Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wolf Bride 
by Elizabeth Moss

I would like to welcome Elizabeth Moss today. We are going to have fun. Ms. Moss has a love quiz for all of us. Here goes! Oh, and don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter drawing. The link is after the author bio.

COURTLY LOVE QUIZ by Elizabeth Moss

Follow this quiz to discover what kind of courtly hero you might prefer to curl up with!

Question #1- What word best describes you?

A             Ambitious
B             Romantic
C             Feisty
D             Secretive

Question #2 – Complete this sentence: My preferred courtly hero is most likely to…

A             Set me up in a large palace with servants
B             Serenade me with a lute
C             Ride off with me on his horse
D             Keep my head safe from the block

Question #3 - I prefer my hero’s kisses to be:

A             Forbidden
B             Long and lingering
C             Fierce
D             Intriguing

Question #4 - My hottest historical hero wears…

A             A crown and ermine-trimmed robes
B             Top designer doublet and hose
C             Shining armor
D             Black, for lurking in the shadows

Question #5 - On his day off from courting me, my hero usually…

A             Goes hunting
B             Plays bowls
C             Polishes his lance
D             Reads Machiavelli

Question #6 - I like a hero whose bragging rights include:

A             Absolute wealth and power
B             Fluency in five European languages
C             Ancestors who led the charge at Agincourt
D             A string of political assassinations

Question #7 - For my birthday, my ideal courtly hero would get me:

A             Diamonds, of course
B             A love sonnet tied with a red ribbon
C             A romantic, tumbledown castle
D             A chess set

Question #8 - My hero’s worst feature is probably his:

A             Lack of long-term commitment
B             Poor work/life balance
C             Obsession with his horse
D             Tendency to listen at keyholes


If you chose mostly ‘A’s, then you won’t settle for anyone else but the King himself. The King is the man with power over everyone, including his Queen. Regal and dynamic, he dominates his world with natural authority. But like many powerful men, he lives his private life in public. Only an ambitious woman, destined for the top and comfortable with celebrity, can keep pace with this dangerous Alpha male. You’ll need to keep him happy in the bedroom, and never stray yourself, as the King is not known for fidelity or a forgiving nature. Serial divorcer and beheader, Henry VIII got through six wives – and may have been contemplating a seventh marriage when he died!

If you chose mostly ‘B’s, then a charming Courtier is on the top of your list to love. The Courtier is a man skilled in the art of courtly love as well as international diplomacy. He was educated at Oxford or Cambridge, can sing and play the lute, and knows when to compliment the Queen’s eyes and when to hide in the closet. A lady who loves expensive gowns and state dinners would do well with the Courtier, as long as she is not too possessive and does not mind him disappearing off to another European court every few months. Many Tudor courtiers were of noble French descent, like Hugh Beaufort in Wolf Bride, and possessed substantial lands as well as looks and charm.

If you chose mostly ‘C’s, then the strong and brave Knight is just right. The Knight is a courtier with other strings to his bow. He has the charm, wit and courtly manners to seduce the ladies, yet stands ready to charge into battle for his King at a moment’s notice. Less of a smoothie than the Courtier, he’s also better equipped to protect his lady from danger. If you hanker after a Knight, you’re probably earthy and ultra-feminine, and enjoy being in the arms of a big strong man. Although Lord Wolf is noble, he’s also a Knight at heart, a fierce lover and courageous soldier whose loyalty to his lady and his country is beyond question.

If you chose mostly ‘D’s, then you are meant for life at court directing the action behind the scenes with your powerful Political Advisor. The Political Advisor is often a commoner who has risen to power at court through his own skills. A cool and calculating strategist, his innate power and influence can be very seductive. Those who find this courtier intriguing are likely to be intelligent women with low boredom thresholds who enjoy mental stimulation (and maybe some power games in the bedroom). Your main challenge will be to sidestep the scandals that often surround the Political Advisor. Sir Thomas Cromwell was Henry VIII’s right hand man for years, becoming almost as powerful as the King himself during the period in Wolf Bride.

 Wolf Bride by Elizabeth Moss

Published & Release Date: Sourcebooks Casablanca, May 5, 2015

Time and setting: 1536, England  

Genre: Historical Erotic Romance

Length: 336 pages

Heat Level: 3 Scorching Hot Flames

Rating: 5 Gold Crowns

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 firsthand what happens when powerful men tire of their wives...

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Vikki’s Musings

While browsing titles on Net-Galley, I came across Wolf Bride. I have always been fascinated by the Tudor era, especially Henry VIII and all his wives. I requested this book from the publisher and I am so glad I did. I noticed a reference on the cover saying it is Fifty Shades of Tudor sex, while the writing is far superior to that series, I could not agree more!

While flirting with the man who has captured Eloise Tyrell’s attention, Simon tells her that her father has arrived at court and has accepted a marriage contract with Lord Wolf and that King Henry has approved the match. He begins to ravish her all while telling her that he has always realized their love had no future. Eloise is appalled that Simon thinks she would give him her virginity and blithely go on to marry Lord Wolf. What happened to his grand passion for her?

Lord Wolf remembers the spirited girl from his youth and knowing it is a good match. He enters into a marriage contract with Sir John Tyrell. When he overhears his future bride flirting with a man, he makes his presence known to Eloise after she has sent her erstwhile lover away without giving into his advances. At least he knows her maidenhead is still intact. Although her honor may be questionable, her high-spirits still exist.

Can this arranged marriage ever bring her love, or will she be banished to the north once she has given Wolf his heir?

Elizabeth Moss has penned an exciting new novel set in the enthralling Tudor court, filled with whispers of treason, betrayal and plenty of lust. Wolf Bride is one of the most erotic books I have read in a while, and it is so tastefully done. The passion between Eloise and Wolf sizzles. It is hot, hot, hot. However, this is a tale of powerful emotion. There is so much more than just lustful sex to love about this book.

I immediately liked both characters, and as the book progressed, I fell in love with them. Wolf is a strong warrior, battle-hardened, yet with a vulnerable side. The romance between him and Eloise, while passionate, is deeply moving as well. Eloise, although innocent, takes to loving quickly and is not hesitant about doing whatever Wolf asks of her in the bedchamber. Eloise’s character is much more complex than initially meets the eye. Her tug of war between loving Wolf and hating him added greatly to my overall enjoyment.

The historical details are excellent and gave me a glimpse of what it must have been like during these troubled times. King Henry’s mercurial temperament comes through loud and clear, matching what has been written by many historians.  Men and women of his court did not want to fall under his radar if they expected to survive. Ms. Moss expertly weaves the history in with this intriguing and compelling story line.

I highly recommend Wolf Bride to anyone who enjoys an intensely passionate book with plenty of great historical detail to satisfy a history buff, while telling a riveting love story. I know it certainly did that for me. Happy reading!

Author Bio: 

Born into a literary family, Elizabeth Moss lives with her husband and five children in South-West England, and is a keen countryside walker. She writes fun and sexy historical romances. She also writes award-winning fiction as Victoria Lamb. For more information, please visit her website: 
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  1. Thanks for participating in my blog today!

  2. Great review, Vikki. My choices were all over the place. I guess I can't make up my mind what kind of hero I like. :)

  3. I had the same problem, but B had the most. Thanks for stopping by. This was a fantastic read!