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Series: Lust in the Tudor Court #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on May 5, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: the Publisher
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?
Lady Eloise Tyrell serves as a maid of honor in the court household of Queen Anne Boleyn. Inspired by the love and passion of King Henry and Queen Anne, she dreams of finding and marrying a man who loves her instead of one who treats her as chattel. But her dreams are crushed when she discovers that her father has betrothed her to the formidable Lord Wolf, a favored, battle-hardened soldier to to the King. Lord Wolf does not believe in love – not after his heart was ripped out and stomped on when he was still a young man of eighteen. Ten years have passes since then and he believes that love makes a man weak. Marriage is a necessity that provides a honorable outlet for his carnal lusts and an avenue for continuing his family name. But then Wolf sees the woman Eloise has become since he left for the battlefields and he fears that all his long-held beliefs are about to come crashing down around him.
I love books set in Tudor England. It’s my favorite historical period – full of passion, intrigue, and just the right amount of court politics to keep everything interesting. WOLF BRIDE does not disappoint. Set just before the condemnation of Queen Anne, this novel is full of rich, historical characters and has an interesting plot steeped in historical details.
Eloise is headstrong and passionate – a troublesome combination for a period that condoned the beating of disobedient wives. But she’s also fiercely loyal and ready to step up to defend her family when necessary. Wolf is reputed to be a tough, formidable soldier, but he’s also cunning and able to easily navigate court politics – even to the point of skillfully manipulating King Henry (a dangerous game indeed!).
The sex in this novel is scorching hot! I would definitely place this more in the historical erotica category than the historical romance since the sex does play an important expository role in moving the plot along. It is NOT “Fifty Shades of Tudor Sex,” but that’s a good thing! Readers picking this up hoping for kinky bondage or any kind of BDSM will be disappointed. Instead, readers are treated to an array of sensual love scenes that exhibit Eloise and Wolf’s growing love and passion for one another. Scenes that will steam up your e-reader and have you reaching for the nearest glass of ice water!
I can’t wait to read more novels from this series!