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#1 New York Times bestselling author Johanna Lindsey delivers “first rate romance” (Daily News) in this sparkling, passionate tale of an earl’s daughter who must convince a mysterious viscount to marry her and end his vendetta against her brother. One duel could be considered a matter of honor, but three duels are attempted murder! With enlightened society outraged at such #1 New York Times bestselling author Johanna Lindsey delivers “first rate romance” (Daily News) in this sparkling, passionate tale of an earl’s daughter who must convince a mysterious viscount to marry her and end his vendetta against her brother. One duel could be considered a matter of honor, but three duels are attempted murder! With enlightened society outraged at such reckless behavior among young noblemen, the Prince Regent orders Robert Whitworth, the earl of Tamdon’s heir, and Lord Dominic Wolfe to end their dispute by allying their families through marriage. Whichever party refuses to comply will forfeit his lands and title. Whitworth relishes the idea of sending his younger sister Brooke to his enemy’s remote estate. He knows the Wolf will reject her as a bride, thereby losing his wealth and status. The Wolf, however, is determined to scare away the Whitworth chit. With dueling no longer an available means of destroying the man he abhors, he will be satisfied to see him lose his lands and title. But he hadn’t expected his enemy’s sister to be so resourceful or resilient. Brooke Whitworth has been dreaming of her first season in London because she intends to win a husband who will take her far away from her unloving family. Instead, she is being sent to the Yorkshire moors to wed a mysterious nobleman whose family is cursed and who has thrice tried to kill her brother. But there’s no room in her heart for fear; this man is her means of escape. She will make him love her!


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#1 New York Times bestselling author Johanna Lindsey delivers “first rate romance” (Daily News) in this sparkling, passionate tale of an earl’s daughter who must convince a mysterious viscount to marry her and end his vendetta against her brother. One duel could be considered a matter of honor, but three duels are attempted murder! With enlightened society outraged at such #1 New York Times bestselling author Johanna Lindsey delivers “first rate romance” (Daily News) in this sparkling, passionate tale of an earl’s daughter who must convince a mysterious viscount to marry her and end his vendetta against her brother. One duel could be considered a matter of honor, but three duels are attempted murder! With enlightened society outraged at such reckless behavior among young noblemen, the Prince Regent orders Robert Whitworth, the earl of Tamdon’s heir, and Lord Dominic Wolfe to end their dispute by allying their families through marriage. Whichever party refuses to comply will forfeit his lands and title. Whitworth relishes the idea of sending his younger sister Brooke to his enemy’s remote estate. He knows the Wolf will reject her as a bride, thereby losing his wealth and status. The Wolf, however, is determined to scare away the Whitworth chit. With dueling no longer an available means of destroying the man he abhors, he will be satisfied to see him lose his lands and title. But he hadn’t expected his enemy’s sister to be so resourceful or resilient. Brooke Whitworth has been dreaming of her first season in London because she intends to win a husband who will take her far away from her unloving family. Instead, she is being sent to the Yorkshire moors to wed a mysterious nobleman whose family is cursed and who has thrice tried to kill her brother. But there’s no room in her heart for fear; this man is her means of escape. She will make him love her!

30 review for Make Me Love You

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sarah (needs a break from reviewing)

    22/8 - This is getting 1 star for having the stupidest, most contrived 'get the couple alone so they can pre-empt their wedding night' scene I've ever read. (view spoiler)[Dominic and Brooke get kidnapped by highway men and taken back to their camp till Dominic pays the ransom. If he refuses, the gang's leader promises death to the both of them. They are separated so the leader can negotiate with Dominic regarding the ransom he's willing to pay, while Brooke is questioned by an old woman who seem 22/8 - This is getting 1 star for having the stupidest, most contrived 'get the couple alone so they can pre-empt their wedding night' scene I've ever read. (view spoiler)[Dominic and Brooke get kidnapped by highway men and taken back to their camp till Dominic pays the ransom. If he refuses, the gang's leader promises death to the both of them. They are separated so the leader can negotiate with Dominic regarding the ransom he's willing to pay, while Brooke is questioned by an old woman who seems to have some sway with the leader. The woman leaves Brooke alone, but not for long. Soon Dominic is brought to her and they are left alone, together. Dominic immediately begins planning their escape because he's not interested in paying the ransom to a bunch of hoodlums (not his words), but Brooke has other plans. In her bag she has with her a love potion her maid made for her for just this kind of serendipitous situation. What better time to get busy than when you're being held hostage by possibly murderous highway men? The only problem, no drink to pour the potion in. What will Brooke do? Luckily one of the gang turns up with a tray of just what the doctor ordered, food and drink (wine, specifically). Brooke drugs Dominic's wine with the potion, or at least she thinks she does because it quickly becomes clear that she's dosed herself by accident. That doesn't matter though, because once Dominic realises what's on Brooke's mind and how eager she is he's totally into it. All thoughts of the danger they're in and their planned escape go out the window because it's sexy time. And that's the end of the chapter, the next one starts with them waking up in the morning, realising that they've missed their chance to escape possible death (not that they're all that bothered about that missed opportunity to not die). Then there are barely any consequences for the most stupidly-timed sex scene of all time. Dominic bargains the leader down from a flat payment of 200 pounds to 150 and gives him his coat. The leader agrees to give them a pair of horses for them to continue on their journey It turns out the old woman is the leader's mother and she couldn't bear to stand in the way of the young lovers. (hide spoiler)] And there you have it, the moment when I realised this was a dreadful book. Prior to that scene it was going along at about three stars, some juvenile writing (especially for an author as experienced as Lindsey), but it was reasonable. I had no objections to the characters or general plot, in fact the plot was sorely misused (it could have been quite enjoyable), but after that scene things just got worse. After spending over half the book showing the reader how much Dominic disliked and distrusted Brooke, his near-instantaneous off-page about-face during the storm was completely unbelievable. The stupidity didn't stop with the above scene, there was a very drawn out and confusing search for a missing baby, a sudden solution to Dominic and Brooke's forced marriage dilemma that could easily have been brought up when Prinny first made his demand (Brooke even questioned the fact that the solution was only coming to light on their wedding day). It all just became ludicrous and was then wrapped up so quickly that I felt like my head was spinning with all the twists and turns that suddenly, magically untangled themselves. A very disappointing offering from such a well-known voice in romance.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Luana ☆

