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Say No to the Duke

(The Wildes of Lindow Castle #4)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,090 ratings  ·  229 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 billiar
Mass Market Paperback, 370 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Avon
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Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j
***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
Jen (still the duck lady)
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
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
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tracy Emro
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jen Davis
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.

Waleska 'Wally'
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
Stephanie (Jump)
Can't wait! Jeremy and Betsy's scene in the last book had me hooked and we are not even on Chapter 1.
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
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
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Leona Woolfolk
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a historical romance story, but Say No To The Duke by Eloisa James was an entertaining and refreshing re-introduction to the genre!

From the first moment we were given a glimpse into the makeup of Bess’ character, I knew I would end up loving her journey. Her individual conflict and resolution wasn’t anything s
Sheila Melo
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free from Netgalley in order to prepare an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.FINAL DECISION: This book was just amazing. I loved Betsy's strength and gumption. I adored the deep emotional center of Jeremy. These two were incredible together, and I especially enjoyed that their story was much deeper than the blurb would suggest.

THE STORY: Lady Betsy Wilde lived under the feared approbation of her mother's infidelity and
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I am always guaranteed an enjoyable, fun read from Eloisa James and this book does not disappoint. The characters had great dialogue, flawed but likeable, and the story was entertaining. PTSD due to experiences in war and the affects on the individual and their family was portrayed. While it played a significant part in the main character's problems, it was far from the real horrors and devastation that can play such significant part in a person's (and their loved ones') lives. No real reason to ...more
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It did take me a little while to get into this book but then I found it very engaging. Lady Boadicea Wilde ( Betsy) presented a very conventional face to society but her true self wanted an adventure. She rebelled against the restrictions placed on women. Also Betsy wanted to distance herself from her mother’s behaviour as Betsy was afraid she had inherited her characteristics. Lord Jeremy Roden was recovering from the trauma of the colonial war. However, he was very observant and had a dry sens ...more
Hero has ptsd.
Heroine doesn’t want to be like her mother who ran off when she was a child.
There’s a love triangle.
The love triangle took way too long to resolve.
It wasn’t a bad historical romance, but it wasn’t my thing.
It just took a long time to get to the romance and then the book was over.

Fans of Eloisa James will like this. But I would borrow before buying if you are on the fence.

“Don’t ever believe the word ‘no’ unless you say it yourself, dear. It makes life much more agreeable.”
Lady Betsy Wilde’s first season was a smashing success and all of society loves the image of a perfectly proper lady she presents. But there’s one type of man she hasn’t netted a proposal from: a duke. Then one comes along, the nice, proper sort of future duke Betsy knows she should marry. There is just one problem…one very grumpy, unruly, deeply wounded problem: her brother’s best friend, Lord Jeremy Roden.

Jeremy came back from war a changed man. Haunted by the past, he knows he’s not suited fo
Lubnaa (Romance Library)
3.75 stars

I received an ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Say No to the Duke is the fourth book in the Wildes of Lindow Castle series. I have a confession to make: I’m not a huge fan of this series. Why am I still reading the Wilde series, you ask? Well, the books are periodically getting better even though they’re still not on the same level as Eloisa James’s older books. I gave Wilde in Love a 2.5 star rating, Too Wilde to Wed a 3 star rating, and Born to be Wilde a 3.5 star
Norah Gibbons
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. Say No to the Duke by Eloisa James is the fourth book in her delightful Wildes of Lindow Castle series. I’m going to use the word delightful twice or more in the same review because that’s what this book is, an absolute delight so much so that I devoured the entire book in a day and may have to go back and read it once more. It could perhaps be read as a stand-alone but I really enjoyed the series and I thin ...more
Catherine Stein
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really loved Betsy and Jeremy. They might be my favorite Wilde couple so far.
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sensuality humorous

Another compelling story by Eloise James. Each book surpasses the last. Her story's abound with humour, sensuality (without being crude or gratuitous) can't wait for the next Wilde story ( hope. Other is one)
A fun regency romance. The proper miss shedding her veneer and the banter between the main characters made for an entertaining read.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via Netgalley for review consideration.
Austine (NovelKnight)
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was provided by the publisher (via Edelweiss). This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

After 3 hit-or-miss books in the series, I was hopeful that Say No to the Duke would be on the positive end of things like the first book. I wasn't disappointed!

This time around, the Wilde in question is Betsy, a younger sister and belle of society. At first, I thought this would be yet another prim and proper miss finding a husband but I was pleasantly surprised w
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Say No To The Duke is an awesome addition to the already wonderful series The Wildes of Lindow Castle. I love that this starts the transition to the ladies in the family.

Betsy/Bess and Jeremy are great characters with depths submerged under the façade they show to society. Betsy covers her wild nature with a cloak of respectability to escape comparisons to her adulterous mother, while Jeremy copes with PTSD by pretending to be uncaring. Their sniping at each other hid an attraction that they co
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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The Wildes of Lindow Castle (5 books)
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