Author: Elizabeth Moss
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: May 2015
Genre: Adult Fiction/Historical, Erotica
Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book one
Synopsis can be found here.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Eloise is betrothed to Lord Wolf, a vague childhood friend. Fiery yet naive, Eloise and her new husband miscommunicate from day one. But she can’t deny the passion between them. But the stakes are raised as Queen Anne is banished to the Tower of London and Eloise is called back to London to testify.
I have never read historical erotica. I wasn’t sure if I would like it, but I thought I would give it a try. I’m fascinated by this time period, in particular Queen Anne so it was a great setting and kept my interest. The political intrigue was light but it was fun to see the familiar names and historical figures of the time sweep in and out of the story.
Eloise and Lord Wolf think the very worst of each other from day one, but their mutual lust seems to keep them together. And sooner rather than later, feelings bloom. Then they’re called back to court for Eloise to testify in defense, or incriminate, the Queen. I really liked this bit. It gave the story a good kick and added some danger and plot. Eloise as a character is a bit frustrating as she’s stubborn and though passionate, not very compassionate. Wolf is pig headed at times and doesn’t seem to understand how he sounds, which is kinda funny considering that he’s older, wiser and more experienced than Eloise.
If you’re looking for something heavy on the historical drama level, this isn’t it. It’s a very fun and very steamy historical romance with explicit scenes and a lot of bodice ripping. The story itself was solid enough to be interesting but didn’t detract from any of the steamy bits.
I’ve never read Elizabeth Moss before but I’ll be happy to pick up another book of hers!
Rating 8 Cookie Worthy