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.
For those who love action-packed reads with charming characters, this novel is a must read! Eloisa James creates a brilliant regency-era historical romance that left me laughing so hard, I was crying. There were moments I cried for the protagonists. Hilarious, heartbreaking, sweet, and alluring, Wilde Child has become my ultimate new favorite by this writer. Eloisa James built a world that loses you from reality and takes you deep into her fictional world. I had the most fun following the crazy adventures of these two characters.
Thaddeus is going to be a Duke. He didn’t have the best father. In fact, his father left him and his mom and never returned. That dead beat father left them for a new family. Thaddeus did everything he could to prove his own worth. He wanted to make his father proud of him. Thaddeus has managed to keep himself in check until a particular Wilde woman provokes him. She manages to get under his skin. Their banters are just one of the best parts to this book. He knows she needs a protector even though she doesn’t think so. Thus, a partnership develops. That’s when all hell breaks lose in Thaddeus’s world.
Lady Joan is the wildest Wilde child. She dresses up as a man for her acting career, she wants to be an actress, and other scandalous things. I was surprised and shocked. But in good ways. This woman knows what she wants and goes for it. She’s a force to be reckon with and Thaddeus learns that early in their relationship. Lady Joan was born and left by her parent. She has been born scandalously into society and society does everything it can to remind her. She believes no one would accept her for herself. Her birth is too troublesome for any high ranking man. Even for the likes of Thaddeus. However, something pulls them together. Before long, Lady Joan is finding she likes being with the huge Hulk of a Duke.
Overall, Wilde Child is a sexy yet scandalous read. I loved how the characters fought. Their adventure was fast, fun, and engaging. I wanted the book to never end. Well-written, perfectly crafted, and the outstanding dialogue made this an unforgettable tale. I cannot wait to read the next grand adventure by the talented Eloisa James.