Well, that was blunt. Lavinia twisted her fingers together, trying to work out how to broach the subject of marriage. This was a disaster. She ought to leave. She told herself to leave, quite firmly. Her feet remained rooted to the carpet. Parth raised a brow. Before she thought twice, her eyes flew to his. Yes, she had teased him. What can I do to help? The humiliating thing was that the mere sight of him made her heart pound. Never mind that he was monstrously arrogant and would make a terrible husband.
She hated that the most because he had made it clear from the first time he saw her that he considered her trivial, silly, and intellectually inferior. But she saw pity in his dark eyes, and a wave of humiliation made her stomach cramp. Instinctively she swung her gaze away and caught sight of the two of them in a looking glass hanging on the wall. Lavinia looked the same as she had two hours ago, before her mother revealed the truth about their finances. Her thick hair was the color of new guineas; her blue eyes were framed by lavish eyelashes that she darkened religiously. She was no longer the Lavinia of two hours ago.
For one thing, she was no longer respectable. A hysterical giggle rose in her chest at the thought. Miss Lavinia Gray, daughter of Lady Gray, an heiress who had been wooed on both sides of the Channel, was no longer—. No wig, no coat. Out of nowhere, a streak of blind stubbornness appeared. But something about Parth made her feel uncertain and defensive. At the same time, everything in her prickled into life. He moved to stand behind a chair, as if to put an obstacle between them, as if she were a feral dog who might lunge at him.
Diana had been confident that Parth would agree, and she had talked at length about how he would fall in love with Lavinia after they had wed. With a sick- ening jolt, Lavinia realized that she had gone along with the plan because it involved Parth.
Let alone one he disliked. I can assure you, Parth, that I may ask a gentleman to marry me, but I would never compromise one. Please add your card again, or add a different card. If you receive an error message, please contact your library for help. Try refreshing the page.
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Corrections Officer Mike McClintock, the newbie at the prison, fresh out of the academy, finds himself inside a state penitentiary, caught up in the gossip, battles and claustrophobia of being locked inside a level two California state prison. When the two men meet inside, both Jesse and Mike feel the heat of attraction, but Jesse doesn't want to jeopardize his release time, nor anger other inmates jealous. While she smiles at and charms everyone else she meets, she derides him and calls him names. So, he very promptly refuses her offer and she flees his lodgings quickly. Parth has already found the woman he intends to marry.
They will have a companionable, amicable marriage. He certainly has no desire to saddle himself with a termagant like Lavinia Gray. Parth decides to help her find a husband and, to his dismay, is very successful at it.
He introduces her to a Norwegian prince — and the prince immediately falls head-over-heels for Lavinia. However, she may have to let him go and marry the prince instead. It is a fun romp to watch these two dance around each other. Each wants the other, but neither is able to own up to it. Throw a wedding for North and Diana in the mix and things are busy and about as mixed up as they can get. Please check out my reviews at: Jul 28, Maida rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is my favorite of the three Wilde books so far.
It made me smile and tear up a little bit, especially near the end. I usually love the heroes more than the heroines in my favorite books, but in Born to be Wilde, I prefer Lavinia. Parth is a typical arrogant male with his reluctance to admit his feelings for Lavinia. I also appreci This is my favorite of the three Wilde books so far. I also appreciated his growth from Appalling Parth to Perfect Parth.
He made me laugh with this line: Because it turned out that love had a scent. It smelled of fresh wood, of bolts of silk and wool, of boxes of buttons. Jul 27, Stacee rated it really liked it Shelves: I had read and enjoyed the other two books, so this was definitely a story I was excited for. I loved Lavinia in the other stories. Yes, it makes sense in the plot of this story; however, with the incessant descriptions of her losing weight, having dark circles under her eyes, and never eating, I fully expected her to have a terminal illness.
Parth was just as I expected: I loved the entire family being together and Lavinia choosing what she wanted instead of being told. Overall, it was a good story and I enjoy these characters, but something kept me from loving it, as I expected to. Jul 31, Meghan V rated it did not like it. For an author who has always been on my "go to" list I've frankly been shocked at how bad her last two novels have been.
