Rules of an Engagement

Rules of an Engagement

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by Suzanne Enoch
     
 

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“One of my very favorite authors.”

—Julia Quinn

 

Breathtaking adventure and heart-stopping historical romance go hand in hand in Rules of an Engagement, the third novel in the red-hot Regency Era-set series from New York Times and USA Today bestseller Suzanne Enoch. The dynamic and supremely sexy Captain

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“One of my very favorite authors.”

—Julia Quinn

 

Breathtaking adventure and heart-stopping historical romance go hand in hand in Rules of an Engagement, the third novel in the red-hot Regency Era-set series from New York Times and USA Today bestseller Suzanne Enoch. The dynamic and supremely sexy Captain Bradshaw—who previously graced the pages of Enoch’s earlier romance novels The Rake and England’s Perfect Hero—finally gets the starring role that fans have been clamoring for, as the bold naval officer finds himself charged with ferrying a boatload of aristocrats…and discovers that resisting the charms of one bewitching passenger is far more difficult than battling brigands.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061662225
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/26/2010
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
773,503
Product dimensions:
6.94(w) x 11.80(h) x 1.05(d)

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A native and current resident of Southern California, Suzanne Enoch loves movies almost as much as she loves books. When she is not busily working on her next novel, Suzanne likes to contemplate interesting phenomena, like how the three guppies in her aquarium became 161 guppies in five months.

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Rules of an Engagement 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
RomanticallyReviewed More than 1 year ago
Captain Bradshaw Carroway is at a crossroads in his life. He loves his current mistress, the sea, but he is also hitting the beginning stages of burn out for his current life. When a sealed order from the Royal Navy and a request from the Duke of Sommerset send him on a mission he finds the perfect cure for his restlessness-a feisty, improper lady, Zephyr Ponsley. Miss Ponsley and her famous botanist father, Sir Joseph Ponsley are in need of transportation to the South Seas to examine the flora and fauna. Given the importance of their research, and with the power of the Royal Society, the Ponsleys receive one of the best captains in the biz. Right from the get-go Shaw and Zephyr engage in a battle of words and wits. In their initial meeting, our heroine was more than willing to throw our hero into the "stupid brute" stereotype. Not one to turn down a challenge, Shaw came up with his fair share of witty retorts to her snobbish comments. Surprising Zephyr with his quick mind and quicker lips their verbal sword play became a highlight for this book. I found myself a few times at the droll banter of these two. Once these two establish that they are a match in the intelligence department they realize they are also physically attracted to one another. Shaw, an alleged rake does a very un-rake like thing and begins to court her like a proper lady. Well, at least as much as he can on a ship. The real scene-stealer in this book was the action. You have cannibalistic, Dahmer-type natives on the islands, spiders the size of football fields in the jungles, and "The Perfect Storm" type weather on the seas. You wonder where they found time to fit in this courtship and the romance. Well, Enoch really didn't. Didn't fit in romance that is. The action, subplots, and dialogue (even if it was witty and made me laugh) completely trumped any relationship developement/romance in this book. Now I'm not saying you can't have a fantastic plot and dialogue in a romance novel. That's not it at all. You just have to make sure you leave enough room for a little somethin'-somethin' to bloom, or you might as well just label it historical fiction. The sneak kisses and the passionate scenes just felt forced. It didn't work for me. The other gripe I had with this book is Shaw's invitation to the Adventurers' Club. I know, I know...It is a somewhat petty and self-indulgent gripe to put in this review. But that invitation felt forced too! It was like Enoch wanted to bring in as many "blasts from the past" as she could, so she shoved Sommerset in this book. With it being Sommerset, she of course had to bring his club into it. If you bring his club into it, you might as well throw out an invite. Right? Silly! Then on top of it there was the little disgruntled speech from Mr. Thomas Easton about the only qualification needed to join the club nowadays was surviving rough seas. That just makes me think Enoch knew that Shaw had no business being in that club, but SHE decided to be self-indulgent and do it anyway. If you are looking for an amusing tale with some engaging action and a smooch here and there...Buy this book! If you are looking for the next Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, you might want to keep on looking. This just isn't up to par with Enoch's usual work in the romance department. Kiss or Diss? Too busy fighting natives, but meh...Give me a quick peck! -Sarah of RomanticallyReviewed
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Amarillis More than 1 year ago
This was an exciting, entertaining romance with interesting characters, good dialogue, the typical members of the ton, but so much more. It incorporated elements in the plot such as botany, warfare strategy, and anthropology. Of course none of those were in depth, they just added to descriptions and conversations, but they made the book much more than your typical historical romance novel. I recommend this book if you're looking to stay in that genre, but want something a little out of the ordinary.
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