Monday, November 6, 2017

Review - Wilde in Love by Eloisa James @EloisaJames

Wilde in Love by Eloisa James
Series: The Wildes of Lindow Castle #1
Publisher: HarperCollins - Avon
Publication Date: October 31, 2017
Date Read: November 4, 2017
Length: 416 pages
Source: Edelweiss
★★★★☆
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 fa├žade 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!

My Review

This book was such a delight to read!  I decided that I was going to have to read this book as soon as I got a really good look at it.  The cover is great and the description is even better.  When I noticed that this was the first book in a new series, I was even more excited.  This book lived up to all of my expectations.  I had such a good time reading it and honestly hated to put it down.

The characters in this book were wonderful.  Alaric is frustrated by all of the attention he is receiving.  He is the kind of man that cares little of what other people think unless they are important to him.  Willa knows what is expected of a proper lady and is not impressed by Alaric's fame in the least.  These two fit together so well and the chemistry between them really helped to keep the pages turning.  I liked these two characters on their own but they really seemed to come alive in the scenes that they shared with each other.

There were a lot of secondary characters that played important roles in this story.  I had a moment early in the book that I had to really concentrate to keep everyone straight but each character was so well developed that wasn't an issue for long at all.  I am a huge animal lover so I am usually a fan of animals being a part of the story especially when they are important characters in the story.  Sweetpea and Hannibal were such nice additions to this story.  Who doesn't want an adorable pet skunk?

This was a really well done romance.  There is enough excitement to really keep things interesting especially as the book progressed.  I found the story to have some more humorous moments and a few nail biting scenes.  I loved how romantic the story really was with just enough steamy scenes to have a very nice balance.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.  This book has that happily ever after I was looking for and things wrap up nicely for Alaric and Willa.  There is a bit of an open end for Alaric's brother, North, that has me really eager to get my hands on the next book in this series.   I will definitely be reading more from Eloisa James in the future.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Avon Books via Edelweiss.
About the Author
Eloisa James is a 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.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

24 comments:

  1. is there a reason why his shirt is wet? Plus yours is the 2nd good review i read so far, must be promising

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    1. He had to help rescue a cat from the water. He saves cats!

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  2. This one looks great. I need to try more of her books!

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    1. I have only read a couple but all that I have read have been good!

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  3. I haven't read a lot of books in this genre, but I do like the sound of this one!

    Ps: I notice that you are listening to the audiobook of IT. Is it good? Scary?
    I want to read one of his books, but they are all so long. So, I might just listen to one of his audiobooks. Do you recommend?

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    1. I like a good historical romance every once in a while.

      I am listening to It right now but I just started so I don't know what I think just yet. I have heard good things about it but it is a very long audiobook. I am going to spend weeks with this one! I will make sure to write a review once I do finish.

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  4. I definitely want to read this! I've only read a few Eloisa James books but I've liked the ones I've read. I think I might give this a try via audiobook.

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    1. I have only read a few of her books myself but I do wonder why since I have really liked each of them.

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  5. I love Eloisa James books. Can't wait to read it.

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  6. The characters and the romance sounds really good. And it's only the first book in the series, so I will have to look into getting a copy of this one. Great review!

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    1. It really looks like it is going to be a great series!

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  7. I haven't read this author before but this sounds really good and I love the cover.

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  8. gah this book has made my radar, I found that people either love it a lot or don't like it. I'm curious cause I have enjoyed her writing

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    1. I enjoyed it. I definitely fall into the love camp :)

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  9. Fun that he's the historic version of the guy gracing GQ and being chased by the paparazzi and his adoring fans.

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    1. It was a lot of fun. There were a few paprazzi type moments :)

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  10. Eloisa James has been on my TBR for probably a decade and I've read precisely one book by her. No idea why I've only read one considering I really loved the one I did read. This sounds amazing and I really love the sound of Willa. Adding to my TBR.

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    1. I have done the same thing, Katherine. I will definitely be keeping up with this series though. It was so much fun!

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  11. She's one I still have't tried but I do own a few of hers now. Good to hear she does a nice job with it!

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    1. This was very enjoyable. I will be picking up more of her work very soon.

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