Lover Be Mine (Legendary Lovers Series #2)

Lover Be Mine (Legendary Lovers Series #2)

by Nicole Jordan

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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.
Praise for Nicole Jordan and Lover Be Mine
“[An] engagingly, well-plotted Regency that is worthy of the Bard and is the latest in Jordan’s ‘Wilde-ly’ entertaining Legendary Lovers series featuring the scandalous Wilde cousins.”Library Journal

“The hero and heroine in Jordan’s latest stylishly written romance have sexual chemistry to burn, making Lover Be Mine the perfect choice for readers who crave Regency-set historicals that sizzle with sensuality.”Booklist

“Nicole Jordan’s new fairy tale series will steal your heart.”—Cathy Maxwell

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345525291
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/2013
Series: Legendary Lovers Series , #2
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 320,876
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Nicole Jordan is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous historical romances. She lives with her real-life hero (her husband) in the Rocky Mountains of Utah, where she is at work on her next enthralling tale about the sparks that fly when Regency lovers play the matrimonial mating game.

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Chapter One

London, June 1816

Her beauty held an uncommon allure, much to his regret.

Swearing an amused oath at himself, Lord Jack Wilde surveyed his quarry from across the dimly-lit garden. Despite his better judgment and his instincts for self-preservation, he’d walked headlong into the matchmaking trap laid by his female relatives. He’d planned to inspect the young lady in question and then leave without a backward glance, but Sophie Fortin had thoroughly captured his interest.

Jack let out a slow breath as he watched the captivating Miss Fortin execute the lively movements of a contra dance. There was considerably more lurking under her surface than mere beauty. She had an enchanting smile, an intensely feminine grace, and a delectable body that set all his primal male urges on full alert.

He wanted her, without question. Even worse, he was seized by a need to know much more about her.

Schooling his lustful thoughts, Jack pondered his options while recalling his cousin Skye’s ardent prediction:

“Miss Fortin is not the grasping husband-hunter you seem to think her, Jack. And she certainly is no spineless ninny either—which you will discover for yourself if you ever deign to meet her. You will like her prodigiously, I swear it.”

He had yet to contrive an introduction to Sophie Fortin tonight, or even approach her. Indeed, because of the long-standing feud between their families, he’d had to employ subterfuge simply to attend the masquerade ball hosted by her great-aunt.

Sneaking behind enemy lines in disguise seemed a craven way of investigating a prospective mate, Jack reflected with dark humor. Yet here he stood, garbed as a swashbuckling pirate, contemplating a path that could seriously endanger his bachelorhood.

Clearly he’d been struck by a brain fever. Or bewitched by a spell.

The current setting argued for bewitchment. The gardens of her aunt’s London residence had been converted to an open-air ballroom, faintly illuminated by colored lanterns. Undeniably, Sophie Fortin stood out among the crowd of costumed dancers like a diamond among lumps of coal.

Jack couldn’t keep his eyes off her, in no small part because she seemed a profusion of contradictions.

For her costume, she wore a glittering tiara and the gossamer, flowing gown of a royal princess, yet her grace and loveliness had little to do with her attire. Her hair was an ordinary shade of dark brown, but the lustrous, curling tendrils piled high on her head had a life all their own. A demi-mask concealed her eyes but not the delicacy of her face or the sensuality of her mouth.

Miss Fortin was just as comely as advertised, but with none of the cold remoteness he’d expected. Instead, she had life, vitality, warmth.

That, and a generous, kind smile.

He hadn’t anticipated the vibrancy, much less the kindness or warmth. From what he knew about her, he’d imagined either a submissive young miss or a calculating social climber. Why else would she allow herself to be sold to a widower more than twice her age for the price of a dukedom?

Observing her, Jack wondered how he had possibly overlooked her among this season’s insipid crop of debutantes. And why the devil did she have such a powerful effect on his senses? He’d known a number of striking beauties in his time, and bedded more than a few of them. It was rare that a woman could attract him so strongly at first glance, certainly not a green girl only a few years out of the schoolroom.

