Type: Historical Romance
Publisher: Ballantine Books
My Copy: Edelweiss
As the wickedly seductive Wilde cousins seek true love by taking a page from history’s legendary love stories, Lord Jack Wilde plays a determined Romeo courting an enchanting Juliet. The last thing Sophie Fortin expects at a masquerade ball is a dazzling kiss from a pirate. Her desire quickly falters when she learns that her masked gentleman is devilishly scandalous Lord Jack, a member of the captivating Wilde clan — and a man she’s forbidden to acknowledge. But when Jack begins a breathtaking seduction, Sophie can barely resist.
Jack never imagined that the daughter of his family’s mortal enemy would awaken such fierce passion within him—until one unforgettable kiss changes his mind forever. Soon, Jack is hell-bent on winning Sophie’s hand, going so far as to abduct her to save her from marrying a rival nobleman. Determined to woo Sophie and her unyielding parents, Jack is faced with the one decision he’d sworn never to make. The secret heir to a prince, Jack has spurned his royal heritage for years . . . but for Sophie he’ll risk all to turn a legacy of heartbreak into love ever after.
Lord Jack Wilde’s cousin has an interesting way to find all their true loves, Kate has decided that the five Wilde cousins, Ashton, Quinn, Jack, Skye and Kate will find love by imitating legendary lovers in history. Ashton has already found his love with a Cinderella story and Katie believes that Jack’s story is Romeo and Juliet, and she knows just the Juliet for him. The story goes that there is a long standing feud between the Wilde’s and the Fortin’s from decades ago when one of the Fortin’s lost his money and his title because of one of the Wilde’s.
Sophie Fortin is to marry the Duke of Dunmore, an older gentleman who is nice but not the match a young vivacious woman should have, however he will bring a title and money to the family. She is marrying for her parents, and feels it is her duty.
Jack was born a bastard; his mother was the lover of Prince de Villars, a ruler of a small Principality near France. When Jack’s mother was killed he was six and was kidnapped and treated poorly for several months before his relations found him. His father had already gone back to his home country not realizing what happened, his uncle finally found him and brought him to England, and then adopted him. Jack always hated his father feeling he abandoned both Jack and his mother.
When Jack and Sophie meet for the first time, there is a definite attraction however she knows it can go nowhere, however Jack believes there is something there and he is willing to fight for her. As Jack arranges clandestine meetings with Sophie she begins to believe maybe she and Jack can be together, they just have to convince her parents, and Jack must deal with his past and his father who now wants to be in his life.
Jack is a wonderful hero; he has a reputation as this wild young man, yet spends his time and money in an unwed mother’s home and is always trying to help others. I love his gentle soul and the fact he was so concerned for Sophie. I also liked Sophie, she is a strong willed woman that I was happy to see she did not fight the attraction to Jack, she just felt she had a duty to help her parents. Jack and Sophie were also good together, the chemistry was wonderful and there were many passionate scenes while they were traveling. For the most part the story flowed well, I thought it got stuck a bit while they were with his father in France, however it picks back up again and I was excited to see how the families would come together, or not, in the end.
The overall series arc has a great premise, taking historic love stories and using them to find love. I loved Jack’s female cousins, Skye and Kate and the fact that they are looking for happiness for all five cousins. I also really liked how close the cousins are, they try to have Sunday dinners together, they are always getting together to talk and catch up on their lives. I did not read the first one, but love a Cinderella story so will go back and definitely read it and look forward to reading the next one, as I am sure Ms. Jordan will put another fun twist on a historic love story.
I give Lover Be Mine by Nicole Jordan 4 stars!