Review: Wolf Bride by Elizabeth Moss

Review: Wolf Bride by Elizabeth MossWolf Bride by Elizabeth Moss

Series: Lust in the Tudor Court #1
Genres: Erotic Romance, Historical Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on May 5, 2015
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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Hilary Mantel meets Sylvia Day: the first installment in a deliciously erotic trilogy, set against the sumptuous backdrop of the scandal-ridden Tudor Court by Elizabeth Moss.

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...

The Delight

This turned out to be something more in line of a steamy Tudor era court intrigue arranged marriage piece which was much more appealing to me when I actually sat down to read it making me sorry I dragged my feet.

Review

I have had this one on the shelf for some time.  I initially got excited when I read the blurb and saw a couple of reviews, but would you believe the comparison line was what held me back?  Telling me a book is the historical version of Fifty Shades of Gray or a cross between Hilary Martel and Sylvia Day actually had the opposite effect of what they wanted.  I was less than enthused about either possibility.  And, in the end, for my part, it wasn’t an apt set of comparisons.  Might need to have a Yakkety Yak about that on a different day.

The story caught my attention from the very first pages when the heroine, Eloise Tyrell, is part of Queen Anne’s ladies and she notes the Queen is stepping out on her husband, Henry VIII (and he’s flagrantly stepping out on her, but that is neither here nor there back in that time).  Henry and Anne’s court is a dangerous place to be with ambitions high and Henry’s volatile temper.  This was exciting and I enjoyed that part.

I did struggle a bit with the heroine.  I didn’t hate her, but she’s kind of a passive-aggressive type.  Eloise faces an arranged marriage that she does not want with a noble who looks great in person and on paper and puts the playful flirty puppy type guy she was mooning over to shame, but still she tries for a silent battle of snippy attitude and refusal to really see that she’s getting quite a fantastic deal for those days.  She kept getting caught in situations that made her look bad because she froze up and wasn’t thinking which did make me feel sorry for her a little.  I felt her real issue with the marriage was that it wasn’t her own idea and Wolf isn’t easily manipulated by her.

But getting past Eloise’s control games, I really enjoyed the rest of the story.  I even enjoyed how Eloise’s fiery nature paired well with Wolf.  It was quite steamy and probably a tad over-balanced with the sexy times, but lust is the game with this series afterall so I was expecting it.  I thought the court intrigue and the way Wolf slowly earned his new wife’s respect and love was the best part.  Wolf plays a deep game with King Henry himself as the other player which made for a nice, taunt build to the finish.

So, all in all, it was a nice Tudor era lusty romp and I was glad to have read it.  This is definitely for those who like their historicals steamy and want a bit of medieval court intrigue on the side.

My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I love books about the Tudor era. I am putting this on my to read shelf. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. Great review!

    • It is an exciting time in history. Hope you enjoy it, Cindy.

  • Not really my kind of book but it does seem very interesting. I like the premise of the story and glad to hear you enjoyed it.

    • For some reason, I really get a kick out of the arranged marriage scenarios in the Middle Ages particularly if there is some court intrigue thrown in.

  • We are so alike on why this one was sitting on our shelves. I’ve had the ARC, but the same reasons that held you back is what’s holding me back. Now, thanks to your review, I need to dust this off and read it!

    • Haha, glad I could push through and be the guinea pig. Hope you end up liking it when you give it a go. Not the greatest, but still liked it. 🙂

  • Oh wow! This does look good. And man…that cover!

    Great review. 🙂

    • It is a gorgeous cover and I loved the arranged marriage and court intrigue part, Angie.

  • I saw the name of the book and my mind totally went to werewolf book. Anyway, this does sound good especially the time period. Nothing about what you wrote made me think Fifty Shades though and as I am not a fan of that, I am glad 🙂

    • Ha, yes, Lorna. It does sound like a werewolf book. That would sorta be fun in a Tudor setting.
      Yeah, glad I gave it a try even though that label of FSoG put me off at first.

  • I hate those kind of comparisons. I remember being initially interested in this book too until I saw that it was an erotic story. I don’t want to read anything even remotely resembling that 50 Shades book…lol. Great review.

    • See? Another one who hesitated because of that quote. I thought I was being nit-picky, but I’ve come across a handful of folks who didn’t pick up a book for the same reason.

      Thanks, Carole!

  • LOL I think I have this one of my review shelf from way back. Ugh on the comparison. Yeah that would be a big turn off for me. I do like the historical steamy, though. Ah!

    • It’s been interesting now that I’m delving to nearly the bottom of my older review pile, mostly unsoliciteds, and trying to remember why its still sitting there. This one just took one look at the cover quote, but I’m glad I finally cracked it open to see what “Fifty Shades of Tudor sex” would read like. LOL. Fortunately, not like Fifty Shades at all.

  • Too bad about the heroine, but yes to a steamy romance. That comparison though would have sent me running..lol

    • Yes, she was kind of all over the place with her issues so I had a hard time reading her, but oh man did this pair have a great time exploring their sexy times.

      The comparison, ugh, it was not even close. What were they thinking? 😉

  • lol I actually don’t like passive aggressive. My little sister was extreme passive aggressive growing up so ugh

    • Yeah, her behavior got on my nerves. I’m more a straight up person when it comes to conflict so I don’t have much patience for those who handle it this way.