Rather than review I'm going to post a short snippet of one of several scenes in this novel that bothered me: Many, many people have told me that I look more beautiful than I did when I debuted! First of all, he roared. Which felt completely out of character for a man who is supposed to be all repressed and conservative and cold. Secondly, he's roaring over something she said two statements ago.
Which was basically my reading experience for the entire novel. From the way the mother's opium addiction was presented and treated completely off screen to the ridiculous speediness with which our heroine became a successful Georgian era fashion shopper a la Rachel Green from "Friends" to the convenient Norweigian prince and the "naughty" ridiculously on the nose Italian countess and the stupid oh so, so, so stupid "witty" nicknames our heroine created for the hero- this story was just clunky and in nearly every chapter I came across something so poorly written or plotted that I just got removed from the story and had to remind myself this is the same author who wrote the Essex Sisters and Fairy Tale series that I loved.
It felt as if maybe the author was shooting for an aura of whimsical silliness with this novel, but it fell totally flat.
I never thought I'd say this but, maybe slow down and stop publishing so fast? I'd rather wait longer in between books than have to be disappointed a third time. Aug 07, Sophie Barnes rated it it was amazing. Eloisa James writes beautifully crafted historical romances and Born to be Wilde is no exception. Lavina Gray and Parth Sterling have been quarreling with each other for years. She finds him appalling The last thing either of them want is an attachment with each other, but when Lavinia realizes that marrying Parth would save both herself and her mother from ruin, she determines to swallow her pride and propose.
Parth is completely t Eloisa James writes beautifully crafted historical romances and Born to be Wilde is no exception. Parth is completely taken aback by Lavinia's insistence they marry. He cannot for the life of him understand why she'd suggest such a preposterous thing and offers an alternative: The plan seems perfect, the potential outcome less so, for the more time Parth spends in Lavinia's company, the more he realizes that he wants her for himself. This was a wonderfully written romance. Watching the hero and heroine argue with each other in the most creative ways imaginable was thoroughly entertaining.
A story to be savored and one I would highly recommend. Originally posted on https: Aug 29, Nadia rated it really liked it Shelves: I was looking forward to this book ever since we were first introduced to Lavinia and Parth in the first book, and I'm happy to say that I didn't feel let down. Generally speaking, I enjoyed it, even though at times it tends to be corny, especially when the main characters get caught up in expressing their devotion towards each other.
It's not something that's limited to this book only, but I'm willing to overlook it in favor of all the good fun the series provides. Also that model on the cover I was looking forward to this book ever since we were first introduced to Lavinia and Parth in the first book, and I'm happy to say that I didn't feel let down.
For the past three months, I have thought about this book every single day. I am not exaggerating. Yet, throughout the two books, I salivated at every scene that featured Lavinia and Parth—their bickering made the series for me. Needless to say I was very, very, very excited for this book.
So last night, at nine pm I live on the West Coast , when the book popped up on my Kindle homepage I screa For the past three months, I have thought about this book every single day. So last night, at nine pm I live on the West Coast , when the book popped up on my Kindle homepage I screamed. I sounded like a sixth grade girl at the release of a Justin Bieber album.
I promptly ignored the entire world including my ten friends at my house for Bachelorette night and started reading. This book thoroughly met my expectations. It gave me all of the warm and fuzzy feelings and at least five day dreams.
I received a free advance copy of this book from the publisher for possible review. He certainly has no desire to saddle himself with a termagant like Lavinia Gray. There are fantastic twists and turns I have a confession to make: Despite the fact that he is not biologically a Wilde, he knows that he is a part of the family. The story lost me with Parth's behavior. Her "double life" is a source of fascination to the media and her readers. Lavinia was so determined to make things right.
Watching Lavinia and Parth dance around their feelings touched my little heart. This book was much darker than I excepted. At the beginning of the book, Lavinia asks Parth to marry her out of desperation. Of course, she also asks due to her lingering infatuation—all of those insults she flung around for the past two books were really just a product of her inability to express her feelings.
A very relatable issue to be honest. He promises to help find her an adequate spouse but the more time he spends around Lavinia he begins to recognize her intelligence, her acute business acumen, and gains respect for her passion for fashion.
