Say Yes to the Duke by Eloisa James
Series: The Wildes of Lindow Castle #5
Also in this series: Wilde in Love, Too Wilde to Wed, Born to Be Wilde (The Wildes of Lindow Castle #3), Born to Be Wilde (The Wildes of Lindow Castle, #3), My Last Duchess
Publication Date: May 19, 2020
Genres: Historical Romance
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A shy wallflower meets her dream man--or does she?--in the next book in New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James' Wildes of Lindow series.
Miss Viola Astley is so painfully shy that she’s horrified by the mere idea of dancing with a stranger; her upcoming London debut feels like a nightmare.
So she’s overjoyed to meet handsome, quiet vicar with no interest in polite society — but just when she catches his attention, her reputation is compromised by a duke.
Devin Lucas Augustus Elstan, Duke of Wynter, will stop at nothing to marry Viola, including marrying a woman whom he believes to be in love with another man.
A vicar, no less.
Devin knows he’s no saint, but he’s used to conquest, and he’s determined to win Viola’s heart.
Viola has already said Yes to his proposal, but now he wants her unruly heart…and he won’t accept No for an answer.
Viola Astley doesn’t feel like she belongs in her family. She is an “adopted” daughter in the Wilde family even though her step-father, the Duke of Lindow, considers her his daughter. Viola is shy and quiet, while the rest of the Wilde family is adventuresome. She is painfully shy and takes most meals in her room, just to avoid people. At her first ball she witnessed a man’s rage (not at her but another woman) and this made her even more reclusive.
When Viola meets the new vicar, she is immediately smitten. Yes, he is quite handsome, but the man listens to her and makes her feel safe. She sets her sights on him, despite the fact that he is recently engaged to a termagant.
Viola arranges to meet with the vicar during a ball in her and her sister’s honor. When she arrives in the library she finds it occupied by The Duke of Wynter and his uncle Reginald. Reginald wants Wynter to meet Viola, but the Duke is set on marrying her sister, Joan. Wynter states quite clearly that since Viola is an Astley and not a Wilde (confirming Viola’s life-long thoughts) she is not as good as a Wilde and therefore is inferior. After overhearing this, Viola decides to give her a piece of her mind. The Duke is fascinated by Viola and sets out to court her, but Viola is stuck on the vicar.
Wynter’s attempts to court Viola, and her brush offs cracked me up. When the two are caught in a somewhat compromising act, their fate is sealed. Wynter is thrilled, but Viola still has her doubts because, after all, she’s not a Wilde.
This was a very sweet story. I really liked Devin (aka Wynter) and his non-stop courting. He was just so smitten and I loved his determination. It took a while for Viola to come around but it was worth the wait.
Viola was wonderful as well and I so enjoyed her growth in this book. She went from shy girl to confident woman and I loved seeing the way she blossomed.
Overall a good story. I’ve enjoyed the entire Wilde series so far, and look forward to more in the future.
Rating: 4 out of 5