The Claiming of the Shrew (The Survivors, #5) by Shana Galen

The Claiming of the Shrew (The Survivors, #5)

What happens when a marriage of convenience isn't so convenient?Lieutenant Colonel Benedict Draven has retired from the army and spends most of his days either consulting for the Foreign Office or whiling away the hours at his club with his former comrades-in-arms. He rarely thinks about the fiery Portuguese woman he saved from an abusive marriage by wedding her himself. It was supposed to be a marriage in name only, but even five years later and...

Details The Claiming of the Shrew (The Survivors, #5)

TitleThe Claiming of the Shrew (The Survivors, #5)
Release DateApr 16th, 2019
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical, Historical Fiction, Regency

Reviews The Claiming of the Shrew (The Survivors, #5)

  • Sarah
    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 wit...
  • Caz
    I've given this a B- at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars rounded up. (And I forgot to post it when it ran!)Shana Galens series featuring  The Survivors , a group of men who survived being part of a specially selected suicide squad during the Napoleonic Wars, continues with The Claiming of the Shrew, which tells the story of the squads commander, Lieutenant Colonel Benedict Draven, and his Portuguese wife, Catarina.  Ive read the first couple of books ...
  • Barbara Rogers
    Series: The Survivors #5Publication Date: 4/16/19Number of Pages: 216This author never disappoints! Ive loved The Survivors series from the very first book and Ive loved every book since then including this one. Draven has been a continuing character in each of the books and hes been a bit of an enigma. He is always there, always supportive, but also always somewhat aloof mostly because he feels so responsible for the survivors of his group of ...
  • Mamacita Slacum
    4*Wonder when we will get the rest of the survivors? Who will be next? Colin or Phin? I have a feeling it will be Phineas since (view spoiler)[ his brother just died and he is now next in line to be the Duke from being 5th in line to next will be quite the story. (hide spoiler)]
  • Niki
    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 wit...
  • Elodie
    Its been while I turned around Mrs Shana Galen work but too many books to read, each day with its lot of new ones, but this new release and the praises from the early reviewers gave me the right opportunity to discover her talent.It was an awesome read, the story flows perfectly, the characters have depth and stay true to themselves.As a new reader in this series, I confirm it can be read as a standalone, never I felt lost, plus the prologue set ...
  • Kristina Birch
    Draven Has Met His Match! Lieutenant Colonel Benedict Draven has watched four of his Survivors find love and happiness, while wondering if hed ever again see the young woman who stole a piece of him. Catarina has had to be bold to survive and five years after propositioning Draven for a marriage of convenience she needs his help again. It was so much fun watching the stoic leader of the Survivors fall in love with his wife! A little less suspense...
  • Monique
    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 per...
  • Barbara
    Catarina Neves has had trouble with men, first a cruel and domineering father who tried to marry her off to an abusive man, then Benedict Draven, the English officer she found to save her from that marriage during the war and who then abandoned her, and now shes under the control of another domineering and abusive man who wants to take over her lacemaking business. Shes come to London to seek an annulment from Benedict, who had to leave her in Po...
  • Evelyn
    I knew when I read the short story of the marriage of convenience between Catarina Neves and Lieutenant Colonel Benedict Draven that it wouldnt be the end of their story. Thank you, Shana Galen, for coming back to revisit them five years later in THE CLAIMING OF THE SHREW. Im not a huge fan of marriage of convenience stories, but in this case, it led to a delightful, five-star, May-December romance. The well-written storyline has the perfect bala...
  • Amanda
    This was a bit of strange read because somehow the plot both managed to be too much and boring at the same time. The multiple threats of rape and violence on the heroine did not sit well with me either. I did like Draven a lot, but the May-December romance between him and Catarina fell flat in the face of the constant drama surrounding them. Tigrino the badass cat and the appearances/introductions *cough*sequel bait*cough* by other Survivors made...
  • Mclaudia
    DNF around the 40% mark. Life is short and my reading time even shorter.
  • Tracy Emro
    4.5 stars, rounded up.Lt. Colonel Benedict Draven has been introduced to readers as the stoic, serious and dedicated to King and Country leader of the "Survivors" - but at the end of the last book, readers got a shock when they learned the seemingly "confirmed bachelor" was married!!Draven met Catarina Neves five years ago in Portugal, where he was on campaign. She enters his tent and holds him at gun point - demanding a husband. He disarms her, ...
  • Molly
