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Wilde Child by Eloisa James (Review Post)

Published March 31, 2021 by bookbesties

Eloisa James returns to the Wildes of Lindow Castle series with the next Wilde child who runs and joins a theatre troupe — and the duke who tries to save her reputation.


He wants a prim and proper duchess, not the Wildest of the Wildes!

Already notorious for the golden hair that proves her mother’s infidelity, Lady Joan can’t seem to avoid scandals, but her latest escapade may finally ruin her: she’s determined to perform the title role of a prince—in breeches, naturally.

She has the perfect model for an aristocratic male in mind: Thaddeus Erskine Shaw, Viscount Greywick, a man who scorned the very idea of marrying her.

Not that Joan would want such a dubious honor, of course.

For years, Thaddeus has avoided the one Wilde who shakes his composure, but he’s horrified when he grasps the danger Joan’s putting herself in. Staring into her defiant eyes, he makes the grim vow that he’ll keep her safe.

He strikes a bargain: after one performance, the lady must return to her father’s castle and marry one of three gentlemen whom he deems acceptable.

Not including him, of course.

Another member of one of our favorite families has found their perfect match!  And Eloisa James has written yet another wonderful book.   I loved this story just as much as the rest of the series, but Joan is by far my favorite of the Wilde women.  I saw a lot of myself in her and it gave me a deeper appreciation for her tenacity and her general “devil may care” attitude when it comes to what the world thinks of her.  The chemistry between Joan and Thaddeus is incredible.  They are truly a perfect match up.  He is rigid where she is wild, and she is open where he is closed off.   Seeing how their friendship turns to romance and, helps them become their best selves is magical. 

     Joan Wilde is technically not a Wilde at all, she is the product of her mother’s infidelity.  But don’t let her looks and lack of Wilde blood fool you.  In all the ways that matter to the Duke and the rest of her family she is as much one of them as they are.  However, society refuses to let her or any of their son’s forget that she is illegitimate.  Having lived her whole life in the shadow of her scandalous origins she has grown a thick skin and a wicked sense of humor, one that has her on the verge of being expelled from polite society.  Too bad she doesn’t care what ANY of them think, right?    What happens if she makes friends with the most uptight member of society?  Will she then care what they think, or will it be too late for it to make a difference?

     Thaddeus Erskine Shaw, Viscount Greywick, is a close friend of the Wilde family, in fact he courted two of the Duke’s daughters before they fell in love and married their husbands.  When he and his mother decided to travel to Lindow Castle for a visit with their friends the last thing he expected was to catch the one Wilde he isn’t friends with, in the process of trying to run a way and join a traveling theater troupe.  Bound by honor and a duty to his friendship with the family he vows to go with her and keep her safe but only for one show and only if she returns to the castle after the show and settles down and marries one of the me, he chooses for her.  Now saddled with helping her learn how to portray a man, including going out in public in breeches and fencing lessons, he has the opportunity to get to know her better and to understand why she constantly flirts with scandal and why her reputation doesn’t seem to matter to her.  With understanding come acceptance.  With acceptance comes letting down your carefully constructed guard and with that comes a friendship in a most unlikely place.  Will she shake up his world and give him the chance to be more than a future duke?  Will he be able to save her from her own self-destruction without risking his own?

      I loved this series and this family so much.   Even though it has been said this is the last of the series I really hope that is wrong and we get to see more from The Wildes of Lindow Castle.   

My Last Duchess by Eloisa James(Review Post)

Published October 27, 2020 by bookbesties

Every Duke needs a Duchess…

Hugo Wilde, the Duke of Lindow, has a drafty castle, eight naughty children—and no wife. Ophelia, Lady Astley, has a fine house, one well-behaved daughter—and no husband.

Hugo takes one look at Ophelia and loses his heart, but she doesn’t want more children or a castle. She takes one look at him and heads for her carriage.

Desperate to find a duchess, Hugo identifies an appropriate lady to woo. Yet when he meets Ophelia again, the duke realizes that he will marry her, or no one.

Now he faces the greatest challenge of his life.

He must convince Ophelia that their blazing sensuality, his exquisite castle, and his eight charming children add up to a match made in heaven.

When duke finds his duchess, can he win her heart?

FINALLY!!!!!

Finally, we get to learn about how the extraordinary Wilde Family came to
be. We also get to see how love truly can not only happen at first sight but, that it can also happen twice in a lifetime. This is a book not only about love but about hope and incredibly the hope comes from the hero of this story rather than the heroine. This book has the hero of my
dreams. Hugo is a dedicated husband (even when his wife is not), a devoted and loving father, and a hopeless romantic. What more could you ask for? How for lightening to strike twice in his life and for him to fall head over heels in love at first sight for a second time. This story is so
sweet and warm, and it just felt good reading it. I am so glad this was Hugo and Ophelia’s story it fits them so perfectly.


Hugo Wilde, Duke of Lindow is the newly divorced father of 8 children in desperate need of a mother. With a set of rules from his sister to help him find his next wife he heads to London with half a heart and low expectations for success. After his first marriage was a based
on flirtatious love at first sight, and his second marriage ended miserably, love wasn’t a priority for this next one. All he needed was a strong society lady who could help him successfully present his daughter’s to society and who had no interest in the marital bed. Well, he thought that was all he needed until at the very first appearance at the very first ball when he laid eyes on Lady Astley and fell instantly in love. Can he convince her he isn’t crazy? Will she want to take on such a large family? Can she love him and his children as much as he does? Ophelia, Lady Astley is happy in her life as a young widow and mother.

She had a content marriage that left her with the freedom to live in luxury and raise her daughter as she chooses. Her whole world revolves around her little girl and she cannot imagine her life any other way. Never would she let a handsome Duke desperate to find a wife to mother his spirited children into her heart or her life to change her little family. Especially not when said Duke accosts her in her own carriage so he can propose marriage to her after barely meeting one time.

The nerve of that man moving on to another woman days after she turned down his harebrained proposal. So much for his claims of love. So why can’t she get him or his children out of her head? Why does she think the only woman who can love any of them the way they need and deserve is her? This book was so sweet and it just makes my heart happy thinking about it. I hope you
enjoy.