Published by Sourcebook Casablanca on May 5, 2015
Genres: Adult Fiction, Erotica, Historical, Historical, Romance
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Bound to him against her will…
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 more than a little.
Their first kiss 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 firsthand what happens when powerful men tire of their wives...
Wolf Bride by Elizabeth Moss is an engaging story about courtly life in 1500’s England. And quite frankly it was a scary time to be alive. If you can even survive King Henry VIII’s court with your head consider yourself lucky. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t make it. Not to mention the illnesses that had to be running rampant and the smell. Good grief. It makes for an intriguing story though. Arranged marriages to people you don’t know let alone like. King’s who can and will take said betroths for his whim and lusty ways, secrets that may or may not get you killed. Women who literally had no rights other than to show off their goods in the hopes of mating with someone they could possibly like…one day. Again I’m shuddering….
Wolf Bride though is about Eloise one of Anne Boleyn’s ladies in waiting. If you know your history, then you know how things ended for Anne. Usually that didn’t bode well for those around her either. However, Eloise is rescued, if we can call it that by the gruff, neanderthal, Lord Wolf. Eloise’s father has arranged for her to marry the Lord who’s at least 10 years her senior if I’m not mistaken, and described as being selfish and high handed. Which is has absolutely no remorse for. Poor Eloise jumps from one frying pan to the other. Court life wasn’t supposed to be so hard!
Lord Wolf is arrogant and quite rude. He makes assumptions and because he’s a man, he must be right. He was hard to understand even when he was being nice. He’s jaded and presumptuous. Eloise is too proud to talk, maybe too naive. I’ll say both. So misunderstandings, short conversations, rude remarks, leave the two of them dumbfounded where the other is concerned. Even when they find themselves attracted to each other.
Apparently people didn’t sit down and hash things out back then. That’s okay though cause sex cures everything. Well…it does doesn’t it? Not even the kinky stuff? Strangely appropriate in this book. I think I would have been down for the erotic dalliances if I could have been more connected to Lord Wolf.
So Eloise plays along because she has no choice. And it aggravated me to no end. She allowed way too much to take place from the ole Lord. Even when real feeling were involved. She didn’t demand respect and he certainly didn’t give it. It was frustrating to read, I wanted to smack them both. I get that Eloise was naive. I get that this was forced upon her. I even get that she may have been afraid of him in the beginning. What I don’t understand is the utter lack of communication. So many things could have been settled if these two just spoke to each other. The lack of trust right from the get go was palpable.
Regardless of the drama around them and about them, they obviously had chemistry. When they finally do come together it’s hot. No doubt it’s a very sexy read. It just took a long time for me to invest in either of them. I’m not sure I like Lord Wolf even now. He would have been kicked hard a few times. Like I said in the beginning, I never would have survived in those times.
All in all I thought this was a decent read. I didn’t want to put it down, ever intrigued to see where it was going. However, I would have liked more character depth, maybe even likable heroes. I’m curious to see where the second book will go. I liked Eloise’s feisty sister who seems to be way ahead of her time. Hopefully she can manage to keep her head longer than I would!
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
COURTLY LOVE QUIZ by Elizabeth Moss
Follow this quiz to discover what kind of courtly hero you might prefer to curl up with!
Question #1- What word best describes you?
Question #2 – Complete this sentence: My preferred courtly hero is most likely to…
A Set me up in a large palace with servants
B Serenade me with a lute
C Ride off with me on his horse
D Keep my head safe from the block
Question #3 – I prefer my hero’s kisses to be:
B Long and lingering
Question #4 – My hottest historical hero wears…
A A crown and ermine-trimmed robes
B Top designer doublet and hose
C Shining armor
D Black, for lurking in the shadows
Question #5 – On his day off from courting me, my hero usually…
A Goes hunting
B Plays bowls
C Polishes his lance
D Reads Machiavelli
Question #6 – I like a hero whose bragging rights include:
A Absolute wealth and power
B Fluency in five European languages
C Ancestors who led the charge at Agincourt
D A string of political assassinations
Question #7 – For my birthday, my ideal courtly hero would get me:
A Diamonds, of course
B A love sonnet tied with a red ribbon
C A romantic, tumbledown castle
D A chess set
Question #8 – My hero’s worst feature is probably his:
A Lack of long-term commitment
B Poor work/life balance
C Obsession with his horse
D Tendency to listen at keyholes
If you chose mostly ‘A’s, then you won’t settle for anyone else but the King himself. The King is the man with power over everyone, including his Queen. Regal and dynamic, he dominates his world with natural authority. But like many powerful men, he lives his private life in public. Only an ambitious woman, destined for the top and comfortable with celebrity, can keep pace with this dangerous Alpha male. You’ll need to keep him happy in the bedroom, and never stray yourself, as the King is not known for fidelity or a forgiving nature. Serial divorcer and beheader, Henry VIII got through six wives – and may have been contemplating a seventh marriage when he died!
If you chose mostly ‘B’s, then a charming Courtier is on the top of your list to love. The Courtier is a man skilled in the art of courtly love as well as international diplomacy. He was educated at Oxford or Cambridge, can sing and play the lute, and knows when to compliment the Queen’s eyes and when to hide in the closet. A lady who loves expensive gowns and state dinners would do well with the Courtier, as long as she is not too possessive and does not mind him disappearing off to another European court every few months. Many Tudor courtiers were of noble French descent, like Hugh Beaufort in Wolf Bride, and possessed substantial lands as well as looks and charm.
If you chose mostly ‘C’s, then the strong and brave Knight is just right. The Knight is a courtier with other strings to his bow. He has the charm, wit and courtly manners to seduce the ladies, yet stands ready to charge into battle for his King at a moment’s notice. Less of a smoothie than the Courtier, he’s also better equipped to protect his lady from danger. If you hanker after a Knight, you’re probably earthy and ultra-feminine, and enjoy being in the arms of a big strong man. Although Lord Wolf is noble, he’s also a Knight at heart, a fierce lover and courageous soldier whose loyalty to his lady and his country is beyond question.
If you chose mostly ‘D’s, then you are meant for life at court directing the action behind the scenes with your powerful Political Advisor. The Political Advisor is often a commoner who has risen to power at court through his own skills. A cool and calculating strategist, his innate power and influence can be very seductive. Those who find this courtier intriguing are likely to be intelligent women with low boredom thresholds who enjoy mental stimulation (and maybe some power games in the bedroom). Your main challenge will be to sidestep the scandals that often surround the Political Advisor. Sir Thomas Cromwell was Henry VIII’s right hand man for years, becoming almost as powerful as the King himself during the period in Wolf Bride.