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’m a huge fan of Eliosa James and from the moment I read the blurb for the first book in her newest series, I knew I absolutely had to put it on my TBR list.
Lord Alaric is the historical literary equivalent to the modern-day reality star. He has unknowingly acquired a huge fan base through his travel and adventure novels that consists mainly of young women dazzled by his good looks and eligible bachelor status. The only woman who is not impressed by the famous Lord Wilde is the one woman to fascinates him.
Miss Willa Ffynche lost her adventure seeking parents at a young age and has no desire to fall in love, much less wed, a man who is constantly in the public eye. She’s coming off of a successful debut season and has already turned down fourteen marriage proposals. Alaric is even more handsome than she imagined, and doesn’t have either an overinflated ego or the need to revel in his adoring fans. Nevertheless, she is determined never to be one of his many, many admirers.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit! It was a fun, humorous, easy read. Alaric is more bothered by his fame than anything, and has zero desire to be the star in so many fantasies. As soon as he sets foot back home he is bombarded by gossip and adoration and talk of a ridiculous play written by an anonymous author based on events that never happened. Then he meets Willa and is intrigued by her seeming indifference to him and his reputation. Over the course of the house party celebrating his brother’s engagement, Alaric takes every opportunity to spend as much time with Willa as possible.
Their relationship starts slowly, very slowly. Morphing from her annoyance at his attention into almost a friendship into a lovely relationship. They have tremendous chemistry almost from the first moment they appear on page together. My only complaint about this romance would be how slow it was to build. I KNOW, I KNOW, this isn’t something I would normally gripe about, but I think because this was such a laid back, easy romance I kind of wish there had been a bit more steaminess between this couple. At times I was more intrigued by what was going on behind the scenes with Alaric’s brother North and his fiancé Diana, than I was by the main couple. Then there was the drama between Alaric’s best friend Parth and Willa’s friend Lavinia. I ate that drama up with a spoon. Could there be a enemies to lovers book in this series on the horizon? I hope so.
The second book in The Wildes of Lindow Castle series, Too Wilde to Wed, comes out in July of next year and I am already looking forward to its release. This is North and Diana’s story and Ms. James has outdone herself setting up what is sure to be an angsty, emotional read. Final Grade- B-
“This is very improper,” Willa gasped sometime later.
“I love impropriety with you,” he whispered.