Monday, October 15, 2018

Born to be Wilde by Eloisa James

The richest bachelor in England plays matchmaker… for an heiress he wants for himself!

For beautiful, witty Lavinia Gray, there's only one thing worse than having to ask the appalling Parth Sterling to marry her: being turned down by him.

Now the richest bachelor in England, Parth is not about to marry a woman as reckless and fashion-obsessed as Lavinia; he's chosen a far more suitable bride.

But when he learns of Lavinia's desperate circumstances, he offers to find her a husband. Even better, he'll find her a prince.

As usual, there's no problem Parth can't fix. But the more time he spends with the beguiling Lavinia, the more he finds himself wondering…

Why does the woman who's completely wrong feel so right in his arms?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Born to be Wilde is the third installment of The Wildes of Lindow Castle series and can be read as a standalone with slight confusion, as there are a few threads tied to previous installments. I don't believe it would be difficult to jump in and read, but the emotional payout would be stronger if the series was read in order.

Instantly addicted, I read the novel from cover-to-cover in one sitting. Angsty love-hate, yummy deliciousness of slow-burn, and the gut-twisting properties of realistic insecurities felt by both narrators.

Lavinia is on the outskirts of the family Wilde, with her cousin marrying into the family. Lavinia's mother was the one who harmed both Willa and Diana, as well as ruining her daughter's future, due to thievery brought on by addiction.

Lavinia no longer feels a part of society, at the same time thinking herself shallow for not realizing how her mother's actions, as well as her own, put her on the path of destruction. In an era where young ladies are brought up in a mindset where their only concerns are nabbing a rich husband, the icing on their cakes is their lifework.

Insecure, ashamed, striving for independence, Lavinia is trying to change herself for the better, settling her mother's debts, while trying to come to terms with how shallow things can change people's confidence. The fashionista will no longer be shamed into finding her life's passion as shallow and unnecessary.

Parth is an orphan, taken in by the Wildes, only he doesn't feel set apart of the large, crazy family. Not blood-related, Parth is a Wilde, feeling it down to his soul that they are family. He's a self-made man, a banker who is respected for his financial advice within parliament. The last thing he wants is a wife who needs him for his money, especially one who throws money away on pretty bonnets.

For years, Parth and Lavinia have a love-hate relationship, their witty repartee creating sparks to fly in every direction. Continually thrust into each other's paths, disagreements abound, insecurities are poked as angry, never-healing wounds, forcing character growth to strengthen Lavinia.

There is an addictive, delicious quality to Eloisa James' writing – pure escapism.

Having read most of the author's backlist, where I have a paperback sitting next to me from one of her first series ready to be read, most books have been hits, with a few misses peppered in. Born to be Wilde is classic Eloisa James, all the qualities and romance that has me coming back. In fact, I'd put this novel at the top of the list as one of my favorites by the author.

Highly recommend to historical romance fans. In fact, I do randomly recommend James to people in my real life who read this genre. This review is me passing out a rec to my online book buds.

Also Available in The Wildes of Lindow Castle Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Wilde in Love post.

Book 2
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo
Avon Romance

For reviews & more info, check out our Too Wilde to Wed post.

ELOISA JAMES is a New York Times best-selling author and professor of English literature who lives with her family in New York, but can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. She is the mother of two and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Born to be Wilde (The Wildes of Lindow Castle #3) by Eloisa James to read and review.

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