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Too Wilde to Wed

(The Wildes of Lindow Castle #2)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  6,015 ratings  ·  693 reviews
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...

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 ha
ebook, 384 pages
Published May 29th 2018 by Avon
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May 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Okay, I'll admit that I probably should stop reviewing (actually, stop 'reading') Eloisa James. Everything she writes lately is a 3- or 2-star book for me. It's a nostalgia thing partly. I miss the earlier, cleverer James. Now her books seem to be written for 20-something readers. Hah! I barely remember my 20s. So perhaps I should just shut up and leave the enjoyment of these new stories to the young'uns. But, no, not just yet. I read this one. I'm reviewing it.

This is the second in James's new
Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
4 stars!

Review at Of Pens and Pages.

It made it clear that the woman who jilted him was still the woman of his heart.”

Too Wilde to Wed was my first Eloisa James read and definitely not the last. I knew I’d love the story the moment I saw the blurb. A second chance romance between one of the most eligible bachelors in England and the woman who jilted him? I am here for it! There’s some great dynamic between the hero and heroine, the heroine and her charges, the hero and his family, and many
From the start of this audiobook, I was swooning over this romance. It's a second chance romance because Diana and North were engaged before it was broken off, North went into the military, and Diana became the governess for North's family. Two years later, North is back. It was fun how it was a romance between two people in different social classes and Diana was finally able to be herself instead of the Duchess-to-be that her mother was trying to mold her into. I loved the little kids in this b ...more
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I just loved Diana and North! I have been looking forward to reading their story since finishing the first book in the series, Wilde in Love. This book would work perfectly well as a stand alone but the ending of the first book really had me eager to read this second installment. I went into this book with pretty high expectations and they were all surpassed. I really had a fantastic time reading this book.

Diana and North were previo
ARC provided by Edelweiss and Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I loved the first half of this book/romance. But the second half was disappointing, the heroine evolved into someone different from the first half. The first half was sweet, with chemistry between the two MC. Second half it's like this modern woman took her place. Very sexual and not sure of her feelings for the hero, determined to do her own thing (I love strong woman but she came across as muddled/confused and wishy washy
okay, so like.... for the most part, eloisa james has really good, breezy romance novel prose that doesn't often throw you out of the time period, which i appreciate. her banter is very charming and her familial relationships are believable and cute.

i was a little frustrated with both the hero and the heroine at points, where it felt like if they just talked and were honest with each other the book would have been over a lot faster. still, i could have overlooked this.

my other quibble was the ki
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2019
Better then the 1st book in the series!
Jan 09, 2018 marked it as not-my-cuppa
Shelves: too-much-for-me
After reading the "excerpt" on Cosmopolitan's website with the cover reveal, I am done with Eloisa James. The teaser was just a long sex scene. No romance, just sex amped up for contemporary readers with pussy, balls, and cocks galore. I'm not hating here, but that isn't for me.

This is a note to myself that I won't be reading her newer work. I draw the line at that level of steam. I read more for the romance and sex scenes are just secondary. It's just my preference.

All that said, the covers f
Aly is so frigging bored
2nd read: July 2019
I couldn't remember how much I loved this book the 1st time I read it.

1st read: May 2018
I love Eloisa James. Saying that, I think she has outdone herself with this series. It's fun, funny, the characters are relatable and well rounded, the secondary characters are to die for! Also, I think she played so well with the governess trope.
Melanie A. *mostly on hiatus*
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, audio
Audio: 5 STARS!
Story: 4 STARS!
Blinding joy swirled through Diana, mixing with desire and trust and love.
A really satisfying read, filled with quite a few swoon-worthy moments!

While this installment of the Wildes wasn't a borderline farce like the first one, I still really enjoyed it. James' sense of humor and romance matches up nicely with mine, and best of all, she writes a lot of in-depth dialogue to convey it. There's nothing I like more than an author who shows me rather than t
Penny Black
Jul 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Sigh, yet another dismal disappointment from Eloisa James. If the first wilde was tedious, this one was ludicrous. The story has so little connection with the realities of Georgian era it would have been better as a contemporary. But then, the romance wasn't all that special. I think the time has come to give up on the Wildes; I am clearly not the target audience. ...more
Lover of Romance
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

Too Wilde To Love is the second book in James' latest series "The Wildes of Lindow Castle" and reading this was a risk because I had picked up the first book in Audio and yeah I had to DNF that one and it was really disappointing. But when I saw this book on the shelf of my public library, I knew I had to pick it up if I could. And I am so happy that I did because this book was a PAGE TURNER and man I was surprised by how easily I had gotte
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
I am in LOVE with the Wildes!!! The first book in the series wasn't a favorite, but Eloisa James has made me fall head over heels for this amazing family. North and Diana's romance was utterly sweet and heartwarming – I love it when a hero has to win the heroine's heart.

Review to come!

Thanks to the publisher for generously providing me an ARC to review.
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

It has been two years since Miss Diana Belgrave jilted Lord Roland Northbridge Wilde, and those two years have changed everything. North went off to fight in the Colonies and has returned whole in body, though not in spirit. And after being tossed out by her mother for breaking her engagement in favor of raising her orphaned nephew, Diana has taken a position as governess to North’s sister in Wilde family household. When North returns to England, the two come face-to-face and the sparks
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: release-2018
5 ☆ I love the Wilde’s and this series!!!
In Book #2 the story focuses on North and Diana. Their relationship is full of spicy heat behind the scenes while dealing with their previous relationship + broken engagement. Also added to the story is the new addition of a little guy Diana brings back with her to Lindow Castle (where she’s now employed as a governess). It proves to be a REAL scandal for North as he’s perceived to of fathered the child! An all around wonderful fun story, I enjoyed every
Audiobook Review:

This second in the series is the story of North, heir to the Dukedom, and jilted by his bethrothed Miss Diana Belgrave. Not knowing the circumstances surrounding her untimely departure, he buys a commission and prior to leaving finds her in a cottage with a young child believing he had been deceived and she is with another. Upon his return from service, rumour has it that she has had a son by him and her family has taken her in at the castle.