And he most definitely was not in the market for a wife of any age. But he’d agreed under duress to arrange a meeting with Miss Fortin.

For that he could only blame the tenacity of his adop­ted sister, Katharine, and his youngest cousin, Skye. Kate’s romantic schemes would put Napoleon Bonaparte to shame, Jack suspected. Her campaign to marry him off had begun in earnest last week, the morning after their brother Ashton’s wedding, which she had also plotted.

When Kate was younger, the family had generally indulged her idealistic machinations with raillery and good humor. But her latest flight of fancy was patently absurd. Kate theorized that the five Wilde cousins—Ashton, Quinn, Jack, Skye, and Kate herself—could find true love by emulating legendary lovers throughout history.

Beyond all expectations, Ash had recently succeeded in falling in love with his “Cinderella,” Miss Maura Collyer of Suffolk. Jack’s supposed legend was not a fairy tale but one of the Bard’s most famous tragedies, Romeo and Juliet—with him cast in the leading role of Romeo and Miss Fortin as his Juliet.

“Have your wits gone addled, Kate?” was his first reaction after a bark of laughter. “You can’t honestly expect me to play the pathetic hero who dies.”

He put little credence in his sister’s unshaken belief in romantic destiny. And even though he was usually ripe for a challenge, he had adamantly refused even to meet Miss Fortin.

In response, Kate and Skye had endlessly sung her praises in an effort to rouse his interest.

“Sophie Fortin has beauty in abundance,” Kate professed.

“She is clever and kind,” Skye added.

“It is not her fault that her parents are determined to land a high-ranking title for her,” his sister repeated for the umpteenth time.

Jack’s scoffing amusement remained the same. The Fortin chit had to be a timid dormouse, allowing herself to be married off to an older nobleman who had already buried one wife.

“There is no official betrothal yet,” Skye countered. “You must act now, Jack, and rescue Miss Fortin from a loveless union before it is too late. Once she is affianced to the duke, she cannot honorably fall in love with you.”

“Her honor or lack of it is hardly my concern,” Jack replied, unswayed.

“Just say you will meet her,” Kate begged.

He’d held out until two days ago, when Skye cornered him as he left his house just after dawn. He was late for a curricle race, his head aching from an overindulgence of brandy the previous evening.

Completely ignoring his professed desire to be rid of her, Skye had refused to leave until she’d wrung a promise from him to meet Miss Fortin. “You know I won’t give up, Jack,” she said sweetly, “so you might as well surrender.”

For his own peace and self-preservation, he’d yielded, knowing his female relatives would hound him relentlessly otherwise.

The masquerade had seemed the ideal opportunity to conduct his surveillance, since he could employ anonymity to contrive an encounter with Miss Fortin and judge her for himself. The unmasking was not scheduled until midnight, and by then he would be long gone.

He’d come tonight intending to prove Kate’s ludicrous theory wrong. Regrettably, however, his plan had been hurled off course by the beauty herself, particularly her lovely smile. There was a radiance about her that captivated and drew Jack in wholly against his wishes.

At least he now understood why a wealthy widowed duke could be smitten enough to consider offering matrimony to a much younger commoner with no fortune.

Her skin was flawless ivory, her lips full and ripe, Jack noted. He would relish kissing those luscious lips; indeed, he would relish doing much more than simply kiss Miss Fortin.

For a moment he let his imagination run riot. He could well envision the pleasure of bedding her, feeling her go wild beneath him, matching her in the throes of passion. . . .

But matrimony? Jack curbed the urge to shudder. God forbid.

The notion that Sophie Fortin, or any woman, might be his potential soul mate was laughable. He had no intention of being ensnared in a courtship, let alone marriage. And yet she was definitely too tantalizing to resist pursuing.

The dance ended just then, and Miss Fortin’s partner of the moment bowed and took his leave of her. Alone, she glanced over her shoulder and caught Jack watching her from a corner of the gardens.

