Wilde in Love

Wilde in Love

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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.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062389473
0062389475
Characteristics: 405 pages ; 17 cm

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sopapen Nov 21, 2017

Books by Eloisa James are usually my top favourite of Historical Romance. However, this book was just o.k. I found there was a lot of filler that I had to skim through to get through the book.

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KimmyRose
Nov 14, 2017

What fun! I enjoyed this historical romance, set in England in the late 18th century.

The main lady was witty, intelligent, and easy to like; the main man was kind, but with enough gruff to be hero-rough! The lady's friend was a hoot, so lively and snappy, and the man's friend was mysterious and intriguingly beastly.

I liked the banter, the angry, electric, enemies-to-lovers feel between the main couples' friends more than the main couple. There were several laugh out loud moments for me and it was always connected with those two. I keenly look forward to their story, which was still at the enemies stage by this story's end. I'll have to wait, though, as I believe the next story belongs to brother North.

***mild spoiler***
The reason for the removal of one whole star? I felt decidedly uncomfortable with a scene near the end: there is a "mad woman" in the tale, who acts as a catalyst for the main couples' relationship. I felt she was being mocked, or laughed at in a heartless sort of way. Yes, she was dangerous and needed to be removed from society at large in her current state of mind, but there was no depth to her plight. I think this was especially hurtful to me because I could relate to the "mad" woman's background: there were suggestions that she was raised in a lonely way, by a ferociously fanatical father, with a religion that condemned and controlled. Of course she would lose touch with emotions and interactions and... love. So, I was quite dismayed by the insensitive trivialization of her and her writings at the end.
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Overall, the pacing never faltered and I was charmed by the characters and fascinated by the unique bog setting. Recommended!

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