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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Wilde Child

  1. 5 out of 5

    Esther

    ARC provide by Edelweiss and Avon/Harper in exchange for an honest review. Eloisa James books are overall an enjoyable read for me. I'm rarely disappointed and found her to be consistent. But in this instance I found this to more average or a little below. And the main issue was the heroine.I just didn't find her that likable. It could me more me then the character, possibly. Lady Joan's mother was known to society as a scandalous second wife to Duke of Lindow (she had an affair with a Prussian a ARC provide by Edelweiss and Avon/Harper in exchange for an honest review. Eloisa James books are overall an enjoyable read for me. I'm rarely disappointed and found her to be consistent. But in this instance I found this to more average or a little below. And the main issue was the heroine.I just didn't find her that likable. It could me more me then the character, possibly. Lady Joan's mother was known to society as a scandalous second wife to Duke of Lindow (she had an affair with a Prussian and ran away with him). Joan is very well aware of the gossip and she does look a lot like her father. But Lady Joan lives her life as she pleases, happy and flirty and a little scandalous as well. But she only goes so far or as much as her family allows. Joan has always desired a stage life and her family has indulged her by allowing little performances within the family. But Lady Joan decides to join a traveling theater troupe and play a role in which she gets to wear breaches. The future Duke of Eversly, Thaddeus, Viscount Greywick is looking for a wife that is proper and correct. He's living in the shadows of his father very unconventional and scandalous life. He's worked very hard and being proper and living an upstanding life. Thaddeus has courted two Wilde sister who ending marrying someone else. Lady Joan is nothin like her sister and Thaddus is extremely worried about her flirty and gregarious ways. But then he hears about her new endeavor of joining a traveling theater and is shocked. Thaddeus and Joans relationship has always had an underlining tension or awareness. They work hard at avoiding each other, but find it somewhat difficult and Thaddeus is a long time friend of the family. But when Thaddeus hears about her latest endeavor he decides he needs to step in and save her reputations. And this is where the story gets interesting. Thaddeus accompanies Joan on her journey with the theater performances to be her protector but in exchange she needs to agree to marry who he chooses. This was a wonderful character development for Thaddeus but felt that Joan's fell flat for some reason. I just didn't see her growth or appeal throughout their journey to love. Thaddeus was a gem and I really appreciated his contribution to the relationship, but again Joan just fell short. Writing overall was good as well as pacing. But issue was the development and storyline of the heroine, Joan.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Moritz-rosenthal

    I absolutely love this series and I could not wait to read this book. It was as wonderful as I thought it would be. Maybe even better than I expected. It is the story featuring Joan Wilde, who is the daughter of the the Duke and his second wife who took off with a Prussian Soldier and who he divorced before he married his Last Duchess. Joan is the girl with blonde hair so while she is loved by her family, society believes she is the daughter of a Prussian rather than the Duke. In this story, Thad I absolutely love this series and I could not wait to read this book. It was as wonderful as I thought it would be. Maybe even better than I expected. It is the story featuring Joan Wilde, who is the daughter of the the Duke and his second wife who took off with a Prussian Soldier and who he divorced before he married his Last Duchess. Joan is the girl with blonde hair so while she is loved by her family, society believes she is the daughter of a Prussian rather than the Duke. In this story, Thaddeus, Viscount Greywick, the future Duke of Eversly is visiting the Wilde's. His mother is friends with Louisa Wilde who is the Duke's sister. The father is not in the picture as soon as T was born he ran off with his mistress and has lived with her for many years and had children with her. Because of his fathers scandal, T feels he needs to marry a highborn daughter without any scandal attached and thats why he has never looked at Joan romantically. Meanwhile Joan has always wanted to be in the theatre and her father has arranged for her to play Hamlet but she needs some skills and T offers to teach her them and thats when the fun gets started as we and Joan falls hard for T. This was a really wonderful story. I loved that its patterned after Hamlet and that it is performed in this book not once but twice. I loved how Joan and T form a real frienship that ends up leading to romance and I loved how Joan ends up saving T. The ending was also really wonderful as we get to see their future. I received a free ARC copy of this book from NETGALLERY prior to release and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anna Bright

    After watching Viscount Greywick-- the grumpiest of grumpy future dukes-- get shot down more than once in this series, it was fairly satisfying to watch him come around to falling in love with Joan, the wildest of the Wildes. I loved Joan's confidence and how it consistently ran up against Thaddeus's stick-in-the-mud demeanor. SUCH great fun. After watching Viscount Greywick-- the grumpiest of grumpy future dukes-- get shot down more than once in this series, it was fairly satisfying to watch him come around to falling in love with Joan, the wildest of the Wildes. I loved Joan's confidence and how it consistently ran up against Thaddeus's stick-in-the-mud demeanor. SUCH great fun.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    Really liked this! My favorite in the series so far and my favorite I've read by Eloisa James. Thaddeus was exactly my brand of "I am feeling an emotion right now and I don't know what it is, but I am very bothered by it" and I loved Joan. I was really into their dynamic and the fact that once they decided they would be together, they were just together. The one thing that kept this from being five stars was (view spoiler)[that I felt kind of disappointed by the resolution of the storyline with h Really liked this! My favorite in the series so far and my favorite I've read by Eloisa James. Thaddeus was exactly my brand of "I am feeling an emotion right now and I don't know what it is, but I am very bothered by it" and I loved Joan. I was really into their dynamic and the fact that once they decided they would be together, they were just together. The one thing that kept this from being five stars was (view spoiler)[that I felt kind of disappointed by the resolution of the storyline with his dad. The idea that he wasn't really going to send anything into the newspapers and was just looking for attention made the stakes of all of it seem a lot lower. Just didn't work super well for me. Also I remain convinced that Horatius is actually alive and we're getting a book about him soon. (hide spoiler)]

  5. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    This was GREAT, probably my favorite Eloisa James! It was FUNNY, which usually isn't a thing I associate with James! I'm just so pleased the hero got a book because he wasn't a BAD guy in his previous appearances, just not right! This was also really hot and just--it WORKED. This was GREAT, probably my favorite Eloisa James! It was FUNNY, which usually isn't a thing I associate with James! I'm just so pleased the hero got a book because he wasn't a BAD guy in his previous appearances, just not right! This was also really hot and just--it WORKED.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    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 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 the 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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    MrsMascara