Her gaze stayed on him for a long heartbeat. Then, instead of turning away out of shyness or embarrassment, she surprised him by suddenly moving his way.

Upon reaching him, she peered up into his mask, trying to see his eyes. “Do I know you, sir? I penned the invitations for my Aunt Eunice, and I don’t recall anyone of your description on the guest list.”

Although his pirate costume couldn’t disguise his height or athletic build, Jack suspected his identity was safe, since his mask covered the better part of his face and his headscarf mostly concealed his mane of black hair.

“No, we have not met before, Miss Fortin,” he answered, amused by her directness. Baldly confronting a stranger was something only the females in his family would do.

“Then would you care to explain why you have been watching me these past twenty minutes or more?”

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Lover Be Mine (Legendary Lovers Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too wordy and boring
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
The scandalous Wilde cousins seek true love by imitating history's legendary lovers... and with the success of Ash & Maura’s Cinderella story Kate & Skye turn their matchmaking to Jack Wilde and Sophie Fortin as a modern day Romeo & Juliette without the dying of course.  Can Jack win the heart and hand of fair Sophie despite their family feud?   Okay so modern is relative in this Regency romance by Nicole Jordan but you get the idea.  Clever dialog and sensual intrigue move this story from an everyday historical into a must read.  Lover Be Mine is the second in the Legendary Lovers series but can be read stand-alone.  I am anxiously awaiting the further adventures of the Wilde cousins.
judiOH More than 1 year ago
second in this series. kate has decided each of her siblings has a romantic story to follow in order to meet their "one". this is jack's story, modeled after romeo and juliet. there is a masked ball, attraction between two people whose families are feuding, and an abduction, (sort of). the story keeps your interest from beginning to end. i loved it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U teally liked it!
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
4.25 stars:LOVER BE MINE is the second instalment in Nicole Jordan’s Legendary Lovers historical romance series. This is Lord Jack Wilde and Sophie Fortin’s story-a tale not unsimilar to Romeo and Juliet where a decades old feud has left two families bitter and Sophie’s family without a title or a royal name. Nicole Jordan weaves a fractured Shakespearean tale where our couple will fall in love much to the disdain of Sophie’s family when an arranged marriage has already been in the works that will insure Sophie’s family a title and connection to a royal seat. Each book can be read as a stand alone without too much difficulty. The focus of the series is on the five Wilde cousins who, through young Kate and Skyler Wilde, have made it their job to ensure each of the cousins finds love. With reference to fairy tales and Shakespeare’s plays, the youngest Wilde’s set into motion a plan that will see their cousin Jack fall in love with Miss Sophie Fortin-but not before a battle of wills forces Jack and Sophie to reconsider what it is, that they want. With the Fortin family pride on the line, Sophie refuses to acknowledge her love for Jack in the hopes that her father will be accepted back into royal society. The attraction between Jack and Sophie is immediate. They are drawn to one another but Sophie has been betrothed to another man. Jack’s only hope to win Sophie’s hand is to accept his family heritage as the rightful heir to a principality but in doing so he must accept that the man he has hated since a young child is the father who abandoned his mother and his self almost twenty five years earlier. Sophie is a strong willed woman-when she wants to be- but has a very difficult time saying no to her father. Her mother’s ‘depression’ and her father’s loss of prestige is used constantly as a form of blackmail to ensure Sophie’s compliance and in this she is a character whose personality flickered between weak willed and combative. Her feelings waffled constantly, and at times, was an irritant to both Jack and the reader, as well. The passionate storyline follows Jack and Sophie as they dance around one another and the private and public morals of the day. The sexual tension is palpable; Jack’s need for Sophie is demanding and true. Theirs is a sensual affair that will pit two families against one another should the truth be revealed about their already burgeoning romance. Emotions run deep when a man refuses to acknowledge his birthright but must do so to win the hand of the only woman he has ever loved. Nicole Jordan pulls the reader into a seductive storyline where one couple will unite two families torn apart by a blood feud that tells a different tale then history remembers. LOVER BE MINE is an engaging tale where Romeo fell in love with his Juliet but no one was harmed in the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly enjoyed this book. How one girl believes she can find each of the 'Wilde cousins' their true love. To do this she will use a historical legendary lovers' story. A new spin on an old tale.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like most of nicoles stories. I liked this one to and will read the next in the series. But this one fell just a little short for me.. however it was still a good love story with a good ending and great passion. Not for under 18. Phyl p
