2013 Book Reviews

Wolf Bride by Elizabeth Moss

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‘England, 1536


Lord Wolf, hardened soldier and expert lover, has come to King Henry VIII’s courts to claim his new bride: a girl who has intrigued him since he first saw her riding across the Yorkshire moors.
Eloise Tyrell, now lady-in-waiting to Queen Anne Boleyn, has other ideas. She has no desire to submit to a man she barely knows and who – though she it loath to admit it – frightens her not a little.


It awakens in both a fierce desire that bares then to the soul. But as the court erupts into scandal around the ill-fated Queen, Eloise sees first-hand what happens when powerful men tire of their wives.


Firstly I would like to say a HUGE thank you to Emilie at Hodder for sending me this book. I truly appreciate it.

Wow, what a truly brilliant book. This truly exceeded all my expectations. What I expected was a book with lots of sex, what I got was a truly addictive and compelling love story.

Eloise is a lady-in-waiting to Queen Anne Boleyn, a Queen who is rather friendly towards other men when the King isn’t around. Eloise has seen this first hand.

Eloise learns from her father than she will be required to marry Lord Wolf, who was once to be married to another but shamed when she took off with another man. So now Lord Wolf has come to court to claim his new bride, who the King has rather openly lusted over. Eloise is horrified to learn she must marry Lord Wolf and runs off to find Simon Thetford of Norfolk. Where she tells him of her fate, hoping he will declare his love for her and propose they run off to be married. Instead he offers to take her virginity and keep her bed warm when her husband is away. Disgusted, Eloise realises that Simon never really loved her.

They are soon married and Wolf and Eloise give into passion and pleasure they have never experienced before, although both guarding their hearts from love. Which causes Wolf to believe he has married a woman who is in love with another man, waiting for his back to turn to allow them into her bed. And Eloise to believe she is merely just a possession to Wolf and he doesn’t really desire her or find her attractive.

Soon they are called back to court by the King as Eloise will be questioned about what she knows in regards to Queen Anne having other men in her bed. Queen Anne faces death, anyone else caught to be an accomplice will be dealt the same fate. Eloise must lie in order to keep her life and Wolf must try to keep his wife out of the Kings grasp, as while he waits to marry again, he is looking for a lady to take to his bed and he has his eyes on Eloise.

Eloise, truly believes that Wolf isn’t interested in her. As horrified as she was about marrying Wolf there is an attraction she just cannot control. Eloise is feisty and strong willed and won’t be told what to do by Wolf, I really liked this about her.

Wolf, wants to guard his heart after being left once before, so treats Eloise quite coldly at times. But then at other times his so warm and caring it melts your heart. On their wedding night, because she is so terrified of what will happen he lets her off and cuts his chest, wiping his blood on the sheets so that people will not gossip and assume she wasn’t a virgin when married.

What I loved more than anything was the fact both characters wouldn’t allow themselves to fall in love, but eventually both do and are too terrified to actually admit it to one another for fear of not being loved back.

As well as that, I loved the story of the King wanting Queen Anne dead. It was terribly interesting and intriguing.

It’s left in the most frustrating of places (good frustrating as I’m left wanting so much more). Eloise’s younger sister is caught in a compromising position by her father, with one of Wolf’s men, Hugh, who wants to marry her. But Susannah is to marry another, when she confesses to not being a virgin (in the hope her father will allow her to marry high), her father tells her she best learn how to fool her future husband in order to save herself. So the wedding WILL be going ahead. THAT’S WHERE WE ARE LEFT!

This was a superb read, addictive, passionate, compelling and hot. A passionate love story of which I cannot wait to continue with book two.


Wolf Bride is available November 7th and here is the link for your copy:



4 thoughts on “Wolf Bride by Elizabeth Moss

  1. I must admit when I saw the cover and the ‘fifty shades’ label I didn’t think this book would appeal. But as a historical fiction nut I’m definitely going to have to grab myself a copy as it sounds really interesting xx

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