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Taming Rafe

(Bancroft Brothers #2)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,104 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Only she can satisfy . . .

When Rafe Bancroft wins Forton Hall in acard game, this rogue finds himself saddledwith responsibility he cannot wait to foist off.The sooner he can sell the blasted estate,the sooner he can be off on his next adventure.Yet he doesn't count on running into the veryalluring Felicity Harrington, who ignitesan all-consuming desire in him quitelike no
Paperback, 373 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by Avon (first published 1999)
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Nicely done but empty Regency, the sequel to By Love Undone, a slightly more worthy book.

Rafe is the quintessential younger brother who lives and loves to disappoint his domineering Duke of a father. Domineering but still loving so we're talking typical rebellious second son not broken bad boy. Rafe wants to travel, primarily to get away from his father and older brother's expectations. While trying to win enough money to get to China, Africa or wherever he wins a broken down estate instead.

Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Taming Rafe is one of Suzanne Enoch's older novels, and one I was unsure whether to read because of the premise. For the entire story, the hero and the heroine are living under the same roof, unchaperoned except for the presence of the heroine's 8-year old sister. If this set-up bothers you, consider yourself informed.

I accepted this set-up and jumped in, mostly because I love Enoch stories and I'm running out of them. I was unsure how to rate this one. I think ultimately, it falls between a 3 a
Juliana Philippa
Great Bancroft Brothers sequel - wandering rake meets responsible down-on-her-luck country girl and falls in love

Taming Rafe is the second of Suzanne Enoch's Bancroft Brothers books, the sequel to By Love Undone. I really enjoyed it, but I would also highly recommend reading the prequel - it's the better of the two and one of Enoch's best IMO.

Rafael Bancroft (28), the younger brother of Quin Bancroft (hero in By Love Undone) and the son of the Duke of Highbarrow is the "bad boy" of his f
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

There, I said it.

I had my heart up in my throat most of the time, when Rafe and Felicity are together. This is a extremely cute story of a second son of a duke and a damsel in distress, aka the twin sister of a idiotic young who lost his inheritance to said second son. Rafe is a good-natured rake. He lacks nothing except a sense of belonging. A rather first world problem he has, I would say. His problem is never measuring up to his older brother and his father's expecti
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How I do enjoy Mrs Suzanne Enoch’s work, they are all witty and so full of actions, with no idle time.
After reading Quinlan’s story, here is his brother’s-Rafael-story.
It has a complete change of scenery with all the action taking place in the country in a falling down estate.
Miss Felicity Harrington is an heroine as I love them, no badass but able to make things do, not bending down even when up against the wall. She fights for those she loves, she makes mistakes but does not compromise.
She has
Huma Rashid
May 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is a great book to read if you want to see just how far Suzanne Enoch has come as a writer. She's fabulous now, and it's easy to tell that this is one of her earlier works.

The writing itself is eh, and the historical accuracy is ... wanting. The hero and heroine spend most of the book living together in the same house, without much in the way of scandal. Rafe is all right, and Felicity for the most part is okay, although she does have REALLY annoying moments where she'll ask him about his t
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, library
I liked both Rafael (Rafe) and Felicity (Lis). I think it was interesting to see a man who has always been restless find comfort. He didn't realize what was happening and neither did she. It is a story of a man over-managed and constantly criticized by his father and older brother. Luckily he has the love and acceptance of his mother to balance him.

I liked Felicity because although she experienced real disappointment, she took only the time necessary to dwell on it. She met obstructions head on
Addie H
Jun 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: zz-rereadfavs, 4-word
Downgraded from 5 to 3
Surekha R
Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved Rafe!! He was made out to be a cad and wanderer but the story revolves around how he falls for Felicity, is absolutely adorable with her 8 yr old sister May and finally how he rebuilds the Fornton House itself.
I thought it would be a fluffy romance novel.. but this book really amazed me. It had emotion and humor involved.

This was a scene which made me all gooey inside and I re-read it just to visualize the whole thing again and again.

She looked down at him again, heat rushing
Author: Suzanne Enoch
First published: 1999
Length: 373 pages
Setting: Cheshire, England. Regency-era.
Sex: not significant. Infrequent.
Hero: Second son wanting to make his way in the world with adventures.
Heroine: Left by twin brother to care for their broken down estate. No money. No future.
Almost Cheating: H is with another woman when book opens. h meets his previous paramours.

A solid story but... The unwillingness of the MCs to commit to the relationship wore at my patience. And our climatic fin
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humorous, keepers
4.5. Charming characters in a tale told with sweet humour and tenderness.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked the hero Rafe. He was witty and funny and I like the heroine. She was strong and her sister May was likeable as well. However I did think it strange the hero and heroine were intimate without any thought of the future which seemed strange for the historical time. It took Rafe a long time to commit and it made him seem selfish. I did like the story but was ready to finish the story and get to the happy ending. At times both the hero and heroine were too stubborn and got on my nerves. Just ...more
Lise Nanette
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Number 28!!!!

