Hilary Mantel meets Sylvia Day: the first instalment in a deliciously erotic trilogy, set against the sumptuous backdrop of the scandal-ridden Tudor Court.
Bound to him against her will...
Lord Wolf, hardened soldier and expert lover, has come to King Henry VIII's court 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 is loath to admit it - frightens her not a little.
Then comes that first kiss...
It awakens in both a fierce desire that bares them 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.
Dare she surrender her body and her heart?
I have a bit of a fascination with Anne Boleyn, there's something about the Queen that intrigues me but let's not fool around, I read this book because it promised passion, lust and sex!
But whilst it delivered all of the above, I also found myself captivated in what ultimately was a story of romance, a story that was beautifully woven with a historical thread.
Eloise comes across as a quiet woman who doesn't stand up for herself, but don't be fooled this lady knows how to pick her battles, paired with Lord Wolf, they don't seem an instant match but deep within you could sense a spark, an aim to please from both of them.
It made for gripping reading and I found I couldn't put the book down when especially when it started to mention Queen Anne's trial,
I loved getting the snippets of how Wolf was feeling, how he hung on to that memory of Eloise as a girl.
I felt this added a sweetness to his character, a fact that meant I liked him even at his most bitter.
There's something special about a book that can give immensely detailed sexual liaisons and not lack a story surrounding these pages.
I've found several times that a book can have a lot of character chemistry but no drive within the characters, when they aren't in bed.
Elizabeth Moss definitely delivers a sexually charged story that will keep you turning the pages.
Even at the end we are left wanting more and ready to follow two of the stories protagonists into their own book.
I apologise for my review, but I blame Elizabeth Moss, because all I keep thinking about is what's going to happen to Hugh and Susannah in the second book in the series,
With a bombshell dropped at the end, I'm distressed waiting to find out the rest of their story.
A huge thank you to Emilie at Hodder for sending me a copy to review.