Author: Eloisa James

BORNE TO BE WILDE by Eloisa James

BORNE TO BE WILDE by Eloisa JamesBorne to be Wilde by Eloisa James
Series: The Wildes of Lindow Castle #3
Published by Avon Genres: Historical
Source: Publisher



All of society knows that Lavinia Gray is bright, beautiful, and wealthy.  Only the last is a lie, as Lavinia herself recently found out.  Convention dictates Lavinia needs to marry a rich man as quickly as possible, which is why she lets her cousin talk her into proposing to Parth Sterling.  Not only is Parth one of the richest men in England, he’s a man who knows how to get things done.  The only problem is, the man she loved to tease in better times turned her down flat, which is devastating in more ways than one.


Parth Sterling has the perfect bride in mind, and it is definitely not the luscious Lavinia Gray.  He can’t help but feel for her, which is why he offers to find her a wealthy husband.  Except that the longer Parth spends around Lavinia, the less he can bear the thought of anyone but himself being her husband.  Parth doesn’t know it yet, but the woman who is the opposite of everything he thinks he should want may just turn out to be everything he needs.


Born to be Wilde snaps and sparkles all the way through.  I adore a good frenemies-to-lovers romance, and Eloisa James has delivered a truly delightful one in Parth and Lavinia’s story.


Lavinia has been brought up to be the wife of a wealthy man and not much more.  Despite this, she’s quite bright and incredibly charming.  She’s also in dire straits at the beginning of this story.  I won’t go into detail, but suffice it to say that Lavinia is hit with a lot of responsibility all at once and she doesn’t let it break her even though the life she has lived hasn’t prepared her to shoulder the burden she takes on.  What I loved best about Lavinia was her eye for fashion.  It’s so much more than the frivolous fancy people assume it is and what she does with her knowledge, skills, and talents had me cheering for her all the way through the book.  The one person who has the ability to knock Lavinia off her stride is Parth.  Parth is intelligent, clever, and handsome, but man does he get it wrong with Lavinia.  He’s attracted to her, but he sees her as shallow and he couldn’t be more wrong.  I loved watching them bicker and struggle against their mutual attraction even as they managed to peel back the layers of each other’s characters.  It’s a rocky road to happily ever after for these two, but they have such undeniable chemistry and their romance is so engaging that I was happy to go along for the ride.


Born to be Wilde is the third book in Ms. James’s Wildes of Lindow Castle series and though it can be read as a standalone, if you start here be prepared for major spoilers from Wilde in Love and Too Wilde to Wed.  The Wildes adopted Parth at five years old and they happily bring Lavinia into their fold, so it’s no surprise that most members of the Wilde family play supporting roles in this book.  The Wildes as a whole are warm, welcoming, funny, supportive, and endearing and they’ve made every book in the series shine.  I can’t count the number of times Born to be Wilde made me grin.  It’s a truly delightful story and I highly recommend it to any historical romance fan.


TOO WILDE TO WED by Eloisa James

TOO WILDE TO WED by Eloisa JamesToo Wilde to Wed by Eloisa James
Series: The Wildes of Lindow Castle #2
Published by Avon Genres: Historical
Source: Publisher



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 the Wilde family household.  When North returns to England, the two come face-to-face and the sparks immediately begin to fly.  Even though she broke his heart and damaged his reputation, North still wants Diana.  And Diana is just realizing she never truly knew the man beneath the elegant mask North had put on to impress her during their engagement.  Is it possible for two outcasts who both want different things in life to find their way to a happily ever after together?


Too Wilde to Wed is such a fun book!  It’s fun, sensual, and in the Wilde family Eloisa James has created a host of bright, endearing characters who grab your heart and don’t let go.


Unlike most of the young women she knows, Diana has never wanted to be raised to the ranks of the upper aristocracy.  In fact, she positively panics at the thought.  I liked that Diana was unconventional, that she didn’t quite fit into the mold her mother tried to forcibly stuff her in.  After falling from society’s good graces, she finally finds her true self.  It’s a self that North has never seen.  He fell for her when he first heard her laugh (cue me melting when reading this), but he proposed to an elegant creation he only later realizes was not the true Diana.  My heart broke for North in the first Wildes of Lindow Castle book, Wilde in Love, as he tried to turn himself into a veritable peacock to attract Diana’s notice.  The North in Too Wilde to Wed is a hardened warrior with no patience for fripperies.  This North, the real North, is the man who ultimately captures Diana’s heart and one of my favorite things about this story was watching them talk openly and truly learn, one another.  Diana and North are clearly made for one another, but it isn’t easy for North to win over Diana.   But being in Lindow Castle, away from society’s judgmental eyes, frees them to be honest.  The resulting romance is by turns sweet and sexy and I was rooting for these two to find a way to get that perfectly happily ever after.


Too Wilde to Wed is the second book in Ms. James’s Wildes of Lindow Castle series and if you don’t mind some spoilers from the first book it can be read on its own.  My favorite thing about this series is the Wilde family as a unit.  They’re welcoming, loving, and incredibly funny.  I’m so glad North has a bunch of siblings because I don’t think I’ll ever tire of reading about their wild (pun intended) antics.  I finished Too Wilde to Wed a well-satisfied reader and I cannot wait to see what adventures Ms. James has in store for the Wilde family next!


