Too Wilde to Wed by Eloisa James
Series The Wildes of Lindow Castle Series
Genre Adult Historical Romance
Publisher Avon Books
Publication Date May 29, 2018
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No one is more surprised than Lord North when he returns from war to find his ex-fiancee in his ancestral home…working as a governess in a sexy, fiery new Wildes of Lindow Castle romance by New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James…
The handsome, rakish heir to a dukedom, Lord Roland Northbridge Wilde—known to his friends as North—left England two years ago, after being jilted by Miss Diana Belgrave. He returns from war to find that he’s notorious: polite society has ruled him “too wild to wed.”
Diana never meant to tarnish North’s reputation, or his heart, but in her rush to save a helpless child, there was no time to consider the consequences of working as a governess in Lindow Castle. Now everyone has drawn the worst conclusions about the child’s father, and Diana is left with bittersweet regret.
When North makes it clear that he still wants her for his own, scandal or no, Diana has to fight to keep from losing her heart to the man whom she still has no intention of marrying.
Yet North is returning a hardened warrior—and this is one battle he’s determined to win.
He wants Diana, and he’ll risk everything to call her his own.
Reading Diana & North’s story made me realize how much I love a second chance romance – especially when we’ve met both characters before. We meet both Diana & North in Wilde in Love. Both spend that book dressed in over the top clothing and wigs, North strutting around like a peacock and Diana crying helplessly. It was clear there was more to each of them, but the early versions of Diana and North weren’t people I loved. So, this kind of second chance romance is a second chance for the characters to fall in love, but also for the audience to get to know and fall in love with them.
I’ve read a few reviews that didn’t like Diana. She’s not a strong, independent, capable woman. She works as a governess, but is not good at it. She doesn’t know how to make change. She doesn’t know how to do much. That said, I liked her. She knew her weaknesses and she didn’t lie or hide them. She tried to do well and made the best she could with her situation.
I liked North, too. Eloisa’s choice to have him fight in the Revolutionary War was a smart one. It helped transform him from the over the top dandy we met in Wilde in Love to a rugged hero in readers’ minds (at least this reader’s mind). I don’t really believe that he loved Diana when they were first engaged, though he clearly does, but I did like the way he never wavers. He knew what he wanted – Diana.
The whole Wilde family is fun and I’m excited for Parth’s story.*
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ELOISA JAMES is a New York Times best-selling author and professor of English literature who lives with her family in New York, but can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. She is the mother of two and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight. Visit her at http://www.eloisajames.com.
*I know there has been some controversy about why and how Eloisa James decided to write Parth, who is half Indian. Her explanation does seem to be a very convenient way to inject some diversity without having to go all in and address issues of colonization or create a fully developed identity that includes that part of himself. I sincerely hope that she dove back into her research, worked with a sensitivity reader, and has addressed that. I still plan on reading it, but I respect anyone who was turned off by those comments and chooses not to.