North soon learns that Diana is now t
*The Angry Reader*
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

I love this book. Not for any fancy reason. Or really any discernible reason. It's a well-crafted, trick-free, perfectly paced love story between two odd people. Eloisa James is a paragon for a reason. And I adore most of her books.

I was very so-so on the first book in this series. Wilde in Love. (See my review here). Despite less-than-intense feelings for WIL I was excited for the rest of the series. And TWtW was better than I'd expected. I'm thrilled for what's coming in this series
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Victoria Vale
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. This might have been better than Born to be Wilde if not for how the ending completely fizzled out. For the most part, I loved this story of a couple whose betrothal falls apart due to a rash decision on the heroine's part, as well as the fact that they don't really know each other. After years of separation North comes home from war to discover Diana working as a governess in his father's home. Sparks fly, old feelings emerge, and the fight for North to win Diana is on!
As a hero, Nor
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Four plus. Absolutely delightful. Lots of meaningful conversations between North and Diana clearing up misunderstandings of the past and allowing them to get to know one another better. I love that North fell for Diana because of her laughter. I love that Diana takes care of North as no one else can.

I particularly liked the seamless inclusion of the household staff in the story in a way that is natural a la Downton Abbey. Prism, Mabel, even Boodle provide not only comic relief, but also bring r
I came to this with low expectations, but I'm positively surprised. It was a little bit repetitive in the middle, and the story didn't seem to be going anywhere, but I'm happy I stuck with it because in the end it proved quite enjoyable. I'm still a little mad with North for his highhandedness with Diana's possessions, but he did redeem himself later on in the story. ...more
Mar 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
Too Wilde to Wed is a heavy-handed Cinderella-inspired romance with a heroine bordering on too dumb to live and a hero determined to walk himself in circles.

I cannot count how many times I wanted to put this book down and mark it DNF, but I persisted. I made it to the end and when I put it down I just thought, "There's a week of my life I'm never getting back."

This book had potential, but it did not want to be Cinderella. It didn’t. But James felt a need to pretzel-twist the narrative to vaguely
Pj Ausdenmore
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this couple. I love the entire Wilde family. In fact, not since Julia Quinn's Bridgertons have I fallen in love with a family so quickly or completely. I've read Diana and North's story twice and already I'm eager to go back to the first page and begin again. I love the humor in this story, the witty banter, the sparks that fly when North and Diana go toe to toe, and the sweetness that flows between them in the quiet moments of the darkest hours of the night. I enjoyed their growth, both ...more

I did like this, but not as much as others in the series. It's another where their lives seem to maybe not quite fit? It was more resolved in this one, at least.

Content warning: Lots of discussion about a print that depicted North as a rapist??? It made me uncomfortable.
Katie Tran
Forced myself to finish this so I could rip it to shreds, but I failed. DNF.

I so wanted to like this because North/Diana intrigued me in the first book.
Turns out, Diana was not the frilly, uppity girl who had potential to be a beautifully, flawed heroine in the first book but a petite, redhead, quirky, sweet, actually witty, loyal mary-sue with big knockers underneath. Oh and that kid wasn’t even her son. She’s just taking care of him for her dead sister cause she’s so good and pure. 🙄

Now, Diana
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is even better that the first one, which I loved. Now I just have to wait impatiently for Wilde for You, Parth and Lavinia's story and for Betsy's book, which is book 4. I am wild about this series. :) Full review will be posted nearer pub date.

The following review appeared in Romantic Intentions Quarterly -- Issue 1, April 2018.

Lord Roland Northbridge Wilde returns from war in the colonies to find himself rivaling his brother Alaric (Wilde in Love) as the subject of scandalous prints. The
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Too Wilde to Wed by Eloisa James is book Two in The Wildes of Lindow Castle series. This is the story of Lord Roland Northbridge Wilde 'North' and Diana Belgrave. I have read the previous book (and Loved it) but feel this is a standalone book although the previous book did do some set up for this one.
North and Diana had been engaged to be married but she made a hasty decision that had her breaking things off with North. North brokenhearted left but now he is back only to learn that his reputati
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-goal, hf-romance
A delightful read from start to finish— but if you’re a fan of Ms James, than this review is nothing new.

Somehow I missed the first entry in her Wilde family series, but it was a great stand-alone story.

I’m a sucker for a governess meets tortured hero romance and this one fit the bill perfectly!! It was charming, well-written and filled with a cast of wonderful characters. And none of that heavy handed lamenting by the heroine that so often accompanies historical romances!!

Definitely swoon-wo
Jun 11, 2018 added it
Shelves: nope-never
I’m not putting myself through this.
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I needed this!

Imagine: Final week of teaching 7th graders. You need to finish packing your room, but a new Eloisa James was delivered to your Kindle.
Better believe my responsibilities had to wait! I've been wanting to read this story since the epilogue of Wilde in Love and it did not disappoint.
This was the perfect, beginning of summer read: romance, revelations, but no angst or insidious plots. Just two people who need to get their acts together.
Thank you, Eloisa- I needed this stress relief
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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

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The Wildes of Lindow Castle (6 books)
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  • Born to Be Wilde (The Wildes of Lindow Castle, #3)
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