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 more than a little.
Their first kiss 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...
First of all, ignore the sticker on the front of this book. Fifty Shades this is not, and I'm saying this as a fan of the series. Granted, the chemistry between Eloise and Wolf (I don't think he has a first name) is sizzling hot but that is where the similarities end. Eloise is a headstrong young woman, determined not to be forced into marriage without a fight. Wolf is a man used to getting his own way, and gets more than he bargained for in Eloise. Just as they are settling into their marriage, and reluctantly coming to terms with their feelings towards one another they are summoned back to court for the trial of Queen Anne - where Eloise is required to give testimony. The intrigue of the Tudor court is brilliantly captured, there really were eyes and ears everywhere, and it's interesting to have the well known tale of Anne's demise told through the eyes of the courtiers for a change. There is certainly more to be said about the relationship between Eloise's sister Susannah and Hugh Beaufort, so I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series! One thing that irked me about this book though is the blatant comparisons to Hilary Mantel - even going so far to have the hero as Lord Wolf of Wolf Hall! A bit of originality wouldn't have gone amiss there. 4/5 stars
*Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for a review!*