Review: Too Wilde to Wed
by Eloisa James
384 pages | May 29th 2018 | by Avon
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.
Romance is the genre I read when I need to escape for a while. And Eloisa James is one of my favorite authors that helps take me to the place where I need to go. I love her strong heroines and her dashing heroes. I love that even though her romances are steamy, there's also an interesting storyline to go with it.
Lord Roland Northbridge Wilde (aka North) was jilted by Diana Belgrave. Confused and hurt, he flees the country and doesn't return for two years. When he does return, he finds he has quite the reputation and his ex-fiance is now employed as the governess of Lindow Castle.
Diana had never really wanted to be a Lady. She never meant to break North's heart. But when she was called upon to save a child, she knew that she'd have to give up North to do so. Diana is determined to make the best possible life for herself and the child. And if North's family assumes he's the father, well, then, she'll just have to play along for the sake of the child.
Seeing Diana again brings back all the mistakes he made with her. He's determined to see her right. Diana is still as attracted to him as she ever was. But she still doesn't want to be his Lady. Diana is proud and wants to make her own way. North is smitten and wants to make her his.
And so the story goes. Flirting, gossip, mystery, intrigue, peacocks, meddling mamas, and the list goes on. James transports you to a castle where you'll fall in love. I loved most of the story. I say most because at times it felt as if the storyline were a little too modern. Especially concerning Diana. I love her plucky spirit, but I had a hard time accepting some of the plot.
Overall, it's a great book to read over a rainy weekend, a trip to the beach, or when you need a reading vacation. I love Eloisa James and will continue with this series.