“I am your husband. Never speak to him or to any strange man without my express permission.”

The idiotic high-handedness of that statement brought Caroline up short.

Redonk Nutshell: Misogynist marries an independent woman and enters a war of wills

It’s tempting within the first few chapters to give up on this book. It’s hero, Anthony Carrington, is an ass of the highest degree. Or at least he makes himself out to be. His wife to-be, Caroline, is an independent woman who has no problems defending herself (literally – she was trained in knife fighting) and figuratively. Anthony is insistent on having a cultured, staid, and biddable woman for a wife, and he makes it clear from the get-go that this is what he expects of Caroline. Why Caroline, you ask? Because her father is a close friend and the match is best for everyone. Or so at least all the men have decided.  Caroline enters into the marriage willingly, and cleverly…I have to give the woman credit. Her husband is bear of a man with his expectations and she finds a way to quell him while sneakily still getting her way.

And of course, amid all this headbanging frustration is a crazy attraction. Anthony wants this woman in his bed, stat. Caroline is innocent, but no innocent, if you get my drift. She’s new to marital relations but she’s a quick learner. Folks, there is A LOT of sex in this book, mostly because these two vent their frustrations with one another by having crazy sex. It’s a playing field on which they’re both on even ground. They use it to deal with each other, though over some time they being to realize they have more than their lust in common and they start to connect outside the bedroom.  But when Anthony’s stubbornness leads him to withhold information for Caroline’s “benefit,” their volatile relationship hits the rocks.

This was a crazy read. I had moments of wanting to strangle Anthony for being such a stuffy asshat, but luckily for him he managed to find a woman that could handle him appropriately, loosen him up a bit. Caroline is no saint, but she was more of one than I could have been had I been stuck with handling Anthony.  Ms. English puts a new spin on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew and she does it well. It’s difficult to make such an unlikable character, well, likable while still having a realistic turnabout. I look forward to reading more in her Shakespeare in Love series.

How to Tame a Willful Wife by Christy English

Rating: B

Romance: 3/5            Raunch: 4/5

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