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When the Duchess Said Yes (Wylder Sisters #2)

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  331 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Raised in the Dorset countryside, Charlotte Wylder doesn't care one bit about decorum. So when Charlotte learns that she is to wed the Duke of Marchbourne, she is less than enchanted. But to her delight, their first encounters are flirtatious and their wedding night burns with passion.
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Huma Rashid
Unfortunately, I knew from the moment I started this book that I was in trouble. I tried very hard to like it, but just couldn't get there.

The angle is one we commonly see in romance novels, and one I enjoy quite a bit: the contractually arranged marriage. It is always fascinating to see two characters thrown together by circumstance, family connections, and English law come to learn about and care for each other deeply.

Elizabeth Wylder - known as Lizzie to her family and friends - has been betr
Lady Elizabeth Wylder is anxiously waiting to meet her betrothed, the Duke of Hawkesworth and is a bit humiliated when he fails repeatedly to show up for their appointed meetings. Taking a few moments to herself after one such letdown, she wanders in a garden only to be approached by the most devilishly handsome man. One shocking kiss and even more shocking proposition later, she flees to the safety of her sister and his husband, all the while berating herself for slipping up and kissing a man s ...more
2.5 stars

I enjoy “arranged marriage/marriage of convenience” stories as a rule, so I was looking forward to this, the second in Isabella Bradford’s trilogy about the Wylder sisters.
The book has much to recommend it. The writing is good, the love scenes are steamy and there is a generally good-humoured feel to it overall.

But I found it difficult to care very much about the two protagonists. Lizzie is the middle sister and like Charlotte (the eldest) has been betrothed since childhood. Her intend
Jess the Romanceaholic
Am I the only once confused by the title? lol Some covers say "says yes", some say "said yes", and Edelweiss has the cover say one thing and the listing say something else :-/ Sure makes it hard to write my official review lol

Outside of that, I really enjoyed this one. Though I think Lizzie was a little more wanton than I'd expected, the angst was lovely, and I definitely enjoyed the conflict in this one more than in the first book of the series.

A very solid 4 stars, full review to follow.
Lady Elizabeth Wylder is waiting anxiously to meet her betrothed, the Duke of Hawkesworth, but he is a no-show. They have been betrothed since Lizzie (as she prefers to be called) was a little girl, but she has never met Hawke. Hawke has been living in Italy for the past decade and the only reason he has returned to England, is to marry, beget an heir and then he will return to Naples...alone. BUT...he never thought he'd fall in love with Lizzie. She was everything he wanted in a wife; beautiful ...more
Sarah M
3.5 stars

This was an overall cute and fun read, considering it’s a historical romance. There isn’t any heavy stuff, though, which was nice.

Hawke and Lizzie are getting married. And they haven’t met each other yet. Until one night, when they do, and they have no idea who the other one is. Yeah, there’s a lot of surprises and squealing going on (from me, not them). Their relationship was kind of odd. It starts out very strong, as in like they both fall head over heels for each other and they’re c
This book is a little bit different because, almost from the beginning the two are seriously attracted to one another, but in the end I found it a little too much, even if it was important for the plot. And so it was for me a little bit boring, anyway a good romance not so involved with the Ton.

Questo libro non è il solito regency perchè i due personaggi, quasi dall'inizio, sono seriamente attratti l'uno dall'altro, ma alla fine è risultato che tanto trasporto, pur se importante ai fini della tr

(I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review).

Lady Elizabeth Wylder like her older sister has had her marriage arranged by her father to a future Duke. Lizzie, as Lady Elizabeth prefers to be called, is free-spirited and sees her name in the paper due to her antics. Duke Hawkesworth has been living in Italy and preferred this life to that in London. To keep this life he must marry the woman his late father chose for him.

At a ball where they were to be formally intr
Lizzie Wylder finds out that her father also arranged a marriage for her prior to his death. She's betrothed to the Duke of Hawkesworth, called Hawke, who must marry her before she turns 19 years of age or he will lose his fortune in accordance with his deceased father's directive. Hawke is doing some very serious foot dragging as he has no interest in the English lifestyle and plans to return to his beloved Naples, Italy once he's married and produced an heir. That is until he is dazzled by the ...more
So I read the first book in this series a while ago and while it was ok, I had a problem with the sexytimes not being sexy in When You Wish Upon A Duke. This time was different.

