Wilde in Love
The Wildes of Lindow Castle #1
by Eloisa James
Harper Collins | Imprint: Avon
On Sale: 10/31/2017
I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
One of Cosmopolitan’s Best Books of 2017!
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!
I had a tough time getting into this book: new characters, tinny, biting dialog, but i especially liked the two main characters for their quirky personalities and essential decency.
I did not really enjoy the secondaries: Alaric Wilde’s huge and extended family, and Willa’s guardian and their child. Lavinia’s instantly nasty relationship with Alaric’s friend, Mr. Sterling obviously presages a hate-to-love plot in a future book was hard to rationalize and understand. Lavinia seems like what they called a “Flibbertigibbet.” The familial relationships were loose and a little hard to keep straight.
Willa has an uncommon pet that is hard to come to terms with and hard to believe. Give her a hedgehog, Eloisa, not what you gave her.
This story also starts in 1778 which means it is not “Regency’ but Georgian. This gives us a slightly different social climate, and fashion. We’re used to the lighter Regency fashions and not the seriously hoops and panniers. We have King George III and Prinny is just a sixteen year-old.
When the couple does get together there’s a dance between them that could be pulled from today’s world and that is about personas generated by celebrity and one’s actual person. It’s an interesting dilemma for Willa and Alaric; and salient to how we look at celebrities even now. It also looks at allegations of romantic involvement.
I’ve read or listened to a lot of Eloisa’s books; this was not my favorite when I began reading it but it grew on me and you have to love the “Mr. Darcy getting out of the lake” cover.