Wolf Bride by Elizabeth Moss is exciting, lustful, and a powerfully told erotic romance set during the wife killing King Henry of England. First off, don’t pay any attention to the marketing idiot who campaigned this with the blurb of “50 shades”, that should be an insult to the quality of writing and storytelling in Wolf Bride. This novel is for all those readers who enjoy the time period of the Tudor reign and the detail that Phillipa Gregory brings to her novels, just turn up the heat. Turn it up a lot!
“…’Eloise Tyrell is a lively and intelligent lady, to be sure, and goodly enough to look upon. That cannot be denied. But when I eventually marry, I hope to find a bride with a less mettlesome nature. Like our Queen Anne, your intended is of an argumentative bent. While I admired her fiery responses at supper last night, I agreed with her father that a woman like that needs to be disciplined. I would not wish to share my bed with such an opinionated lady.’ He sounded rueful. ‘I fear your wife will not take kindly to brindle and bit…”
Eloise Tyrell is one of Queen Anne’s ladies in waiting when her father betroths her to Lord Wolf. She knows little of the Lord, only that he is a hardened man, a soldier and favored by the King. It is a marriage made to save her father from ruin and to give Lord Wolf heirs. So far from the love match Eloise sought out.
But in this time, when men rule, Eloise is like the Queen she serves. Head strong and opinionated. She has no intention to submit her will to any man. No less a man she does not know and in truth, frightens her with his harsh manners.
But Lord Wolf has other ideas, he will marry Eloise and teach her how to be his wife and his lover. Eloise soon learns that her new husband is as expert in love making as he is a warrior. But the specter of a lost love hangs over them. A woman Eloise knows her husband still loves. In her heart she is falling for Lord Wolf, but believes her love will never be returned.
But the Court of King Henry will not leave the newlyweds alone as the Queen Eloise is loyal to is tried for adultery and treason against the Crown. Eloise and Lord Wolf are called back to the Palace to face interrogation. Besides the lost lovers of both, waiting to destroy their happiness.
If you remove the erotica from this novel you would have a wonderfully written tale of the Tudor court. The times and mannerisms have been meticulously detailed. But why? Moss does a terrific job of developing the relationship between Eloise and Wolf, but fighting their emotions and exploring the blossoming love affair happening between them.
Wolf’s Bride is wonderfully told and hotly paced! A very good read!