Elizabeth, or Lizzie, is a loving, somewhat free spirited girl. As in When You Wish Upon a Duke, she is a pretty young heroine as far as historical romances go, she's 18.
Hawk recently returned to England and doesn't really feel like marrying, other than that he wants to keep his estate and he will lose everything if he d
The Window Seat
Authors have to be very careful when they create selfish or immature characters. Readers are expected to empathize with the men and women in a story, yet when they push the limits of a person’s tolerance for childish acts then all chance of redemption or compassion is lost. This was how I felt while reading through Isabella Bradford’s When the Duchess Said Yes, book two of the Wylder Sisters series. Both main characters severely tested my patience for juvenile and self-centered acts, so much so ...more
Lady Wesley
Lady Elizabeth Wylder's late father contracted for her to marry the Duke of Hawkesworth, great-grandson of the king via one of his mistresses. "Hawke" has spent the last few years enjoying himself at his villa in Naples, where he dallies with the ladies and collects fabulous Italian art. He must marry Lizzie, however, before her nineteenth birthday or else he'll lose all of his wealth and property. He reluctantly returns to England, but because he's self-indulgent and a bit spoiled he keeps putt ...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
WHEN THE DUCHESS SAID YES by Isabella Bradford is an exciting Regency historical romance. #2 in the "Wylder Sisters" series,but can be read as a stand alone. See,"When You Wish Upon A Duke". Another scandalous Wylder sister, Lady Elizabeth Wylder, with another arranged marriage, sight unseen to the Duke of Hawkesworth. Arranged by their fathers when Lady Elizabeth was born and young Hawke was only babe himself. Can wild,free-spirited Lady Elizabeth tame her wayward,rakish,Duke? What a merry chas ...more
A deliciously witty tale! I rated it at 4.5. Taken from my review at

After being out of the country for the past ten years, the Duke of Hawkesworth, aka ‘Hawk’, has been forced to return to England by his lawyers and his duty. In the intervening years, he has grown from a boy to a man, but the English women now seem pale and bland to him compared to the voluptuous women he left behind in Naples. However, long ago his father had betrothed him to a woman of rank and although his
Jeanne Murray
The second in Isabella Bradford's Wylder sisters series is refreshing in its approach. While the majority of romance novels deal with the trials and conflicts thwarting the main characters’ relationship, this novel deals with the after-marriage maturing and learning to live as a married couple. Both Lizzie and Hawke have unfortunate role models from whom they’ve learned what marriage should be like, and in Hawke’s case, he’s so determined not be the boringly uber-responsible, passionless man his ...more
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"

2.0 out of 5 stars I DIDN'T LIKE HAWKE THE DUKE!!!!, December 30, 2012

This review is from: When the Duchess Said Yes (Wylder Sisters) (Kindle Edition)
Book two "When The Duchess Said Yes" didn't enchant me. It made me angry with Hawke the Duke of Hawkethorne. He was irresponsible and childish through out the entire story. Elizabeth Wyder is the second sister who's deceased father has betroth her to a Duke of Royal lineage. I felt sorry for her she has the worst sort of fiancee in Hawke. Hawke had
I really wanted to like this book, but it was apparent from the very beginning that it was just not working for me. It's a shame because the premise is a lot of fun and in theory should be something that I enjoy, but I found the execution lacking from the get go.

The story centers around Elizabeth Wylder, known to her friends as Lizzie, and the Duke of Hawkesworth, known as Hawke. Their fathers (prior to their deaths) arranged a marriage contract between the two, and Hawke's father, in his Will,
Lovely Lizzie is waiting for her betrothed, another Duke, who left England for Naples 10 years before and would never have returned if his father hadn't threatened in his will to cut Hawke, the duke in question, off without a penny if he didn't marry the young woman arranged for him. This duke is unlike the first, and unlike his father. His father was a political powerhouse who kept a mistress while remaining amicable, if estranged, from his wife. Hawke, however, loves art, specifically luminous ...more
The Duke of Hawkesworth (Hawke) returns to England from a 10 year stay in Italy. It is time for him to honor his bethothal to Lady Elizabeth (Lizzy) Wylders whom he has never met. Their fathers had agreed on the marriage when Lizzy was an infant and have tied up Hawke's money untill the marriage takes place. Before they can meet Hawke spots a beautiful woman and is enthralled by her. He tries to find this woman and puts off meeting his betrothed. Finally he meets her and they both realize that ...more
I really, really liked this book! I wish I could have given it 4 stars. However, I thought the Great Misunderstanding was a bit silly. I thought that it stole a little bit of the book's magic. Lizzie, the heroine, was delightful. She wasn't some prim and proper miss. She was very unconventional. Her man was known as Hawke, a shortened version of his titled name. He was definitely the unconventional Englishman. He has spent much of his adult life in Italy.
He first sees Lizzie at an opera. He doe
Lady Elizabeth or Lizzie to her friends is the 2nd Wylder sister. After her older sister Charlotte married The Duke of Marchbourne it was Lizzie's turn to learn she was to be wed to The Duke of Hawkesworth. Lizzie was not too keen on the idea. The Duke has not shown up for their first meet and keeps her waiting wondering if she will ever meet him. While waiting on him to show she takes a walk to find s strange handsome mad which leads to a kiss. Imagine her surprise a few days later that the man ...more
Judy Goodnight
Book 2 of the Wylder Sisters trilogy of Georgian romances

