Format: .mobi (Provided by NetGalley)
Release Date: May 28, 2013
The last thing Sophie Fortin expects at a masquerade ball is a dazzling kiss from a pirate. Her desire quickly falters when she learns 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.
The second book in Nicole Jordan's Legendary Lovers series takes the black sheep of an already wild family and shoves him into the spotlight. Lover Be Mine is Jack's story, and according to his adopted sister Kate's mad theory, his legendary lover's tale is Romeo & Juliet with the daughter of a rival family being his Juliet.
Lord Jack Wilde is definitely a rascal. He's dashing, intelligent and not all that interested in finding his ideal match, much less if it means encouraging his meddling female relatives' matchmaking. But before he can form an adequate refusal, he finds himself at a masquerade ball, partially out of curiosity, to take a peek at his "Juliet." When Jack sees Sophie Fortin he is instantly intrigued, as well as attracted to her beauty.
Sophie Fortin is practically engaged to a Duke when she meets a mysterious man dressed as a pirate. Actually, she takes the initiative and approaches him when she sees him staring at her. She's intelligent, bold, kind, and a loyal daughter, which makes it easy for her father to manipulate her to his liking. Aside from wanting to please her parents, Sophie is incapable of purposely being cruel to any one, but she doesn't allow any one to speak to her as if she were inferior.
Jack and Sophie are well matched, Jack encourages Sophie to live her life instead of just existing as a duty bound female. In return, Sophie calms the wildness in Jack and helps him move past his very difficult childhood. She also pushes him to make amends with his estranged father, a man who never married Jack's mother and then left her to die at the hands of a Paris mob.
The passion between Jack and Sophie was slow to build on Sophie's side as she was trying desperately to remain faithful to her fiance. The two characters have some rather interesting exchanges both of a regular nature and a sexual one. Even when Jack was making her blush madly, Sophie didn't back down from him and when she couldn't gain the upper hand physically, she used her intellect to cut his cocky attitude and sometimes overbearing ego down to size.
Lover Be Mine saw the reunion of the entire Wilde family, including the often annoying Kate. Though she wasn't as bad as she was in Princess Charming (partially because she isn't in as many scenes), she still annoyed me with her nagging about her theory, even recruiting her cousin Skye to her cause. Apparently, Kate still doesn't know the meaning of the words "sneaky" or "subtle." At this rate, I don't know what kind of heroine she'll make when the time comes, or if she'll even be interesting.
Through it all, Lover Be Mine is another fun, romantic novel by Nicole Jordan, and one that I kept saying "Just one more page" to.