Published By: SourceBooks Casablanca
Release Date: May 5th, 2015
Genre: Historical Romance/Erotica
Bound to him against her will...
Lord Wolf, hardened soldier and expert lover, has come to King Henry VIII's court to claim his new bride: a girl who has intrigued him since he first saw her riding across the Yorkshire moors.
Eloise Tyrell, now lady-in-waiting to Queen Anne Boleyn, has other ideas. She has no desire to submit to a man she barely knows and who - though she is loath to admit it - frightens her not a little.
Then comes that first kiss...
It awakens in both a fierce desire that bares them to the soul. But as the court erupts into scandal around the ill-fated Queen, Eloise sees first-hand what happens when powerful men tire of their wives.
Dare she surrender her body and her heart?
I have to admit that the Tudor era and Henry the VIII’s obsessive pursuit of his all important male heir is a guilty pleasure of mine so picking Wolf Bride up wasn’t a hardship in any way. The writing, both of the era and the pacing, were well done and I enjoyed how the author integrated Wolf’s and Eloise’s story into it but as much as I enjoyed the story as a whole, I have to admit that the constant angsty “I love/hate/like” thing going on with Wolf and Eloise drove to want to toss my ereader into the freezer for awhile.
Wolf, for the most part, I actually liked. Even though he is able to play courtier when he has to, he is truly a Northerner and soldier at heart and prefers to be blunt and to the point. Even though he comes off a brisque and uncaring, it’s used more as a way to hide what his true feelings are because he’s learned that by showing that side of himself can only lead to him getting hurt. Eloise, while I did admire her need for independence in a world where she had none, I found many of her actions and reactions to be that of a petulant child and it made it difficult for me to empathize with her and her marital situation. And then there is their marriage/relationship. I don’t typically have an issue with angsty drama and when you consider the time that this story taking place and that this is an arranged marriage between two very head strong people you would expect there to be issues, but dear lord help me because I didn’t think that there would be this many. Wolf didn’t help the situation, I’ll admit, since he was definitely not the poster boy for communication with your spouse, but Eloise took practically everything that came out of Wolf’s mouth the wrong way and it got old after awhile and I wanted to reach out and smack some sense into her.
But, despite my frustration with Eloise, I still found myself turning the page to see just what would happen next. The writing style was easy to read and follow and I enjoyed how she wove Wolf and Eloise into Anne Boleyn’s tragic demise.
Overall: The was an enjoyable read, I personally could have done without half of the angst, but to each their own. Will I pick up the next one in the series? Probably. I have my reservations about heroine, but I did like the hero.
~ Review copy received from SourceBooks Casablanca via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
I always wanted to be a writer like my mum, Charlotte Lamb. Now I spend my life reading and writing, mostly historical romance but other books too. I live with my large family of noisy kids and animals in a rural corner of South-West England, where I'm a keen walker and gardener with VERY muddy boots. When not writing, I spend as much time as possible outdoors, often with my youngest kids, whom I enjoy home schooling.
I also write as Victoria Lamb, Beth Good, Jane Holland and a few others ... If you have enjoyed my Elizabeth Moss stories, why not try some of my other types of books?