    Whaaaaat? I was not expecting that end! I was expecting one third of what happened but the plot twist was awesome. I just couldn't believe it. Another thing that was unbelievable was how mature the 17 year old heroine is. I am not sure a lot of people on her place would be that mature. The hero was a beast. Ofc he had his reasons for being so crazy mad, but a beast nonetheless. I loved it. 3.5⭐ Whaaaaat? I was not expecting that end! I was expecting one third of what happened but the plot twist was awesome. I just couldn't believe it. Another thing that was unbelievable was how mature the 17 year old heroine is. I am not sure a lot of people on her place would be that mature. The hero was a beast. Ofc he had his reasons for being so crazy mad, but a beast nonetheless. I loved it. 3.5⭐

  3. 5 out of 5

    Blaze King

    Just plain Okay read. Started good, then just nose dived to boring from there. The end twist was unexpected, but yet again not great. Unfortunately, I've stopped expecting anything great from Johanna Lindsey. So the book was actually as I expected, lukewarm. Just plain Okay read. Started good, then just nose dived to boring from there. The end twist was unexpected, but yet again not great. Unfortunately, I've stopped expecting anything great from Johanna Lindsey. So the book was actually as I expected, lukewarm.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lucy Qhuay

    I can barely believe this is a Johanna Lindsey book. Not that I have read that many books of her. However, I have come to expect a certain degree of angst and romance from her that this book didn't satisfy. First of all, am I really supposed to believe the protagonists love each other when they spent 99% of the book butting heads and not in a good way? Brooke was all like 'I need to make him love me so that he won't send me away.' and Dominic was all like 'Be gone with ye, witch! I won't tolerate I can barely believe this is a Johanna Lindsey book. Not that I have read that many books of her. However, I have come to expect a certain degree of angst and romance from her that this book didn't satisfy. First of all, am I really supposed to believe the protagonists love each other when they spent 99% of the book butting heads and not in a good way? Brooke was all like 'I need to make him love me so that he won't send me away.' and Dominic was all like 'Be gone with ye, witch! I won't tolerate a Witworth in my own home. You're a plague upon this earth.' Long story short, Dominic spent the entire book pushing her away and she spent it making up ridiculous schemes to seduce him. There was hardly anything that made me believe there could be something worthwhile between them. Sure, there were a few kisses and one night of sex that was terribly bad and very far from the usual emotion riddled Lindsey love scenes. So what? I need more. I need words, glances, touching. I need it to feel real and believable. Also, can I just say the fact pretty much all the 'villains' turned out to be somewhat good guys was complete bullshit? All that talk about duels, blood, poison and murder and then we got jack. Ridiculous! I'm really disappointed. 'Make Me Love You' had incredible potential and I actually loved the beginning, hence why I gave it 2 stars. Pity it all went out the window.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    Back in the eighties and nineties I escaped the every day world of diapers and dinners by opening beautiful romances by this author. Since I am a loyal fan, I was thrilled to see a new book. She did not disappoint. Strong heroines and equally strong heroes who always need to have sense beaten into them by the women. When you're a young mother who can't get her husband to put his laundry in the hamper much less operate the machine, these novels hit the spot brilliantly. Back in the eighties and nineties I escaped the every day world of diapers and dinners by opening beautiful romances by this author. Since I am a loyal fan, I was thrilled to see a new book. She did not disappoint. Strong heroines and equally strong heroes who always need to have sense beaten into them by the women. When you're a young mother who can't get her husband to put his laundry in the hamper much less operate the machine, these novels hit the spot brilliantly.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Make me Love You by Johanna Lindsey is a 2016 Pocket Books publication. This latest endeavor by Johanna Lindsey is a light historical romance centered around Brooke Whitworth and Lord Dominic Wolfe, whose families are sworn enemies. After Dominic and Brooke’s brother engage in not one, not two, but THREE duels, the prince regent steps in and insists Brooke and Dominic marry. If they refuse, they stand to lose a vast amount of their land holdings. With no loyal feelings towards her family, Brooke Make me Love You by Johanna Lindsey is a 2016 Pocket Books publication. This latest endeavor by Johanna Lindsey is a light historical romance centered around Brooke Whitworth and Lord Dominic Wolfe, whose families are sworn enemies. After Dominic and Brooke’s brother engage in not one, not two, but THREE duels, the prince regent steps in and insists Brooke and Dominic marry. If they refuse, they stand to lose a vast amount of their land holdings. With no loyal feelings towards her family, Brooke is not all together upset about leaving her family, but Dominic hates Brooke’s family and has decided to do everything in his power to make her leave. But, when the alluring Brooke arrives, Dominic finds it harder and harder to shoo her away, but he still holds a dark grudge against her brother, and nothing will appease him until he sees justice done. Can Brooke make Dominic love her? The plot has potential and got off to a strong start, but quickly lost momentum, and became dull and lifeless until a late development charged in to save the day. If you are an old timer like me, you will remember the JH stories of old, and will recall, she wasn’t afraid to push the envelope, but the newer releases seem to be Johanna Lindsey lite, or a kinder, gentler Johanna Lindsey. That’s okay, I definitely understand why and I get it. Many readers will find this book to their liking, and will not have a problem with, or even notice, the watered down plot, the lack of searing passion, or the dull, unimaginative dialogue, since many current historical romances suffer from the same iron deficiency. But, for those who remember the powerhouse this author was, it’s a little hard to take. Don’t get me wrong, the story is no better or worse than the average historical romance out there, and It’s fine for an easy to read, fluffy sort of romance when you are in the mood for that sort of thing. I struggled with how to rate this one, but because it was enjoyable enough to while away a lazy afternoon, I’ll stand in the middle of the road and give it 3 stars.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Missy

