Monday, April 20, 2015

Book Spotlight: Courtly Love Quiz, Review, and Giveaway for Wolf Bride by Elizabeth Moss

Are you ready to take it back to 1500s and see which member of the court makes your heart go pitter-patter? There's also a review of the book and a chance to win one of two prizes!

Title: Wolf Bride
Author: Elizabeth Moss
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Historical Erotic Romance
Series: Lust in the Tutor Court Book #1

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...

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.


★★★★ stars

I love historical romances.  These were my first introduction to the romance genre and I devoured them as fast as I could find them when I was a teen. Having grown up reading historical romance, I was a little surprised when the trend changed towards contemporary, but I'm glad to see historical romance is making a comeback. Wolf Bride was great on historical detail, heat between the characters, and an exciting story.

I loved Eloise for the most part.  She just might be the only virgin left in King Henry's court, but she's got a mind of her own and has some really forward thinking for a woman in the 1530s. Eloise wasn't going to take being given to someone she didn't know. She was interesting because as much as she was part of the court, she still had this naivete about her, which she soon realized.

Wolf was also an interesting character.  He too was strong willed, obviously when one is away fighting for your King, you have to be in order to survive the rigors of battle.  He was stubborn, quick to form a judgement, and yet also very intelligent.  I loved seeing him realize Eloise wasn't the simpering wife he wanted, but the wife he needed to make him a better man.

The two of them initially had a contentious relationship to start with.  It had to do with their strong wills clashing and neither of them was willing to soften or give.  One place they had no problem doing that was in the bedroom.  The attraction between them was binding and it kept both them and me on my toes. It wasn't a bad place for them to start to get to know each other.

All of this took place at a time when England was in a precarious position because King Henry VIII was looking to get of his Queen.  I must say the detail paid to the historical accuracy was superb.  Elizabeth Moss certainly did her research and made the time period come alive. I love how she painted a different aspect to the divorcing and beheading of Anne Boleyn. It was unlike any other depiction of Anne I've seen or read in books or movies. It really made me think how unfair it was that there were double standards between the men and women of the time.

Wolf and Eloise made some mistakes which made me want to knock some sense into them at times, but other than that I really enjoyed the book.  I can't wait to see how this series continues.  I'm at a loss as to who the next book might be about, but I know it'll be well researched, well written, hot and sexy, yet thought provoking. 

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*
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Author Biography
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
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