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Taking her cue from Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, English crafts a lively battle-of-wills romance. Her strong heroine appeals to the feminist in readers (even though she caves to the hero), while the sharp dialogue will have readers appreciating the hero’s point of view. The plot is enlivened by the quick pace and verbal sparring, making this a beguiling read.

When Anthony Carrington, Earl of Ravensbrook, returns from war, he looks for a calm, biddable wife, who, like his troops, will obey him in all things. Instead, he’s betrothed to a hellion in breeches who challenges everything he knows about women. Caroline Montague has been raised alongside her brothers and is quite capable of handling herself as well as her stallion, her family and an autocratic fiancé. The problem is that when she sees him she finds it difficult to think clearly. The battle lines are drawn, and neither wants to give in to their rising passion. (SOURCEBOOKS, Nov., 352 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin