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Say No to the Duke

(The Wildes of Lindow Castle #4)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  4,497 ratings  ·  556 reviews
One little wager will determine their fate—a daring escape or falling into temptation with a rakish lord.

Lady Betsy Wilde’s first season was triumphant by any measure, and a duke has proposed—but before marriage, she longs for one last adventure.

No gentleman would agree to her scandalous plan—but Lord Jeremy Roden is no gentleman. He offers a wager. If she wins a billi
ebook, 384 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Avon
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Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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***4 STARS***

“That’s an improper subject of conversation.” (Betsy)
“Most of our subjects of conversation are improper.” (Jeremy)

Lord Jeremy Roden has returned from the Revolutionary War emotionally scarred. Thankfully his friend and fellow soldier North Wilde has invited him to the Wilde castle to heal. Lady Boadicea “Betsy” Wilde is the belle of the ton receiving multiple wedding proposals and refusing them all. She also has issues related to her parentage. At a ball, held in the Wilde family ca
5 Breeches or Bust Stars

“I want to ravish you,” he said, his voice rasping like that of a boy of fifteen. “For God’s sake—”
“Say No to the duke?”

Lady Boadicea “Betsy” Wilde’s debut season has been a raging success. Despite her worries that her mother’s abandoning the family to run off with her Prussian lover all those years ago would besmirch Betsy’s reputation, the bachelors of the Ton can’t seem to get enough of the prim and proper beauty. The problem with that? Ms. Betsy’s far from
Melanie A. *mostly on hiatus*
Story: 5 STARS!!
Audio: 5 STARS!!
The sad fact was that wicked men were interesting and good ones were boring.
Ok, so obviously, I LOVED THIS ONE!

Eloisa James has written herself a fabulous, character-driven novel. I don't have a single complaint. The plot was solid, the characters were well fleshed-out with believable back stories, and the romance was swoon-worthy.

But my favorite part was the depth found in the dialogue. In fact, I might even go so far as to claim that Say No to the
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Every time I start a historical romance review, I mention how I don't read this genre enough. Because every time I read one, I'm like, WHY AM I NOT READING MORE OF THESE!? That reaction was no different the entire time I was reading this newest release from Eloisa James!

Lady Betsy Wilde is determined to never be like her mother, which means being the perfect lady that all of the gentlemen want to wed. Well into her first season, Betsy has had plenty of proposals and finds delight in declining ea
A witty, yet emotional 4.5 stars.
This series has been consistently good for me, (and that is not always the case with Eloisa James: some of her Fairytales novels were horrible, some wonderful) and I am loving the whole crazy Wilde family. They are totally random and probably way too modern for their time, but who cares when there is so much joy to be had in the writing?

It is also fun to immerse myself in the Georgian period, after having read a surfeit of Regency HR. The mad wigs, the makeup an
3.5 stars!

This definitely got better by the halfway mark!
I wasn't much into both main characters until they started showing their true personalities and vulnerabilities. I'm guessing the plot and characters needed to warm up to me. =)

Say No to the Duke is the 4th book in the The Wildes of Lindow Castle series.
It's a love story and friendship between a wounded soldier, Jeremy Roden who suffers from PTSD and the guilt of having all of his men die in war and he's left standing.

The woman who saves h
Sep 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-goal, hf-romance
3.5– added that last half star because Ms James always makes me chuckle out loud!

Lovely HF novel featuring the eldest Wilde daughter, Betsy (and all of the other names she is called) and her choice between two eligible bachelors. Well, to be fair only one considers himself eligible.

As most (maybe all) romance readers will admit— a bad boy is so much easier to love. Our slightly broken bachelor, Jeremy, is all charm despite his caustic wit. Totally fell for him. I just wish the conflict involvin
ARC provided by Edelweiss and Avon in exchange for an honest review.


I'm wrestling with what to rate this. Still taking in what I just finished reading. Will come to definitive rating here soon after digesting it all.

Rating between 3-4
I took a bit of a break from Eloisa James, but this one sounded fun and it WAS. One of those low key romances without a ton of conflict (in a good way), just two characters really growing to know and accept THEMSELVES better. I liked it.

Also set in Gregorian times, what, is that even allowed! I will likely go back and read the previous books in the series, but I will definitely read and cross my fingers for the next one, which is about the shy sister!!