    Oh, man! What a plot twist! I definitely did not see that coming. A huge shocker. lol. A very fast read. I was half way through the book before I realized it and saw no reason to stop and finished the book the same day I bought it. It didn't even feel like I've read 406 pages. I hope there's a book 2 or at least a book about Robert, redeeming his character. Oh, man! What a plot twist! I definitely did not see that coming. A huge shocker. lol. A very fast read. I was half way through the book before I realized it and saw no reason to stop and finished the book the same day I bought it. It didn't even feel like I've read 406 pages. I hope there's a book 2 or at least a book about Robert, redeeming his character.

  8. 5 out of 5

    SmartBitches

    Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books Back when I was a little baby Elyse, still too embarrassed to check out romances from the library lest the librarian judge me, I raided my aunt’s Johanna Lindsey stash. I had just finished reading everything Kathleen Woodiwiss had ever written (which wasn’t much) and was hungering for more. My aunt was an avid romance reader and had all of Lindsey’s paperbacks lining several shelves in her basement. It was a feast of bronze-chested Fabios, golden mullets Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books Back when I was a little baby Elyse, still too embarrassed to check out romances from the library lest the librarian judge me, I raided my aunt’s Johanna Lindsey stash. I had just finished reading everything Kathleen Woodiwiss had ever written (which wasn’t much) and was hungering for more. My aunt was an avid romance reader and had all of Lindsey’s paperbacks lining several shelves in her basement. It was a feast of bronze-chested Fabios, golden mullets fluttering in the wind. So I have a lot of happy Lindsey memories. Fast forward eleventy billion years, and I was interested to see how Make Me Love You held up against my own nostalgia. Turns out you can’t relive those halcyon days of shimmering mullets and violet-eyed heroines. It wasn’t that I disliked Make Me Love You, it just wasn’t as cracktastic as Lindsey’s Old Skool romances, and, frankly, there are much better examples of regencies flooding the market right now. I mean, it was less rapey than Lindsey’s Old Skools (which I would fully expect), a little softer, with still a smattering of crazysauce thrown in, but it wasn’t amazing. The plot is pretty standard regency fare with a nod to the Gothic. The heroine, Brooke Whitworth has to travel to the dreary moors of Yorkshire to marry Dominic Wolfe because Wolfe and her brother have had a long-standing feud that’s resulted in three duels. The Prince Regent thinks that by uniting the two families in marriage, he’ll get rid of the fighting. It’s clear that Lindsey’s writing has changed. There’s no forced seduction. Brooke is a much more fully realized character than past Lindsey heroines. She has a complex relationship with her mother. She has hobbies and talents and interests–like medicine and horse breeding. Dominic doesn’t hold up as well. He never veers into alphahole territory, but you can tell he wants to. He’s grumpy and difficult but never domineering. The result is sort of bland. He’s handsome and pouty but never very heroic or interesting. For most of the book he’s just chronically misinformed, and that’s the basis of his conflict. It’s never great when the reason the hero can’t admit he loves the heroine is because he has bad information–it feels too thin and insubstantial. Honestly the thing I liked best about this book was comparing it to the Lindsey’s of old and reliving my early romance days. Make Me Love You isn’t a bad book, but it doesn’t hold its own among more nuanced, character-driven historicals. - Elyse

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bj

    I gave this book a C+ for the story and a B+ for the narration at AudioGals Narration by Beverley A. Crick Every once in a while I listen to a romance audiobook that while the blurb attracts me, the actual execution of the story just misses. Unfortunately, that was the case for me for Make Me Love You. In the end, while I was interested enough to listen to the entire story, and definitely felt invested enough to know how the story was resolved, I just had trouble feeling the love connection betwee I gave this book a C+ for the story and a B+ for the narration at AudioGals Narration by Beverley A. Crick Every once in a while I listen to a romance audiobook that while the blurb attracts me, the actual execution of the story just misses. Unfortunately, that was the case for me for Make Me Love You. In the end, while I was interested enough to listen to the entire story, and definitely felt invested enough to know how the story was resolved, I just had trouble feeling the love connection between the hero and the heroine. In that regard, it just felt too forced and unlikely and I ultimately had trouble believing that a heroine and particularly the hero, in this case, with such deep seated familial animosity, could overcome this animosity based on the way the story occurred. Fortunately, the above average narration by Beverley A. Crick was a driver in helping me listen to this title to the end. See the full review at AudioGals