    Delightful romance about Joan Wilde, and the grimly correct Thaddeus, heir apparent to the Dukedom of Eversley. This was such a delightful read. Joan, daughter of the Duke of Lindow, and the result of an affair between the duke's second wife and her Prussian lover, her golden hair is a badge that links her to her Prussian blood. As her birth was such a scandal, she is constantly dealing with judgement from the Ton, and secure in her position with the Wilde family, she flirts on the edge of scanda Delightful romance about Joan Wilde, and the grimly correct Thaddeus, heir apparent to the Dukedom of Eversley. This was such a delightful read. Joan, daughter of the Duke of Lindow, and the result of an affair between the duke's second wife and her Prussian lover, her golden hair is a badge that links her to her Prussian blood. As her birth was such a scandal, she is constantly dealing with judgement from the Ton, and secure in her position with the Wilde family, she flirts on the edge of scandal, and enjoys teasing the very uptight and correct Viscount Greywick, Thaddeus Erskine Shaw, who has courted both of her now married sisters, Viola and Betsy. Her birth makes her an unsuitable bride for many, including a duke, so Joan is keen to be an actress, and having got permission from her father to play Hamlet for a performance at home, she decides to model her performance on Thaddeus. When she needs to develop the ability to duel convincingly, Thaddeus agrees to help her, on the understanding that she then agrees to marry a gentlemen who Thaddeus recommends. From a place where they felt a visceral dislike for each other, the two of them become friends, and start to understand each other's vulnerabilities, and this evolves into a beautiful romance between them. Thaddeus's father the duke has rejected both Thaddeus and his mother, the Duchess of Eversley, and has lived openly with his mistress and Thaddeus's half siblings for decades. Now he is dying, and trying desperately to pass the Dukedom onto his illegitimate son, by disinheriting Thaddeus. As Thaddeus comes to realise that his controlled ‘perfect demeanour” is a way to win his father’s approval, he begins to soften and unbend and give into his feelings for Joan. As the sunshiny, upbeat Joan works through her feelings and her ambitions for the future, she realises she wants to be with Thaddeus, and support him any way she can. I found her a delightful character who had the courage to shrug off the expectations of society that she had to behave a certain way because of her birth, and also the strength to reassess her ambitions and do what she needed to to help her beloved. What I really enjoyed was the many scenes which are just Joan and Thaddeus. I found the way their feelings changed and developed, and that we could see this, really satisfying. I also liked the many references to Hamlet, and also some of the crowd scenes, like the ones where the Duke of Eversley comes to Lindow Castle, made me laugh out loud. Highly recommended. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book and all opinions are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jani Brooks

    Lindow Castle, Cheshire, England - 1784 Lady Joan Wilde wants, more than anything, to be an actress. She loves the excitement, the costumes, memorizing lines, and being on stage. Unfortunately, as a young lady in the household of the Duke of Lindow, acting would cause a huge scandal for the family. Truth be told, however, Joan cares little for the ton, or anything about being the lady it expects her to be. For, in reality, Joan is not a true daughter of the duke. Shortly after her birth, her moth Lindow Castle, Cheshire, England - 1784 Lady Joan Wilde wants, more than anything, to be an actress. She loves the excitement, the costumes, memorizing lines, and being on stage. Unfortunately, as a young lady in the household of the Duke of Lindow, acting would cause a huge scandal for the family. Truth be told, however, Joan cares little for the ton, or anything about being the lady it expects her to be. For, in reality, Joan is not a true daughter of the duke. Shortly after her birth, her mother, the then duchess, ran off with her lover, a Prussian count, Joan's father, never to be heard from again. The duke, being a man of honor and one who loves all of his children, including his new wife's child, has never thought of Joan as other than his own blood. The major problem, of course, is that Society knows the whole sordid story, so Joan will never be welcomed into any high ranking family. So, why not become an actress? Thaddeus Erskine Shaw, Viscount Greywick, and his mother, the Duchess of Eversley, are visiting Lindow Castle. He is in need of a wife. Having already courted, and lost, two of Joan's older sisters, he is accompanying the duchess, who is close friends of his host's sister, but is irritated to be in the company of the rather annoying Joan. He'd never consider marriage to her due to her, well, illegitimacy. Yes, she's lovely, but today she is wearing, of all things, breeches! Not that it's any business of his, but Thaddeus is constantly shaking his head over Joan's flippant, and irreverent behavior. However, it seems Joan's father has allowed her this costume as she is playing Hamlet in the play for her family's enjoyment. Joan is, herself, irritated by Greywick's obvious disdain over her costume, as well as the fact that she wants to be an actress. But somehow, during the course of the discussion about the play, Greywick agrees to teach her fencing, and even agrees to accompany her to meet the traveling acting company to play Hamlet in front of a public audience! What on earth has gotten into him? Joan is floored, but secretly delighted. As strait-laced and annoying as Greywick can be, he's still rather attractive. Thaddeus has his own uncomfortable background. His father, the duke, left his mother after Thaddeus' birth to return to his mistress, the woman he truly loves. All of his life Thaddeus has struggled to understand this, and now his father is trying to get him to renounce his right to the dukedom in lieu of his illegitimate half-brother. Of course, English law doesn't allow such an atrocity of justice, but it's still hurtful. How can two people who have grown up disliking each other possibly get to common ground? Well, as usual, Eloisa James manages to weave a sweet, funny, and poignant tale to get Joan and Thaddeus to at least be nice to each other eventually, and possibly overcome their past hurts. There are plenty of Wildes involved, as usual, and they're pretty good about seeing the light way before Joan and Thaddeus. You can count on them to rally around them, no matter what. WILDE CHILD was such a fun story, and I don't think readers of the Wilde family antics will be disappoint

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    ARC provided by Edelweiss and the publisher. I love this family. I love the tone of their relationships with each other and their romantic partners. High angst, fulfilling low-level drama. I am not one for Historical Romance ... but this run has been, in my opinion, exceptional.

  10. 4 out of 5

    MAB LongBeach

    Everyone knows that Lady Joan Wilde is actually the daughter of her mother's Prussian lover; her blonde hair gives that away. She makes a point of not caring, giving her acting skills a workout. Thaddeus, Viscount Greywick, heir to another duke, is upright and serious, and determined to marry well. Scandalous, illegitimate Lady Joan is not what he had in mind. Besides, they hate each other. But. A bright, sexy enemies-to-lovers romance, featuring a large, boisterous loving family. Fun. Everyone knows that Lady Joan Wilde is actually the daughter of her mother's Prussian lover; her blonde hair gives that away. She makes a point of not caring, giving her acting skills a workout. Thaddeus, Viscount Greywick, heir to another duke, is upright and serious, and determined to marry well. Scandalous, illegitimate Lady Joan is not what he had in mind. Besides, they hate each other. But. A bright, sexy enemies-to-lovers romance, featuring a large, boisterous loving family. Fun.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Lady Joan is a Wilde in name only, at least according to society. Her mother was the notorious second wife of the Duke of Lindow, who ran off with a Prussian aristocrat and left behind a golden-haired baby who looked just like her father. Now grown, Joan longs for a career on the stage. A traveling theater troupe gives her the chance to play the role of a lifetime (in breeches, no less!). Thaddeus is in search of a very proper wife. His ducal father’s eccentricity is well-known, and he needs to c Lady Joan is a Wilde in name only, at least according to society. Her mother was the notorious second wife of the Duke of Lindow, who ran off with a Prussian aristocrat and left behind a golden-haired baby who looked just like her father. Now grown, Joan longs for a career on the stage. A traveling theater troupe gives her the chance to play the role of a lifetime (in breeches, no less!). Thaddeus is in search of a very proper wife. His ducal father’s eccentricity is well-known, and he needs to counteract the gossip with his own tame choices. He’s already courted two Wilde sisters, each of whom married someone else for love. And he definitely doesn’t need the notorious Joan, whose very existence is a scandal. No matter how much he might secretly want her. Or how much she seems to enjoy needling him. Eloisa James specializes in characters who fight the inevitability of falling in love, however much the people around them see the rightness of it. These two are no exception, and it’s a joy to watch them fumble toward each other. There are some hilarious scenes here, many involving Joan’s (male) friend who is reluctantly playing Ophelia to her Hamlet. Another delightful entry in the Wilde saga. Thanks to Netgalley, the publisher, and the author for the ARC to review. All opinions are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jennybeast

