Born to Be Wilde: The Wildes of Lindow Castle

Written by Eloisa James
Review by Sue Asher

Set in the late 1700s, Eloisa James’ new series, The Wildes of Lindow Castle, is addictive. Born to be Wilde features Parth Sterling and Lavinia Gray, who were introduced in earlier books. Despite his connection to the ducal Wildes, Parth is no idle aristocrat. He’s an extraordinarily successful businessman. Serious and blunt, he has a habit of insulting the “shallow” Miss Gray, who responds in kind, until Lavinia learns that her mother has squandered her dowry, stolen jewels, and is addicted to laudanum. Desperate, Lavinia proposes to Parth. He flatly refuses, then offers to find a wealthy husband for her. Humiliated but undaunted, Lavinia takes a different tack. Possessing a genius for fashion, she becomes an intermediary between fabric sellers, dressmakers, and ladies of the ton, earning enough to pay back everyone her mother has deceived. Her charm, beauty, and wit captivate Parth, but fashion? Can she make him respect her enterprise, or will he forever see her as a frivolous spendthrift? The relationship develops with refreshing level-headedness as well as a large dose of passion. Eloisa James spins yet another entertaining romance with intelligent protagonists and a wonderful supporting cast.