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I love historical romances! This one was a hit for me because of the slow building romance. I hate all that instalove bs. This was a fun Saturday morning read to break up all the epic fantasy I've been reading, and maybe give me a break from pokemon go. I love historical romances! This one was a hit for me because of the slow building romance. I hate all that instalove bs. This was a fun Saturday morning read to break up all the epic fantasy I've been reading, and maybe give me a break from pokemon go.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Umaiya ❄️Ramblings of a Scattered Mind❄️

    I took a real chance with this book. There weren't enough reviews or ratings to get an accurate idea about the book BUT the blurb was pretty compelling. I'm so happy to say my gamble paid off. I loved it. Kinda sweet, kinda tart. Couldn't keep the smile off my face. I had way too much trouble putting it down. Even ended up being rude to my guests by ignoring them and continuing to read instead :P .... It was worth it! :P I took a real chance with this book. There weren't enough reviews or ratings to get an accurate idea about the book BUT the blurb was pretty compelling. I'm so happy to say my gamble paid off. I loved it. Kinda sweet, kinda tart. Couldn't keep the smile off my face. I had way too much trouble putting it down. Even ended up being rude to my guests by ignoring them and continuing to read instead :P .... It was worth it! :P

  12. 5 out of 5

    Romance_reader

    I'm a fan of this author. Or more truthfully, of other works by this author. This book though, left me puzzled and underwhelmed and kind of disappointed. The story was weak, the characters uninteresting; and the overall writing style failed to grab my attention. Certain parts of the story felt like it wasn't written by her at all. Not a keeper. Two stars. I'm a fan of this author. Or more truthfully, of other works by this author. This book though, left me puzzled and underwhelmed and kind of disappointed. The story was weak, the characters uninteresting; and the overall writing style failed to grab my attention. Certain parts of the story felt like it wasn't written by her at all. Not a keeper. Two stars.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mariana

    I enjoyed this read. I'm considering giving one of her western books a try. I enjoyed this read. I'm considering giving one of her western books a try.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ixthus

    2.5 stars because I'm generous (lol) Anyway, this was an okay read that could have been great if not with characters doing "what the hell"decision making. 2.5 stars because I'm generous (lol) Anyway, this was an okay read that could have been great if not with characters doing "what the hell"decision making.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Matilda BGR

    Update: Still very bad. One of the worst HR books I've read. Might just give up because it is a waste of my time. --------- I can't believe I'm still reading this. It's terrible. The plot is ridiculous, the dialogue is painful, the characters are awful ... bad, bad, bad. It's a bad book. Plus, it's not much of a romance. The "hero" and heroine don't like each other very much, and the "hero," especially, doesn't seem interested in the heroine at all. Like, at all. (I put "hero" in quotes because he's Update: Still very bad. One of the worst HR books I've read. Might just give up because it is a waste of my time. --------- I can't believe I'm still reading this. It's terrible. The plot is ridiculous, the dialogue is painful, the characters are awful ... bad, bad, bad. It's a bad book. Plus, it's not much of a romance. The "hero" and heroine don't like each other very much, and the "hero," especially, doesn't seem interested in the heroine at all. Like, at all. (I put "hero" in quotes because he's more of jerk than most of these guys.) It's a bizarre way to structure a story. The first time they have sex (I haven't gotten to a second, if there is one) was one of the least loving, romantic sex scenes ever. Brooke (major anachronism, name-wise) and Dominic are forced into a betrothal by the Prince Regent. She's 17-almost-18 and hates her family (who are terrible to her) so she's mostly OK with being given away to a complete stranger. Dominic is almost 25 (which is important because it has to do with some curse on his family and death, etc) and would just as soon NOT marry this unknown girl mostly because she is the sister of his sworn enemy. I can hardly follow the convoluted conversations -- maybe I'm particularly stupid but I can't figure out if Brooke really WANTS this or if she DOESN'T and if she thinks she's supposed to be nice to Dominic or to fight with him ... it's incredibly insipid. She's a terrible and unrealistic mix of naive, strong, competent, stupid, wily and confused. He's mostly a jerk. Entire plot points are described in long quotes from various characters. Dom's "ex-mistress" (as she is referred to by both Brooke and Brooke's maid/nanny) shows up and hangs out in his bedroom with him. Mmmm, OK. Both Brooke and Dom want to breed horses. Ahh sure, that's a nice coincidence. Brooke happens to be a gifted healer (OF COURSE!) and, what a coinkidink! Dom needs healing! All the animals at Dom's estate, including the random wolf, love Brooke -- of course they do. Brooke and Dom are both nice to servants. Yes, that is good to re-emphasize over and over. Right. It's just ALL over the PLACE. Weird (ie, irrelevant) things are emphasized, language is much too modern, everyone is inconsistent in emotions and actions, etc. I usually read these books in one or two sittings, and this one is so awful I'm reading like one chapter at a time and setting it aside to just give myself a break from its badness. I should just give up. When I started reading idiotic historical romances, this was the sort of book I suffered through. I don't know why I kept it up; they're all so bad ... then I discovered Madeline Hunter and Mary Balogh and Julia Quinn (and sort of Lisa Kleypas) and realized that historical romances could actually be somewhat WELL WRITTEN with nuanced characters and realistic situations (well, more or less) and plausible conversations. And then I pick up crap like "Make Me Love You" and I'm reminded of all the terrible books I read before.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Spuffed