    I’m ever glad to return to the world of the Wildes, and their continued romantic adventures. This installment does not disappoint. I'm hoping that the recent Bridgerton adaptation spawns a wealth of new regency tv drama, and the Wildes are certainly in my top 3 to see on screen. An irreverent romp with a heart of gold, just like all the rest. Advanced readers copy provided by Edelweiss I’m ever glad to return to the world of the Wildes, and their continued romantic adventures. This installment does not disappoint. I'm hoping that the recent Bridgerton adaptation spawns a wealth of new regency tv drama, and the Wildes are certainly in my top 3 to see on screen. An irreverent romp with a heart of gold, just like all the rest. Advanced readers copy provided by Edelweiss

  13. 4 out of 5

    Christie«SHBBblogger»

    Title: Wilde Child Series: The Wildes of Lindlow Castle #7 Author: Eloisa James Release date: March 30, 2021 Cliffhanger: no Genre: historical romance This had a little bit of a slow start for me and some warming up to the stuffy hero, but Eloisa James brought the charm and fun once again in the latest Wilde installment. This series has been absolutely delightful to read! The Wildes will take up residence in your heart and you'll never want them to leave. Each member, from the Duke and Duchess, to th Title: Wilde Child Series: The Wildes of Lindlow Castle #7 Author: Eloisa James Release date: March 30, 2021 Cliffhanger: no Genre: historical romance This had a little bit of a slow start for me and some warming up to the stuffy hero, but Eloisa James brought the charm and fun once again in the latest Wilde installment. This series has been absolutely delightful to read! The Wildes will take up residence in your heart and you'll never want them to leave. Each member, from the Duke and Duchess, to the littlest Wilde hold a unique quality to set them apart and make them special. This installment stars Lady Joan as the heroine and I've been very much looking forward to her story. Lady Joan has always intrigued me because she is something of a black sheep due to her mother's scandalous infidelity. While the Duke of Lindow raised her and considers her his daughter in every sense that matters, her appearance makes it clear that she was conceived out of the marriage bed. Rather than hide away in shame at her obvious illegitimacy, she boldly lives her life to the fullest with a total lack of embarrassment. In fact, she sees her circumstances as an excuse to dispose of the strictures of being a lady. If she's to constantly be reminded that she isn't one, she's going to enjoy the freedom of the low expectations of others. No highborn lord would have her, so marriage has never really been a focus or concern. She flits through balls and dazzles any man of her choosing with her beauty for the fun of it. She audaciously kisses lords in full view of everyone in order to force a proposal of marriage-so she can refuse him. In other words, she's a rule breaker with no concern for her reputation. It was almost unheard of for a gentlewoman of that time to live free of worry about their reputation, and she recognizes it for the gift that it is. Viscount Greywick (Thaddeus) is a longtime friend of the Wildes. He went to Eton with Jeremy Wilde, his mother is friends with the Duke and Duchess, and he even courted two of the Wilde sisters. He and his mother are more or less treated as one of the family after spending so much time with one another. At first, I wasn't sure that I would care for him. He seemed too uptight for my taste, and very particular about propriety that verged on pompous. His disapproval of Joan seemed excessive-though I must acknowledge that she is Wilde-ly inappropriate at the best of times. (Sorry, pun intended) You can't really blame him for reproaching her attitude, though I wondered how he would be imagined into a romantic figure. I shouldn't have doubted Ms. James, because I came to love him and love him even more coupled with Joan. They were total opposites but once they spent a little time getting to know one another found that they had more things in common than they realized. She was infuriating, wildly intelligent, better read than anyone he knew—at least in the genre of plays. Headstrong. Stubborn. Reckless to the point of idiocy. Thaddeus softened fairly quickly after being exposed to Joan's bright, carefree company. She showed him a side of himself that he never expected to see. He let down his defenses and he found himself being dazzled by their intimate picnics. Rather than seeing the false front she put on for the world, her soft side was exposed as well. She seemed younger, more vulnerable than she let on and he was honored that she was allowing him a peek into her true self. My favorite scenes in the book were the picnic scenes. They spent idyllic time lazing around, feasting on delicious food, and speaking from their hearts. They were moments of joy and laughter-which had been almost non-existent in Thaddeus' strict life. Although he was raised in privilege, he never knew the love of his father and that hurt him deeply. He always strove to be the best and strongest at everything in the hopes of gaining his father's attention but it was never to be. His appearance of being perfect with the perfect life was artificial. Those who knew anything about his family, knew that his father scandalously chose his mistress over his wife and son. And now, Thaddeus faced the very real threat of his father shocking and embarrassing his mother publicly if he didn't give him what he wanted. One thing that this conflict showed was Thaddeus' devotion to his mother. His only concern was protecting her from public scorn. Although he remained disappointed at his father's antics, he long ago gave up any hope for himself that he would ever grow to care about him. The main roadblock between this couple was Joan's "tarnished reputation." Due to his father's behavior, he knew that he needed to find a woman who was suitable to be a Duchess. Someone who might repair the damage to his family name. Joan in all of her headstrong glory was totally out of the question. Wasn't she? The longer he spent around her, the less convinced he became. She may be better at playing a hilarious version of Hamlet than needlework or the pianoforte, but she was the first person who frequently made him laugh. They both bore the brunt of a parent's reckless and selfish behavior, but she flourished, while he retreated within himself. They helped each other grow individually, so even though they seemed to rush headfirst into love, it wasn't entirely unbelievable. They had a long established acquaintance already-they just needed to dig a little deeper under the surface to see what was there all along. Looking at Thaddeus’s hard jaw and flinty eyes, Joan had the distinct feeling that she had misunderstood the man. He wasn’t cold, but rather explosive. Not uncaring, but caring too much. I enjoyed Joan and Thaddeus very much! They were overwhelmingly sweet and hilarious to watch fall in love. The banter was on point (as always), and I had a smile on my face all the way through. Sometimes I get frustrated when the main characters' families intrude heavily on the plot as it may take away from the romantic relationship development. I will never complain about that with a Wilde book. I cherish all the time I have with each and every one, and this was no exception. If you haven't started this series yet, I highly recommend you introduce yourself to this very loving and entertaining family. FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:

  14. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Wilde Childe, the newest novel by Eloisa James, is a fairly standard historical romance. What pulls it up above the rest is the quality of the writing and the character development. Both are superb and make this an incredibly readable book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    Lady Joan is a Wilde, but everyone knows that she's the product of an affair between her mother an the Prussian she ran off with. And even though Joan's father, the Duke, claims her, everyone knows the truth. So, she is absolutely not a match for Thadeus, who is a future Duke himself. So, why can't he take his eyes off of her? Number six in the Wildes of Lindow Castle series, Wilde Child is another fantastic installment. There's plenty more if the crazy Wildes that live up to their name with thei Lady Joan is a Wilde, but everyone knows that she's the product of an affair between her mother an the Prussian she ran off with. And even though Joan's father, the Duke, claims her, everyone knows the truth. So, she is absolutely not a match for Thadeus, who is a future Duke himself. So, why can't he take his eyes off of her? Number six in the Wildes of Lindow Castle series, Wilde Child is another fantastic installment. There's plenty more if the crazy Wildes that live up to their name with their antics. I think this might be my favorite if James' series so far. Definitely don't miss this one!