FOUR NIGHTS WITH THE DUKE by Eloisa JamesFour Nights with a Duke by Eloisa James
Series: Desperate Duchesses #8
Published by Avon Genres: Historical
Source: Publisher


At fifteen, a heartbroken, embarrassed Mia Carrington swore she’d never marry Evander Brody.  At twenty-eight, Mia has no choice but to take back her words.  In order to secure guardianship of her nephew and thus protect him from his evil uncle, Mia must marry – fast.  Having just been jilted at the altar, she’s desperate enough to blackmail the long ago object of her affections.


Vander can’t believe Mia’s audacious proposal – or her blackmail scheme.  Against all better judgment, he agrees to marry Mia, but with a condition of his own: he’ll only bed her for four nights a year, and only if she begs for it.  But when Vander learns there’s more to Mia than meets the eye, he knows he’s made a mistake.  Because four nights with Mia will never be enough when he’s rapidly falling in love with his new wife.


Four Nights with the Duke is a fast-paced, addictive read filled with lively, interesting, strong-willed characters.  Author Eloisa James knows how to capture your interest and not let go, and I found myself unable to put Mia and Vander’s book down.


I absolutely adored Mia.  She has a big heart and is protective of those she cares about.  Mia’s been hurt over and over, but though she has insecurities because of it, she remains a strong, resilient woman.  I wanted to see Vander fall head over heels in love with her, because they fit together so well.  Vander inadvertently hurt Mia in the past, and he makes plenty of mistakes with her in the present.  Vander’s got hidden scars of his own that have given him a distorted view of what love and marriage would mean for him.  He’s flawed, realistically so, and doesn’t always choose his words wisely.  I actually liked that about him, because he grows over the course of the story and realizes what a treasure Mia is.


Aside from the romance, we get to see Mia and Vander’s other passions.  Vander’s for buying, breeding, and racing horses and Mia’s for writing.  Mia’s work as a writer of popular romances was particularly fun to read about, and watching her struggle with writing her latest gothic romance was delightful.  Historical romance fans will also surely delight in the nods to authors Julia Quinn and Lisa Kleypas that are sprinkled throughout Four Nights with the Duke.


Four Nights with the Duke is the eighth book in the Desperate Duchesses series and the second book in the spinoff Desperate Duchesses by the Numbers series.  Though Mia and Vander’s story can easily be read as a standalone, it was a treat to see Thorn and India (of Three Weeks with Lady X) and Villiers (of A Duke of Her Own) again.  But the most captivating secondary characters are those new to the series, namely Mia’s spirited young nephew Charlie and Vander’s cheerful, often-drunk uncle, Chuffy (a nod to Twelfth Night’s Sir Toby Belch).  Charlie and Chuffy bring a sprightliness to Four Nights with the Duke that I loved.


Ms. James’s stories are always wonderfully entertaining and Four Nights with the Duke was no exception.  I devoured the book in one sitting and I cannot wait to read the next Desperate Duchesses story, Seven Minutes in Heaven!



WITH THIS KISS: PART ONE by Eloisa JamesWith This Kiss: Part One by Eloisa James
Published by HarperCollins on 2013-03-12
Genres: Historical
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Shayna

With This Kiss: Part OneLady Grace Ryburn, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Ashbrook, has fallen wildly in love with Colin Barry, a dashing young lieutenant serving his country in the Royal Navy. When he returns home to exuberant celebrations, will he even notice the quiet wallflower he grew up with … or will he fall for Grace's sparkling, gorgeous sister?Author's Note: Lady Grace is the eldest daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Ashbrook, from The Ugly Duchess, and Colin is the eldest adopted son of Sir Griffin Barry, from Seduced by a Pirate. In its entirety, With This Kiss is a 200-page double-length novella.


As a girl, Lady Grace Ryburn fell in love with Colin Barry. Since their families have always been extremely close, Grace was able to write Colin once he joined the Royal Navy. The connection forged by her letters only served to make her fall more deeply in love with Colin. Now that she’s out in society (however much a wallflower), Grace hopes that Colin will notice her when he comes to London on leave. But will her dreams of romance be dashed when it’s her beautiful sister who catches Colin’s eye instead of her?

With This Kiss: Part One is heartbreakingly beautiful. In this first installment of Colin and Grace’s love story, author Eloisa James brought tears to my eyes even as she captivated me with this gorgeously woven tale.

Grace is the biggest reason I fell in love with With This Kiss: Part One. She’s smart, kind, relatable, and she endeared herself to me immediately. What broke my heart is that Grace — an ordinary-looking wallflower — is almost always overshadowed by her vibrant, stunning younger sister, Lily. Everyone falls in love with Lily…including Colin. To her credit, Ms. James doesn’t make Lily a vain or unlikeable character. It’s actually easy to see why Colin, haunted by the battles he has to face at sea, is drawn to someone as convivial as Lily. In With This Kiss: Part One, it’s Colin himself who is the biggest obstacle when it comes to his and Grace’s romance. While Colin is everything that’s appealing in a hero, he’s too blind to see that he’s in love with Grace until it’s almost too late. Yet even though I shook my head at him for his overlooking Grace, Ms. James made me understand Colin and why he makes the mistakes he does.

