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The Taming (Peregrine #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  5,891 Ratings  ·  81 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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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
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
Jul 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Feb 19, 2009 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
Apr 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
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
Shannon Stacey
Aug 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
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.
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Jul 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a re-read for me. I like Jude Deveraux and her books well enough. This book is however not my favorite from her.

The hero is, well, not a hero. I mean, most of the romance novels have alpha males and they all pretty much act the same with minor variations. This hero is of the dirty variation, the most unhygienic kind, in the literal sense. He does not shower often and keeps a week supply of mistresses with extra to spare in case of their "monthly flux". The mistresses, are named after th
Cette romance historique fait partie des premières que j'ai lues et je garde une tendresse particulière pour ces histoires, même si leur schéma est très convenu avec la petite intrigue qui se résout dans les dernières pages (ce qui fait que la fin arrive trop vite !). Les personnages sont aussi très caricaturés. Certains détails de l'histoire me restent aujourd'hui en travers de la gorge (relations à la limite du viol, héros infidèle...) mais ces détails mis à part, cette romance est très toucha ...more
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
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 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.

Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, moc
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.
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
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.
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Šajà paplānajā dāmu romānā liekas, ka atrodami visas iezīmes, kas raksturīgas šāda tipa literatūrai- stūrgalvīga, bet sirdī trausla lēdija, viduslaiku pils, klusējošs un sākumā pabaiss iecerētais utt! Galvenais, kas man liekas pievilcīgākais, ir tas, ka beigās tu vari būt drošs- viss būs labi! Happy ever after būs sasniegts.
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 [image error]

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

above all, suka ama karakter Liana yang tegas dan tanpa ampun, langsung mengusir para "day
Liana is a heiress running her father's castle, until her new step-mother decides she wants control so she harps at her lazy husband to marry Liana off. After countless suitors Liana chooses to merry arrogant, penniless but beautiful to her Rogan. Rogan is dirt poor, needs money to continue his war against the Howards. Liana was awesome, smart, fair with radical notions of cleanliness, education and keeping her subjects feed. I liked her a lot but she turned stupid around Rogan, who was a big je ...more
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
Jul 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-p
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
Jan 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
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) 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
Dec 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: highlanders, own
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
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!
Aug 20, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Ridiculous? Yes.
Over the top? Yes.
An affront to feminism? Most definitely.
Romantic? Heck no.
Erotic? *makes eww face*
Cliffhanger? I'm not quite sure.
Entertaining? Oh yeah. If you take it tongue-in-cheek it's rather amusing.
❆ Crystal ❆
I thought this was a good book. I'd give it 3.5 stars.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Genial! Muy entretenido. Lo he vuelto a releer muchas veces.
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Beauty meets chaos 5 Stars.
Ce roman fut à la fois plaisant et contrariant. Je ne savais pas sur quel pied dansé quand Liana commence à vivre avec Rogan. J'ai le sentiment que Jude Deveraux a mis en place sa romance en faisant en sorte qu'on éprouve de la sympathie pour Liana. Je ne cache pas que j'ai éprouvé quelques réticences au sujet de Rogan et de son comportement. Mais au fil de ma lecture, j'ai compris les réticences qu'il a et de montré un visage dur en toute circonstance. Il est ce qu’il est à cause de la façon do ...more
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
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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.

She began writing in 1976, and published her first bo
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