  16. 5 out of 5

    SidneyKay

    Ah, Stratford, Ontario…how I miss you. Up until a few years ago, one of my favorite activities, was to travel to Stratford Ontario with the bestest aunt and uncle in the world, and attend the Stratford Shakespearean Festival. I bet I’ve impressed you now. You probably didn’t know I was such a high-brow. Now, ask me just which of Shakespeare’s plays did you see. “Sidney Kay, which of the great Shakespearean plays did you see?” Well, I will tell you my little Petunia’s…none. The closest we ever cam Ah, Stratford, Ontario…how I miss you. Up until a few years ago, one of my favorite activities, was to travel to Stratford Ontario with the bestest aunt and uncle in the world, and attend the Stratford Shakespearean Festival. I bet I’ve impressed you now. You probably didn’t know I was such a high-brow. Now, ask me just which of Shakespeare’s plays did you see. “Sidney Kay, which of the great Shakespearean plays did you see?” Well, I will tell you my little Petunia’s…none. The closest we ever came was a hilarious play called Tempest-Tost. Tempest-Tost is the story of an amateur theatrical group, and their backstage antics, as they struggle to put on Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Don’t get me wrong. We saw numerous plays in Stratford, just no Shakespeare. You might think to yourself, that’s odd. Well, while we were all lovers of stage plays, none of us were extremely fond of Shakespeare. I was extremely fond of the giant chocolate-caramel covered apples, which were sold at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory…yum. Ah, memories. There is a reason I’m telling you my story about The Stratford Shakespearean Festival. On to ,I>Wilde Child by Eloisa James. Shakespeare. In almost all of Eloisa James’ books, you can find references to the Bard. She is a professor of Shakespeare, so it is understandable that she loves the guy. Some of her books contain more Shakespearean moments than others. Wilde Child is deluged with Shakespeare. What does that mean to me? Well, my little Petunia’s, that means I had an issue with this story. If you don’t mind hearing about Hamlet and his victim, Ophelia, then this book is for you. Oh yes, I forgot. Not only is there a lot of Shakespeare, it is Hamlet. I hatesssssss Hamlet. Hamlet, an abusive bonehead jerk, and his victim, Ophelia. So, not only is it Shakespeare, but my least favorite Shakespearean character, Hamlet, and my least favorite Shakespeare female character, Ophelia. Ophelia, a character defined only by the men around her. Psssstttt! So, that’s more red flags…but there’s more. Our heroine wears pants! AAAkkk! Yes, we have us a heroine in pants. I hear you trying to reason with me. I hear you saying things like, there must be a good reason a woman in the 1700s would wear pants. Oh silly, silly me, of course there is. She wants to play Hamlet. So, there you go. We have Joan Wilde, who has always felt like an outsider, even though the Wilde family has done nothing but give her love. Her father-not-father, the Duke, has encouraged her at every turn…but she wants more. She wants to be part of a traveling theater group. She wants to give up the world she’s lived in her whole life. She has been secluded in a protective, wealthy world, and now she wants to chuck it all in order to travel the countryside over bumpy roads; without any toilet, and become an actor. She has chosen as her break-out role Hamlet; because as we all know, any actor can do Hamlet. This premise was just waaayyyy toooo much of a stretch for me to become comfortable with, and all of my red flags were waving in front of my eyes. I had a very bad reaction to Joan, and all of her trivial boo-hoo-I-want-to-be-Hamlet. I was unable to identify with her character, and I found her mostly unlikable. Which is toooo bad, because I thought the hero, Thaddeus was great. Poor Thaddeus, he’s been involved with two Wilde females, both of them dumped him for someone else. After all the dumping, he’s still hanging around the Wilde family, poor guy. He has tried to avoid Joan for years. She is nothing like the female he has in mind to marry. He wants a proper, upstanding, no-scandals female. Poor Thaddeus, Joan is no where close to any of his wife requirements. But for some reason, as hard as he tries, he just cannot keep away from her. Thaddeus was a great character, toooo bad Joan was such a twerp. We all must remember that reviews are very subjective. There is always a lot that plays into the voicing of one’s opinion. There is a lot which influences how much we either like, or dislike a story. Sorry to say, there were just too many of my negative influences/red flags for me to enjoy this book. There were way too many Shakespearean references. I didn’t like Joan, I thought she was so self-absorbed with her weird plan, that she couldn’t see what was going on around her. I also didn’t buy into her desire to be a traveling performer. Sure, sure, people have dreams. But really, would an aristocratic woman of the 1700s even think about acting with a troupe? How could anyone as self-absorbed as Joan, see outside of her paradigm, and arrive at the conclusion, that an acting career, on the road was for her? I can accept a lot of things that are not historically correct, but those inaccuracies have to make sense. For me, Joan didn’t make sense. As much as I love Ms. James, there were just toooo many things for me to overcome in order to relax and enjoy this story. Sorry to say, I cannot recommend Wilde Child. Now, I must go see if I can find some good chocolate/caramel covered apples to drown my sorrows in. Time/Place: England 1784 Sensuality: Shakespearean

