- Sourcebooks Casablanca
- Release Date
- May 2015
- Book 1 of Lust in the Tudor Court
Erotic Romance, Historical Romance
England, 1536. Lord Wolf, hardened soldier and expert lover, has come to King Henry VIII's court to claim his new bride: a girl who has intrigued him since he first saw her riding across the Yorkshire moors. Eloise Tyrell, now lady-in-waiting to Queen Anne Boleyn, has other ideas. She has no desire to submit to a man she barely knows and who - though she is loath to admit it - frightens her not a little. Then comes that first kiss. It awakens in both a fierce desire that bares them to the soul. But as the court erupts into scandal around the ill-fated Queen, Eloise sees first-hand what happens when powerful men tire of their wives. Dare she surrender her body and her heart?
Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Apr 21, 2015 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
189 people found the following review helpful
4 "The Truth & Lies About Innocence" Stars! Having been an ardent fan of The Tudors Showtime Series, and just generally of accounts surrounding the historical period during King Henry VIII's reign, I took one look at the blurb for the Wolf Bride, and just knew I had to read it. While most accounts of this period center around the principal players themselves, WOLF BRIDE provides an interesting glimpse of what these history-altering events may have seemed like via the eyes of less famous participants, and how their lives were nonetheless equally affected by the drama that unfolded. Moreover, it is interesting to also get a taste of what may have been expected of women of that age, particularly as it relates to infatuation, love and marriage. As would be expected of women back then, the passion also bears an element of submission that while tame by today's standards, would nonetheless appeal to lovers of dominant alpha heroes.
WOLF BRIDE takes place in England, 1536. Eloise Tyrell, one of Anne Boleyn's ladies-in-waiting who hails from the North, has just been claimed by Lord Wolf, a well regarded soldier in King Henry VIII's army, who is also a rich landowner and while a bit older, remembers Eloise from their childhood days as neighbors in the Yorkshire moors. Lord Wolf is a hardened man, who though having taken a fancy to Eloise's unusual beauty, has sworn off love as a result of a prior bad experience with a betrothed.
Eloise, in turn, while still somewhat naive, has not led a totally sheltered life. During her tenure at court, she has not only attracted the attention of a handsome courtier, but even the eye of the King. She will do her wifely duty, but she will not submit her heart. For surely if she has learned one thing at court, it's that when the innocence wears off, her husband will no doubt go in search of other attentions.
When scandal breaks out though, and Eloise is summoned back to testify against the Queen, she must quickly discern who to trust and just what truths and lies about innocence must be told. Will Wolf stand by her when all is said and done? Even if he does, when an even more sinister threat sets his sights on Eloise, will Wolf be able to keep her safe?
Through WOLF BRIDE, we get a view of what court life may have been like for one of Anne Boleyn's ladies-in-waiting, at around the time that she was accused of adultery, among other crimes. We also, no surprise, are exposed to King Henry VIII's lecherous ways and just generally to the ways of life in the sixteenth century. While I can not attest to the complete accuracy of the historical facts, the story seemed to generally comport with my knowledge of the era and combined it with an interesting romance, with a bit of hot, dominant passion to boot! I look forward to reading more of Elizabeth Moss' works in the future.
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Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Jul 20, 2015 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
167 people found the following review helpful
It never ceases to amazes me when I read the tragic story of King Henry VIII and his second wife Anne Boleyn. It's unreal to realize that less than 500 years ago something this deplorable could happen! In WOLF BRIDE you get a history lesson alongside a fabulous storyline featuring two favored members of the King's court.
It's 1536 at Greenwich Palace in London, and Queen Anne Boleyn's alleged infidelities are becoming fodder for gossip among the court and palace staff. Her lady in waiting Eloise Tyrell is terrified that Queen Anne is behaving so riskily…she could never ever take another lover if she were married! But Eloise doesn't have time to worry about the Queen's indiscretions after she learns her father intends to marry her off to Lord Wolf, a man she knew as a child.
Devastated and in love with someone else, Eloise does not see a future where this ends well. But Wolf's kisses and caresses seem to light an inferno, enough so that the promise of marriage to the striking war hero may not be a horrible hardship. Wolf and Eloise return to the countryside where they seek to learn all about each other, but in short order they're summoned back to court to face the fallout of Queen Anne's dalliances, and what Eloise knows could get her killed.
WOLF BRIDE is the first book in the Lust in the Tudor Court trilogy and I was instantly captivated as Ms. Moss transported me to the middle ages and King Henry VIII's scandalous court. Wolf was just a fantastic character, bold and strong yet willing to show a softer side with Eloise. He loathes the thought of Eloise cheating and doesn't seem the type to take a mistress either. Eloise was fun, though incredibly stubborn at times and refusing to acknowledge the feelings Wolf elicits in her. The pair had instant chemistry and I really liked them together, especially in the bedroom. Those sexy scenes were fabulously erotic yet sensual, no gratuitous sex here, every thrust had a purpose! When the couple returns to court and Eloise is questioned about Queen Anne's actions, I couldn't believe the abrupt change in Wolf!! He was so loathsome during that entire section of the book (though his ultimate reasoning was sound).
All of the characters were well written, as was the plot, playing off of one of the most infamous executions in royal history. For history buffs or even just fans of the aristocracy during the dark ages, you'll recognize many of the characters in WOLF BRIDE as the real-life players behind the horrid witch hunt, conviction and death of a once incredibly popular Queen. I personally love books that take well known historical facts and weave in a fictional storyline and characters, and Ms. Moss did a fabulous job with this book. I'm already looking forward to the next book in this series!
Bottom Line: Sexy, sensual and oh so satisfying, WOLF BRIDE is one that lovers of most genres of erotic romance will adore.
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