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?
I received a digital copy of the book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviews.
There were majorly two reasons why I requested this book – The Cover and the fact that it is based in the Tudor Times.
Tudor times in the British Monarchy is quite an interesting times for a history buff like me! And the fact that this book revolved, not around Queen Anne and King Henry but to the characters around them. I have always wondered about them, you know?
The people whose lives were centered around the King and the Queen, yet had their own lives. How would their lives go? How would the scandal surrounding the court, would affect theirs? These are all the questions that went into my mind, when I read the blurb for this book!
While this has Queen Anne and King Henry in the background, this book is about Eloise and Lord Wolf.
Now, Eloise is one of Queen Anne’s lady-in-waiting. She is a little apprehensive of the court life – with the kind of relationship that Queen has with her King. And yet, she is also naive; never understanding that the Court is more scandalous and shallow than she could have ever imagined. She is a little naive, but even then she is an intelligent woman who while understands that it isn’t looked at favorably, still does speak her mind!
Lord Wolf, on the other hand, is a hardened soldier, who marries Eloise because he was intrigued by her. For him, this is supposed to be nothing but a marriage of convenience with a lot of lovemaking thrown in of course 😉 Now he is arrogant, chauvinistic (which is to be expected of course!), yet has a vulnerable side that he closed off after his long lost love and it is Eloise who slowly gets him back to life 😀
Eloise and Lord Wolf together are absolutely scorching! I mean literally “off the pages and burn you with the heat” kind of hot together! I absolutely loved their interactions and the slow way the fell in love with each other. In fact, their relationship progressed quite nicely for two people who believed the worst of each other at the start 😉
Perfectly working with the story is the background arc of non – fiction surrounding the story of Eloise and Lord Wolf. The scandal surrounding Queen Anne and her relationship and subsequent beheading moves perfectly in sync with the Eloise and Wolf’s lives. Ms. Moss has perfectly captured the time and essence of the Tudor Times.
Oh and ignore the “Fifty Shades of Tudor” marketing job, because while this is an exciting, lustful and beautifully bold story, it is nothing like the massacre that Fifty Shades of Grey! It is a perfect blend of non – fiction and fictional erotic romance set in the times of wife killing King Henry of England.
4 / 5 Stars
If you ever loved the detailed description of Phillipa Gregory novels and love the erotic romance novels you will love this blend of history and romance! Pick it up. You’ll definitely not regret it. Again, just ignore the “Fifty Shades of Tudor” mark on the novel!