  17. 5 out of 5

    WycEd Reader

    Check out our full post for WILDE CHILD on Wicked Reads. Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team Erica – ☆☆☆☆☆ WILDE CHILD is the sixth installment of The Wildes of Lindow Castle series. While it is possible to read the novel as a standalone or out of series order, I strongly suggest against doing so. The couplings of all of the Wilde children, along with events from past books are brought up on the pages. If a new reader found this as delightful to read as I did, they would end up spoiling the p Check out our full post for WILDE CHILD on Wicked Reads. Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team Erica – ☆☆☆☆☆ WILDE CHILD is the sixth installment of The Wildes of Lindow Castle series. While it is possible to read the novel as a standalone or out of series order, I strongly suggest against doing so. The couplings of all of the Wilde children, along with events from past books are brought up on the pages. If a new reader found this as delightful to read as I did, they would end up spoiling the previous installments for themselves. FINALLY. We hear from Jane. Born within a marriage, Lady Jane is seen as the daughter of a duke. However, all know her mother left her in the cradle, abandoning her as she ran off with her lover, Lady Jane's true father. With two curses hanging over her head, in a society built on stringent rules, Lady Jane is neither biologically related to anyone in her household/family, while not truly illegitimate as she was born within the marriage, but she is also the daughter of an unfaithful, abandoning mother who divorced a duke. Lady Jane is a stunning beauty, whispered about in ballrooms. Those with titles see her as a mark against their reputation should they fall for her. While others see her dowry and title as a way to climb up in polite society. Having heard it all since her birth, those fair features of her birth father signifying how she is most certainly no Wilde, Jane lets it all wash off her back. Since she will not be welcome into polite society anyway, why not do as she wishes, tossing the rules and living life as she sees fit. In the true chaotic, zany fashion of the rest of the Wildes. Thaddeus is a stickler for rules, never welcoming even an air of impropriety. The son of a duke, acting as the duke for the majority of his life. His father leaving him and his mother behind to cohabitate with his mistress and chosen children. Thaddeus must live by the letter of the law, trying to outrun his father's reputation. He must marry a woman who will help not hinder his reputation. Having gone through two of the Wilde daughters on the marriage mart, the third is not a proper lady, but that doesn't mean Thaddeus isn't drawn to the Wilde family, wishing for the family structure and love he missed out on as a child, but it is Lady Jane Thaddeus cannot seem to ignore. A budding actress in britches, Lady Jane is trying her hand at being Hamlet, putting the production on for her family to enjoy. Jane dressed as a bloke, her best friend, Otis, dressed as Ophelia. These zany elements bring levity, a delight to read. While not too over the top, it is a pleasant escape for everyday stressors. Jane and Thaddeus are polar opposites, bringing out the best parts of one another. Thaddeus forces Jane to see that she has a future, if only she'd reached out to grasp it. While Jane shows Thaddeus the adventure, the laughter, the light and love, and the hope that it doesn't have to be lonely at the top. Partnership and joy are at their fingertips, if only they don't get in their own way. Lighthearted and warm, dry wit and zany humor, well-meaning and villainous relatives, sharp-tongued society mavens and strong support systems. WILDE CHILD displays polar opposite themes, just like the Hero and Heroine of the tale. Highly recommend to fans of Historical Romance. Eloisa James is at the top of my favorites list in this genre. Broody and happy characters, a menagerie of animals, the plight of being at the top, romance mixed with dry wit, all of Eloisa James' series have been a delight to read. Reviewers received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    Hero: Thaddeus Erskine Shaw, Viscount Greywick (heir to the Duke of Eversley) heroine: Lady Joan Wilde (daughter of the second Duchess of Lindow with her lover, a Prussian Count) After courting and rejected by two Wilde sisters, Thaddeus isn't open to consider the third sister, Joan, no matter the obvious attraction they had. Although she was willingly raised as his own daughter by the Duke of Lindow, the fact that she is not his real daughter is known by everyone, and Thaddeus is against the idea Hero: Thaddeus Erskine Shaw, Viscount Greywick (heir to the Duke of Eversley) heroine: Lady Joan Wilde (daughter of the second Duchess of Lindow with her lover, a Prussian Count) After courting and rejected by two Wilde sisters, Thaddeus isn't open to consider the third sister, Joan, no matter the obvious attraction they had. Although she was willingly raised as his own daughter by the Duke of Lindow, the fact that she is not his real daughter is known by everyone, and Thaddeus is against the idea of scandal especially after what he have gone through all his life. After siring an heir, the Duke of Eversley left his wife and heir to be with his mistress and their children, never to be seen again after he had a son with the said mistress. This fact is known by all England and us readers have been aware of this fact for the last two books of the series. Thaddeus has a great character development. It was annoying the way he behaved when he heard of Betsy's plan to go on auction in a man's outfit in Say No to the Duke, but here we learn more about him and why he thinks the way he did and why he behave the way he did. It was hilarious when his mother reveal the fact that he rescue animals when he'd rather keep it private. He's the true definition of tough on the outside, soft on the inside. I especially love how chivalrous he is, he respects Joan and he asks for her permission when kissing or touching her. He takes his responsibilities seriously and above all he loves and appreciate his mother. Thaddeus could be bitter for the way his father treated him, follow his footsteps and be an ass, but instead he turns to be exceedingly honorable. I love how Joan is very confident in herself. Even though she knows how other people talks about her behind her backs, she doesn't give a crap. She knows that the Duke of Lindow is her father and that he loves her, and so does Lady Knowe. I love how she keeps on gushing about Viola, the same way as Viola did in Say Yes to the Duke. And not just Viola, but the whole family, especially when she defended Jeremy to the random great aunt that showed up in the beginning of the book. The beginning of the book was a bit slow. I was bored for the first 2-3 chapters of the book, but afterwards it goes uphill. I really hate Lady Bumtrinket. She was unnecessarily mean with her comments and questions and she knows it. Funny thing is, as much as I hated her, I thoroughly despise Thaddeus’s father. (view spoiler)[ He would openly disinherit his heir and deny his marriage to the duchess in order to have another child be the heir. (hide spoiler)] I was amazed how cruel he is even in his deathbed. I hadn't much thought about Thaddeus's mother before this, just that she was quite silly for a woman of her age (although I have no idea how old she actually is). However, now truly thinking about her circumstance and what she must've been through, I realize just how brave she is. Obviously she knows what her husband has been doing and what the society thinks of her; she could sulk or hide away, but instead she still puts up brave face and have fun whenever she can. I think there's a resemblance between her and Joan, albeit less scandalous and more pink. Furthermore, as her husband left them when Thaddeus was thirteen, I believe she was the acting duke then (Thaddeus says that she still does whenever Thaddeus needs to be elsewhere). I appreciate her much more now. If it's not clear enough, I love the book! Check out the blog that I just started for a more complete review of the book https://canaliblogs.wixsite.com/canal...

