Lover Be Mine by Nicole Jordan

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Lover Be Mine by Nicole Jordan
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (444 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

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.

I snapped up this book based on the premise of a rake being an actual royal prince and hiding it. I thought it was one of the most romantic of plot conflicts and I couldn’t wait to start reading. I’m thrilled to say that Lover Be Mine more than met my expectations.

Lord Jack is a character with deep depths of humor, honor, and who enjoys living up to the role he plays. And that’s what readers will eventually find out. It’s a façade to cover something way more compelling. His secret isn’t just that he’s potentially from a royal lineage – it’s the experiences that formed him when he was just a boy. I challenge any reader to be unmoved by what they’ll eventually read. I was moved and shocked, and that is a testimony to how powerful the words were that Ms. Jordan chose.

Sophie was a hot ticket. The author gave me an excellent glimpse of her character in the first chapter. The rest of the story built upon that. She’s a mixture of a woman – the best of innocence, compromised by curiosity with a yen for doing daring and naughty things. That only comes to light with her continued relationship with Lord Jack. He brings out the best in her, even things she never thought herself capable of. It was great seeing her blossom.

Beware of hot flashes. Sophie starts off as a proper young miss but once Lord Jack sets about her seduction, because he simply can’t resist her, the writing becomes quite vivid and sensual. It’s not only about learning the sexual ropes because in each scene where they do succumb to their desires, Sophie and Jack learn so much about each other and themselves. In the afterglow, instead of hazy sweet thoughts, there’s clarity, plans and intent. The hero and heroine are anything but placid and cardboard. Neither is it all sunshine and happiness. That is why when they do get together, it’s grand. It’s meaningful. And it matters.

The conflict is mostly character driven. Jack has a lot of reconciling to do about his position in life in all aspects. Somehow, Sophie fits in there but it’s never a sure thing as to how or where she’d be ending up. It’s that ambiguity that kept me flipping the pages. How are they going to figure out the important things that a healthy relationship needs to survive? On top of that, will Jacks dad survive? Will the hero really go through with accepting the crown? Who will he marry then? So many questions! And there were a lot of important turning points that happened in this novel; it was spellbinding.

Family can be a good thing, or it can make a person turn purple with laughter or chagrin. Jack experiences both. That adoration and respect for family, especially towards the end, made this book shine so much brighter. It made the emotional connection between me and the characters Ms. Jordan created. Connections like that can only be made when the writing is done right.

Lover Be Mine is a grand romance with hilarious ups and downs that gets a reader through those times when the novel plays havoc with their tender emotions. The storytelling is rich, busy, and entertaining. The dialogue provides insight and interest and kept the momentum of the plot moving right along. I missed the first book in the series and I can’t wait to get a copy and read it. With certainty, if Quinn’s story is next, it’ll be an auto-buy. I’m totally hooked on those Wilde men.

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