I thought there was enough of an improvement over the first book in the series to give it the full third star, but...

Again with the young, innocent heroine...

Yes, the hero is trying to be the antithesis of his father, but he has absolutely no recognition of his responsibilities to his position? He lets his new wife wear her hair down in front of company & the general public? They spend 2 weeks doing nothing but lounging around & lo
Emily Ann
I found the characters here pretty one-dimensional. I could never really relax into the book because I never could decide that I actually *wanted* the two main characters to be together. I didn't read the first in this series, but did read this one and #3, and both just fell flat for me.
My full review.

Oh, Lizzie Wylder, I like you. I like you making out with men simply because you are attracted to them. I like you pretending to quote from a stuffy book of Reverend Fullingham’s sermons and then immediately using that pretense to flirt mischievously with your future husband. I like you because you like cherry tarts. I like you because you say things like “I am wild.”

But I was rooting for Lizzie and that made this book more enjoyable for me than When You Wish Upon a Duke.

I give Wh
Lisa Becker
A great story about a young country miss wedding a Duke of the realm. They have been promised to each other since the moment she was born. She has lived a quiet country life till the moment the Duke sends for her. They meet on his land as she rescues her littlest sister's cat from a tree. The Duke in turn tries to save her landing them in a fall in which he gets hurt. He is enchanted from the beginning and can't get enough of her company. Needless to say they wed as soon as possible and start on ...more
When The Duchess Said Yes is another arranged marriage story which is a troupe in historical romances that I love. I still have some issues with the heroine being so young, only 18, especially since she seems to show a maturity I wouldn’t expect to see in a sheltered young woman. I really enjoyed the relationship growth between Lizzie and Hawke, it felt believable especially when he freaked out over his growing feelings. These are two individuals who were drawn to each other but didn’t quite kno ...more
This was the first Goodreads Giveaway book that I received and I was quite excited to read it. Fortunately the author did her part in making sure my excitement did not wane. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Loved the characters. They pulled me in and made me want to know more. This romance novel was different from others in that it wasn't so much about how they fell in love, but how that love grew and became strong. I was concerned that there wouldn't be an appropriate build up of sexual tension ...more
I would like to give this book 3.5 stars because it's better than the first one. I especially liked the first part of the book, where it's clear that these two strong-spirited people love each other, for example when Hawke kidnapped Lizzie because 'the Harpies' wouldn't let him near her.

But as the book went on the egoism and lack of responsibility of Hawke started to bother me. I read the book to the end, and in the end I liked it but there were some things bothering me so much that I can't giv
Carrie Olguin
Pure romance. Sensual sex scenes.

The hero (a duke) returns home to England after ten years to claim his contracted bride (the middle Wylder sister) to secure his inheritance. He plans to wed her, make the required heirs and then return to his life in Italy, leaving his wife and children behind.

Of course, the heroine (a well written eighteen-year-old), dreams of love and romance that will last a lifetime. She has no idea what her rakish groom plans for their future.

The romance is sweet and the se
Natalie Ryabenko
I really enjoyed this second book. It's a sweat love story of two people who marry and fall in love. The main character Hawke love his wife Lizzy, but he doesn't understand that he will loss her if he leaves her alone for long. As the story continues he realizes that his wife is there to help him not hurt him.
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Isabella Bradford is a pseudonym for Susan Holloway Scott, the award-winning author of more than forty historical novels and historical romances. Her bestselling books have been published in nineteen countries and translated into fourteen languages with more than three million copies in print. Bradford also writes as half of the Two Nerdy History Girls (, an entertaining h ...more
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