    Okay, no structure for this review as I listened to this audiobook a while ago so don't remember particulars but here are my notes along with added, remembered info... I really enjoyed this book considering it's premise in the historical romance genre was a bit different from others. I loved how the Chick and Dude didn't like each other at first. And I appreciated that the motivations of the Chick to make this relationship work was different from any other HR books I have ever read. While in this Okay, no structure for this review as I listened to this audiobook a while ago so don't remember particulars but here are my notes along with added, remembered info... I really enjoyed this book considering it's premise in the historical romance genre was a bit different from others. I loved how the Chick and Dude didn't like each other at first. And I appreciated that the motivations of the Chick to make this relationship work was different from any other HR books I have ever read. While in this mutual dislike, I enjoyed the banter the two MC's had with each other. Even the Dude's grumpiness became somewhat endearing to me in the end. I also enjoyed how some characters were painted as villains to begin with but once you get the full story, you find out that you were lead by gossip or by presumptions. In hindsight, that was a little deep for a HR read. There's a little mystery in the story that was hinted at but I liked how it all turned out. It was a nice and interesting twist to the story yet one that didn't bog down the main focus of the book which was the relationship between the two MC's. Narrator was good- I had no complaints. My note says, "ending part was completely ridiculous" though I have no idea what that refers to, LOL. But I do know that I rated it as 4 stars even with that ending in mind so.... Sorry for the lame ass review but I enjoyed it and will probably listen to again even though I rarely do so.

  17. 4 out of 5

    phoebess

    Well, Johanna Lindsey clearly knows what I dig in books. I may be biased here because she's one of my favorite authors but who cares, right? ;) I so enjoyed Brooke and Dom's snappy and witty dialogues and their relationship mishaps. But I was very disappointed that in the end Robert turned out to be—how should I phrase it?—not-that-bad-just-misguided guy. Well, Johanna Lindsey clearly knows what I dig in books. I may be biased here because she's one of my favorite authors but who cares, right? ;) I so enjoyed Brooke and Dom's snappy and witty dialogues and their relationship mishaps. But I was very disappointed that in the end Robert turned out to be—how should I phrase it?—not-that-bad-just-misguided guy.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lakshmi C

    3.5 stars rtc

  19. 5 out of 5

    D.G.

    DNFed 20% The premise sounded so interesting but the execution is so freaking boring! So far, the heroine has spent more time with her maid than the hero.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amelia

    There were numerous scenes, especially at the beginning of MAKE ME LOVE YOU, which made it nearly impossible to stop reading until I discovered how the situation would play out. Whether it was the reaction of a particular character, or what would take place during an event, I just had to know the all the details before putting the book down for even a moment. Brooke Whitworth is a fascinating heroine, as she hides her spirted temperament from most people by seeming meek and too intimidated to ca There were numerous scenes, especially at the beginning of MAKE ME LOVE YOU, which made it nearly impossible to stop reading until I discovered how the situation would play out. Whether it was the reaction of a particular character, or what would take place during an event, I just had to know the all the details before putting the book down for even a moment. Brooke Whitworth is a fascinating heroine, as she hides her spirted temperament from most people by seeming meek and too intimidated to cause problems. But with each peek into her personality, I wished to uncover more. The hero, Dominic Wolfe, repeatedly comes across as gruff, and it did take me some time to actually like him. Yet he also keeps much hidden from those around him, and the more revealed about him, the more I saw him as someone I might in fact like because his actions clearly demonstrated his nature. Johanna Lindsey has created a compelling romance full of startling disclosures and a large number of diverse characters. After participating in three duels against each other, two enemies find themselves in quite a predicament. England’s Prince Regent wants them punished because rules were not followed, and a penalizing demand has been declared. The sister of Robert Whitworth must wed Lord Dominic Wolfe, thus uniting the two by marriage. If either fails to obey the requirement, then their inherited titles and land will be his. Robert has no affection for his sibling Brooke, and is only concerned with what he will receive one day. Each man comes up with a plan which will hopefully make him the victor. Dominic thinks the woman sent to him in order to settle the disagreement will be too afraid of the man known as The Wolf to go through with the marriage. But he never would have thought a female could be so feisty with him, plus appear so single-minded in being his wife. Brooke wants her marriage to a stranger to occur so she can finally get away from her uncaring relatives. With Dominic equally determined to see the sister of the man that he despises go back to her home, the battle of wills begins. Set during a time period I find intriguing, there are balls to attend and women are not usually included in decision-making. Brooke has never been allowed to mingle with her peers, so she abides by her own personal rules and keeps to herself. But what I learned about her as the story progresses is self-preservation can make someone strong. Her comments are often sharp yet also truthful, and I found her banter with Dominic to be hilarious at times. I did laugh loudly more than once, as their retorts were so convincing. Her future husband is often devious when she first arrives, but Brooke cleverly manages to stand up for what she believes again and again. I also got a glimpse of the person whom Dominic once was before misfortune struck, and it let me understand some of his motivations. MAKE ME LOVE YOU is entertaining with captivating developments and appealing characters. Though there are many secondary characters that stand out, I particularly liked the behavior of Gabriel and Alfreda who were the sources of additional laughs. Johanna Lindsey knows how to skillfully construct engaging historical romances. While not every book by this author is a favorite, her latest story was exactly what I needed at this time, as I smiled a lot and become involved in the lives of her delightful characters. Copy received from publisher for Always Reviewing blog

