by Nicole Jordan
Nicole Jordan is kicking off a new series, “Legendary Lovers,” centered around the Wilde family. Twelve years ago a terrible accident occurred, leaving five cousins orphaned. In the wake of the tragedy, the Wilde siblings and cousins, Ashton, Katharine, Jack, Skye and Quinn, become a solid familial unit. Losing their parents so young taught them the value of living for the moment, which earned them a reputation for wildness throughout society.
Katharine has spent a lot of time reading epic love stories and has come to the conclusion that each cousin's love story will be based in those epic stores. She tells Ash that his is to be based on Cinderella. While Ash has no intention of marrying any time soon, he can't help but agree with Katharine's point that Maura, her close friend, is in desperate need of help.
Enter Maura, aka Cinderella, complete with a stepmother, two stepsisters and a deceased father. She's has always had a passion for horses (she may not sing to the animals, but she definitely talks to them). But one particular horse of hers has meant more to her than any other. Her father knew this and refused to sell him. When her father died two years ago it left a terrible scandal that her stepmother has been trying to overcome ever since. A viscount offers to help smooth their path in society if she sells the horse to him. Maura's stepmother jumps at the chance. Maura knows she has no choice but to try to convince the viscount to give her the horse back.
Ash watches Maura dig deeper and deeper into her troubles, wanting nothing more than to make it all better for her. In order to protect her though, he must shield her with his name. They announce a betrothal, both knowing they will end it as soon as Maura has her horse back.
Katharine's announcement of the cousins finding love that is like fairy tales is a new twist, I will admit. But not a good one. It would be one thing if she was just a matchmaker and was trying to pair people up, but to announce to the family that she has been studying epic love stories and they will find theirs is too hard to believe. Cinderella is bad enough, but to tell a cousin he will be Romeo?
Do you ever read a book where you know you could've skipped the entire middle section and not missed anything? After the initial character introduction and plot development the story didn't go anywhere until the resolution at the end. So not only was this a story too hard to believe, it was a stagnant story.
Ultimately, this is a book you should pass on. Hopefully, the rest of the cousins will get a little bit more plotline to go with their fairytale remakes.
“Jordan takes her shot at reworking the classic love story.”
February 2012, 368 pages
Thanks to the mischievous meddling of his matchmaking sister, Ashton Wilde meets a damsel in distress during the midnight magic of a lavish ball. But Maura Collyer isn't looking for a prince—or an intimate pairing with any member of the scandalous noble Wilde family.
Intrigued by Maura's beauty and daring, Ash is determined to aid in the rescue of her beloved stallion, gambled away by her wicked stepmother to an evil viscount. As their adventure becomes rife with peril and passion, Ash suspects he's found his heart's desire.
Even though her dearest friend may be her self-proclaimed fairy godmother, Maura is mortified at being pushed into a romance with a notorious rake such as Ash. Dashing and charming, he comes to Maura's rescue just in time to help her steal back her precious horse. As they flee across the countryside, she can't resist his sweet seduction. But is her prince playing a role in a fairy tale to test an improbable theory, or is the love awakening in her heart proof of her own happily ever after?