How to Tame a Willful Wife (Shakespeare In Love, book 1) by Christy English – book cover, description, publication history. Romance? Sexual tension? Strong women? Intrigue? If so, you will love Christy English’s historical romance novel How To Tame A Willful Wife. From the blurb: How To Tame A Willful Wife: 1. Forbid her from riding astride 2. Hide her dueling sword 3. Burn all her breeches and buy her.

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I loved her fencing in particular, and her determination not to give up all she is, all she dreams of, just because she is told to do so. Anthony is the domineering, controlling husband we would expect with those times. Plenty of mystery and tension to keep me turning the pages, a couple of dangerous and emotive spanners in the works, and an ending that had me closing the book with a satisfied smile.

Aug 14, Bob rated it really liked it.

He has gone broke caring for the soldiers under his command from the continental war against Napoleon. Caroline is xhristy very easy heroine to like.

Book Review: “How To Tame A Willful Wife” by Christy English

How many times must I tell you I am not a hound to come to heel. He was controlling and willfl and mad with jealousy and the need for control” He is acting very inconsistent: I thought it was a very good start to Ms. Christy’s imagery was beautiful, and that is so important in an historical story. She finds Anthony autocratic, domineering, and This is a brilliant addition to the series.


And I thought him really stupid. As the daughter of a Yorkshire baron who was mostly absent from home due to commanding the English forces on the Continent, she grew up with least bit of supervision. Nonetheless I did like that it read authentically.

In my opinion Christy English did not succeed in making the hero a sympathetic character the reader could understand and relate too, he was too stuck in the old misogynist times and customs while with the heroine belittling herself and giving up her opinion at the promise of making love made me eenglish my respect and sympathy for her.

This is what had drawn me towards this book.

Oh and I hate this trope: English does with the next. They have more sex. She does stand up to him But she ended up shouldering some of the blame and forgiving him easier than what fit her characterization. OK, so it’s a bit predictable.

How to Tame a Willful Wife (Shakespeare In Love , book 1) by Christy English

And every time they argue it ends with sex, he kisses her fiercely and she melts. He has indulged his only child, Caroline, thus cultivating her independent spirit. I love Caroline and Anthony, and I hope you will too. He orders Caroline about.

Aug 31, Stella rated it liked it Shelves: Anthony has his reasons but Caroline sees no sense in all this as she has always allowed to be independent and she intends to keep it.

This book was a real breath of fresh air for me. Truly a competitive match that burns up the pages! I wish there had been just a bit more back story with Anthony’s past or how he came to be such good friends with the Prince Regent or more with the incident involving his sister but she may have her own story so the author may be waiting until then.


Wilful is a fascinating hero: Caroline and Ravensbrook are physically drawn together after their wedding. The characters in their environments and ebglish each other are really what make the book. Nov 12, Melanie rated it it was ok. That’s the area where she tends to act like an immature girl and lets her hormones get the best of her. We do have a villain in the book also.

The Regency setting is wonderfully executed, and the character spring from the pages as real and believable. Caroline Montague’s a willful vixen who gee I wish they could find a better hame to show us that This one’s a pretty good revisitation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrewwhich just happens to be one of my favorite plays, exactly because it’s so obnoxiously not politically correct although I think the Bard intended Kate’s last monologue to be delivered with sarcasm, so maybe he was a little bit of a feminist.