Friday, May 25, 2018

Review - Too Wilde to Wed by Eloisa James @EloisaJames

Too Wilde to Wed by Eloisa James
Series: The Wildes of Lindow Castle #2
Publisher: HarperCollins - Avon
Publication Date: May 29, 2018
Date Read: May 17, 2018
Length: 384 pages
Source: Edelweiss
★★★★☆
The handsome, rakish heir to a dukedom, Lord Roland Northbridge Wilde—known to his friends as North—left England two years ago, after being jilted by Miss Diana Belgrave. He returns from war to find that he's notorious: polite society has ruled him "too wild to wed."

Diana never meant to tarnish North's reputation, or his heart, but in her rush to save a helpless child, there was no time to consider the consequences of working as a governess in Lindow Castle. Now everyone has drawn the worst conclusions about the child's father, and Diana is left with bittersweet regret.

When North makes it clear that he still wants her for his own, scandal or no, Diana has to fight to keep from losing her heart to the man whom she still has no intention of marrying.

Yet North is returning a hardened warrior—and this is one battle he's determined to win.

He wants Diana, and he'll risk everything to call her his own.

My Review

I just loved Diana and North!  I have been looking forward to reading their story since finishing the first book in the series, Wilde in Love.  This book would work perfectly well as a stand alone but the ending of the first book really had me eager to read this second installment.  I went into this book with pretty high expectations and they were all surpassed.  I really had a fantastic time reading this book.

Diana and North were previously betrothed until Diana left without warning.  When Diana left, North decided to join the military and went off to war.  Diana had reasons for leaving the way she did and has paid a steep price for her decision.  When she runs out of options, Diana takes a job as a governess at Lindow Castle with North's family.  Things get really interesting when North returns home and learns all of the rumors surrounding his relationship with Diana.

I loved the characters in this book.  In the first book, we were introduced to the Diana and North that were for show but in this book we finally get to meet their true selves.  I liked getting to know the real Diana and North and enjoyed watching both of them really get to know each other.  It was interesting to watch them both realize that they really knew very little of each other when they had plans to marry.  Diana and North both prove to be strong people who will sacrifice to do what is right.  I thought that the chemistry between them was extremely well done.

It was really interesting to learn about all of the things that happened that brought both Diana and North to their current life situation.  North has fought a war and takes his responsibility as heir very seriously.  Diana's story was very interesting and I loved the fact that she was willing to give up so much in order to protect someone she loves.  They are both very responsible people who tend to put the needs of others above their own.  I had a great time watching them both get their happily ever after.

I would recommend this book to fans of historical romance.  This was such a smartly written romance filled with character you couldn't help but cheer on.  I can't wait to read more of this fantastic series.

I received a digital review copy of this book from Avon Books via Edelweiss.
The Series
Book #1 - Wilde in Love - My Review
Book #2 - Too Wilde to Wed
Book #3 - Born to be Wilde - Coming July 31, 2018!
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. Awww, it has been ages since <i read anything by her

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    1. I haven't read too many of her books but I have been loving this series.

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  2. I always have a very enjoyable time with her novels, so I'm going to be sure this one is on my list as well! Glad it worked great for you, Carole :)

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  3. I used to read this author but have not in a while. I love the cover and you have me very curious!

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    1. I haven't read her as much as I would like but have enjoyed all of her books that I have read so far. This series has been really good so far.

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  4. I'm reading her tales series and enjoy it a lot! I need to read the whole thing!

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    1. I do need to read more of her work as well.

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  5. That sounds like a book that I might like. Thanks for the great review.

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    1. I hope you get a chance to read this one, Mary!

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  6. I love it that it exceeded expectation. And, second chances are great when they are like this and show that they have an even better chance at happiness b/c they waited.

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    1. These two were so much better for each other in this second chance.

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  7. It is awesome when a book exceeded your expectations.

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  8. Another author I've been meaning to read! This book sounds fabulous. I put myself on the waitlist for the first one from my library. :)

    Great review.

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    1. I have been having a great time with this series, Angie!

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  9. I love historical romance though I haven't been reading that much of it lately. Eloisa James is an author I've only read a little bit from her but I've really been meaning to read more. I love the sound of this!

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    1. I think you would like this one, Katherine!

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  10. This sounds like a fun read! I've been feeling more historical romances lately. great review!

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  11. I haven't read any of her books but then again, i haven't read too many books in this genre. I love the second chance romance thing, though.

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    1. These two were so much fun together, Joy!

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  12. This sounds like a sweet story. I usually dislike second chance romances, but I'd give Eloisa James's second chance romances a chance. Her books are usually very good - I've had success with them. Wonderful review, Carole!

    Have a lovely week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. They honestly didn't know each other very well during their first chance together so this book had all of the initial getting to know you parts of a romance.

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