Wolf Bride: Lust in the Tudor Court #1 by Elizabeth Moss with Courtly Hero Quiz

Welcome to today’s stop with Elizabeth Moss, to introduce the first in the new erotic historic romance series, Lust in the Tudor Court.  And, there’s a Courtly Love quiz from Elizabeth where you can discover who would best fit you – a King, a courtier, a Knight or even a  Political adviser working behind the scenes. So take the quiz, then be sure to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a ruby necklace & copy of WOLF BRIDE by Elizabeth Moss

Wolf Bride

Henry VIII, six wives he had wedded
Two died, twice divorced, and two he beheaded.

That little rhyme was a child’s rhyme popularized after Henry’s reign, and used even today in early history classes as part of a ‘list the kings of England” exercise.  And any true fan of history can’t help but be intrigued and interested in the Tudor court, especially during Henry VIII’s reign.

The most infamous of the brides, Anne Boleyn, was one of the two beheaded, and her time at court was rife with intrigue, drama, passion, treason and above all, danger. In this book by Elizabeth Moss, we are following the story of the time with one of Anne’s ladies, Eloise Tyrell.

This story manages to provide all of the intrigue, deceptions and duplicity of the court at the time: Henry was known for his situational loyalty and short temper. In reality, the King was daily in great pain from a festering wound, and a bit of a spoilt child with the position of King meaning no one dared say no to him.  While intrigue and deception were everywhere, we see the perspective of the determined and dubiously devoted Anne as she sought to become queen.

With reformation activities holding the country and religion in a tinderbox of heretic burning, destruction of abbeys and resentment from clergy and populace alike, the court’s machinations and jostling for position were never ending. Eloise is not above the fray: as one of Anne’s ladies, she is exposed to the courtiers seeking favorable reports and position, to encourage the King’s favor, as well as her own beauty catching the roving eye of the King.  As a confidante of Anne, Eloise’s life is highly uncertain, as Anne was singleminded in her determination to win her own desires, and jealously guarded her own position as his current obsession.

Not an innocent by any means, Eloise leaves court to marry Lord Wolf, a favored member of Henry’s army and a landowner. In her time at court, Eloise has observed and learned much: that while her body and goods may be the property of her husband, she can withhold her heart, and keep her husband’s interest, give him something to work for.  But, then Henry has tired of Anne, and Eloise becomes a pawn in the game that will remove her from the throne, and lead to her beheading.

I enjoyed Eloise, with her clarity and ability to see much of the jostling for position around her, and not falling for the copious compliments and favors done for her in order to build their reputation and esteem.  The relationship with Wolf was intriguing: his position and honor required he hold his wife in some esteem, but he was always seeking more from her, wanting to feel as if he was as well-regarded. An interesting dynamic that played well in a sensual and erotic way, and would serve Eloise well when the dangers of returning to court to testify against her former mistress started to become apparent.  Wolf’s protectiveness and advice combined nicely with her own understanding of the court and the intrigues behind the scenes.  And when a threat comes, as they are unsure just what Eloise may know and say come, the tension rises to a boiling point: the pages could not turn fast enough.

The Tudor court was a dangerous place for women or men, and the proper 16th century ladies were meant to obey tradition, at least in public.  With a nice mix of expectation, intrigue, belief and insight from a surprising source, Elizabeth Moss has created a story that will be sure to please many, and is the perfect getaway for a few hours.  While the sexual tension between Eloise and Wolf informs much of their early interactions, the building of that relationship informs both characters, giving them a connected and solid relationship that serves the story nicely as things get rough.

Wolf Bride: Lust in the Tudor Court #1 by Elizabeth Moss with Courtly Hero Quiz

Title: Wolf Bride
Author: Elizabeth Moss
Series: Lust in the Tudor Court #1
Also in this series: Rebel Bride
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1492613827
Published on: 5 May, 2015
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 336
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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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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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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The Courtly Love Quiz

 

 

Take  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

 

~~~~~~~~~     Answers  ~~~~~~~~~~

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.


 

 

About Elizabeth Moss

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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