Eloisa James returns to the Wildes of Lindow Castle series with the next Wilde child who runs and joins a theatre troupe—and the duke who tries to save her reputation.
He wants a prim and proper duchess, not the Wildest of the Wildes!
Already notorious for the golden hair that proves her mother’s infidelity, Lady Joan can’t seem to avoid scandals, but her latest escapade may finally ruin her: she’s determined to perform the title role of a prince—in breeches, naturally.
She has the perfect model for an aristocratic male in mind: Thaddeus Erskine Shaw, Viscount Greywick, a man who scorned the very idea of marrying her.
Not that Joan would want such a dubious honor, of course.
For years, Thaddeus has avoided the one Wilde who shakes his composure, but he’s horrified when he grasps the danger Joan’s putting herself in. Staring into her defiant eyes, he makes the grim vow that he’ll keep her safe.
He strikes a bargain: after one performance, the lady must return to her father’s castle and marry one of three gentlemen whom he deems acceptable.
Not including him, of course.
Wilde Child (The Wildes of Lindow Castle, #7) by Eloisa James
Published by Avon on March 30, 2021
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I received a complimentary ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
WILDE CHILD by Eloisa James
Wilde Child is the sixth book in The Wildes of Lindow Castle series by Eloisa James. This book is Joan’s story.
Lady Joan has dreamed of a life on stage. When a theater troupe performs at Lindow Castle, she decides she doesn’t just want to act in productions staged for her family, she wants to see if she has what it takes to perform in front of a real audience. She comes up with a plan to travel to the next village with the troupe to perform Hamlet, as Hamlet… wearing breeches.
Thaddeus, Viscount Greywick, the future Duke of Eversly, is a paragon of virtue who series readers have met before. He was an erstwhile suitor to Joan’s two older sisters, but never a real contender. He is a longtime friend of the family, who learns of Joan’s performance plan and takes it upon himself to protect her reputation. A reputation that Joan doesn’t really care about. She knows what the “ton” say about her mother and “real” father and knows her future suitors will be limited even with a “good” reputation.
The bargain they agree to is that Thaddeus will serve as her protector/chaperone to the next town’s theater performance to ensure her safety, but she must marry one of the suitors of his choosing when their adventure is through.
While reading Wilde Child you learn a lot about Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Eloisa James prompts you to reconsider the motives of both Hamlet and Ophelia. And learn more about Thaddeus and Joan in the process.
The character of Thaddeus becomes three dimensional as the story proceeds. We learn his attempt to be perfect is only in the hope of getting his father’s attention, which will never be forthcoming. Thaddeus isn’t unfeeling, he simply feels too much. His tenderness to animals won me over. Fun and forthright Joan is just what he didn’t know he needed.
I enjoyed this book and have read all the books in this series. I would recommend Wilde Child to those who like The Wildes of Lindow Castle series.
Thank you NetGalley and Avon/Harper Voyager for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Reviewer: Christy is a school librarian in Central Ohio who loves books and those who read them. Julia’s Quinn’s The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband was her introduction to smart romance. She enjoys historical and contemporary romances with intelligent, capable, and sassy women. She also enjoys mysteries and thrillers along with children’s literature. Her husband and young daughter are both avid readers. They live with three rescue cats who are living their HEA all day, every day on the lap of a reader. You can follow Christy on Instagram.