Series: The Wildes of Lindow Castle #1
Published by Avon on October 31, 2017
Genres: Georgian Romance
Source: Advance Reader Copy, Avon Addicts
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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!
Why don’t more authors write about the Georgian Era? I love the lush and sumptuous clothing. Is it the fact that the men wore wigs? I think that’s it. But by gum, I sure didn’t care that the men had wigs or stockings or whatever because the pictures in my head were so glamorous!
Lord Alaric Wilde has come home from his adventures abroad to find out his stories of said adventures have become wildly popular. He gets off the ship wondering who the crowd is waiting for. Spoiler alert: It’s for him.
Willa is one of the few people who hasn’t read his adventure stories. She outwardly emits the image of the perfect lady. She and her cousin find it fun to pretend to be the epitome of debutantes everywhere. Really they’re ladylike, but they also have opinions, brains, and sassy personalities. And of course Alaric notices. And he prefers the real Willa, not the one she projects to the ton. And she begins to realize she prefers being herself around him rather than the perfectly ladylike Willa she normally is.
But the biggest problem is that Willa is an intensely private person, and Alaric is basically the most famous man of his time, think Beatlemania. His fame is too much for Willa. There’s a bit of a wrench thrown into their plans, though, as someone from his past travels shows up to ruin his happiness. I felt that part could have been done better. I liked the idea of it, but it didn’t really fit all that well.
While Lord Alaric doesn’t wear a wig often, his older brother does. His brother dresses in the peak of fashion for that time, and it’s too much for his fiancee, who spends the entire book avoiding him. I found myself to be more interested in them as a couple than I was Alaric and Willa. Those two have such an exciting start for their story. I can’t wait to find out what happens next in Too Wilde to Wed.
***ARC courtesy of Avon Addicts