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PDX_reader_Jane More than 1 year ago
Nicole Jordan knows how to keep her readers coming back for more. Love the characters, their problems and resolutions.
WiLoveBooks More than 1 year ago
Jack goes to check out Sophie at a masquerade to get his matchmaking cousins off his back. He doesn't expect the attraction that is there. He ends up going to some pretty extreme measures to convince her to marry him. He has plenty of obstacles. Their families have been feuding for generations. He has a not-so-great reputation of his own. Her parents expect her to marry the duke that is courting her.  This was a fun read. Jack doesn't really want to get married in the first place, but ends up trying convince Sophie to go against her parents and marry him instead of the duke. For fun, steamy historical romance, this is worth the read. And I would check out the rest of the series as well.
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onmtntime More than 1 year ago
I just finished Lover be mine, I absolutely loved it.  Jack and Sophie were those characters that you just love from the start.  So funny, and so determined. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this romance and hope to read more about this funny deeply caring family. I hadn't read the previous book in this series, as I wasn't aware that this was a series until I had already started reading this one, but once I finished I went and bought the first one. I liked that the female relatives decided that each member of the family will find their perfect mate by emulating a pair of legendary lovers. In this case it was Romeo and Juliet and Jack and Sophie definitely fit the bill as star-crossed lovers. Their families had been in a feud for a couple generations. The chase Jack takes to secure Sophie to his side was a thrill to read. Not only were we in London, but we visited Paris (briefly) and a country Navartania (not sure about that spelling). The pair were perfect for each other. Can't wait to read the next book and see who gets put through the romance drama. Doesn't have to be read as part of the series, but I'm sure it would be even more enjoyable.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nicole Jordan provides a thrilling spin on Romeo and Juliet.  Sophie is set to wed a Duke at her family bequest.  However, a meeting with Lord Jack turns out to be life changing. He refuses to see her marry the Duke of Dunmore and begins courting her in secret. You see her family and his have been feuding for 3 generations and he has no hopes of winning her fathers approval.  As Jack takes matters into his own hands he must open his heart and face old fears in order to secure his place in Sophie's heart. A great story with lots of supporting characters that I look forward to reading their stories as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A deliciously sexy twist on Romeo & Juliet. Jack is a real charmer and Sophie is his perfect match, which they both end up realizing after many fun and/or emotional twists and turns.
valsagers More than 1 year ago
I was very fortunate to have read the ARC of the upcoming book " Lover be Mine" by Nicole Jordan. Once again she has not failed to deliver. An amazing plot, full of romance, spice and desire. All the while a movie was playing in my head as I read about a mascarade ball, beautiful places, foreign land, palaces and a perfect game of seduction. Jack is a delicious Romeo: spirited sweet rogue with a heart and sensibility to match. Sophie is kind, loving and wishful. Determined to honor her parent's whishes while divided between love and duty. Her nature made of her a perfect Juliet. Nicole will sparkle and enchant her fans all over the world with her spirited and sensuous version of "Romeo & Juliet".
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celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
Well I found another can't put down book. I was on the edge of my seat all the way through. Sophie was refreshing . It was hard to see her struggling with what she wished for and what her parents wanted for her. I believe I would go nuts with a family like Jack's. But they  were a true loving bunch of characters who did their best to help disheartened relatives. I was kept guessing down to the end of the story on how Lord Jack would be able to mend his and Sophie's troubles. I never would have guessed how it turned out. In regard to Jack and his true father I was glad to see Jack could bend  enough to see life thru his father's eyes. I hope you choose to read this book. Again it's a great story that didn't need war battles to pump it up. It will be one of my favorite reads. I hope it becomes one of yours.