  19. 4 out of 5

    Erica Chilson

    I received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads Wilde Child is the 6th installment of The Wildes of Lindow Castle series. While it is possible to read the novel as a standalone or out of series order, I strongly suggest against doing so. The couplings of all of the Wilde children, along with events from past books are brought up on the pages. If a new reader found this as delightful to read as I did, they would end up spoiling the previous installments for themselves. FIN I received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads Wilde Child is the 6th installment of The Wildes of Lindow Castle series. While it is possible to read the novel as a standalone or out of series order, I strongly suggest against doing so. The couplings of all of the Wilde children, along with events from past books are brought up on the pages. If a new reader found this as delightful to read as I did, they would end up spoiling the previous installments for themselves. FINALLY. We hear from Jane. Born within a marriage, Lady Jane is seen as the daughter of a duke. However, all know her mother left her in the cradle, abandoning as she ran off with her lover, Lady Jane's true father. With two curses hanging over her head, in a society built on stringent rules, Lady Jane is neither biologically related to anyone in her household/family, while not truly illegitimate as she was born within the marriage, but she is also the daughter of an unfaithful, abandoning mother who divorced a duke. Lady Jane is a stunning beauty, whispered about in ballrooms. Those with titles see her as a mark against their reputation should they fall for her. While others see her dowry and title as a way to climb up in polite society. Having heard it all since her birth, those fair features of her birth father signifying how she is most certainly no Wilde, Jane lets it all wash off her back. Since she will not be welcome into polite society anyway, why not do as she wishes, tossing the rules and living life as she sees fit. In the true chaotic, zany fashion of the rest of the Wildes. Thaddeus is a stickler for rules, never welcoming even an air of impropriety. The son of a duke, acting as the duke for the majority of his life. His father leaving him and his mother behind to cohabitate with his mistress and chosen children. Thaddeus must live by the letter of the law, trying to outrun his father's reputation. He must marry a woman who will help not hinder his reputation. Having gone through two of the Wilde daughters on the marriage mart, the third is not a proper lady, but that doesn't mean Thaddeus isn't drawn to the Wilde family, wishing for the family structure and love he missed out on as a child, but it is Lady Jane Thaddeus cannot seem to ignore. A budding actress in britches, Lady Jane is trying her hand at being Hamlet, putting the production on for her family to enjoy. Jane dressed as a bloke, her best friend, Otis, dressed as Ophelia. These zany elements bring levity, a delight to read. While not too over the top, it is a pleasant escape for everyday stressors. Jane and Thaddeus are polar opposites, bringing out the best parts of one another. Thaddeus forces Jane to see that she has a future, if only she'd reached out to grasp it. While Jane shows Thaddeus the adventure, the laughter, the light and love, and the hope that it doesn't have to be lonely at the top. Partnership and joy are at their fingertips, if only they don't get in their own way. Lighthearted and warm, dry wit and zany humor, well-meaning and villainous relatives, sharp-tongued society mavens and strong support systems. Wilde Child displays polar opposite themes, just like the Hero and Heroine of the tale. Highly recommend to fans of Historical Romance. Eloisa James is at the top of my favorites list in this genre. Broody and happy characters, a menagerie of animals, the plight of being at the top, romance mixed with dry wit, all of Eloisa James' series have been a delight to read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    I READ THE MASS MARKET PAPERBACK BOOK - NOT A HARDBACK JUST A MASS MARKET PAPERBACK.....NO IDEA WHY ANYTHING ELSE IS SHOWN AND ONLY READ IT ONCE REALLY MORE OF A 3.5 READ FOR ME I love the Wilde Family. Every member is fun and interesting and wonderful. Ms James has created wonderful characters. I have looked forward to Joan’s story. She has been interesting from the first book in the series. And Thaddeus is a wonderful hero. He is stalwart, strong, and self contained. He knows his duty and he is d I READ THE MASS MARKET PAPERBACK BOOK - NOT A HARDBACK JUST A MASS MARKET PAPERBACK.....NO IDEA WHY ANYTHING ELSE IS SHOWN AND ONLY READ IT ONCE REALLY MORE OF A 3.5 READ FOR ME I love the Wilde Family. Every member is fun and interesting and wonderful. Ms James has created wonderful characters. I have looked forward to Joan’s story. She has been interesting from the first book in the series. And Thaddeus is a wonderful hero. He is stalwart, strong, and self contained. He knows his duty and he is devoted to becoming the very best of dukes. With all that, I felt that this book got bogged down at times. There were parts which seemed to move so slowly, I would set the book aside for a time. The plot is a terrific one. But, I felt there were pages of words added just ‘cause. Joan is considered illegitimate, because it is evident her mother had a relationship with another man. The two of them ran away and Joan was left to grow up in a family where she looked nothing like any of her siblings. But, she was well loved. She grew up knowing that her entire family treasured her for who she was. Society, on the other hand, took pleasure in talking about the fact that she would never be able to marry well because of her birth. She was a duke’s daughter by the duke’s own statement, but it counted for nothing in the eyes of the ton. Her dream was to become an actress. She felt it was her calling and she could be a success in the theater. Thaddeus was an only child. Unless you counted his father’s other family. His father disliked Thaddeus from the time he was born. He abandoned his son and his wife and went to live with his second family. In fact he flaunted the fact that he had this second family and those were the people who held his love. In order to try to become the son his father would love, Thaddeus worked very hard to be perfect in every aspect of his life. He was good friends with Joan’s older brothers, he had courted two of her sisters and he loved being with her family. His mother also enjoyed being among the family in Lindow castle. It was a place she could be herself and feel welcome. Joan has been in love with Thaddeus for a long time. He has been attracted to her for a very long time. They do finally get their happily ever after, but there are some side journeys along the way. This is a book about family and relationships as much as it is about romance. There is love, and a good portion of that love is shown among the Lindow family. It is a fine example of people who are devoted to making life good for one another. That part of this series is one of the reasons I have enjoyed it so much. I liked the book. It will go on the shelf with all the other books in the series. But, I do not feel it is as well done as those other books.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Anne Morgan

    Lady Joan Wilde is known for being blonde (proof of her illegitimacy), bold (because when you don't care what people say to you, why not enjoy yourself?) and in love with acting. She'd rather be part of an acting troupe than a Wilde of Lindlow Castle. And finally her father has agreed to let her perform the title role in Hamlet with a troupe of real actors- at Lindlow Castle before family and friends only and as long as a friend plays Ophelia. Joan sees this as a start to a new life as an actres Lady Joan Wilde is known for being blonde (proof of her illegitimacy), bold (because when you don't care what people say to you, why not enjoy yourself?) and in love with acting. She'd rather be part of an acting troupe than a Wilde of Lindlow Castle. And finally her father has agreed to let her perform the title role in Hamlet with a troupe of real actors- at Lindlow Castle before family and friends only and as long as a friend plays Ophelia. Joan sees this as a start to a new life as an actress. Family friend Thaddeus Shaw, Viscount Greywick, sees it as a path to social ruin. Especially when Joan tells him she plans to perform in town in front of a 'real' audience. They make a deal- he'll keep her secret, and keep her safe, then they'll help each other find spouses. But the longer they spend together, the more they realize they might like each other too much for that deal to work. Joan and Thaddeus are very much a case of opposites attracting. Joan has lived her whole life knowing she is illegitimate and knowing that everyone knows it- and since her family doesn't treat her any differently that's all she cares about. She finds it freeing to not worry about what everyone in Society thinks (and says) about her. Thaddeus constantly worries about what people say and how he and his actions reflect on the duchy that he will inherit. He doesn't understand Joan's approach to life and doesn't approve. She thinks Thaddeus is stuck up, disapproving, and shallow, and doesn't understand why he is concerning himself with her life choices. Epic clashes ensue- often with Shakespearean insults thrown in. What's fun is, like all Eloisa James' books (Say Yes to the Duke) Wilde Child goes past the outer, 'social' layers of the characters to discover who they really are. Particularly in Thaddeus' case, there are a lot of layers to a very complicated person. In between their fighting, Joan and Thaddeus find they can talk to each other as they've never been able to talk to others and their secrets- and delightful chemistry- blossom. Both are trying to deny their parental examples when it comes to running away with emotions (or having emotions run away with them) while seeing if they can balance their own happiness with family responsibilities. I loved revisiting Lindlow Castle and seeing characters from previous books, although anyone new to the series won't be lost starting here. The loving Wilde family seems to embrace the reader as much as the characters as a part of the family, and James' entertaining, emotional, delightful writing and sparkling humor ensures this will be a book you'll want to reread regularly. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  22. 4 out of 5

    Niki (mustreadalltheromance)