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Melo

    "You are as stuck with me as I am with you, no matter how much we both hate it." FINAL DECISION:  Rather bland characters and story make this a book that was okay to read but not one I will rush to pick up again. THE STORY:  Brooke Whitworth is ordered by the Prince Regent to be sent to marry Lord Dominic Wolfe, the enemy of her hated brother in order to settle a dispute which has led to three duels between the men.  If either family does not participate, their lands and titles will be forfeit. Br "You are as stuck with me as I am with you, no matter how much we both hate it." FINAL DECISION:  Rather bland characters and story make this a book that was okay to read but not one I will rush to pick up again. THE STORY:  Brooke Whitworth is ordered by the Prince Regent to be sent to marry Lord Dominic Wolfe, the enemy of her hated brother in order to settle a dispute which has led to three duels between the men.  If either family does not participate, their lands and titles will be forfeit. Brooke's brother is happy to send her believing that Lord Wolfe will reject her as a bride.  The Wolfe, however, intends on frightening her away. What he doesn't expect is that Brooke is happy to marry a man far away from her hated family and she will do everything to make him accept her. OPINION:  I am a big fan of Johanna Lindsey. I've been reading her books for thirty years, but this one was a disappointment.  There was nothing bad about the book, it just consisted of such a bland story and bland characters that it is utterly forgettable. I liked Brooke as a character.  She refuses to be cowed by her circumstances or her unhappy fiance. She is determined to make things work for her.  She is clever and kind.  Unfortunately, she was the best part of the book and was not unique enough to support the entire book. Dominic was the biggest disappointment. His character was just bland and unimpressive. There didn't seem to be anything to his character except his vendetta against Brooke's brother.  My reaction to him was just a big yawn. The story was resolved in too pat a manner. Too much easy happy endings where things were too broken to be so easily resolved. I just felt a big lack of any intense emotions, even passion in this book. There was one obligatory love scene that wasn't particularly interesting either. The story wasn't horrible, but just so bland that I would just recommend reading one of the amazing Lindsey books instead of this one. WORTH MENTIONING:  The funniest part of this book is when Dominic keeps getting his face slapped "propositioning" new mistresses. CONNECTED BOOKS:  MAKE ME LOVE YOU is a standalone. STAR RATING:  I give this book 2.5This review was originally posted on Top10RomanceBooks.com