ornerylibrarian More than 1 year ago
Sophie is beautiful, sweet and maybe just a bit too perfect but I suppose her perfection is balanced out somewhat by the rogue who falls in love with her. Jack is audacious, charming and of course handsome. His family (which includes some sassy ladies who's stories I look forward to reading) have decided to play matchmaker and convince him to meet and court Sophie. Their families are engaged in a feud which has lasted several generations, so the matchmakers compare the budding romance to that of Romeo and Juliet, though hopefully with a much happier outcome. Nicole Jordan has a gift of creating vibrant and interesting characters who you love to get to know. I had a warm feeling and a smile on my face when I finished the epilogue, so I give this one a thumbs up. I would give it two but that makes it even trickier to type.
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Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Lover Be Mine by Nicole Jordan Book Two of the Legendary Lovers series Publisher: Ballantine Books Publication Date: May 28, 2013 Rating: 3 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): From New York Times bestselling author Nicole Jordan comes this Romeo and Juliet-like story-the scorching second book in her wickedly sexy Legendary Lovers regency romance series, following Princess Charming. When Lord Jack Wilde's cousin tries to match him with Lady Sophie Fortin, he isn't too thrilled by the prospect since Sophie's family has long feuded with the Wildes. Nevertheless he attends a masquerade ball in disguise and when he meets Sophie, he's drawn to her. The attraction is mutual-until she learns who he is. Angry that Jack has tricked her into lowering her guard under false pretenses, Sophie declares she doesn't ever want to see him again. But then Jack shows up in unexpected places, driving her crazy with his seductive advances. She doesn't want her parents finding out that she even knows him, let alone succumbed to his passionate kisses. If her father discovers Jack courting her, blood could be shed. Yet, Sophie still wants him and realizes that in order for the star-crossed lovers to be together, they must try to somehow settle the bitter feud between their families once and for all. What I Liked: The very beginning (first 25%)  and the ending are really the best parts of this book. The beginning is very strong, and clearly shows the chemistry between our protagonists. The ending is a happy ending, and readers can see that coming.  Jack and Sophie, the protagonists, are likable at times. I really liked Mrs. Pennant, Sophie's aunt. She is a significant part of the book, and helps Sophie unite with Jack more than once. She is a fabulously strong woman for such a time as this. What I Did Not Like: I'm going to be honest - as I am writing this review, it hasn't been that long since I read this book, and I can barely remember the book. That shows me that this book did not impress me enough to remember key details and plot points! Also, while I was reading this book, I was often bored. It is sad to say, but this book did not always engage my attention. And, it IS four hundred pages long (imagine that on an e-reader!). Length usually does not deter me (actually, it is the opposite - I love long books!), but the length of this book was not an impressive feature, as many parts of the book could have been done without.  I did not really like the family feud idea. I know it was supposed to mirror Romeo and Juliet, but the feud itself was silly, and pointless. Feuds generally are silly and pointless, but I really did not believe this feud could be real. The two protagonists, Jack and Sophie, were either endearing, or they irritated me. In the first part of the book (25%-ish), I thoroughly enjoyed reading about them and their interactions. After that, it was all just a bunch of angst and woe on Jack's part, because his life is so hard, and Sophie is pushing him away because she wants to do what's right be her family. Then, it switches, and suddenly it's Sophie who is angst-ridden and woeful, because Jack turns his back on her. But of course, all's well that ends well. This book had a good ending, if not a little (a LOT) predictable. I am satisfied with the ending. Would I Recommend It:  Meh. Probably not. This definitely isn't the best example of a great historical romance novel. While I really enjoyed the first part of the novel (the first 25%, about), the rest of the novel seemed flat and not memorable.  Rating: 3 stars. I'm not a huge fan of this book, but it's not too bad.