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Wilde in Love

(The Wildes of Lindow Castle #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  7,420 ratings  ·  986 reviews
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 encou ...more
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Piatkus
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ARC provided by Publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely loved this!!!! Well written, sweet, steamy, great dialogue and fantastic epilogue.

Cannot wait for next book in this new series.

I fell in love with the Wilde family!!

Lord Alaric Wilde, adventurer and traveler of the world, returns home a hero, a star, unbeknownst to him, a sought after male to almost every woman in England. In fact a play was produced portraying his life from books he's written and is one of t
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
DNF @50%

The heroine jumped to conclusions, was assumptive and hard to connect with in general. She was supposed to be spirited and outspoken. I found her rather boring and annoying.

The story itself is super-slow and it didn't hold my attention. Having said that, there are lots of of 4 and 5 star reviews up already, so check those out too!
Melanie A. *mostly on hiatus*
He would do whatever it took to convince her that he was the only man who would ever wake her with a kiss.
Audio: 5 stars
Story: 4.5 stars

Part old-school cheese, part swoon-worthy romance, and ALL dry British historical humor - I loved it!

So here's the deal, my wonderful GR friends . . . my library has a limited selection of audio books, so I'm pushed to listen to things that I normally wouldn't consider. Wilde in Love is one of those books.

With a current rating of 3.81 and a
Sep 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
I can't emphasize how much I did not like this book. I had to check twice to make sure that this was written by the same author who wrote two books that I greatly enjoyed (When Beauty Tamed the Beast and Three Weeks With Lady X). The heroine was quite frankly boring. The hero was obsessed with the heroine for no apparent reason. The only people I liked in this book were their best friends who feuded with each other constantly - if they have a book, I will read that. Oh and the skunk, I liked the ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Jun 02, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
This was always going to be a hard sell, given the setting in the late eighteenth century. You know, wigs, powdered hair, giant skirts, men in high-heels and lace. Of course, Eloisa James doesn't bother much with period accuracy, so I braced myself anyway. And that bit me on the nethers.

I try to give a book its premise. But having Alaric be bedeviled by a play about him that's packed with lies was hard to take. I mean, it's key to his notoriety and the primary reason Willa wants nothing to do wi
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
3-3.5 stars

I was so excited to read Wilde in Love, from the moment I read the blurb I knew this book was for me and even though I was enjoyed most of the book there were some parts that I was struggling with them.

I love the world building and I like both Alaric and Willa but apart of them there were so many characters.Alaric and Willa were different and this was perfect for me.

Overall it was a sweet story but I can understand that it's the first book in a new series and I'm sure the second book
Oct 01, 2020 rated it liked it
This one definitely took me awhile to connect with the characters. Even at the end, I'm not sure I really felt that intense of a connection between the two characters. I did think the story was fun, but, thinking back on the book, I'm not sure a whole lot actually happened. I did enjoy how Alaric was an adventurer and writer and all of these women were fawning over him. Sweet Pea was a fun pet and I did enjoy the friendships, but there were sometimes a lot of characters that were hard to keep tr ...more

Title: Wilde in Love
Series: The Wildes of Lindow Castle #1
Author: Eloisa James
Release date: October 31, 2017
Cliffhanger: No
HEA(view spoiler)

One thing could be said for him—for all the Wildes, it seemed. When they went down, they really went down.

Wilde in Love was my first Eloisa James book. (I know, I know. Where have I been? Living under a rock?) While this wasn't a resounding success for me, I can certainly see why so many people are fans of her stories. I'll be very inter
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This book was such a delight to read! I decided that I was going to have to read this book as soon as I got a really good look at it. The cover is great and the description is even better. When I noticed that this was the first book in a new series, I was even more excited. This book lived up to all of my expectations. I had such a good time reading it and honestly hated to put it down.

The characters in this book were wonderful. Ala
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I have been wanting to try Eloisa James ever since watching the Love Between the Covers documentary, about the romance novel industry. When this new series became available to request from Edelweiss, I thought I'd give her a try. Disclaimer: Despite multiple attempts I still am not much of a romance reader and all opinions should be viewed through that understanding.

So for me, it's nice to have a book every once in a while that functions like a rom-com or an action movie (this comparison is made
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
Lord Alaric Wilde, son of the Duke of Lindow, just returned from his adventures from Russia, when he encounters the only person who is unimpressed with the stories published about his adventures -- Miss Willa Ffynche.

Willa basically thinks Alaric is full of it and she shades him at every opportunity she can. The funny thing is that Alaric isn't impressed with the exaggerated tales of his adventures so he finds Willa's attitude refreshing. So he of courses has to have her but she wants nothing t
Joanna Loves Reading
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: library, audiobook, hr
I thought there were some amusing bits, but this mostly felt unfeeling with regards to the romance. I was hoping for more travel/description of exotic to the hero places and culture. It didn’t really satisfy that desire for me, which I guess was my fault in not understanding the premise better. I don’t think listening was the best option here. It didn’t contain any feeling to the narration — I honestly think that is a fault of the story not the narrator, but I still think reading would be the be ...more
Aly is so frigging bored
3rd read: October 2019

2nd read: June 2019
I love this family and these characters. EJ is just fabulous :)

1st read: October 2017
This was one of the best books Eloisa has written. I couldn't stop laughing the whole time! I want all the secondary characters to have books and a HEA. Everything was just amazing.