PS: This completes my goal of reading 2 owne
Jen Davis
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have not loved every book in this series equally, but I can say this is one of my favorite installments. It centers on Betsy, the eldest Wilde sister, and she is nothing like the lady she pretends to be in public. Betsy grew up under a cloud of scandal because her mother ran away with her lover and Betsy has been trying to prove herself above reproach her entire adult life. That, paired with her beauty, has made her sought after by almost every gentleman who encounters her.

Every man but Jeremy
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: release-2019
5 hot fiery stars!! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 Say No to the Duke is the 4th novel in The Wildes of Lindow Castle series and (yesss!) is the first book in this series with a female main character—Lady Boadicea (Betsy) Wilde.
Beautiful Betsy Wilde has turned down all wedding proposals leaving only one that she may or may not approve from Thaddeus who’s a Duke. Then there’s Lord Jeremy Roden whom she strikes up a wager with and who’s staying with the Wildes while he recuperates. Jeremy has been having a rough time of i
Milica's Bookshelf
Ok. It was simply ok.
I don't know what I had expected. Something more? Definitely.
This is just a cute story.

Tracy Emro
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss
Lady Boadicea "Betsy" Wilde wanted a best friend more than anything, she wished for a chance to find another girl to talk to and finally her wish was granted when she was allowed to attend boarding school - she soon learns, be careful what you wish for... Her first day she is confronted with a nasty girl who tells her that her mother was a whore and that Betsy has surely inherited her mother's wanton ways and that no decent man will want to marry her. Betsy swears that she will have more proposa ...more
Delirious Disquisitions
A touch of unessesarily long melodrama at the end. But I'm so satisfied I don't even care! 5 stars ...more
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been reading Eloisa James books for almost two decades . She writes historical romance like no other. Her books are fun, sexy with witty and snarky banter . Quirky , smart and likeable main and secondary characters.

Say No to the Duke is another win for Ms. James.

Thanks to HapperCollins and NetGalley for giving a early copy of Say No to the Duke by Eloisa James.
*The Angry Reader*
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historicals, 2019
For me this series is the perfect combination of flawed quirky characters and steam. I have thoroughly enjoyed each book and look forward to the next one.

We met Betsy and Jeremy in a previous book. And of course there is so much more to them behind they veneers they’ve presented.

Two scenes were odd - verging on silly. But I didn’t think this took away from the story - simply lightened the mood.

I was delightedly surprised by the emotion and tenderness that came through this book. There’s a rea
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wildest of the Wildes!

Those Wildes! I just adore them and their very human, very idiosyncratic behaviour.
This time add in Lord Jeremy Roden, stalwart damaged warrior with wonderful sense of humor and so real.
I adored this story of young woman who resolved early on never to display the passion her mother had.
From her early days at school Lady Boadicea 'Betsy' Wilde had learned that society was very unforgiving for the daughter of a woman who'd borne children to different men and run off to Prussi
Elley Murray
Another wonderful installment to a really great series, I absolutely loved Say No to the Duke. I'll admit I was hoping for more of a woman disguised as a man, mistaken identities hijinks type of book, but what I got instead was so much better.

I love how REAL Betsy and Jeremy are, and the battles they fight within themselves. Betsy especially, as she is the "wildest of the Wildes" and then struggles so hard NOT to be her mother that she just smothers herself in respectability. And then Jeremy's
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, 4-stars
It’s been a hot minute since I read a historical romance, but fortunately Eloisa James never disappoints. I randomly decided to preorder this months ago, then promptly forgot about it. So when it popped up on my kindle app yesterday I was baffled for a moment. Then I opened it up, and a few hours later, had finished the entire thing.

Say No to the Duke is so much fun! I honestly had a blast following Betsy and Jeremy’s story. They are complex and compelling characters.

Betsy is a perfect vanilla
Jun 26, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just say no to buying this book

Much like the war-weary, one-dimensional hero within its pages, this story feels leaden and disconnected, with none of the levity or wit that signifies James’s better historical romances.