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kath

    2 stars. The first historical romance I ever read was a Johanna Lindsey book. It was funny, entertaining and gripping, and with a 5 star rating initiated my venture into the genre. Thus I feel I should be forgiven for clinging to some old loyalty that keeps me picking up each new Lindsey novel as it is released, despite the fact that since the original Malory and princess series, her books on the whole have fell undoubtedly flat. 'Make me love you' had a rather unbelievable premise to begin with, b 2 stars. The first historical romance I ever read was a Johanna Lindsey book. It was funny, entertaining and gripping, and with a 5 star rating initiated my venture into the genre. Thus I feel I should be forgiven for clinging to some old loyalty that keeps me picking up each new Lindsey novel as it is released, despite the fact that since the original Malory and princess series, her books on the whole have fell undoubtedly flat. 'Make me love you' had a rather unbelievable premise to begin with, but this is fiction after all, so that didn't bother me. What did irritate me was the plain mediocre-ness that permeated this novel. I didn't like the hero, I couldn't sympathise with the heroine, and the secondary characters who might have been a source of entertainment were kept out of the bulk of the story. But it was that story itself that left me scratching my head in wonder as to how this even made it to the publishers. It plodded along for the most part, with little to no character development, and wrapped up in a manner that left me furrowing my brow, incredulous. Maybe Lindsey is just running out of ideas. That must be it. But the publishers must be happy to print any of her work, confident old loyalists like myself will buy them. I'm afraid to admit their tactic may be full proof. Because despite my lack of excitement for this novel, each time I see a new Lindsey book I still get a little thrill and head off to get my hands on it. And that's the heart of the matter. So all I can ask is - Johanna, please bring back some of your old magic - for the sake of an old fan.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    As most of the other reviewers have said, this was a pretty bland story. Not bad, just not really good either. Which is a shame, because I started out really liking the book. The story is that the hero, Dominic Wolfe has challenged the heroine, Brooke Whitworth's, brother Robert to 3 duels. Injuries have been incurred on both sides and the Prince Regent, sensing an opportunity, decides to swoop in and decree that Dominic and Brooke must marry to bring peace between the two families. If either sid As most of the other reviewers have said, this was a pretty bland story. Not bad, just not really good either. Which is a shame, because I started out really liking the book. The story is that the hero, Dominic Wolfe has challenged the heroine, Brooke Whitworth's, brother Robert to 3 duels. Injuries have been incurred on both sides and the Prince Regent, sensing an opportunity, decides to swoop in and decree that Dominic and Brooke must marry to bring peace between the two families. If either side refuses, that family will forfeit their lands to "Prinny's" coffers. Brooke's father has never liked her to begin with, disappointed that she wasn't a boy and sure that her birth ruined her mother's womb and that's why she could only miscarry the five babies they conceived after Brooke. So he packs Brooke off immediately without so much as a by-your-leave and threatens to have her declared insane and locked in an asylum the rest of her life if she dares refuse the marriage. This gives Brooke all the motivation she needs to stay in the engagement no matter what. Dominic is furious at the thought of marrying one of the enemy but can't lose all his holdings so he vows to do whatever it takes to force Brooke to break the engagement. I really liked Brooke's character and her voice. Unlike so many annoying, TSTL heroines, Brooke was very pragmatic and self-aware. She was in a tough situation but still recognized that it was preferable to where she'd come from and what she'd face if she returned. And despite Dominic's harsh words and promises to make her life miserable, she recognized his actions for what they were - attempts to scare her off. It was very refreshing to have a heroine who could stand up for herself and even keep her own emotions in check. Whenever she felt herself starting to allow her temper to get the better of her she stopped and realigned her behavior with her goals. How very adult of her! Dominic wasn't half bad as the hero either. Although he spent the whole first half of the book growling at Brooke and saying he'd never be able to trust her, he never did anything truly despicable, which is more than I can say for a lot of heroes. He also had a very good reason for being so angry at Brooke's brother. And while it was unfair of him to tar Brooke with the same brush, it's easy to see how someone in Dominic's position would hate the entire family for their implied acceptance of her brother's crime. And I loved Brooke's maid/nanny/surrogate mother, Althea. She was fantastic as a cheerleader, adviser, confidant or mama tiger as the situation called for it. And I liked Brooke's affinity for animals. I thought it was great that she had plans for the future, to become a horse-breeder. And that she had a special connection with the wolf, Storm. So that's a good base plot, good hero and heroine, good side characters and some lovable animals all in one book, what's not to like? Well, kind of everything else. This book felt very amateurish. All of these great elements were wasted. Most of them were introduced in the beginning and then just completely dropped for the second half of the book. And the romance just never came through. For starters, we get almost no scenes from Dominic's perspective. I think it happens three times in the whole book, and those are incredibly brief. That makes it hard to connect with the romance because, as far as we know, Dom is completely unaffected by Brooke. We needed way more from him. There were several scenes where Dom does something that could have been steamy - kissing Brooke or forcing her to massage his naked flesh, etc. - but they weren't because we never got any sign that he was the least bit affected. We've got Brooke recognizing that he's trying to embarrass her into running away and him seeming totally not-aroused from their encounters, and that's it. If we'd gotten more, his breath catching, or heart racing or SOMETHING to show us he wasn't impervious to her it would have been okay. But he was as calm as an ice sculpture on the romance front. And that made the scenes where Lindsey had him doing something to move the romance along seem like they were coming out of left field. For example, after they spent the night at the ruin during a storm. Brooke wakes up in the morning and Dom kisses her. He says that their horses mated during the night and listening to it was very arousing for him, hence the kiss. It was not a very steamy scene. "Something arousing happened during the night. You slept through it but trust me, it was hot, so now, hours after it happened, I'm gonna kiss you but not even bother trying to cop a feel because even though I'm allegedly super-aroused, I'm in total control of myself and not really that bothered." It was definitely a missed opportunity. And later on, after Dom and Brooke have started getting along and she thinks they might actually be able to make the marriage work. Robert says something nasty to Dom and he immediately runs back to Brooke and starts insulting her again. She's hurt and it makes her throw up her hands and decide he'll never trust her and the marriage is hopeless. The next time they see each other, Dominic acts like everything is totally fine between them. He never apologizes or explains why he's had this sudden change of heart, and since we don't get to hear his inner monologue, we never find out. Another missed connection. At about the halfway point a lot of the things I liked from the beginning of the book get abruptly dropped when Dominic and Brooke have to race off to London to see Dom's ailing mother. Althea, the wolf, Brooke and Dom's horses, and Dominic's friend Gabe all get left behind for almost the entire rest of the book. So that was lame. The part where Dominic and Brooke get held prisoner by highwaymen was beyond far-fetched and was blatantly obviously only included for plot contrivance. And the ending just got way over-the-top. After spending most of the book meandering through day-to-day activities, the end fairly stampedes toward the super happy, unicorns and rainbows ending filled with unlikely plot twists that are discovered and moved past in less than a page. And the fact that all the villains were essentially portrayed as merely misunderstood at the end was very unsatisfying. So all in all, I'm pretty disappointed by this book. It's one thing to have a book that's terrible right from the start but to have one that started out with so many things I like but then wasted them is just heartbreaking.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Overall I enjoyed it. It was light and fluffy, and didn't hold much depth, but that's fine. I wasn't looking for a lot of depth out of it anyway. There were times, however, when I wanted to slap the main character (Brooke), and tell her to shut up. Or when I felt like it was just a little too ridiculous. The ending was especially a little much. I also started rolling my eyes every time she described Dominic as a wolf, because it was just way too often. I was also surprised by the fact that seemi Overall I enjoyed it. It was light and fluffy, and didn't hold much depth, but that's fine. I wasn't looking for a lot of depth out of it anyway. There were times, however, when I wanted to slap the main character (Brooke), and tell her to shut up. Or when I felt like it was just a little too ridiculous. The ending was especially a little much. I also started rolling my eyes every time she described Dominic as a wolf, because it was just way too often. I was also surprised by the fact that seemingly every girl has partaken in premarital sex, some of them during their Season. That kind of annoyed me, seeing as this was regency era (a few other things also irritated me because they didn't seem to be fit that time period). But whatever. I wanted a light, regency era, romance, and that's what I got. So again, I'll say, over all I liked the book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dawn ♥ romance

