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A highly satisfying culmination of the Wilde series
Reviewed in the United States on March 31, 2021
Eloisa James' Wilde series has been uneven. Unlike "Say Yes to the Duke", which suffered from a fairly minimal plot, "Wilde Child" succeeds brilliantly on all levels. James presents two complex characters who suffer from serious insecurities and has them learn about themselves and find their way towards each other in a convincing, satisfying way. Along with Joan and Thaddeus other characters also find their HEA. The plot revolves around theatre - Shakespeare - and Ms. James' use of the Bard is a pleasure. The detailed love scenes are handled with flair and contribute nicely to the main characters' learning what is important to them. Several chapters towards the end, involving Thaddeus' obnoxious father, are simply brilliant: they have the kind of verve that distinguished her early novels, especially The Duchess Quartet.
This is a book to read and reread. Thank you for the homerun, Ms. James!