Wilde in Love by Eloisa James
Series: The Wildes of Lindow Castle #1
Also in this series: Too Wilde to Wed, Born to Be Wilde (The Wildes of Lindow Castle #3)
Published by Avon
Publication Date: October 31st 2017
Genres: Historical Romance
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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. . . .
Alaric is shocked when he finds out he’s a celebrity. He’s returned to England from his many adventures around the globe and finds himself famous. He has written books that have become best sellers, but he had no idea that a play was the main cause. The play portrays him as an incredible romantic – something he is definitely not.
Alaric arrives at his family home just in time for a house party in celebration of his brother’s betrothal. Alaric meets Willa and sees her as someone different. She doesn’t fawn all over him and states that she’s never read his books. He’s intrigued, and he makes it a point to spend more time with her.
Willa and her friend are not what they appear to be. They tell bawdy jokes and have a wicked sense of humor but on the outside they are the perfect ladies. Willa has turned down no less than 14 marriage proposals this season alone as she has no wish to marry until she finds the perfect man for her. When someone from Alaric’s past arrives at the party he uses Willa as his fake fiancé. The thing that surprises the couple is that both of them would like it to be a true engagement.
This was a great book. It started off with such charm and humor I was instantly invested in the story. Alaric proved to be a wonderful hero. He was such a normal guy who did extraordinary things and had written books about his adventures. Some thought they were fiction, but he had truly lived through it all. He fell hard and fast for Willa and I loved it. He was a good man and I liked his character immensely.
Willa was an intelligent woman who wanted nothing to do with adventure. Her parents had died while they were being reckless and Willa just wanted a normal life – husband, children, no adventure. I liked that she wanted nothing to do with Alaric at first as she thought him a sham. I loved reading about the two of them falling in love as she was so wrong about Alaric.
This was a fantastic start to a new series and I can’t wait to see what happens next with Alaric’s brother, North.
Rating: 4 out of 5