Ms. James packs a lot of action into With This Kiss: Part One. I can guarantee that you’ll want to make enough time to read the story in one sitting, because it’s impossible to put it down. While With This Kiss: Part One can easily be read as a standalone, fans of Ms. James’s work are in for a treat. Grace is the eldest daughter of James and Theodora of The Ugly Duchess, and Colin is the eldest adopted son of Griffin and Phoebe of Seduced by a Pirate. The Ryburn and Barry families are as close as ever in With This Kiss: Part One, so if you enjoyed The Ugly Duchess and Seduced by a Pirate you’ll surely be delighted to revisit some of your favorite characters.

With This Kiss: Part One is a fantastic story that I loved from beginning to end. I Joyfully Recommend it! Just be warned, the cliffhanger ending will have you on the edge of your seat for parts two and three of With This Kiss.

THE DUKE IS MINE by Eloisa James

THE DUKE IS MINE by Eloisa James

THE DUKE IS MINE by Eloisa JamesThe Duke Is Mine by Eloisa James
Series: Eloisa's Fairy Tales #3
Published by HarperCollins on 2011-12-27
Genres: Historical
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Shayna

This Duke is MineHe is a duke in search of a perfect bride.She is a lady—but a long way from perfect.Tarquin, the powerful Duke of Sconce, knows perfectly well that the decorous and fashionably slender Georgiana Lytton will make him a proper duchess. So why can't he stop thinking about her twin sister, the curvy, headstrong, and altogether unconventional Olivia? Not only is Olivia betrothed to another man, but their improper, albeit intoxicating, flirtation makes her unsuitability all the more clear. Determined to make a perfect match, he methodically cuts Olivia from his thoughts, allowing logic and duty to triumph over passion…Until, in his darkest hour, Quin begins to question whether perfection has anything to do with love. To win Olivia's hand he would have to give up all the beliefs he holds most dear, and surrender heart, body and soul…Unless it's already too late.Don't miss a new version of The Princess & the Pea, asking an age-old question: What is a perfect princess?


Olivia Lytton gave up believing in fairy tales at a young age.  No Prince Charming is in her future; only the son of the Duke of Canterwick, to whom Olivia has been betrothed for years.  Resigned to her fate, Olivia focuses on helping her twin, Georgiana, win a proposal from Tarquin, Duke of Sconce.  Olivia knows that Quin is perfect for Georgiana in every way…now if only she didn’t wish she could have him for herself!  Olivia’s desire for Quin is matched by his attraction to her, but duty, honor, betrothals, and family stand in the way of any happiness they could have.  With nary a godmother in sight, Olivia and Quin will have to work their own magic in order to get their own fairy tale ending.

I love this book!  The Duke Is Mine is buoyant, charming, sexy, and just plain fun!  Eloisa James has outdone herself in this not-quite-fairy tale romp through Regency England.  Quin and Olivia are no picture perfect fairy tale protagonists.  Olivia’s curvy, saucy, straightforward, and has a penchant for memorizing limericks.  Quin, in turn, is brilliant and almost detached from the rest of the world.  He’s capable of great passion, as evidenced by his desire for Olivia.  To all outward observers, the two couldn’t be more different.  Yet they fit one another like lock and key.  I was highly entertained watching Olivia and Quin try to fight the inevitable.  They’re both good people and Olivia is engaged to another while Quin knows that he “should” marry a woman like Georgiana, who would make the perfect duchess.  Neither Olivia nor Quin want to break their promises or hurt anyone, so the multiple obstacles Ms. James puts in the pair’s path had me eagerly turning the pages of The Duke Is Mine to see how Olivia and Quin would get around them.

The Duke Is Mine is third full-length book in Ms. James’s Fairy Tales series, but like the other books, The Duke Is Mine is a standalone story.  The fairy tale Ms. James loosely based The Duke Is Mine on is The Princess and the Pea.  Those who have read the fairy tale will see bits and pieces of it in The Duke Is Mine, but Ms. James doesn’t overwhelm the book with references to the tale.

The Duke Is Mine sparkles with energy and good humor from the first page to the last.  I was smiling almost the entire time I read Quin and Olivia’s book and I cannot wait to re-read it again and again and again.  Ms. James has been one of my favorite authors for years and The Duke Is Mine joins many other books written by her on my keeper shelf.  Don’t miss out on this delightful gem of a tale!


Tobias “Thorn” Dautry is the eldest illegitimate child of the Duke of Villiers.  Having made his fortune, Thorn is determined to marry a certain kind of woman, one whose reputation and lineage will seal his place in society.  But if he hopes to wed his chosen lady, Laetitia Rainsford, he’ll have to essentially woo herContinue Reading

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