Series: The Wildes of Lindow Castle #1
on October 31st 2017
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. Things are about to get Wilde . . .
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 . . .
A New York Times bestseller many times over, Eloisa James lives in New York City, where she is a Shakespeare professor (with an M.Phil. from Oxford). She is also the mother of two children and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight.
Wilde in Love is the first in the latest series by Eloisa James so I knew it would be the perfect entry point for me into a genre and author that are new to me. Set in Georgian times, we are introduced to Lord Alaric Wilde who embodies the term “rakish” exceptionally well. Having travelled the world writing about his adventures with the weird and wonderful, he has returned home to England to a surprising welcome where he finds himself as the “celeb du jour” with most of English Society’s proper young ladies losing the run of themselves over his public persona. Rather vexxed by this turn of events, Alaric turns his attentions towards the one woman who seems less than impressed by his status. Willa Ffynche is unlike any woman Alaric has ever met, headstrong, opinionated and fiercely independent, he can’t help but be drawn to her fiery spirit.
Willa, on the other hand is determined to not be like “all the others” and does her best to resist Alaric however his quick wit and charm soon gets under her skin and before long they are verbally sparring and enjoying each other’s company. There are several secondary characters that add to the book’s charm and humourous plot points. It took a while for me to get into the book, at first the pace seemed stilted however once I got over the proverbial “hump”, I felt the plot moved along nicely.
Engaging, fun with plenty of witty exchanges, Wilde in Love is a fresh, entertaining romance and a promising start to what should be a wonderful new series. Looking forward to the next installment!