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Wilde in Love: The Wildes of Lindow Castle Mass Market Paperback – October 31, 2017
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Lord Alaric Wilde, son of the Duke of Lindow, is the most celebrated man in England, revered for his dangerous adventures and rakish good looks. Arriving home from years abroad, he has no idea of his own celebrity until his boat is met by mobs of screaming ladies. Alaric escapes to his father’s castle, but just as he grasps that he’s not only famous but notorious, he encounters the very private, very witty, Miss Willa Ffynche.
Willa presents the façade of a serene young lady to the world. Her love of books and bawdy jokes is purely for the delight of her intimate friends. She wants nothing to do with a man whose private life is splashed over every newspaper.
Alaric has never met a woman he wanted for his own . . . until he meets Willa. He’s never lost a battle.
But a spirited woman like Willa isn’t going to make it easy. . . .
The first book in Eloisa James’s dazzling new series set in the Georgian period glows with her trademark wit and sexy charm—and introduces a large, eccentric family. Readers will love the Wildes of Lindow Castle!
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“Expertly developed characters will draw readers in, and the cliffhanger conclusion is full of promise for future installments.” — Publishers Weekly
“A charming, romantic, and unexpectedly funny start to a very promising new series. A must for James fans and a sure bet for everyone else.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Written with plenty of wry wit, graced with a brilliantly crafted cast of characters, and imbued with just the right amount of luscious sensuality, Wilde in Love will hit the literary sweet spot of any romance reader.” — Booklist (starred review)
“Wilde in Love gives readers a lovely romance and a fine introduction to a series that I cannot wait to keep reading.” — All About Romance
About the Author
Eloisa James is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author and professor of English literature, who lives with her family in New York, but can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. She is the mother of two and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight. Visit her at www.eloisajames.com.
- Publisher : Avon (October 31, 2017)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062389475
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062389473
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 1.04 x 6.62 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #305,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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FINAL DECISION: This was a lovely story that was incredibly funny and romantic. The characters were amazing. I generally prefer my books with more personal angst, but readers looking for a fun romantic historical romp will love this one.
THE STORY: In Georgian England, Lord Alaric Wilde, the "spare", has returned to London after traveling the world to discover that he has become a sensation in his absence. He has become a true celebrity to his distress as he is chased by women all over the country who want a glimpse or a souvenir from the rakish explorer. Escaping to his father, the duke's, castle, Alaric finds himself enamored of Miss Willa Ffynche who doesn't want anything to do with the notorious Lord Alaric. Willa is a private person who keeps herself well disguised among society and has made herself a social success and wants nothing more than a quiet man to spend her life with. Definitely not Alaric -- but his pursuit of her tempts her in ways she never expected.
OPINION: I had to think a lot about this book after I read it. I was not certain where to rate it and how to explain my feelings about it. I wavered between giving it 4 stars or 4 and a half stars because while the book wasn't as dramatic as I tend to like them and the romance builds very slowly, I came away from the book still thinking about it. As I reviewed parts of it to write this review, I loved the characters and the humor so much that I think this book will grow on me as the series develops further.
And that is where I want to start this review -- with the series. As the first book in the series, this book serves as an introduction to the Wilde Family. And I loved them. The characters are so big and bright and romantic that I immediately wanted to know all their stories. These are likable people and have such a family spirit together that endeared them to me.
Alaric is such a sweet, sexy and romantic character. He falls for Willa so quickly and spends much of the book trying to win her. (I have to admit that I enjoy the books where the hero falls for the heroine early). His willingness to open himself up wide to Willa is so sweet. And he truly wants to know Willa which is so sexy. He is interested in her -- her thoughts, those parts of herself that she hides from others, and he wants her to be herself with him.
Willa is a heroine who is discovering how to be herself. Her background has led her to present a social face and to keep her true self hidden. So much so, that she doesn't really expect to be herself in life. Alaric desperately wants the imperfect Willa. The real person hiding behind all the Georgian finery and social polish.
This book is not only romantic but also laugh out loud funny. A bawdy farce of a play about Alaric's life (including cannibals!), a pet skunk and mangy cat, naughty etchings of Alaric's life, a hero that won't be deterred from the woman he wants and a heroine determined to avoid him at all costs. But this book not only has humor but has a deep heart to it.
The story is a slow build and you have to commit to it. The story isn't slow, but the drama is smaller than in many books (Willa's determination not to fall for the big public notorious Alaric) and therefore the book is more personal to these characters. While I prefer more dramatic stories generally, I really loved the humor and big romantic gestures of this book.
