Release Date: Jul 31, 2018
Series: The Wildes of Lindow Castle
Heat Level: Hot
Imprint: Avon Impulse
The third book in The Wildes of Lindow Castle series is probably my second favorite of the trilogy.
At the end of book two, the spendthrift Lavinia found herself in dire straits… without money. In a wild (pun intended) moment she asks our hero, Parth Sterling to marry her. Too bad he turns her down. And so begins the most wacky courtship since Alaric wooed Willa in book one.
This story is a slow burn romance. It’s not quick to deliver, nor is there any forced proximity. In Parth’s effort to help Lavinia, whom he can’t stand as a frivolous, silly woman who loves clothing to much, he agrees to help her find a husband. Parth proceeds to introduce her to three different men, all whom are rich.
Too bad Lavinia doesn’t want any of them. On the path to matrimony, our heroine discovers talents of her own. I can’t tell you what they are, but I loved how through the course of this book Lavinia becomes a woman who saves herself. She doesn’t need Parth to rescue her, though he does a couple of times, through various ways. Parth, for all his dislike of our heroine’s supposed frivolities, he realizes how much he’s attracted to her.
I really enjoyed the hero, even if he had some mess up notions about the heroine. He proved time and again to be thoughtful, caring, and he has a few secrets I rather admire. Even an unexpected one that was a shock, but once I read the story seemed more than relevant to the character. Lavinia isn’t annoying, except with her lack of trusting others. Her reactions and eagerness to keep her problems to herself were a bit troublesome.
As for plot, it’s a good story that moves along at a steady pace, without boring me or becoming predictable. In fact, I found the journey from beginning to end quite engrossing. Couldn’t put this one down, which is rare as James is a hit or miss author for me. This one is a hit. She also set up the next story quite well, and I’ll admit I want more Wilde’s. Note: I love how the Georgian tone is present, but not overplayed in this series.
Overall, if you enjoy Quinn’s Bridgerton series, I think Jame’s Wilde’s are worth investing in.