Feedback Friday [8]: Wolf Bride by Elizabeth Moss

Wolf Bride, by Elizabeth Moss

Wolf Bride

Description: England, 1536. 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?

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Romance

★★☆☆☆

2 stars out of 5

This book was given by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

If you ever decide to read this book, disregard the red sticker on the front. I could see no reason for that marketing, as there was the usual amount of sex scenes that you would expect in a New Adult novel.

Overall, Wolf Bride was a quick and easy read, but some of the language that was used just made it unenjoyable. As the setting was Tudor England, the use of words such as ‘cunt’ and ‘fuck’ detracted from the well researched history. They just seem way too modern for a historical fiction, and I honestly don’t feel that it was needed.

The characters, on the other hand, had great depth and were highly enjoyable to read about. I could really understand their issues with the situation, and while Eloise appeared naive (I never actually found out exactly how old she was), this was consistent with the education of women in the era, and she portrayed her role extremely well.

The setting and world-building was very well done. Not having much knowledge of King Henry and his six wives apart from the fact that he killed five of them, Wolf Bride seems to be very well researched, and fleshed out world-building wise, and I really enjoyed that section of the book.

Still, overall it was a disappointing read, and I’m definitely not going to read the other two scheduled in the series.