Review: Wilde in Love by Eloisa James

Reviewed by Jen

I had fun with this first installment in Eloisa James’ new Wildes of Lindlow Castle series. It is light and funny with a wide cast of characters and a premise that could’ve gone either way for me.

Lord Alaric Wilde has spent the past several years adventuring. Not only has he traveled far and wide to exotic lands, he has chronicled his journeys in a series of books which have taken society by storm. And if that weren’t enough, his stories coupled with his dashing good looks and noble birth inspired a play about him which sells out every night.

Unbeknownst to him, he has become a celebrity of sorts. Women keep the drawings of him on their walls. They lined up outside of the boat when he returned home. They make a pilgrimages to his childhood home. He was completely unaware that any of it was happening. But now that he is finally home, to celebrate the engagement of his brother Roland, he’s getting a rude awakening.

All the ladies at the house party he comes home to are swooning. Well, every lady except his brother’s betrothed and Willa Ffynche. The very intelligent and very correct young woman actually seems put off by his notoriety. She wants nothing to do with the beloved Lord Wilde. Of course, that is what makes her so enticing.

The story follows Alaric’s efforts to woo Willa and her struggle to ignore her attraction to him. I get why Willa wanted nothing to do with his fame and devoted followers, but she was a little bit prickly. She shot him down hard-core for much of the book, but obviously that doesn’t last forever. Or else how is it a romance? It was obviously lust at first sight that drove these two (plus the challenge of the chase) and the physical was a stronger element than the emotional, but I believe there were real feelings involved toward the end.

All of the books Alaric wrote have titles that play on his last name, much like the title of this book itself. I got a lot of laughs about that and the silly heroics of the play. Though it wasn’t an emotional book or angsty at all, I really enjoyed reading it just for the light fun it provided. I also want to point out that this is set in the Georgian period, rather than Regency, so all of the wigs, powdered hair, and crazy fashion were something different than I was used to.

The book also set up some of the romances to come. Obviously, there is Roland whose betrothed seems to want to do anything but marry him. And then there is the enemies to lovers story in the making between Willow’s best friend and Alaric’s adopted brother, Parth. I think both of them are going to be excellent and or a little higher on the angst meter. I will definitely keep reading to see their stories unfold.

Rating: B/B+

*ARC provided by Avon

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Wilde in Love
by Eloisa James
Release Date: October 31, 2017
Publisher: Avon

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