She is not at the shallow vain girl that he once pegged her as. This book is a gradual burn: Born to be Wilde did not wallow in angst, but it is not a cheery read either. However, the serious tone of the book fits the plot and definitely brings new depth to the characters we first met in Wilde in Love. And as someone who loves cutesy romances I actually believe the book is all the stronger for its serious tone.
Her quiet strength, ambition, and grab-the-bull-by-its-horns approach to life made her one of my favorite romance heroines of all time. This book simply amazing. It has earned a spot on my all times favs shelf. This one had more of an enemies-to-lovers feel, and was much angstier than the previous Wildes books, which was perfect for Lavinia and Parth! I'm already dying for more Wildes. Thanks to the publisher for generously providing me an ARC to review.
This is the story of Lavinia Gray and Parth Sterling. I have read the previous books and Loved them! Lavinia and Parth have known each other for years and both seem to have dislike for the other one. Lavinia has bad nicknames for him and Parth thinks she is frivolous with her spending. Lavinia mother takes her to France but now a few years later Lavinia returns to London.
Things have changed though, Lavinia mother has been stealing from her friends. This has put Lavinia in a place where she needs money and will marry to do so. Thinking Parth would be the answer to what she needs, she asked him to marry her. But he said not but later offered to help her.
But their feelings start changing and their love for each other starts growing. I started reading this book and could not put it down until I was done. Loved it as I do all of Ms. Jul 31, Taylor Sorenson rated it it was amazing. I have a confession to make: I am Wildely in love with Parth Sterling.
I would own any and every Wildely inappropriate print he was featured in. There are fantastic twists and turns I have a confession to make: There are fantastic twists and turns, and I was left crying, laughing, and sighing throughout. Jul 27, Jennifer rated it really liked it Shelves: Her journey was a definite highlight. The hero, Parth, was likable, but I got irritated with the way he treated Lavinia at times.
He did appropriately grovel at the end, in my opinion. I'm definitely excited to read about Betsy and Jeremy especially with his issues that were introduced in this book. Jul 26, Anne rated it it was ok Shelves: My life would be barren without you I've read the other two books in Eloisa James' Wildes series, and while I enjoyed them both particularly the second one I was impatiently waiting for Lavinia and Parth's story. In the earlier books, they completely stole every scene they were in. My expectations going into this book were high, and I'm really sad to report that this book truly disappointed me.
The novel opens with Lavinia proposing marriage to Parth. She knows that she has feelings for him, but My life would be barren without you I've read the other two books in Eloisa James' Wildes series, and while I enjoyed them both particularly the second one I was impatiently waiting for Lavinia and Parth's story. She knows that she has feelings for him, but she's also recently discovered that her mother has lied about the state of their finances and she needs to marry rich and quickly.
Parth refuses, fighting his own feelings for her, and offers to set her up with one of his friends because he can't not help her. This is all grand. The story lost me with Parth's behavior. When they first met Parth perceived of Lavinia as a vain girl, and he did not want to admit that he had real feelings for a girl like that. He instead spends years convincing himself that she isn't good enough for him. He does this by disparaging her, speaking poorly about her to his friends he calls her "shallow as a puddle" , and not showing any respect for her to her face and otherwise.
I couldn't bring myself to root for a hero who tore the heroine down in his mind, to others, to her face , rather than deal with his feelings for her. He didn't want to be attracted to her and he punished her for it. Lavinia herself doesn't believe that he respects her until the final climax and that didn't sit well with me as a reader. I struggled to find any enjoyment in a romance where the hero behaves as though he doesn't respect the heroine and the heroine develops insecurities based on his treatment of her.
This is also a hero who doesn't listen to the heroine. In one scene she asks that he physically let her go, he doesn't. In another she refuses to let him accompany her on a journey, so he follows her in his own carriage. There was a strong pattern of his disregard for her desires and independence. This isn't even to mention that Parth's heritage felt more like a prop because the book focuses so much on Diana's wedding.
Many other early reviews are positive. I wouldn't personally recommend this installment to friends, but I also think that some readers especially those who read the first two books in the series and rated them highly will find a lot to love here. Jul 04, Jen Ryland added it. I liked Too Wilde to Wed but could tell when this couple was introduced that I'd enjoy their story even more.