpanan Rogan yang dinamai Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday dan Saturday (sesuai hari mereka ditiduri), yang bikin Liana langsung menyulut tempat tidur Rogan dengan obor

paling terkakak waktu baca Liana ngasih tau Rogan CS kalo makanan mereka udah diludahi ama juru masaknya yang minta ampun jorok

above all, suka ama karakter Liana yang tegas dan tanpa ampun, langsung mengusir para "days" dari kastil bahkan bers
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QiJia 치쟈
This is not a historical I would recommend... it's funny in a way but just not my cup of tea.

Liana seems like a strong independent smart heroine but I still don't SEE what's so fantastic about Rogan. To straddle yourself onto Rogan willingly? That's stupidity.... or plain insanity.

Rogan is one of the most dumbass hero I've ever read. And he names his mistress according to days, Sunday Monday Tuesday etc and a Waiting just in case one of them couldn't do it.

He rapes his wife, cheats on his wife
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Lisa
N'étant pas fan de Jude Deveraux je n'ai pas été surprise de ne pas accrocher ce livre...
Décidemment je n'aime ni le style, ni les intrigues et encore moins les personnages féminins!
Même en remettant les choses dans leur contexte, Liana m'a tapé sur les nerfs pendant tout le livre!! Complètement asservie, sans réel tempéremment ni caractère, elle m'a semblée complétement effacée.
Par contre j'ai adoré le personnage de Rogan!!!! Il est parfait pour se genre d'histoire!! et tout ce qui a pu rebuter
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Nenia Campbell
The Taming makes no apologies about being a bodice ripper. Just take one look at that cover. This is a cover without shame. I was actually embarrassed to check it out of the library. The sexual content of the actual book is fairly tame by comparison, although the implications of them are disturbing. But more on that in a mo'.

Our main character is Virginal Control Freak. She is busy driving her stepmother mad by taking full reign of the castle. Wicked Stepmother just wants some respect dammit. Al
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Lisarenee
Loved it. About two feuding families the Howards and the Peregrines. The Peregrines had their family wealth and home stolen from them when their father's second wife. She destroyed all evidence of first wife's marriage, had the Peregrines decreed not the legal heirs because not records could be found, and made her sons the heirs(not sure why there are two different family names). This story deals with the "taming" of one of the Peregrine brothers by his new wife. Not a nice guy by any means at t ...more
Karen
Rogan isn't your usual knight in shining armour or brawny highlander who is gentle and loving toward his wife. He's not big on personal hygiene, he's rude and uncaring, his castle is a pig sty, he sleeps with another woman on his wedding night and he has no idea why his new wife is furious with him. He marries Liana for her dowry, he needs funds to wage war against the clan that took his land.
Sounds like a turn off, but I still found myself really enjoying this book and had quite a few chuckles
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Crystalclear
it was ok because i dont really like the fact that the hero slept with different women everyday(the women he also share with his men) even after he married with the heroine(eww)..im a bit repulsed by it..
and the hero got lice too..really..he cant even remember the heroine's name..completely stupid and not romantic.
anyway i guess maybe the dirtiness itself that make this book interesting.the characters(the hero.his brother,sister and all the people except the heroine) and also the castle(with the
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Alexis-Morgan Roark
I got sick of hearing how "wee" the heroine was. Ok. It wasn't that bad but coupled with the last book I read, it's just starting to get on my nerves.

I'm not sure if I liked this book. The H was a completely lost jacka@@, but the h stood up to him. Points for that!

It just seemed to go on and on and on to me. Maybe I'm in a mood. There was that really great scene where she puts the H in his place and begins to earn his respect. I think I'll bump it up to 3 stars just for that!
Anna
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Nicole
Cannot yet post a review about this one as I have an urgent need to go to the pharmacy and buy anti itching creme first.
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I thought this was a good book. I'd give it 3.5 stars.
Red Austin
I have come to the conclusion that the Peregrines are far more stubborn, nasty, unfathomable, disgraceful -and every single disgusting words you can think of- than the Montgomerys; yet I think, when both families combine and conquer, they will make the strongest, undefeatable, and most beautiful kingdom -literally beautiful.

The meeting of the hero, Rogan and Liana, was rather very interesting and unique. Who would have thought that the handsomeness of Rogan would lead to many tragedies but most
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Zizz
If I didn't read the review that described this as the most "odoriferous" book ever, I would have shelved it instantly. I got lice, fleas, rats and a moat filled with excrement. Thank heavens for my ability to skim. It was in jest - I get it.

I did expect more though...

Diane
This story had me so caught up that I read the book within a day. Liana was a character that I could associate with--at least her feelings of insecurity, lack of self-confidence, and desire for love.

I just wish that more men were able to be "tamed" as easily and were as willing to recognize the goodness in their woman. Once Liana came out of her "act", Rogan started to develop interest in her. He just gave in a little too easily to family pressures, and I cried when the author was describing Lia
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Lukman Manggo
Wow ..
I just read 50 pages and had fel exciting.
Liana who I think will be main character in this book, had lazy father. Her father as a nobble English man was a wealthy. But his estate run by her daughter, Liana herself completely.
Liana had a stepmother, Helen, who want Liana away from the estates. Helen want to be a misstress in her own house. She want Liana getting marry and away with her husband. She insist his husband to force Liana to getting marry soon. First his father favor to one Lord,
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Keily Burds
Better then I expected

if you are looking for a book to pass the time this is the one. I didn't expect to like it so much but am very dissatisfied with the ending. take a chance on it.
Vero
3.5, la historia fue amena, no me aburrió en ningún momento pero ese final? no sé me esperaba mucho más... de ahí la nota, además la descripción de como vivían en el castillo me tiraba un poco para atrás jaja
Heather Deluca
This was a really good read...until the end. it kind of just stops with no real resolution. I suppose some of the issues will be addressed in the next book, but it seems as of Deveraux just got tired of writing and forced a conclusion.
Julie
a good read really enjoyed this author and her early books
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Jude Gilliam was born September 20, 1947 in Fairdale, Kentucky. She has a large extended family and is the elder sister of four brothers. She attended Murray State University and received a degree in Art. In 1967, Jude married and took her husband's surname of White, but four years later they divorced. For years, she worked as 5th-grade teacher.

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