Friday, March 26, 2021

Review - - Wilde Child

Wilde Child
by Eloisa James
Wildes of Lindow Castle - Book 6
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: March 30, 2021
Reviewed by PJ

He wants a prim and proper duchess, not the Wildest of the Wildes!

Already notorious for the golden hair that proves her mother’s infidelity, Lady Joan can’t seem to avoid scandals, but her latest escapade may finally ruin her: she’s determined to perform the title role of a prince—in breeches, naturally.

She has the perfect model for an aristocratic male in mind: Thaddeus Erskine Shaw, Viscount Greywick, a man who scorned the very idea of marrying her.

Not that Joan would want such a dubious honor, of course.

For years, Thaddeus has avoided the one Wilde who shakes his composure, but he’s horrified when he grasps the danger Joan’s putting herself in. Staring into her defiant eyes, he makes the grim vow that he’ll keep her safe.

He strikes a bargain: after one performance, the lady must return to her father’s castle and marry one of three gentlemen whom he deems acceptable.

Not including him, of course.

PJ's Thoughts: 

I've been reading Eloisa James books for years but the last few books in her Wildes of Lindow Castle series are among my favorites. I've enjoyed their lightness of spirit, sparkling wit, sizzling chemistry, sense of humor, and feel-good emotion that warms my heart. 

I really had no idea what to expect from Wilde Child. Both Joan and Thaddeus had appeared in earlier books but I had only come to know them at a surface level. There had been no attachment formed and my first opinions of Thaddeus were not all that favorable. That all began to change as I read their story and the layers behind the masks both presented to society were slowly peeled away. The evolution of Thaddeus's character was significant, and anticipated, but what surprised me more was the evolution of Joan. I had not expected her growth nor the direction it took. Watching both of them discover their true selves as their relationship progressed was pure pleasure. They made me laugh, made me sigh, and filled me with their joy. In these two, James has created interesting, fully-developed, sensual, loyal, caring, multi-layered characters who though, at first glance, seem completely wrong for one another, are actually the missing puzzle pieces that make one another whole. I adored them. 

This is (possibly) the final book in the Wildes of Lindow Castle series. Fans are still hopeful that eldest brother, Horatius lives. His family believes he died eleven years ago but as his body was never recovered from the bog, that door remains slightly ajar. Whether James will resurrect him remains unknown though there are many tidbits scattered throughout Wilde Child that could be followed if she decides to return him to his family and share his story. Whether that occurs or not, Wilde Child is a fitting conclusion to the series and a tribute to this fiercely loving and unapologetically loyal family. 

Though Wilde Child is the sixth book of this series, it can absolutely be read on its own. However, once you meet the other family members (and there are many featured in this final book), you'll most likely be eager to read their books as well. 


Have you read any of the Wildes of Lindow Castle books?

Do you have a favorite Wilde couple?

In Wilde Child, Joan has dreams of being a stage actress. Have you ever performed on stage? What were your early dreams? Did you achieve them? 

One randomly chosen person who posts a comment before 11:00 PM, March 27 will receive a print copy of Wilde in Love, the first book in the Wildes of Lindow Castle series. 

*Must be 18

*U.S. only


  1. I'm currently reading seven minutes in heaven by eloisa. I'm totally loving it so far. I've never read this series by her before.

    1. Oh, I enjoyed that book. Glad to hear you're loving it too!

  2. I have read this wonderful series which is captivating and special. Lord North and Diana are my favorite couple. Early dreams were not a concrete idea for me. I never did perform on stage as I did not have the necessary talent and ability.

    1. North and Diana are up there among my favorites too.

  3. I love Eloisa's books and was able to meet her pre-coronatimes.


  4. I just put this one on preorder yesterday! Love her books! (Please don't include me in giveaway).

  5. I have read each of the Wilde books. I have fallen in love with each couple and the entire family. I am not sure which couple would be my favorite. I have loved all of them.

    Many years ago - I did act in public - a couple of times. Shockingly, no one ran up afterward and said they could make me a "star".

    I agree with you about this series. I have enjoyed many of Ms James books, but for me, this series seems to be some of her best work.

    Thanks for the review. I have not preordered, but will do so now.

    I hope everyone is taking care and staying well.

    The reason I hope everyone stays well....I cannot get a vaccination. So, if everyone else in the world gets theirs, I am good to go.

    1. Hope you enjoy Wilde Child as much as you have the rest of the series.

      I'm so sorry you are not able to take the vaccine. My prayers are that we will eventually be able to eradicate this virus and can all return to normal lives.

  6. I haven't read this series yet, but have read many of Eloisa's other books.
    I'm more of a backstage person - I worked stagecrew in high school spring and summer musicals.

  7. These books are sitting on my nightstand, waiting for me to get to them. Thanks for the great review as well as a chance PJ.

  8. Love, Love, Love this series!! In high school and college I performed on stage. I was also in both concert and marching band as well as competition colorguard. I was much happier performing as part of a group than on stage!

  9. I really enjoy her books although I've not started this series. No, most of my dreams didn't come about but having two wonderful children makes it all worthwhile.

  10. I really enjoy this author but have not read the Wilde series. I was a dancer when I was young and performed a fair amount in college. My big dream was to travel and then settle down with my family. That goal was met. They were exciting and challenging times but I am so happy to have experienced them.

  11. I finished Wilde Child on Monday and it was spectacular! Loved Joan and Thaddeus!