    I enjoyed this historical romance even with all the animosity until the end. The events throughout kept it interesting and the ending had lots of surprises. I generally liked both hero and heroine although some of their actions were frustrating. The Prince Regent orders Brooke to marry Dominic because he challenged her brother to three duels.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    What a wonderful historical romance! I could hardly ever put it down. Great characters, interesting villains, and animals! I really enjoyed watching the main characters find their way to each other. Great read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    just kat

    1.5? Disappointed. It didnt feel like a Lindsey book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Debbie DiFiore

    This isn't the old Johanna Lindsey. It was painful to get through because it was so boring. I liked parts of it very much but it just didn't have the magic like her old books did. It was funny in parts, confusing quite a bit,but I loved the pet, Storm. oh and Wolf. I Liked the hero and he was hot but he changed his mind too much. Liked the mystery of his sister and her death too. So I gave it three stars in memory of Her old Books. This isn't the old Johanna Lindsey. It was painful to get through because it was so boring. I liked parts of it very much but it just didn't have the magic like her old books did. It was funny in parts, confusing quite a bit,but I loved the pet, Storm. oh and Wolf. I Liked the hero and he was hot but he changed his mind too much. Liked the mystery of his sister and her death too. So I gave it three stars in memory of Her old Books.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lynsey A

    This is my first Johanna Lindsey read in years, probably at least 5 or more. Her newer releases just don't have what her books from the 80's and 90's gave us. However, this one seemed like an interesting premise so I decided to read it. Honestly, it seemed as if the hero and the heroine weren't together too often. When they were together, for about 60% of the book there was strife, which was a bit aggravating. I certainly wanted more from the hero's POV. I don't feel I knew enough about what he This is my first Johanna Lindsey read in years, probably at least 5 or more. Her newer releases just don't have what her books from the 80's and 90's gave us. However, this one seemed like an interesting premise so I decided to read it. Honestly, it seemed as if the hero and the heroine weren't together too often. When they were together, for about 60% of the book there was strife, which was a bit aggravating. I certainly wanted more from the hero's POV. I don't feel I knew enough about what he was feeling. This is a story of a couple who are forced to wed by Prinny. The H has dueled with the h's brother three times over a tragedy with the H's sister. Dom does not like Brooke and doesn't want to give her a chance. Brooke, who lived in a very unhappy home, due to a jealous brother, disagreeable father and a mother who hardly talked to her (in order to keep her safe), was excited for the chance to get away from them, even if she didn't get her Season in London. She goes in with the idea that they have much in common since they both dislike her family, but Dom can only see his anger against her brother. This angry back and forth went on for quite a bit. I would get frustrated at times with the heroes behavior towards the heroine. I wanted more of the sweetness between them; I wanted to see them fall in love. It was very hard to see, especially from the hero's perspective. When they did start to express feelings for each other, something happens that splits them for a time. Then we get a whole host of surprises at the end of the book, something I didn't see coming. I was pleased with the ending, although this whole book felt rushed. The one problem I did have with the ending (view spoiler)[is that the brother seemed to just change character somewhat. After being jealous and spiteful to the heroine, it turns out the duel's etc., were to help a friend. We never got to see any decent part of the brother's character until the almost about face at the end. It just seemed to easy to me and I had no decent feelings for him, even at the end. (hide spoiler)] Overall, a pretty tame book with a hotness scale of about 2 out of 5. I think she had a real chance to give a great deal of angst that we didn't get. The old, "Oh you hate my brother, how could you ever love me," etc. It felt like a lost opportunity for more angst. I may have to re-read some old Johanna Lindsey books, some of my faves, to compare with this one.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kimia Safavi

    Loved it! Johanna Lindsey is one of my favorite authors that I have to buy her books on release day. Lady Brooke Whitworth has been dreaming of her first Season in London because she intends to win a husband who will take her far away from her unloving family. Instead, she is being sent to the Yorkshire moors to wed a mysterious nobleman whose family is cursed and who has thrice tried to kill her brother. But there’s no room in her heart for fear; this man is her means of escape. She will make him Loved it! Johanna Lindsey is one of my favorite authors that I have to buy her books on release day. Lady Brooke Whitworth has been dreaming of her first Season in London because she intends to win a husband who will take her far away from her unloving family. Instead, she is being sent to the Yorkshire moors to wed a mysterious nobleman whose family is cursed and who has thrice tried to kill her brother. But there’s no room in her heart for fear; this man is her means of escape. She will make him love her! But Dominic Wolfe has other plan and determines to scare away Lady Brooke, if only he can resist her... This is another fantastic novel by Johanna Lindsey with an unpredictable story line and a wonderful twist and turn. Definitely a page turner and I couldn't put the book down but when I finished the story I regret why I read it so fast. Thank you Johanna Lindsey!

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