Born to Be Wilde Blog Tour Review: Enemies to Lovers, My Favourite

Tour Banner - Born to Be Wilde by Eloisa JamesBook Cover - Born to Be Wilde by Eloisa JamesI have given Born to be Wilde by Eloisa James a ☆☆☆☆ rating. It is Book 3 of The Wildes of Lindow series. It is Historical Romance. Avon Books publishes it. It was published July 31st, 2018.

The blurb reads:

The richest bachelor in England plays matchmaker…for an heiress he wants for himself!

For beautiful, witty Lavinia Gray, there’s only one thing worse than having to ask the appalling Parth Sterling to marry her: being turned down by him

Now the richest bachelor in England, Parth is not about to marry a woman as reckless and fashion-obsessed as Lavinia; he’s chosen a far more suitable bride.

But when he learns of Lavinia’s desperate circumstances, he offers to find her a husband. Even better, he’ll find her a prince.

As usual, there’s no problem Parth can’t fix. But the more time he spends with the beguiling Lavinia, the more he finds himself wondering…

Why does the woman who’s completely wrong feel so right in his arms?

It seems that even though I’ve mentioned on more than one occasion that I will not be doing any more Historical Romance reviews, my favourite authors keep releasing new books. So, I’ll keep doing them and I hope you guys, my audience and favourite people in the world, will love them as much as I do.

As always, my reviews may contain spoilers. I say may because what’s a spoiler to you may not be a spoiler for me.

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As I mentioned in my previous review for this series, the first instalment was very tough to get into. Set in the Georgian period of powdered wigs and big hoop dresses, it was not an era I was familiar with (why I mention this will come into play later) as I am a devotee of the Regency. But, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the second instalment, Too Wilde to Wed, and the third, this one, really blew me away.

I was hooked like fish on bait to Born to be Wilde. I didn’t want to put it down and I finished it in a day because that’s how good it was. I’d chalk it all up to Lavinia, her independence and my extreme love for the hate-to-love trope. That’s right, Lavinia and her hero, Parth, start off as semi-enemies.

Beautiful, wealthy and charming, Lavinia is used to having it all: men, beautiful clothing and tons of money. That is, until she discovers that her mother has spent all her dowry and even resorted to stealing jewellery to fund their extravagant lives. To make matters worse, her mother is addicted to laudanum and has to be committed to a sanatorium. In order to repay all the debts, Lavinia has to get married: fast and to a very rich man. Born to Be Wilde, in fact, opens with her proposing to our dear hero, Parth, a testament to her independence and bravery.

Now, Parth, sweet Parth is as clueless, wealthy and as handsome as heroes usually are. He is a self-made man, both a Wilde and not a Wilde. He’s a ward of the Duke of Lindow, having been sent to England when he was five to live and grow up with the Wilde brothers. Naturally, he and Lavinia have known each other for years and he doesn’t see her as more than another airheaded miss on the marriage mart. He turns down her proposal, of course, but decides that he will help her find a suitable husband for her penniless predicament.

Born to Be Wilde is a rollercoaster ride of Lavinia and Parth sniping at one another while trying to come to terms with their feelings for each other. She wants him but knows she can’t have him because he insults her at every turn; he doesn’t want her but lord does his heart and other parts say otherwise. Very juvenile and high school, honestly, but Eloisa James writes it so deliciously.

I think what seals the deal for Born to Be Wilde for me is Lavinia’s passion for fashion and turning it into an actual job. It doesn’t make any sense for any of these vendors and sellers to be offering her money for her advice, knowing that she is in fact, a lady, but we’ll just roll with it. She’s fiercely independent and she values hard work, often taking up the needle herself. She’s also bossy and always in control: in short, I identify very strongly with Lavinia and hence why I love her so much.

The romance is nothing to shout about: it’s your standard enemies to lovers plot with a little hiccup thrown in right at the end. It’s a lot of push and pulling and it does get tiring after a while but I loved how stupid and oblivious Parth is about his feelings.

Remember that little nugget I mentioned earlier about not being familiar with the Georgian era? I will note that with Born to Be Wilde, it feels way more Regency, or even twenty-first century, than Georgian, to be completely honest. Now, I know nothing, zilch, about the era but other than the clothing and mentions of powdered wigs, I don’t find nor see any difference compared to the Regency books that James usually writes.

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Born to Be Wilde is cute, funny and completely lovable: the perfect enemies to lovers story complete with an incredibly independent heroine and a rich and handsome but utterly clueless hero. P.S. You’ll want to stick until the end of the book because it introduces another enemies to lovers pairing and boy, is it steamy af. I can’t wait for Book 4!

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Thank you to Pure Textuality PR and the publisher for providing me with an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. This review edition may differ from the final edition.

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