This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Aurora Publicity. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Taming a Savage Gentleman by Tammy Andresen
Series: Taming the Heart #5
Also in this series:Taming a Duke's Wild Rose, Taming a Laird's Wild Lady, Taming a Rake into a Lord, Taming a Rogue Earl
Also by this author: Taming a Duke's Wild Rose, Taming a Laird's Wild Lady, Taming a Rake into a Lord, Taming a Rogue Earl, Christmastide With My Captain, My Enemy, My Earl, Earl of Sussex, Heart of a Highlander
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Publisher: Independently Published
Source: Aurora Publicity
Purchase at: Amazon
Tom Maddox would never marry. He's the second son, the spare, and he prides himself on living his life without the confines of society.
Baroness Segrave needs a husband for society’s sake but she’d prefer he have no opinion at all. Which is why the Earl of Loudoun seems the ideal choice. With no fortune and a drinking habit, he should allow her to keep running her estate while living off the allowance she’d give him. But Loudoun proves to be both drunk and foolish. Suddenly a husband who is strong, capable, and appreciative of her gifts gains merit in her eyes. A man like Tom Maddox.
But how can she convince Tom that he should consider marriage and give up his carefree bachelorhood? Because no matter what anyone else believes, she’d rather the love of a gentleman than a lord.
I do enjoy the Taming the Heart series and this addition is another gem! When I read the synopsis of Taming a Savage Gentleman and realized that this was the story of Tom Maddox I was all in. I adore the Maddox family and was excited to see how the events play out! As this story plays on the background information from the previous books you will get more of a reading experience if you read the previous installments. With that said, it is not necessary to have read them in order to enjoy this book and it can be read as a standalone.
Tom’s character has never believed that he mattered or was anything special. For those reasons, and the allure of the sea, he has been acting as first mate on The White Lady, a cargo ship. Rather than working in his family business he spends his time transporting cargo from port to port. He is also a confirmed, in his mind, bachelor even though his father keeps nudging him to find the right woman and settle down. Unfortunately, being a husband and living within the confines of society is not even a consideration for Tom.
The White Lady rarely transports anything beyond cargo but on this voyage Tom’s cousin Barrett had agreed to convey three passengers to Scotland. To say that Tom was annoyed at the command is an understatement. Upon meeting Dowager Baroness Segrave, Lady Flora Ellington, Baroness Segrave and the Earl of Loudoun, Tom’s mind was little changed. These characters just happened to be the exact type of society folk that he liked to avoid.
Tom had a history with and already disliked Loudoun, that dislike also extended to Flora. Upon first impression, it seemed as if she was everything that he would expect out of a society woman. Not a good impression as far as he was concerned. Although Flora was a true beauty and Tom had interest in her, physically, he did not want to be involved with her in any way. She was here after all to be transported to Scotland to meet Loudoun’s family.
Flora had been left the title of Baroness by her father instead of receiving it through marriage. This was highly irregular. She managed the entire estate that was left to her and she did not want a marriage that would interfere with those plans. Instead of looking for love Flora was looking for a husband who had little interests in managing the estate. She wanted someone who could be easily distracted in order to allow Flora to stay in charge of her holdings. Loudoun met those qualifications completely.
Unfortunately for her, from the first moment there was a spark between Flora and Tom. She might not have thought much of him being a commoner but she did trust him. When there was trouble, she found that she would go to Tom instead of Loudoun. Loudoun does have a reputation for being a drinker but on this voyage, it became quite apparent that he has more than just a little problem. As Tom and Flora become increasingly entangled Loudoun becomes desperate. He needs this marriage, as it is his last chance to not muck things up and have a future. How far will he be willing to go in order to keep what he feels is rightfully his?!
This historical romance was a fast-paced, action-packed read. Despite being under two hundred pages there is quite a lot going on in this story. The romance was sweet and the banter between Flora and Tom is quite witty. There are some sexy times between the two and the ending is a happily ever after. If you are looking for a romance that is entertaining and a bit swoony then look no further! This is a good read.
*Thank you to Aurora Publicity for this eARC of Taming a Savage Gentleman*