My final word on this book is that the cliffhanger as a prelude for the next book was so shocking that I don't know how I'm going to last until the next book comes out.
WORTH MENTIONING: While the main romance is complete at the end of this book, there is a cliffhanger which sets up the story for the next book about a different couple.
CONNECTED BOOKS: WILDE IN LOVE is the first book in the Wildes of Lindlow Castle series.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars.
NOTE: I received an ARC of this book via Edelweiss in order to provide a review. I was not required to write a review or to write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.
All his fame has happened while he was traveling. So, when he arrives home he is shocked to find that there is nowhere that is safe from his fans. Women are willing to do anything to see him, to touch him and even more.
Wilhelmina (Willa, Evie & Eve) Everett Ffynche is a young woman who is beautiful and humorous and very intelligent. She has no interest in most of the many men who have proposed to her. They are boring. She and her best friend, Lavinia, have become stars of their first season. They have made a pact to appear to be soft and ladylike. None of those qualities are actually who they are.
Willa became an orphan at the age of 9 and Lady Grey, Lavinia's mother, became her surrogate mother. Willa quickly figured out that being a perfect young lady would make her exactly what Lady Grey wanted in a little girl.
On the surface, Willa and Lavinia appear to be perfect young ladies. Underneath the surface, they are wonderfully aware of human nature and the humorous part of humanity. They share secrets and jokes and wisdom. Lavinia is a shopaholic and Willa reads Pliny because she is curious about history.
Alaric meets Willa and immediately likes her. He is enamored of her wit and humor. He is attracted to her beauty. And he is intrigued that apparently Willa is the only woman in England who does not fall at his feet.
This is a sweet romance. There is not instant bed sport. There are conversations, and flirting and laughing together. As a sign of his devotion to her, Alaric gives Willa a baby skunk as a gift. (I had pet skunks and descriptions of Sweetpea are quite accurate.)
These two people are perfect for one another. They share intelligence and a sense of adventure. But, it takes work on the part of Alaric to get Willa to admit who she truly is.
This is a story of many types of love.
The love in the family of the Duke of Lindow is quite obvious. The Duke loves his children. His third wife is pregnant with his most recent child and everyone in the family is excited at the upcoming birth. Alaric's brother North is betrothed and besotted with Diana, he has changed his entire being in order to please her. Lavinia and Willa are best friends and share an understanding, trust and a love for one another.
I have not read a book by Ms James in awhile. For some reason, they were not appealing to me. This story is an Eloisa James Story! I fell in love with Willa and Alaric. I loved the pace of the story, it is evident that a courtship is in full bloom. It is a sweet story. And the people who populate this book are generally good and kind people. I found people I would like to know.
I loved Alaric's Aunt Knowe. She is capable of saving any situation. All the secondary characters bring a great deal to the story.
Since this is the first in a series, we are introduced to others who will be characters in the following books. I look forward to their stories.
I am so happy that I read this book. It is just what I hope for from Ms James.
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The story centres around a house party, at which Alaric, the returned adventurer is the star guest; also visiting are Willa and her friend Lavinia. Willa is determined not to like Alaric, because she thinks, erroneously, that he enjoys all the hero worship. He meets Willa, and starts falling in love with her more or less straight away. His character is endearing and engaging - he pursues Willa, adamant that they are destined to be together. She resists, but finds herself coming round as she sees more of the real Alaric.
James doesn't give us one of those annoying heroines who blow hot and cold - Willa knows she is falling for Alaric but tries to push her feelings away because of the standards she has set for herself in a husband, moulded to some extent by her parents' actions [she is an orphan].
I loved the banter and humour between the large cast of characters. The villain was signposted very early in the book, and the villainous actions were entirely expected. I am not sure whether the author used this simply to reinforce the depth of feeling between Alaric and Willa, but it worked for me.
Eloisa James always makes her readers feel like part of her family - if you look at her website, she often gives snippets of family life - and that includes family pets. So the skunk and cat also worked for me! The other feature that I like with her books is that at the end, she usually gives some background history to certain features within the story - including, in this one, the inclusion of the pet skunk!
Her epilogues are always heart warming and leave one feeling that a loving relationship has come full circle. I am looking forward to the next one - the cliffhanger at the end of the book [a marketing ploy, but I don't care!] is genuinely shocking, and I look forward to finding out the background to it in the next book.
Read it, enjoy it and don't overanalyse. A delightful read.
I thoroughly recommend this book. It’s got humour, colour, steam, and plenty of teases for the rest of the series.