    Lady Joan Wilde has been a scandal virtually since she was born, her blonde hair a testament to her mother’s well-known extramarital affair. She’s never been much bothered by the gossip and scandal that follow her, but her intention to perform the lead role in Hamlet, in men’s clothes no less, may see her ruined for good. Thaddeus Erskine Shaw, Viscount Greywick and heir to the Duke of Eversley, a man who dislikes her and has enumerated reasons he could never marry her, is the perfect model for p Lady Joan Wilde has been a scandal virtually since she was born, her blonde hair a testament to her mother’s well-known extramarital affair. She’s never been much bothered by the gossip and scandal that follow her, but her intention to perform the lead role in Hamlet, in men’s clothes no less, may see her ruined for good. Thaddeus Erskine Shaw, Viscount Greywick and heir to the Duke of Eversley, a man who dislikes her and has enumerated reasons he could never marry her, is the perfect model for princely arrogance. Joan of course has no interest in him beyond perfecting her character. Thaddeus has avoided Joan because of his uncontrolled reaction to her but he can’t stand by while she puts herself in danger and vows to keep her safe. He makes an unlikely bargain with her: after one public performance she must return to her role as a lady and marry a gentleman Thaddeus recommends. Not that Thaddeus himself could ever be said man. This was such a cute story. At first, I thought I might wind up disliking Joan given her disdain for her very fortunate position in life. As her character was fleshed out and became understandable, I quite liked her and admired her pluck. I also enjoyed her introspectiveness, which seemed contrary to the lively personality she presented to the world but meant she was able to reevaluate her thoughts on what she wanted for herself and realign her priorities. She was sunshine to Thaddeus’ grumpy and brought out his true personality behind the ducal façade he didn’t even realize he wore. Thaddeus and Joan were each just what the other never knew they needed and their journey to this realization was filled with entertaining banter and adorable moments as they came to know each other, and their attraction and connection became apparent. I truly adored the Wilde family and other supporting characters here; especially how supportive they were of Thaddeus in the wake of his own father’s hatefulness. This story was light-hearted and low in angst and left me with just the warm and fuzzy feeling I was needing. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Blog link: https://mustreadalltheromance.blogspo...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Pj Ausdenmore

    I've been reading Eloisa James books for years but the last few books in her Wildes of Lindow Castle series are among my favorites. I've enjoyed their lightness of spirit, sparkling wit, sizzling chemistry, sense of humor, and feel-good emotion that warms my heart. I really had no idea what to expect from Wilde Child. Both Joan and Thaddeus had appeared in earlier books but I had only come to know them at a surface level. There had been no attachment formed and my first opinions of Thaddeus were I've been reading Eloisa James books for years but the last few books in her Wildes of Lindow Castle series are among my favorites. I've enjoyed their lightness of spirit, sparkling wit, sizzling chemistry, sense of humor, and feel-good emotion that warms my heart. I really had no idea what to expect from Wilde Child. Both Joan and Thaddeus had appeared in earlier books but I had only come to know them at a surface level. There had been no attachment formed and my first opinions of Thaddeus were not all that favorable. That all began to change as I read their story and the layers behind the masks both presented to society were slowly peeled away. The evolution of Thaddeus's character was significant, and anticipated, but what surprised me more was the evolution of Joan. I had not expected her growth nor the direction it took. Watching both of them discover their true selves as their relationship progressed was pure pleasure. They made me laugh, made me sigh, and filled me with their joy. In these two, James has created interesting, fully-developed, sensual, loyal, caring, multi-layered characters who though, at first glance, seem completely wrong for one another, are actually the missing puzzle pieces that make one another whole. I adored them. This is (possibly) the final book in the Wildes of Lindow Castle series. Fans are still hopeful that eldest brother, Horatius lives. His family believes he died eleven years ago but as his body was never recovered from the bog, that door remains slightly ajar. Whether James will resurrect him remains unknown though there are many tidbits scattered throughout Wilde Child that could be followed if she decides to return him to his family and share his story. Whether that occurs or not, Wilde Child is a fitting conclusion to the series and a tribute to this fiercely loving and unapologetically loyal family. Though Wilde Child is the sixth book of this series, it can absolutely be read on its own. However, once you meet the other family members (and there are many featured in this final book), you'll most likely be eager to read their books as well. *ARC received from publisher via NetGalley for fair and unbiased review (though I also bought a copy for my keeper shelf)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Urban

    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 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. I received this copy from the publisher. This is my voluntary review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sanna

    Shining 5 stars recommendation Wilde Childe is the new title in The Wildes series, about Lady Joan Wilde and Greywick readers of the series are already familiar with. The series is Historical Romance, FM. I really loved this one! Oh, it was such a truly pleasant read. I have found myself really loving the writing in this series. I've read lots of historical romances in a few decades since very young so I've seen my fair share. I've difficulties in finding new, modern era names I'd like, but I th Shining 5 stars recommendation Wilde Childe is the new title in The Wildes series, about Lady Joan Wilde and Greywick readers of the series are already familiar with. The series is Historical Romance, FM. I really loved this one! Oh, it was such a truly pleasant read. I have found myself really loving the writing in this series. I've read lots of historical romances in a few decades since very young so I've seen my fair share. I've difficulties in finding new, modern era names I'd like, but I think in this case I've nailed it to my joy! That is to say perhaps more, I find this author "nailing it" ;) I enjoy the characters, descriptions and how it's all told, the style of writing in general. This is in my opinion the proper romance that I love to read and find enjoyable and to the specifications of what represents romance to me personally. I had to really put brakes on reading too fast in order to spread out the enjoyment so I'd not read and finish it too quickly and there'd be some for several days though I wanted to do otherwise :) I really loved the way the author took the couple and managed in essence to transport them out of this world into a near-magical one of their own figuratively speaking. Of course it's not quite realistic considering the era and framework by way of society in cold reality but ... It all the whole of it fit completely seamlessly the series framework and family in question. The surrounding family existed and was there as a fitting to a tee support in the story quite clearly while also being of great further enjoyment to say the least - but still the emphasis was so skillfully put on the couple in such a way, the author succeeded so magnificently in enhancing the romantic feeling to a sheer heaven for a romance reader. I liked how all the relevant facts weren't revealed to begin with either. All in all I consider this a most enchanting story. I've nothing to complain and there's nothing I'd change. Perfect for me personally. Makes me want to read more!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kaye

    Lady Joan Wilde is a living scandal. All society knows she is the illegitimate daughter of her mother's Prussian Prince lover. She loves acting and uses her skills to never give away her true feelings. She talks her father into letting her play Hamlet when a theater troupe is going to play at their castle. She is shockingly allowed to wear breeches for the role and is constantly practicing in them waiting for her performance. Thaddeus, Viscount Greywick, the further Duke of Eversly, believes in r Lady Joan Wilde is a living scandal. All society knows she is the illegitimate daughter of her mother's Prussian Prince lover. She loves acting and uses her skills to never give away her true feelings. She talks her father into letting her play Hamlet when a theater troupe is going to play at their castle. She is shockingly allowed to wear breeches for the role and is constantly practicing in them waiting for her performance. Thaddeus, Viscount Greywick, the further Duke of Eversly, believes in rules, protocol and tradition. He courted briefly Joan's two sisters but beautiful Joan is never considered. He must marry someone respectable to protect his title. Nevertheless when Joan shares her dream to perform in front of a true audience not made up of only her family he agrees to go as a protector to one performance. In return she will marry someone he deems suitable for her. All of this sets up a grand Eloisa James adventure. Joan has a modern feel as a character and more freedoms than would have been allowed at the time. Of course the book explains that as being a part of the wondrous Wilde family. Thaddeus has reasons for his behavior and his change of character feels quick. The story takes place over several weeks but they have known each other or years. This is the sixth in a series but stands alone (I've read the first book previously). If you enjoy steamy, fun, romance in a historical setting this is a book for you. James even got me to understand some of Hamlet and Ophelia's relationship a little more. Although I thought there was too much dealing with the play for a causal reader. Thank you to NetGalley and Avon and Harper Voyager US for an ARC ebook in exchange for a honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Karen_

