I am SO so excited to have Eloisa James on the blog today with not only an insider look at her latest novel, Wilde in Love, but also an AMAZING giveaway as well!
Are y’all ready? Then allow me to welcome Eloisa James to the blog!
I’m so thrilled to be introducing my new series and the amazing, eccentric cast of characters that stars in it! Wilde in Love takes place at Lindow Castle during a house party to celebrate the engagement of Lord Roland Wilde and Miss Diana Belgrave. Willa Ffynche, the toast of the Season, is a guest at the house party.
The Novel Knight is kind enough to help me introduce the Wildes to the world. This blog is part of a scavenger hunt, and here is a link to the contest form for you to fill out after visiting Novel Knight. (Or you could just grab Wilde in Love and learn all about the characters that way!)
The prizes range from an adorable skunk purse to a complete Eloisa James Avon library (20 novels)—be sure to check my Facebook page every day to find the new blog link! Good luck!
Today we are highlighting Willa, the heroine of Wilde in Love. She’s beautiful, funny, and exceptionally private. She has no desire to get to know Lord Alaric Wilde, much less fall in love with him. But she does admire his thighs in tight breeches…
5 Reasons to Envy Miss Willa Ffynche
- She was the belle of the Season, turning down 14 proposals, before she refuses Lord Alaric.
- Instead of a gentleman, she’d prefer to go to bed with a good book.
- She knows all the bawdiest jokes (but she saves them for her closest friends).
- She has absolutely no interest in infamous authors, especially those who probably made up their adventures.
- And definitely no interest in a man whose likeness can be found on so many women’s bedchamber walls!
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What do you think? Are you excited to meet Willa? (She’s a pretty awesome heroine, in my opinion.) If you’re still on the fence about picking up your copy of Wilde in Love today then keep reading for my rave review (seriously, best romance read of the year to date) and don’t forget to enter the giveaway which is linked again at the bottom of this post!
by Eloisa James
Series: The Wildes of Lindow Castle #1
Published on October 31, 2017 by Avon
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
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. . . .
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I rarely rate romance novels above 3 stars. Don’t ask me why but when it comes down to that final rating, I never seem able to bring it above that 3-3.5 mark. But then there’s Wilde in Love. Now I read romances pretty often, and most of them are historical, and I think this book was my favorite romance read of the year.
Take one lord, an explorer who writes books about his trips, now back in England and suddenly more famous than he ever expected. Add a very private young lady who might appear poised on the surface but has quite the personality beneath. Mixed together with a light, fun story with plenty of wit and this is a must read for any fan of the genre.
I think one of the things that caught my attention was that the male lead is a writer. All his fame, which creates a number of problems, comes from his books and a play based on his work. It set this book apart immediately. But he wasn’t the rogue that everyone made him out to be. Something I see SO often in romance novels is a lack of consent between the main characters. But Lord Alaric Wilde? He waited. He asked. He listened. It’s sad that it stood out that there was actual consent in this book. It shouldn’t be so rare.
Willa was just plain fun. She’s a brightness against the otherwise average cast of characters. I liked that she could be both proper and improper, that both parts of her came out and she wasn’t just a flat heroine.
I think the selling point for this book was simply how much fun it was to read. Is it realistic for the entirety of the female population of London to go complete fangirl over this man’s books? Eh, probably not BUT. . . but. . . it was entertaining. I found the plot to be quick and light, the romance was perfectly steamy at just the right moments without being over the top, and the main characters were ones that I could ship all day long.
All in all, this book was fun, unique, and I couldn’t put it down. I flew through this book and immediately needed a sequel to see which character gets their story next. If I had to recommend a historical romance for the year, I can honestly say it’s Wilde in Love. I read a lot in this genre, and romances in general, and this one really won me over!
Y’all read about a giveaway earlier, right? I’m so excited that I get to offer the Essex Sisters Series and a peacock keychain!
To enter, just click the link below which will take you to a Google form where you’ll be asked to answer a question based on this post. And don’t forget to check out Eloisa James’s Facebook page to find out which blog she’ll be visiting next!