I loved this second of the Bancroft Brothers stories! I have such a thing for feisty but practical heroines, and sexy dashing heroes! This book has both and a marvelous plot to boot! So very glad I found it!
Lisa Brumley
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rafe...le sigh. Lis, out there doing it for the ladies. And Miss May will grow up to be a formidable young lady. Thought this was a great story that lightly involved the characters from the first book in the series. I've already purchased another Suzanne Enoch book. ...more
Jul 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Pretty good! This was as cute but predictable read. The little sister was the best character. I loved Rafe from the 1st book. The first book was so good I was a little disappointed.

Expectations aside, it was a pretty good read.
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
Didn't love Felicity and I think a better heroine would have been great for Rafe but I did love May! I think we see these guys again in a later Enoch book. ...more
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jul 13, 2015 rated it liked it
"Taming Rafe" closes Suzanne Enoch's series on the Bancroft brothers. Having been introduced as the adventurous and good-humored second son, I was a little disappointed in his character development as I read through his own story. It lacks the parlor rooms and balls that are so common to the genre and instead focuses on the restoration of a dilapidated estate (that he won in a game of cards, no less). The book effectively creates a closed-off world around Forton Hall, which suits the story just ...more
Read By Love Undone if you're going to read the Bancroft Brothers series. It's the better book and Rafe is also more interesting in it, anyways. Taming Rafe was just interesting enough to finish but Felicity and Rafe don't have great chemistry. The title is not quite right, either. I thought there would be taming but Rafe comes to the story domesticated. I wanted a bit more resistance or conflict in Rafe but his desire to leave England came off wishy-washy. It works, in a sense, to show Rafe doe ...more
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Lita Bouquard
Rafe has classic Peter Pan syndrome. He doesn't want to grow up- just have adventures around the world. His brother (who has his own story that I didn't know about), and father,( the Duke )are usually disappointed by his extreme behaviors and use their influence to remove him from dangerous situations. Rafe gambles and wins an estate which he plans to sell to finance a trip to China or somewhere just as far away from England. When he gets there he sees a manor that has collapsed on itself and is ...more

No Woman Could Tame Him Rafe Bancroft was nothing but a scoundrel! But the sexy, infuriating man was now the owner of Forton Hall, Felicity Harrington's ancestral home. The fiery beauty was determined to save her family-and herself-from ruin at the hands of the handsome rake. But how can she, when she lies in bed each night longing for her irresistable enemy's touch? Until He Met The Right One . . . Rafe might have won Forton Hill in a card game, but he had no intention of settling down. No, his

May 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
A very sweet and fun romance between a typical noble wastrel who has no desire to settle and in fact would prefer to travel the world and a practical and not typical lady who will do anything to saver her ancestral home.

There wasn't any real laugh out loud funny moments but it did at least make me smile and the H and h weren't complete idiots which sets it up way above my recent romance reads.
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love this book beyond words. I’ve read it at least three times.

Rafe is wonderful. He’s an unapologetic lady’s man with a kind heart. Extremely honorable.

Felicity is a survivor and in dire straits. Rafe arrives just in time. Felicity’s eight year old sister makes this book easily a five star story.

The bad guy is sneaky and awful.

All the pieces come together to make an absolutely heartwarming tale of self discovery and overcoming hardship.

Highly recommend.
Jan 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Rafe was so not who I was expecting him to be... in a good way. I absolutely loved how he decided to stay with her. Its hard choice to make, when leaving was all he had been planning for so long. But may be what I liked about him was that he chose to stay with her. I absolutely adored May. Took me a long time, including all my hiatus, to finish this one. I am glad I did, though.
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Despite the idiotic title, at last, a book I liked! Our hero has wanderlust but considers settling down when he comes in possession of a ramshackle estate with two strong-willed sisters still occupying it (one adult, one kid). This is just such a warm, lovely book about warm lovely people. It made me ridiculously happy.
Feb 20, 2016 rated it liked it
If you're going to learn a life lesson from Regency romance, let it be that good communication skills will save you at least fifty pages of angst in your life. Seriously, people. USE YOUR WORDS.

Also, bad dude went waaaaaay whackadoodle at the end. Like, waaaaaaay whackadoodle. There needed to be more build up to that.

However, May was adorable and I would read an entire series about her.
Sep 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: will-read-again
While I enjoyed the first book more, this story was still a lot of fun. Rafe is definitely a hero to love! The only thing that irritated me was that the author used a different first name for the hero's mother in the first book than in this book. ...more
Feb 18, 2015 rated it liked it
I think because I started reading this with completely different expectations I never fully felt immersed in the story. But the plot is good, the characters are good, and little May is so cute. I swear, you can get me to love any story as long as it includes an adorable child.
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
A sweet read! I loved the development of feelings between the characters that are not too out of place or too fast. The author makes it believable and it was nice to see Rafe as a hands on hard worker despite being untitled. I absolutely recommend this !
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