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    Fire and ice go admirably together!

    After the bombshell that Shana Galen had previously dropped about Lieutenant Colonel Benedict Draven having a secret wife, I was thrilled to read how it would unfold. While in Portugal during the war, Draven had married Catarina Neves to save her from being wed to a violent man, and almost forgot about it. Almost. Catarina found her place in the world crafting her exquisite lace, but being a successful businesswoman, her life was fraught with peril. Five years later, she travels to London to ask Draven for the annulment he had initially agreed to. That little something that has been in the air in Portugal has not vanished, and Draven is not convinced an annulment is the best solution. Neither is Catarina, but do they have a future together, or is it only that she feels safe with him? THE CLAIMING OF THE SHREW is such a lovely, subtle romance amidst the danger that surrounds Catarina. Draven is quite a bit older than she is, and while those of us who have read the previous instalments knew he wouldn't make a fool of himself - he is much too cool, calm, and collected for that - he showed an irresistibly romantic nature. Catarina displays a fiery Latin temper, but thankfully no undue stubbornness; and she is in a serious pickle! The mood and the atmosphere give this novel that inexplicable little something extra: cold and grey London alternating with the colourful warmth of Barcelona; fear and danger that bring about the kindness of a relative stranger; the fire and ice of the protagonists' natures. Draven is a superb hero, and I loved that nothing was rushed, and that they valiantly tried to do the right thing, even if it did not always work the way they wanted. The romance remained at the forefront throughout, and the suspense was satisfactorily resolved, although one detail seemed highly unlikely towards the end. It was also a great to have glimpses of some Survivors: Duncan and Phineas, but where had the adorable Survivor Colin FitzRoy been hiding all this time? There is still so much more to look forward to!
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    A Great take on a lost love story

    I loved this book. There is a three chapter prologue at the beginning where we meet the hero and heroine. Even then, they are both strong willed and practical. When we meet them again later, the heroine is now a self made woman with her own business (yay). The hero is smart enough to be able to listen to the heroine when she is talking about her profession and not assume he knows more. The descriptions of the lace making were also interesting to me The "villain" is a little over the top, but not unbelievable enough to ever take me out of the story. In fact, I got so into the story I forgot I was reading it for review. I would recommend reading this book in order for this series as we see a lot of previous characters and the history in the other books help with the plot. I recieved a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
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    Love the hero

    So I officially love this series and hope it keeps going. We meet a few more of the survivors in this book so hopefully they will have their own stories coming. In this book we have Colonel Benedict Draven (40) who at is tasked with creating a squad of men to do impossible missions almost certain to end in their death, and Catarina Neves (20) who is a peasant in a small town in Portugal near the army encampment. The book starts during the war with Napoleon and Catarina is trying to escape her abusive fiancé and tries to force Draven into marrying her. After some back and forth he finally agrees to marry her and has to leave promptly after the wedding. Fast forward five years and Catarina has become a famous lace maker and she and her sister and cat are in London to obtain an annulment because she is being blackmailed into marrying a lace making competitors son. Well Draven is having none of that. With the help of the men from the army he must keep Catarina and her sister safe. Ms. Galen writes and excellent hero. The kind you want as a book boyfriend. This one was a particular favorite of mine because during the five year separation he was celibate! Both MC’s were faithful even though they had only known each other a few hours when they married and didn’t think they would ever see each other again (there was also a question of if the marriage would legally hold up in England) the stayed true to each other. Non rake, faithful hero’s are my cat nip. So another enjoyable book and I look forward to the next one.
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    Enjoyable Addition to the Series

    This is the latest in the Survivors series centering around a group of soldiers (who were basically tasked with suicide missions) while fighting Napoleon. This story is about their leader, Colonel Draven and his adventures in saving a damsel/stranger in distress by marrying her. Draven is a very likable, personable character who cares deeply for his men and feels strongly about tasking them with “impossible” feats. Catarina is a headstrong young woman who decides she will not marry her bullying father’s choice for a husband and singles out Benedict to ask to marry her (in name only and probably not legally back in London as they are in Portugal). As they are separated for 5 years, Catarina has since prospered with her own lace business in Spain and has become an independent woman of some means. However, she is being blackmailed by a villain to obtain an annulment from her husband and marry the villain’s son. Reunited, we’re able to see how the changes in both characters affect their new relationship development. As Catarina tries to convince Draven to grant the annulment, he in turn feels the need to protect her from harm and to possibly get to know his mysterious wife better. Another interesting and a bit more unusual caveat of the story is that there’s more of an age difference than the norm...I think roughly 15 years. And how both characters view that difference is also quite interesting. I enjoyed this one as I have its predecessors and especially liked the character of Draven, as he was a compassionate, caring man with lots of integrity. I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book for review. The opinions here are strictly my own.
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    The story you've been waiting for

    For those of us who follow this series (as I do), Draven has always been a confirmed bachelor until his long lost wife popped up in a scene in the previous book. Since then I've been dying to know more about the Colonel so I was very much looking forward to this book and thrilled to receive an ARC. Colonel Benedict Draven has finally retired from the army and now works as a consultant for the Foreign Office and spends his free time at his club with the surviving members of the suicide squad he commanded during the Napoleonic Wars. Even after five years worth of war he still can't rid his mind of the fiery Portuguese woman he married (in name only) to save her from the abusive man her father had promised her to. Catarina Neves has used her skills at making lace and the independence afforded her by her married status to become a successful businesswoman. But eventually she finds herself in danger again and seeking out Benedict in London. She hasn't seen him since their hasty wedding in war-torn Portugal and he's never sought her out so she is shocked when he refuses to grant her the annulment she asks for. When he tells her that he did in fact try to find her after the war, she begins to wonder if she can truly come to know and trust him, maybe even enough to ask him for the help she really needs. I've always been so curious about Draven and I thought it was great to have a hero who is much older than the heroine but isn't content to act the part of the doddering old fool. He's still in good shape and he's very easygoing, but also strong, stubborn, and very protective of his own, which includes Cataraina. It was very refreshing. He's not even afraid to admit when he's wrong, a trait that endeared him to me early on. He's always been this stoic character moving in the background and quietly helping the other survivors with their happy endings so it's great to see him getting one himself. I loved that he was brutally honest and not willing to waste time on games or power plays. His blatant honesty was surprising given the mystery that has always surrounded his personal life in the previous books. It was just adorable to see Benedict actively courting Catarina and trying to get to know her. I loved the little pop-in moments featuring some of my favorite characters from previous books. We also meet a couple new characters whose stories I'm always salivating for. This was a very highly anticipated book for me and it did not disappoint. Each book is just so unique and each character so well-written. This is definitely one of my favorite series, I can't wait for more, and I'm already dreading its end. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own
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