    I have loved Shana Galen's books for years. I hope she never quits writing. This story is about Lieutenant Colonel Benedict Draven, who has retired from the army and spends most of his time as either consulting for the Foreign Office or spending hours at his club with his former comrades. He does not think about the Portuguese woman he saved from an abusive marriage by wedding her himself. But he can't seem to forget her. Catarina Neves is an inc...
  • Vikki Vaught
    As with all of Shana Galens historical romances, she has again delivered a tale with sparkling dialogue and an adventure-packed plot. Im so glad I accepted an invitation from the publisher, via Net-Galley, to read and review The Claiming of the Shrew, the third book in her Survivors series. My opinions are my own and are not influence in any way.The Claiming of the Shrew is another fine example of Shana Galens talent as an author. Her characters ...
  • Suzette
    Readers will receive a delightful surprise that Shana Galen has included in this Survivors story. Catarina is the perfect foil to Dravens character. She is fiery to match Dravens ginger hair. Her story pushes all of his need to protect and care for the people in his charge. Inés and the cat are great bonus characters. Shana tells a powerful story of survival from the female perspective. Catarina had fought her own war and survived. She finally g...
  • Janet
    Lieutenant Colonel Benedict Draven has retired from the army and spends most of his days either consulting for the Foreign Office or whiling away the hours at his club with his former comrades-in-arms a crack suicide troop dubbed The Survivors. He rarely thinks about the fiery Portuguese woman he saved from an abusive marriage by wedding her himself. It was supposed to be a marriage in name only, but even five years later and a world away, he can...
  • Susan Gorman
    What I want-no, no-what I need, she said coolly, is a husband.After reading this sentence, I knew I was going to adore Benedict Draven and Caterina Neves story. While serving in the army in Portugal, Draven marries Caterina to save her from an arranged marriage. After the service, they share a passionate kiss and Draven leaves Caterina at her aunts home and rejoins his men.Draven is surprised when Caterina appears in London and requests an annulm...
  • Donna
    Catarina Ana Marcia Neves is the eldest of seven sisters. She wants a husband, but not the man her father chose. Lt. Colonel Benedict Draven is the leader of a group of soldiers who we would call special ops. Catarina thinks Draven will be a good choice to marry as hell go back to England and shell have her independence. He marries her and leaves her with an aunt as he has an army at war to worry about.Some years later Catarina goes to London and...
  • Blodeuedd Finland
    I have read the other Survivors books, and this time it is about their Colonel, he was the one sending them to their death, while he had to stay behind.But this is the book about how he met his wife. She needed a husband and picked him. Later she says that she waited for him to come back, though why? This was for show only, and their marriage was not even valid in Britain.So Catarina comes back and wants an annulment. Trouble is on her heels as s...
  • Melanie
    This is the fifth story in The Survivors series and I really looked forward to finding out Draven and Catarinas story.This story had so much going for it and I enjoyed the romance and the pace of the story.If youve ever wondered how lace was made back then, youll be fascinated to learn this art that our heroine was proficient at.If youre looking to read a romance with a strong, able and fun heroine, this is it. And as for the hero, it took me a b...
  • Ash
    2.5 StarsGrade: C-
  • Blushing Reader
    I forgot how much I loved this series!! I do hope to have more books in this series 😍
  • Kelly The Sassy Book Lover
    After finally finding out why Benedict wasnt married I was excited about his story. I knew it was going to be interesting and different and it doesnt disappoint. Their first meeting was a shocking one and five years later the next one was just as shocking. I wasnt sure how the danger was going to end but loved how the cat was involved. The ending was perfect.Catarina is a very skilled lace maker and loves her independence. She was afraid of love ...
  • Kathy
    Catarina and Benedict face a war, distance, losing touch with each other and a demented Spaniard before their romance really starts. And even as the romance blossoms there are setbacks aplenty. Draven is such a gentleman, not quite a silver fox, but oh how charming in his gruff, military way. Catarina is a good match for him as she is strong, willful, independent, but innocent in her own way. I loved this story! As always, Shana Galen brings her ...
  • Beryl
    I absolutely loved this book! I've always enjoyed Shana's writing, but her emphasis on the war in France over the last few has put a strain on my ability to relax and enjoy her writing - now we're back into Regency society, my favourite place to be, and as a result I was able to enjoy the story to the full. A feisty heroine, a damaged but still gorgeous hero, and the best type of villain plus a selection of minor characters with wonderful charact...
  • Barbara
    No, just no.Draven deserved so much more than a screaming shrew: the title says it all. Disappointed in the story.
  • Nessa