The richest bachelor in England plays matchmaker…for an heiress he wants for himself!
For beautiful, witty Lavinia Gray, there’s only one thing worse than having to ask the appalling Parth Sterling to marry her: being turned down by him.
Now the richest bachelor in England, Parth is not about to marry a woman as reckless and fashion-obsessed as Lavinia; he’s chosen a far more suitable bride.
But when he learns of Lavinia’s desperate circumstances, he offers to find her a husband. Even better, he’ll find her a prince.
As usual, there’s no problem Parth can’t fix. But the more time he spends with the beguiling Lavinia, the more he finds himself wondering…
Why does the woman who’s completely wrong feel so right in his arms?
About The Book
Born to Be Wilde
by Eloisa James
The Wildes of Lindow Castle Series
July 31, 2018
I was really looking forward to this one – I was so intrigued by Parth in book 1 & 2, but ended up more drawn to Lavinia. I knew that she wasn’t as frivolous and shallow as Parth saw her originally, but this really explored the way her love of fashion and fabrics was actually a passion, talent, and cultivated skill. After her mother’s laudanum addiction left her without a dowry or, well, anything, she managed to turn her passion into a commission. I loved how dedicated she was and how hard she worked alongside the seamstresses.
I also loved that the woman Parth planned to marry turned out to be someone Lavinia genuinely liked, instead of some woman vs. woman battle. Their interactions, along with Lavinia and Diana’s, were lovely, but I did miss Willa and Lavinia’s friendship.
Parth and Lavinia have always had an adversarial relationship up until this book. We knew they were obsessed with each other and called each other names like children, but this book revealed that Parth’s jabs cut Lavinia deeply because of her low self-esteem, which was actually really interesting to me. She would throw barbs and he would jab back, but the things he said about her were things she actually believed about herself, so they affected her a lot.
The pacing was a little off at times, slow to develop sometimes and rushed in others. My main complaint, though, is that Parth’s background seems almost insignificant. Parth is half-Indian, but grew up in England and was raised by the Wilde family from age 5. The author includes a note about how there were many, many half-Indian children growing up in England at the time, so I get that she didn’t want him to seem different. But, he was just like the other Wildes. There was no mention of boys at Eton treating him differently because of his heritage, no adjusting to English culture, no foods or customs he missed from home. I get that he was very young when he arrived in England and very much a part of the Wilde family, so maybe that’s realistic, but it seemed like a cop-out. Like a way to say the book has a diverse cast but really just having a “golden-skinned” Englishman.
Overall, I did really enjoy it but I think book 2 was stronger. Maybe that’s because North and Diana’s relationship and wedding was still such a big part of this book, too.
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About the Author
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.