PS: A pet skunk, who heard of this? And Sweetpea is... you know, really sweet :D
nick (the infinite limits of love)
Oct 17, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: arc, adult

Life is too short to be reading books I don't care for. This had potential, but I felt zero connection either of the characters and for the 30% or so I did read, I was just mindlessly bored. So DNF it is!
Featuring crazed fangirls, wigs the size of blimps, an overabundance of sequel baiting, and skunks, Eloisa James’s latest, Wilde in Love was...moderately good. Not great, but good.

The year is 1778, and Willa Ffynche has just finished her first season. An unrivaled success, she received 14 proposals through her cunning plan to act exactly the way men expect their wives to—simpering, ingratiating, only slightly intelligent, etc. Now she’s off to a 6-week house party where she intends to have a fun
This was one of those books that was trying to be funny with its over the top antics but came off as somewhat cheesy and unrealistic. Much of this, with Alaric's notoriety, did not seem to fit with societal norms of the time. Did women back then hang pictures of famous people on their walls when they had crushes? That sort of behavior seems modern to me and out of place in a historical novel.

I wish this had been shorter. It didn't have a lot of conflict, so some parts dragged. I liked Alaric. H
*The Angry Reader*
An easy read-in-one sitting, give you warm fuzzies, and I-prolly-won't-remember-it-in-4-months-read.

This one flew by. Gentle humor. A hero and heroine with simple yet understandable problems. The story wasn't very deep, and sometimes that's just a huge relief.

I tend to love Eloisa James for the ease and fun of her stories. This one did not disappoint. I even ordered the next two books in the series while I read. I love having something entertaining that doesn't demand much of me as a reader. S
Oh, I enjoyed this a lot, with the common Eloisa James caveat that I'm not sure it WORKS. For most of the book, it seems like the hero and heroine wants lives that are not compatible with each other and the epilogue kind of addresses that, but I don't think the book does the work to get there.

HOWEVER. I've read books 4 and 5 in this series because those are the ones that interested me most, but it turns out this books sets up books 2 and 3 really well and I'm so excited to read them!

Owned physic
The Drowsy Bookworm
Charming, hilarious, smart, witty, with a crazy stalker thrown in at the end just to keep things interesting. It's hard for a book to thrive simply on dialogue but that's exactly what this does. I will definitely be reading more from Eloisa James. ...more
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Review For: Wilde in Love by Eloisa James Wilde in Love by Eloisa James is the First book in the New Series called "The Wildes of Lindow Castle". This is the story of Lord Alaric Wilde and Miss Willa Ffynche. Alaric has been away for a long time leaving one adventure after another while writing down his adventures. Alaric adventures along with the books is wrote about them have made him very famous for his time. So much so that women flock to him at every turn. But Alaric doesn't want this type ...more
Sophie Barnes
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a stellar beginning to a new series! The characters were well written (the hero utterly swoon-worthy) and the plot so intriguing I could not put this book down after picking it up. Fun and incredibly well-written, this story really showcases Eloisa James' skill as an author.

Lord Alaric Wilde returns home after years abroad to discover that he has become the most famous and desirable man in England. Women flock to his side, prints of him have become collectibles and the trendiest play in tow
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-books
4.5 stars. I like this new series/family, looking forward to the next "Wilde" book. ...more
This was actually good. I really liked it. And would you look at that hunk on the cover 😍
Addie H
Apr 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF 29%

I can't get into the characters, the time period (wigs and high heels on men) - the plot or anything else.
Under the Covers Book Blog
Lord Alaric Wilde has spent years traveling and writing about his dangerous adventures.  Back home, he's become a big celebrity and his portraits hang on many ladies' bedroom walls.  But when he returns home for his brother's wedding to find he now has to fight hordes of adoring fans, he can't seem to get the attention of the one woman who interests him.  I usually love modern day issues set in historical times like in this case with the celebrity life and the invasion of privacy and made up ...more
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Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2019
3.5 STARS!

Definitely continuing with the series!
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Wilde in Love by Eloise James

Historical romance. First of the Wildes of Lindow Castle series.
Smart and passionate describes the heroine best. Also virginal and a bit snarky. The hero falls hard.
Adorable if weird pets. Lots of secondary characters that you know will show in future books.

Willa isn’t going to be taken in by a title, let alone one with rakish good looks. Until she is.

I listened to an audio version narrated by Susan Duerden with a pleasing British accent.
What an unusual story and style for an HR! It was strangely charming yet also seemed to leave me curiously detached from the characters. I will explain. But first to the story.

Lord Alaric was an explorer extraordinaire who had spent years travelling to strange and wonderful places and writing books about them, with rather catchy titles like Wilde in the Andes or Wilde Sargasso Sea (great wordplay) or even Wilde Latitudes. Our heroine, Willa, has not read any of the books and is not a member of t
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Wilde in Love by Eloisa James is the First book in the New Series called "The Wildes of Lindow Castle". This is the story of Lord Alaric Wilde and Miss Willa Ffynche. Alaric has been away for a long time leaving one adventure after another while writing down his adventures. Alaric adventures along with the books is wrote about them have made him very famous for his time. So much so that women flock to him at every turn. But Alaric doesn't want this type of fame nor the attention but that doesn't ...more
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New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. Her novels have been published to great acclaim. A reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa's very first book that she "found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar"; later People Magazine raved that "romance writing does not get much better than this." Her novels have repeat ...more

Other books in the series

The Wildes of Lindow Castle (6 books)
  • Too Wilde to Wed (The Wildes of Lindow Castle, #2)
  • Born to Be Wilde (The Wildes of Lindow Castle, #3)
  • Say No to the Duke (The Wildes of Lindow Castle, #4)
  • Say Yes to the Duke (The Wildes of Lindow Castle, #5)
  • Wilde Child (The Wildes of Lindow Castle, #6)

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