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It has been two years since Miss Diana Belgrave jilted Lord Roland Northbridge Wilde, and those two years have changed everything. North went off to fight in the Colonies and has returned whole in body, though not in spirit. And after being tossed out by her mother for breaking her engagement in favor of raising her orphaned nephew, Diana has taken a position as governess to North’s sister in Wilde family household. When North returns to England, the two come face-to-face and the sparks immediately begin to fly. Even though she broke his heart and damaged his reputation, North still wants Diana. And Diana is just realizing she never truly knew the man beneath the elegant mask North had put on to impress her during their engagement. Is it possible for two outcasts who both want different things in life to find their way to a happily ever after together?
Too Wilde to Wed is such a fun book! It’s fun, sensual, and in the Wilde family Eloisa James has created a host of bright, endearing characters who grab your heart and don’t let go.
Unlike most of the young women she knows, Diana has never wanted to be raised to the ranks of the upper aristocracy. In fact, she positively panics at the thought. I liked that Diana was unconventional, that she didn’t quite fit into the mold her mother tried to forcibly stuff her in. After falling from society’s good graces, she finally finds her true self. It’s a self that North has never seen. He fell for her when he first heard her laugh (cue me melting when reading this), but he proposed to an elegant creation he only later realizes was not the true Diana. My heart broke for North in the first Wildes of Lindow Castle book, Wilde in Love, as he tried to turn himself into a veritable peacock to attract Diana’s notice. The North in Too Wilde to Wed is a hardened warrior with no patience for fripperies. This North, the real North, is the man who ultimately captures Diana’s heart and one of my favorite things about this story was watching them talk openly and truly learn one another. Diana and North are clearly made for one another, but it isn’t easy for North to win over Diana. But being in Lindow Castle, away from society’s judgmental eyes, frees them to be honest. The resulting romance is by turns sweet and sexy and I was rooting for these two to find a way to get that perfectly happily ever after.
Too Wilde to Wed is the second book in Ms. James’s Wildes of Lindow Castle series and if you don’t mind some spoilers from the first book it can be read on its own. My favorite thing about this series is the Wilde family as a unit. They’re welcoming, loving, and incredibly funny. I’m so glad North has a bunch of siblings because I don’t think I’ll ever tire of reading about their wild (pun intended) antics. I finished Too Wilde to Wed a well-satisfied reader and I cannot wait to see what adventures Ms. James has in store for the Wilde family next!