The book begins with an unexpectedly crass, overtly contemporary, annoyingly protracted scene between our H/h. In it they say horrible things to each other, and I don’t for a minute buy that these two would be friends, let alone cure each other via sexual healing and live HEA. Thin
Stephanie (Jump)
Dec 05, 2018 marked it as to-read
Can't wait! Jeremy and Betsy's scene in the last book had me hooked and we are not even on Chapter 1. ...more
A fan of Ms. Eloisa James. She didn't disappoint with this read and I did enjoy this last in the Wildes of Lindow Castle series.

Although Susan Duerdan narration can sometimes irk me, she did okay with this narration and I enjoyed finally Lady Betsy Wildes story of the series.

4.5 Stars
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed all of the previous books and was so excited to get to this one.

I love love loved Betsy and Jeremy. She’s sassy and he’s gruff and their button pushing was fantastic. They had great chemistry and I just adored how they both truly saw the other. As always, Aunt Knowe was one of my favorite parts.

Plot wise, it was a boatload of UST and I was here for it. I enjoyed reading their relationship slowly change. The conflict was basically non-existent and it was so refreshing to see char
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great historical romance ...
H is h's brothers friend ... suffering from PTSD ... h has her issues but she is a great character as is the h ...
while h plays billiards, H pretends to act drunken and they fight, exchange insults but ultimately are friends ... they also fall in love ...
its actually low on drama (not unless you count h and some other ladies wearing pants and going for an auction with H and his father) and high on romance, friendship, steam factor ... and yes, the steam facto
Blodeuedd Finland
I tried not to picture them too much, I did like that it was 1780s, but the wigs, ugh, the wigs, lol.

Betsy has done her best to put on the persona of the good girl persona, the perfect society girl, the perfect bride to be. All to wash away the stigma of her mother running away with a Prussian (also her sister's book looks to be really interesting as she is blonde and obviously not a Wilde.)

But yes, Betsy is not really the quiet demure one, she is a Wilde, she rides horse standing up shooting ar
I was waiting for this book since December and it was absolutely worth the wait. There wasn't one thing I didn't like about it.

I just loved the chemistry between Jeremy and Betsy, I loved how their interactions weren't too sappy. Initially I believed it was going to be more... volatile for the lack of a better word, because Jeremy seemed so bitter and cynical in the previous book. That side of him was toned down a bit, and the author struck the perfect balance of a sardonic hero who's using mock
Annie ⚜️
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
This was such a snooze, I had to power my way through it. Nothing happens then about 3/4 through the book they do it and there’s some silly little villain thing. It made me think of a paint by numbers for romance novels. I thought there’d be so much to work with when you had a young lady who wanted to experience the things like a man! Instead they go to an auction where I don’t even think she bid on anything! SUCH a snooze.
Don’t even get me started on the setting. I don’t understand why they per
Jenn (The Book Refuge)
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well, hello, wonderful Historical Romance with sassy ladies and a hero with a heavy burden. Why yes, I would like to read you!

So, this novel was a hard start for me. I wanted to read it but I just didn't know if I was feeling the premise. Girl is tired of the constrictions of her life and wants a night away, in breeches no less (gasp), and she ends up in a billiard battle for the privilege. It just seemed like a lot of work for her to have a night away.

Thankfully, this ended up being much less a
Farshana ❤️rainnbooks❤️
Eloisa James is my go to author when I am too crammed up for time but still have to read,well, how else will I survive??😂

Say No to The Duke is book #4 in the Wildes series but perfect to be read as stand-alone. Lord Jeremy Roden is recuperating at Lindow Castle after the war has left him emotionally scarred suffering from guilt and PTSD . The memory of losing his entire battalion has left him with nightmares and lack of sleep. Lady Boadicea or "Betsy" as she wants to be called has only one aim
Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
Lady Betsy Wilde has had a successful first season by any definition, culminating in several marriage proposals, even one from a future duke. Plagued by her mother's scandal of leaving her father, a duke, Betsy has been determined to prove she's nothing like that, even at the cost of hiding her true self. Betsy wants one last bit of adventure and freedom before settling into marriage and makes a wager over a game of billiards with her brother's friend and houseguest, Jeremy. If she wins he must ...more
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New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. Her novels have been published to great acclaim. A reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa's very first book that she "found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar"; later People Magazine raved that "romance writing does not get much better than this." Her novels have repeat ...more

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