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When the Duchess Said Yes

(Wylder Sisters #2)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  515 ratings  ·  68 reviews
The romantic escapades of the irrepressible Wylder sisters continue in Isabella Bradford’s fun, charming, and breathtakingly passionate series—as the wildest of the Wylders turns an arranged marriage into a game of desire to tame a wayward duke.
Notorious for her free-spirited antics, Lady Elizabeth Wylder revels in attention—but not the sort that leaves her humiliated w
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Huma Rashid
Aug 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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
Jul 12, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the one where the hero and heroine are betrothed as children, but when his father dies, he leaves the country for Italy and spends a decade or so in Naples. The contract says he has to marry her before her 19th birthday or he gets no money to go with his fancy title, so he's come back to do it, but really doesn't want to. As the cover copy says, they encounter each other before they officially meet, and they are attracted to each other, but he clings to his ideas of escaping to Naples yo ...more
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.
Anna Bowling
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Wylder sisters are back to make their mark on Georgian London in the second installment of Isabella Bradford's series, and this time, it's Lizzie's turn. Known as "Lizzie Wyldest" for her exploits, how on earth is she going to fit into the advantageous match already arranged for her? She hasn't the faintest idea, and hopes her first meeting with her betrothed, the Duke of Hawkesworth, goes tolerably well. It goes well, all right, as a passionate connection makes its mark on both parties. If ...more
Karen Arrowood
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Apr 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Not my favorite of her books, but a good second installment.
Sep 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
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,
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Lizzie and Hawke were fun characters, although Hawke could be a real jerk at times when denying that love can last forever.
Lady Wesley
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
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
May 21, 2012 rated it liked it
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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
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
Another awesome read!

In this next installment to the Wylder Sisters, Lizzie has an arranged marriage too by her father when she was very young to the Duke of Hawkesworth. Since she is the "wyldest" of the sisters and the most passionate, her mother is afraid that this will consume her marriage fast and make her unhappy.

Hawke has come from Italy for the sole purpose of marring Lady Elizabeth Wylder before her 19th birthday for not doing so means loosing his money. What he hadn't count on was th
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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
Jeanne Murray
Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it

(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
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
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
Nov 12, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jan 11, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
This is the second book in Isabelle Bradford’s Wylder Sisters series and I was torn about it. While I liked some aspects of the story, especially the trope of “childhood betrothal”, I had a very hard time connecting to the main characters. I found them both immature and childish, therefore I stopped caring for them half way through their story.

After I read the first book in this series, and not wholly happy with that story, I thought to give this author another try and again, while some parts we
Lisa Becker
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
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
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Isabella Bradford is a pseudonym for Susan Holloway Scott, the award-winning author of more than fifty 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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Wylder Sisters (3 books)
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