Wolf Bride (Lust in the Tudor court – Book One). Elizabeth Moss

 

Wolf Bride (Lust in the Tudor court - Book One)

Wolf Bride (Lust in the Tudor court – Book One). Elizabeth Moss

Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.

I’ve not read many historical novels for a while, for a time they were my only reading and I devoured those by Philippa Gregory, Allison Weir, Sharon Penman, Elizabeth Chadwick and others. I’d read Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantells prizewinner but to be honest I didn’t really enjoy it, and seeing this book compared to that I wasn’t sure about it – still, I put in a request and …Wow, I’m so glad. This isn’t some accurate, stuffy look at the past, but a peep into Tudor times and the eroticism that was around then. King Henry is as ever casting his roaming eye around, the courtiers and ladies having secret – or not so secret – dalliances, and the Queen ( Anne, well he had a few…) appears to be unable to bear a son. As was the case at that time it was always the ladies fault and Henry wanted a new wife so she had to go. He didn’t think divorce would be permitted again, so she’s charged with adultery and witchcraft.

Among all this Eloise gets caught up. She’s a lady in waiting, though far more moral and chaste than so many, and she discovers her father has given her in marriage to their neighbour Lord Wolf. He recalls her from childhood, and thinks she’ll make a suitable wife. Having been made a fool of by his previous fiancée many years before, he’s done with love but something about Eloise intrigues him. He thinks once married that will wear off, but she’ll be fine for providing an heir. Eloise is shattered, convinced she’s in love with a courtier Simon, she soon discovers her tentative plans for them to marry are not what he has in mind at all, but he’ll be happy to have an affair with her after their marriage. She’s horrified, devastated at his words, and doesn’t want to marry at all, let alone to the aloof and frightening Lord Wolf. Still, the marriage goes ahead..and Elizabeth takes us on a journey into the past, showing us these people and the other side to them, and often in a sensual, erotic way. Though Eloise is scared, Lord Wolf is very patient and gradually seduces her til she craves his touch, and is eager to take whatever he has to offer sexually. Its incredibly sexy, and well written, the heat simmers between them bursting into a crescendo of fire.

Then Henry wants rid of the Queen, Lord and Lady Wolf are recalled to court, and have the difficult place of trying to avoid getting caught up in the furore that could lead to Eloise death if found complicit in the Queens adultery. Dangerous times for all, and no one knows who’s watching whom..and along the way some of the past is revealed, secrets are let out, misunderstandings lead to heartbreak – oh lots drama all round, and I just love to wallow in it 🙂

I loved this book, would love to read the rest, and its a series I’d read over and over. A skilful blend of history, romance and erotica. It’s certainly not what I expected, its far, far more, and makes for a fabulous novel and one I loved. It’s priced at £3.52 for 399pages.

Stars: five, unexpectedly sensual, erotic, historical romance tied up in a fascinating glimpse of history and the dangers of court life.

ARC supplied by Netgalley.

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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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