The Wildes of Lindow Castle: Book 6
March 30th, 2021
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.
Lady Joan is every bit a Wilde, despite being born on the wrong side of the blanket, and quite immune to being a scandal, in a home filled to the brim with them. Thaddeus Shaw, however, is her polar opposite in that regard.
A staid, stick-in-the-mud (according to Joan), Thaddeus hides a scandalous truth. He's got the hots for Joan! So when he discovers her plan to -'GASP!'- perform in a play dressed as a man, he feels that it is his duty as a gentleman to intervene but ends up helping her cause in the least scandalous way possible.
Thrown together often, Joan soon realizes that there is more to Thaddeus than meets the eye and when a moment of passion knocks off her stockings, she must re-evaluate her motives in accepting his help. Could a match between them even be possible and is she willing to give up her dreams of working on the stage to find out?
There is nothing I love more than seeing a repressed hero come unglued when a force-of-nature, heroine like Joan becomes part of his life and when their relationship also heals the bits that were wrong in their lives, it's even better.
You can always count on Eloisa James to provide a thrilling reading experience for her fans and Wilde Child is just more proof for the pudding.