How to Tame a Willful Wife


Caroline Montague would rather run around the countryside fencing, knife-fighting, and riding her beloved stallion than marry. But her father needs money, and so Caroline must do her daughterly duty. Her husband has already been selected: Anthony Carrington, Earl of Ravensbrook, a handsome war veteran who believes that there are things women shouldn’t do – and most of the shouldn’ts are Caroline’s favorite pastimes. The mismatched duo marries, surprising each other with their passionate lovemaking. But Anthony’s dominance irritates Caroline, and she rebels by befriending Anthony’s sworn enemy. When Anthony finds out, he’s predictably livid, and their lack of communication causes a bitter disagreement. Can their passionate marriage be saved?

How to Tame a Willful Wife is supposedly a riff on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, but it features all of the stubborn romantic leads and none of the humor. Caroline is your standard independent Regency romance heroine, paired with an alpha male hero so inflexible that he may as well be a bronze statue. Anthony is difficult to like – a man who is so stubbornly stuck on his own way of thinking that he can’t compromise or even communicate effectively with his wife. Based on the description, I expected light humor and frothy romance; instead, I got miscommunication and bickering from a mismatched couple.

Share this review

Buy "The Beggar at the Gate & Other Stories" for £2.05 (Kindle edition)

12 of the best stories selected from the 2012 Historical Novel Society Short Story Award







(US) $6.99

(US) 9781402270451