A Forever Wilde Novel
Author: Lucy Lennox
Release Date: 2 January 2018 Price: £2.97 US$4.01
Reviewed by: Felices
Cover Art: Shows a dark-haired, topless male, with a couple of days beard growth, his arms folded across his chest. The title appears in the bottom half, in large upper case in white apart from Felix which is in turquoise as is the author’s name.
Synopsis: Told from alternating perspectives, it sets the scene while giving very little away
Plot: This is book two in the series about the Wilde family. Felix Wilde goes to Gadleigh Castle mainly to write his dissertation but also to escape the paparazzi who will soon be swarming around following the release of his mother’s latest film. Lior has come to stay at Gadleigh Castle, one of his family homes, to escape the pressure put upon him by his father who wishes to abdicate. The two meet and fall hard for each other. While they are able to be together at Gadleigh, it is uncertain whether they have a future together.
Main Characters: Felix Wilde, son of film star Jacqueline Wilde, writing a dissertation for his doctorate based on the history of the rare Gadleigh glass
Lio Grimaldi, the prince who has come to Gadleigh Castle to escape the pressures being put on him by his father.
Secondary Characters: Jon, Lio’s bodyguard. Alfred, the valet, Mari, the cook. Hen (Henrietta) Lio’s sister. Jacqueline Wilde, Felix’s mother, Doc and Grandpa, Felix’s grandparents who raised him plus numerous family and friends of the two main characters all contribute towards the story.
Flow/Continuity: The story flows seamlessly between scenes. There is always something happening and everything fits together like a well-cut jigsaw.
Conflict & Climax: Felix has a strained relationship with his mother Jacqueline who only visits when she wants something from him. Lio needs to find a way of coming out if he ever wants to be with Felix permanently.
Writing Style: Told in the first person with alternating points of view. Chapters are headed to show who is narrating.
Editing/Formatting: Well edited with very few errors in this ARC copy which will have been corrected before release. The formatting is very tidy, justified to give clean margins with chapters beginning on a new page. No superfluous whitespace.
Price: Given that this is a full length novel of 316 pages it is well worth the money
Conclusion: What’s not to love? This story has everything – romance, conflict, drama in spades and a superb finale.
This earns a well deserved 10*
Things I expect to find at Gadleigh Castle:
– Rare stained glass, the subject of my dissertation.
– Peace and quiet, to finish said dissertation.
– An escape from the paparazzi swarming around my starlet mother’s latest blockbuster release.
Things I don’t expect to find:
– A hidden door leading to a secret room.
– The most gorgeous man I’ve ever set eyes on.
Things I know are expected of me in life:
– One day soon I will become the King of Liorland.
– I will marry a nice woman who will become queen.
– I will provide heirs to my family’s monarchy.
Reasons that might be difficult
– I’m gay.
– I’m falling in love with Felix Wilde.
– He has no idea I’m royal.
While it can definitely be read on its own, Felix and the Prince is the second novel in the new Forever Wilde series about the huge Wilde family from Hobie, Texas, whose patriarchs aren’t above a little meddling if that’s what it takes to help their grandkids find true love. Beware: nekkid man parts touch. Let’s just say, Felix gets royally screwed in the very best way.
After gathering up my courage, I peered back at the stained glass in the lion’s crown. All of the glass pieces were level with the floor once more.
I crawled forward to touch the glass again, pressing down as gently as I could until I felt the button give.
Sure enough, the panel in the wall slid open a few inches.
A hidden room in Gadleigh Castle. Hot fucking damn.
I stood and approached the narrow opening, careful to ease it farther open as gently and quietly as I could. I wondered idly if I was doing something illegal or off-limits. Mari had told me I had the run of the house excluding the royal wing of bedrooms, but did that include hidden passages and rooms?
God, I hoped so.
I glanced through the opening and saw colored bands of light fading in and out across a simple set of bookshelves. Before I knew it, I’d taken a few steps into the room to investigate what was making the light reflect in those familiar colors. I’d only walked partway into the little hidden study when I noticed them.
Hundreds of colorful glass balls hung from the low ceiling. They twisted slowly in the glow from the setting sun coming in through the clear, leaded-glass windows. What hidden room had windows to the outside, and how was it possible I’d never seen these particular ones from the gardens surrounding the house? They were uniquely round and set in elaborate wooden frames with decorative carvings.
The room was magnificent. A hideaway rich with moving glass in every imaginable color. I sucked in a breath and stared in awe at the pieces I’d never in a million years expected to find.
It wasn’t until I noticed some of the light in the room was coming from a crackling fire in a stone fireplace that I realized I wasn’t alone.
Lucy Lennox is the creator of the bestselling Made Marian series as well as the maker of three sarcastic kids. Born and raised in the southeast, she is finally putting good use to that English Lit degree.
Lucy enjoys naps, pizza, and procrastinating. She is married to someone who is better at math than romance but who makes her laugh every single day and is the best dancer in the history of ever.
She stays up way too late each night reading M/M romance because that shit is hot.
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