"A woman in love must follow her heart."
--Elizabeth Moss, Wolf Bride
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablance
Publication Date: May 5th, 2015
Source: eARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review
Previous Books in Series: First book in companion series
The SettingFar be it from me to ever complain about a book set in the court of Henry VIII. And it's a sexytimes book?! Sign. Me. Up. I was SO looking forward to reading this and it did not disappoint. This book is about Eloise who is a lady in waiting to Anne Boleyn (YEEEEES!! Hello, friend! Nice to see you!) and who is arranged to be married to Lord Wolf, a neighbor from her youth. Things don't start off innocently and the plot thereafter is a tete a tete between the two...and it is delicious. But I'll get there. I loved reading about court life including my girl, Anne and her disgusting excuse for a husband Henry. I loved reading the Northern Yorkshire setting and making a home there. But court life plays a prominent role and as you would guess, it is dangerous. No spoilers here but I will say I both loved and hated this aspect because it brought on the feels. The lying, the deception that inevitably comes with court life is all present...and all scandalous. Read if you want more details.
The CharactersEloise and Lord Wolf are two highly likable...and unlikable characters. Loved both aspects of this. Eloise has never been meek or quiet or what would be deemed "acceptable" for a lady. She is outspoken and takes zero shit and only plays submissive to later on get what she wants. Love this girl. Lord Wolf is a war torn solider who has seen more than his share of battle. He walks with a limp (swoon!!) and his manner of speaking is rough to say the least. I loved his gruff manner and his awkward attempts at conversation. I find this extremely endearing. Eloise doesn't trust love. She doesn't believe Wolf can love her and she him. That is the main source of our conflict. Their inability to say what they're really feeling. Le sigh.
The RomanceThese two are like fire. One is a spark and the other is oxygen because hot damn these two are an inferno. Their intimate moments are off the charts hot. I was fanning myself and sweating. And it's not instant sex, the build up of tension, it's all so tight and tense. Their first encounter is just...wow, it is just so much sexual tension and when it happens...watch out. It's worth the wait.
The Girl PowerEloise and her sister Susannah are not the meek and submissive women of this time. I loved that the author highlighted two strong women who refused to bend their will to the men in their lives just because it is what is expected and accepted. They fight against the restraints of the time and keep their fire and mind and make their voices heard. And the men that love them...well that makes me love them more, too.
The CommunicationThe lack of communication and constant misinterpretation was the only thing that grated on me. I understand this is a common thread in a lot of these historical romances so I'll let it slide and mostly ignore it. And there is just one scene that Eloise, to me, acts opposite of the strong woman we come to know. But on the other hand, I liked seeing an otherwise very strong woman make a mistake in regards to love.