Wilde in Love

Wilde in Love

Large Print - 2017
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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 :, HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2017]
Edition: First HarperLuxe edition
ISBN: 9780062688224
0062688227
Characteristics: 469 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Dec 06, 2018

I think Eloisa James is brilliant, and this -- the first in her Wildes of Lindow Castle series, of which there are three books so far -- is particularly so. She manages to do all the necessary set-up for what is clearly going to be a long-running series -- she introduces the quirky family and various hangers-on -- while also writing a charming, funny, clever romance. Any book that convinces me that maybe what my life has been missing all this time is a pet skunk (seriously) is a winner in my book. Fans of funny, banter-filled historical romance along the lines of Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series will loooooove this.

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carolhoy
Jan 25, 2018

This gets one star from me, and that's being generous. Her books are usually 4-5 star, but this one reads as if it had been written by her second-cousin's babysitter. Characters are beyond shallow, plot is ridiculously unbelievable, dialogue is inane. I found myself wondering why anyone would speak this way. I couldn't get past page 20. Why do author's slip in this trash? It would never have been published if this was an unknown author.

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readingGenie
Jan 11, 2018

"Wilde in Love" ( #1 Book of The Wildes of Landow Castle) by Eloisa James 2017
This story is about Alaric Wilde (author and adventurer) who returns to England to find himself to be notorious. Image a Rock Star and you will understand his fame. Pictures of him are everywhere especially since someone wrote a play about him.
Then you have Miss Flynche (Willa). Alaric becomes totally entranced by Willa who has absolutely no desire to be connected to such a public and notorious person.
With all the woman chasing after him, add in a bog which is located to one side of Landow Castle, a skunk, a crazy person to add more spice to the story. Then Eloisa James has the audacity to end the book with a cliff-hanger at the end. Happy Reading!

EscapesToBooks Nov 30, 2017

Eloisa James is at the top of her game with this new series starter. Snappy, fresh and fun.

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.

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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