Title: Wilde in Love
Author: Eloisa James
Series: The Wildes of Lindow Castle #1
Genre: Historial Romance
Pub Date: October 31, 2017
My Copy: Courtesy of Edelweiss
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 and Willa definitely are a couple who aren’t the people who you would expect to see together. They are both very different personalities. Plus Alaric’s celebrity makes some people think he’s very dangerous. Willa acts proper, but is hardly that at all in private.
So of course when Alaric and Willa meet, sparks fly and not in a good way at first. Alaric is a notorious rake because of a play that has made his adventures infamous. Some of them are rather exaggerated in Alaric’s opinion. Of course his brother North is engaged to a woman who he feels something for, at least we are led to believe. I really don’t like the character of Diana very much in this book. She seems really cold for some weird reason.
During the course of the book we learn a lot about Alaric and Willa. They both have a public face they show to the world, but when in private they are very different people. We learn that they are both tend to keep their lives secret and have goals that they want to accomplish. We also learn that a lot of these so called adventures happened, but not always in the way the play has described. I love the conversations that Alaric and Willa have with one another. It’s almost as they are peeling away the layers that they show other people.
I love how their romance develops. It’s taking some time, but things happen that no one can expect. We learn that these two really find that they have a lot more in common and start to respect each other, yet someone from Alaric’s past comes back and causes so many problems. He needs Willa’s help to get rid of a Miss Larkin who claims to have written the play because she loved him and that he will marry her. Alaric is left dumbfounded to say the least. So he asks Willa to help him dissuade her. He tells Prudence that him and Willa are betrothed and this makes Prudence even more insistent. So of course this leads to some rather interesting things happening.
As they get to spend more time with one another because of their fake engagement, they really have fun with this fake engagement. Things start to become very real between them. They learn that they need each other. Also things get really extreme when certain people like Diana. Also Prudence decides that Willa has to go. Prudence is really dangerous. She does something so unexpected that it puts Willa in real danger and Alaric has to save her. So of course this leads to Alaric and Willa to really understand why they need each other and how much they have grown to love one another.
I really love that Alaric and Willa get their happily ever after. Its one of the most realistic happy endings that I’ve seen. A great historical romance that you will love.