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The handsome, rakish heir to a dukedom, Lord Roland Northbridge Wilde—known to his friends as North—left England two years ago, after being jilted by Miss Diana Belgrave. He returns from war to find that he’s notorious: polite society has ruled him “too wild to wed.”
Diana never meant to tarnish North’s reputation, or his heart, but in her rush to save a helpless child, there was no time to consider the consequences of working as a governess in Lindow Castle. Now everyone has drawn the worst conclusions about the child’s father, and Diana is left with bittersweet regret.
When North makes it clear that he still wants her for his own, scandal or no, Diana has to fight to keep from losing her heart to the man whom she still has no intention of marrying.
Yet North is returning a hardened warrior—and this is one battle he’s determined to win.
He wants Diana, and he’ll risk everything to call her his own.
Oh goodness, this one was wonderful!
After reading the first book in the series (Wilde in Love) I was beyond anxious to find out what would happen in North and Diana’s book. I am happy to report that it did not disappoint! (There are all kinds of teasers for their story in book one, though if you haven’t read it yet, you do find out all the important details here, so no worries. Seriously, though, read the first book too–this series is so good, y’all! I can’t tell you how glad I am that the head of the family is so…fecund 😉 So many more books to look forward to…)
Even though North and Diana were engaged for a good portion of the first book, it turns out that neither of them really knew the other person very well. They didn’t know each other at all, really–so watching them get reacquainted here is nothing short of delicious.
As in book one, so many scenes that have more than one Wilde family member in them were laugh-out-loud funny. The youngest Wilde sibling, Artie (short for Artemisa), is absolutely delightful, whether she’s spending time with Diana, Godfrey (Diana’s nephew), Livinia (Diana’s cousin), North, or her mother Ophelia. When the Duke and his wife bring back many of North’s younger siblings to welcome him home–expect (hilarious) mayhem. Once again, scandalous Lord Wilde prints will be used for creative purposes. And don’t even get me started on the Wilde family trip to the Beetle & Cheese…OMG 🙂
For much of the book, it was hard to see how North and Diana would be able to end up together. Even though they clearly had fantastic chemistry and truly cared for each other, she really didn’t want to be a duchess, and he is next in line for the title. Can this relationship be saved? (Spoiler: yes, of course; it’s an Eloisa James book!)
A word of warning: the final chapter will practically have you salivating for the next book in the series (Born to Be Wilde), but you’ll have to wait until the end of July to read it. I’m sure Ms. James will make it worth the wait, though!
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.