    Wilde Child (The Wildes of Lindow Castle #6) Written by: Eloisa James It’s been a bit since readers of Eloisa James could spend some quality time with the Wildes, luckily they are back in Wilde Child, which is the story of Joan Wilde, her mother was Duchess #2 – the one who ran away with the Prussian leaving her new born child in the Wilde nursery. The Wilde’s are not your normal aristocratic family. The Wilde children have been introduced to a variety of experiences while growing up and they are a Wilde Child (The Wildes of Lindow Castle #6) Written by: Eloisa James It’s been a bit since readers of Eloisa James could spend some quality time with the Wildes, luckily they are back in Wilde Child, which is the story of Joan Wilde, her mother was Duchess #2 – the one who ran away with the Prussian leaving her new born child in the Wilde nursery. The Wilde’s are not your normal aristocratic family. The Wilde children have been introduced to a variety of experiences while growing up and they are all fairly sure in themselves. Joan knows what the Ton says about her and she is no exception. Her real dream is to become and actress and she is lucky this year a London acting troupe will come to Lindow Castle and Joan is going to play the role of Hamlet. Thaddeus Erskine Shaw, Viscount Greywick, future Duke of Eversley is a long time family friend of the Wilde’s as is his mother. Friends with the Wilde men, he looks up to the Duke and at one time he had considered courting both Betsy and Viola Wilde. Now here he is at Lindow Castle and he has a lot on his mind. Things that no one else is privy to, things that have occupied his mind the past two years, things that could destroy his mother. One of those things is Lady Joan Wilde. Eloisa James can describe a scene in a way that puts the reader right there in the garden, on the stage or at a dinner table, where readers feel like they are in the middle of things. Her humor is spot on as is her ability to create angst and concern for her characters. I found Wilde Child engaging, witty, the conversations between characters brought life to each characters and in the end the two people who needed to face realities did what they needed to do and found their happiness.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Melody May (What I'm Reading)

    Posted on What I'm Reading Oh boy! There were times I was blushing with Lady Joan and Thaddeus. Somebody get me a fan. Other than a higher steam factor, Wilde Child is amazing. LOVE these two. It's amazing to watch these characters to grow in the series to finally get their story. Plus, amazing to see them actually come together when we watch Thaddeus court to of Joan's sisters. Honestly, Thaddeus wouldn't have worked with her sisters, he was to stuff. He needed to let loose, who better to help w Posted on What I'm Reading Oh boy! There were times I was blushing with Lady Joan and Thaddeus. Somebody get me a fan. Other than a higher steam factor, Wilde Child is amazing. LOVE these two. It's amazing to watch these characters to grow in the series to finally get their story. Plus, amazing to see them actually come together when we watch Thaddeus court to of Joan's sisters. Honestly, Thaddeus wouldn't have worked with her sisters, he was to stuff. He needed to let loose, who better to help with that other than Joan. I love when Joan realize that she might like Thaddeus when she was a little butt-hurt in the past. As they hang out more, passion ensues. However, both have things hanging over their head. It's been a while since I read the other books, so I can't remember if Thaddeus circumstances was mention on why he had to marry a certain type of girl. However, Joan's is mention since she's a walking scandal. I mean when your mother walks out of the family to be with a Prussian Prince it makes the news. It doesn't help that you look more like the Prussian Prince. Hey she has royal blood. Wilde Child was a fantastic way to end a series. I know the Duke of Lindow has more kids, but you never know when they will popup in a series, and Eloisa James is amazing at doing that. Honesty, we are probably not done with the Wilde, but the others a little too young to get their own stories. Thaddeus and Joan make this story go way too fast. I completely melted when Thaddeus would look Joan *self fan*. One thing that sticks out in the story is that Wilde's stick together. Copy provided by Avon via Edelweiss

  29. 5 out of 5

    Laney

    This story is just simply a lovely, fun read of two really decent people falling in love. Thaddeus and Joan have made some appearances in other books in this series, but here in their own love story, Eloisa James really gives the reader an insight into who they are as people. Joan is just a bright ray of sunshine of a human being, and her hero Thaddeus is just as likable, though it takes a little bit more work to get to know who he is underneath all the stuffy, ducal layers covering up his emoti This story is just simply a lovely, fun read of two really decent people falling in love. Thaddeus and Joan have made some appearances in other books in this series, but here in their own love story, Eloisa James really gives the reader an insight into who they are as people. Joan is just a bright ray of sunshine of a human being, and her hero Thaddeus is just as likable, though it takes a little bit more work to get to know who he is underneath all the stuffy, ducal layers covering up his emotions (layers that are the result of his fraught relationship with his father). The book is much more character driven than plot driven, but a lot of Eloisa James's stories are, and it works for me because she draws her characters so lovingly and beautifully that I can't help wanting to see how their story ends up. This is a very low angst story despite the fact that there are a few barriers keeping our characters from being together. I appreciate the fact that while there are obstacles to Joan and Thaddeus's HEA, none of those obstacles are caused by miscommunication or bad behavior on either of their parts (one of my pet peeves when it comes to the end of romance novels). Somehow, the author manages to draw out the resolution of the conflict to the story while keeping both characters open and honest with each other and behaving like decent human beings throughout. I don't know how she manages to do that, but it makes for a very enjoyable, light-hearted read. So overall, the story is very focused on characters rather than plot, but I loved that because out hero and heroine are so darn lovable.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Norah Gibbons

    I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+. All opinions are my own. Wilde Child is the sixth book in Eloisa James’s The Wildes of Lindow Castle. It is Joan’s story and one I have been impatiently waiting for because she has always struck me as one of the most interesting characters in the series. She’s bold and adventurous and, because of the scandal of her birth, has learned not to accept the judgment of society but to make her own choices. I think the story is a one of opposite I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+. All opinions are my own. Wilde Child is the sixth book in Eloisa James’s The Wildes of Lindow Castle. It is Joan’s story and one I have been impatiently waiting for because she has always struck me as one of the most interesting characters in the series. She’s bold and adventurous and, because of the scandal of her birth, has learned not to accept the judgment of society but to make her own choices. I think the story is a one of opposites attracting despite themselves. Thaddeus Erskine Shaw, Viscount Greywick and future Duke of Eversley, has taken the opposite position to Joan, because of the scandals in his family, he has become a paragon who never makes a wrong step and is very conscious of his position in society. Joan, of course, finds him pompous and irritating but yet she is very much aware of him whenever he is present. One of the things I like most about Thaddeus is that he listens to Joan, and when she tells him about a dream she has, he helps her find a way to achieve it with no strings attached, as at that point, they have not yet begun to realize their attraction to each other. I think this may be my favourite Wilde book, and I highly recommend it. Steam Level: Medium. Publishing Date: March 30, 2021 #WildeChild #EloisaJames #TheWildesOfLindowCastle #HistoricalRomance #GeorgianRomance #AvonRomance #HarperCollinsCanada #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #MyBookPledge

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