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Wilde in Love by Eloisa James
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Wilde In Love (The Wildes of Lindow Castle) by Eloisa James  
Readers who expect the unexpected, won't be disappointed.  Wilde In Love wears it's heart on it's sleeve.  The dashingly roguish adventurer enamored of the spirited spinster is an odd pairing.  However, Willa is one surprise after another.  She speaks her mind, she knows her heart and she has a tendency to be judgmental.  What's that saying?  Be careful of the quiet ones, because they're anything but.  That characterizes Willa.  Honestly, both Willa and Alaric take some getting used to.  They can annoy as easily as they can charm, but the hints of humor that break through the stuffy moments are just what the doctor ordered.
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  Lashea677 | Feb 16, 2019 |
I loved this book.

A well-written story. No strange out of the blue plot twists. Likeable, no loveable characters.

I'm looking forward to meeting the Wildes again in the next novel. ( )
  JulesGDSide | Nov 29, 2018 |
I loved this book.

A well-written story. No strange out of the blue plot twists. Likeable, no loveable characters.

I'm looking forward to meeting the Wildes again in the next novel. ( )
  JulesGDSide | Nov 29, 2018 |
What a stellar beginning to a new series! The characters were well written (the hero utterly swoon-worthy) and the plot so intriguing I could not put this book down after picking it up. Fun and incredibly well-written, this story really showcases Eloisa James' skill as an author.

Lord Alaric Wilde returns home after years abroad to discover that he has become the most famous and desirable man in England. Women flock to his side, prints of him have become collectibles and the trendiest play in town is the one depicting his time in Africa. Horrified, Alaric seeks refuge in his father's castle. There he discovers that escaping celebrity is much more difficult than he expected and that the only woman he wants has no interest in him whatsoever.

Willa Ffynche enjoys her books and her privacy. She is an intellectual whose indifference toward Alaric's return could not be made more plain. Since her parents died in a carriage race years earlier, she has determined to steer clear of a reckless lifestyle. Instead she hopes to one day marry a man with whom she can enjoy a quiet and peaceful existence without the sort of adventurous behavior Alaric is so renowned for. But as she gradually gets to know him better, she begins to discover that there might be more to him than she initially thought and that resisting him will not be as easy as she had expected.

Filled with witty dialogue and an wonderful journey toward a well-deserved happily ever after, this book stands out - a definite must-read for any historical romance enthusiast! ( )
  BarnesSophie | May 12, 2018 |
Set in June of 1778 at Lindow Castle in Cheshire, England the house is celebrating the engagement of the eldest son of the Duke, North, to Diana Belfast and the return of the second oldest son, Alaric who has been gone for five years exploring the world and writing about his observations, using his last name of Wilde in the titles, such as Wilde Latitudes. In his absence, he has become something of a celebrity and an obsession to many of the young ladies, mainly due to a play put on about one of his adventures that was wildly inaccurate. His family thinks it's hilarious to a degree. Some of his teen siblings have had to put up with mishaps from others, though.

Someone who doesn't think it's hilarious, besides Alaric, is the proper Miss Wilomena "Willa" Everett Ffynche. She believes in keeping a private life and has no intention of being one of many. She also hasn't read any of his books. She prefers non-fiction books such as Pliny, not the fiction she is sure his books to be. She is prepared to meet Lord Wilde but quite unprepared to meet Alaric the man behind the facade. He is also intrigued to meet a woman who is not fawning at his feet.

Willa's best friend, Lavina Gray, with whom she was raised since the age of nine when her parents died, has been obsessed with Lord Wilde and has his picture plastered all over her room. But when she meets him she realizes he wasn't at all what she thought he'd be but decides he might make a fine friend instead. Parth Sterling, an orphan raised on the Duke's estate with his children has made a vast fortune for himself. While he and Willa hit it off great, he and Lavina fight like cats and dogs. It's quite interesting to watch the two of them go at it. At times more interesting than the main story.

At first, Willa feels as though she is being treated like a mountain that Alaric feels the need to conquer because she is a challenge, not because he truly cares for her. Then, of course, there's the matter of all of his adoring fans clamoring around him. Willa cannot consider a man for marriage that she could not have a private life with or one that was being chased by half the women in England. On top of that, she does not believe him when he says that he is done with exploring and plans to settle down at his estate.

But there's no denying what his kisses do to her and Alaric can be quite persuasive. And when an opportunity arises that involves them pretending to be engaged he takes advantage of it to do some more convincing. This was a good book and that had some unusual elements to it. It's not often you find a man giving a woman a skunk for a gift. Also, it's not often you encounter a scene of a man masturbating. But, a lovemaking scene would not be happening for a long time because Willa was a proper young woman and it was a creative way to get in a sex scene. This was a good start to a series that I eagerly await the next book for which should be about North and Diana if the ending is any indication and cannot come soon enough. ( )
  nicolewbrown | Dec 20, 2017 |
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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.… (more)

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