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Say Yes to the Duke

(The Wildes of Lindow Castle #5)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  4,721 ratings  ·  669 reviews
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 soci
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Published May 19th 2020 by Avon
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It distracted me mighty while reading. And it continues in the next books.
The best idea I got is that its some kind of a treasure hunt.
We wo…more
It distracted me mighty while reading. And it continues in the next books.
The best idea I got is that its some kind of a treasure hunt.
We won! :)(less)

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chan ☆
Jun 29, 2020 rated it liked it
the plot of this was... stupid? nonexistent? but i wasn't mad

i liked the characters perfectly fine. i appreciated the honesty that the characters had with each other re: sex. this wasn't ground breaking but i love the wildes.
May 05, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-releases
While Eloisa James is one of my favorite historical romance authors and I loved Say No to the Duke, sadly this one was a HUGE miss for me. I had to DNF this at 70%.

In the beginning, Viola is so anxious in social situations that she always pukes and embarrasses herself. She literally pukes ON someone in the beginning of the book. For some reason, this social anxiety is just magically cured and there's not real progression to her being more comfortable in society. Then, for the romance, it was su
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Say Yes to the Duke by Eloisa James

5th book in The Wildes of Lindow Castle series. Historical romance. Can be read as a stand-alone.

Lighthearted and often amusing. I did a lot of smiling while reading this book. The heroine went from timid to confident while their relationship went from confrontational to passionate. I fell in love with both the heroine for her heart and the hero for his protectiveness and patience. Plus the two together get a little randy in their courtship which is unexpected
Melanie A. *mostly on hiatus*
"You're my life."
Another FABULOUS book in this series! And if you can get the audio, I highly recommend you go that route:

Audio: 5 STARS!!

Oh you guys! Eloisa James is the absolute queen of long, drawn-out, intimacy-building dialogue between her main characters. Every conversation is FULL to bursting with romance, dry humor and tenderness. And Viola and Devin got the full treatment. I loved every word of their story.

This series is 100% character driven, so don't expect any
3.3 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In the fifth Wildes of Lindow Castle series, Viola, who is the duke's stepdaughter is making her debut into society. She's the extremely shy one, who pukes when she gets nervous, and just rather become a wallflower. Viola's nervousness comes from feeling like she isn't a true Wilde, because of her 'step' status. I'm new to the series and found I had no
MG *Bury Me with My Kindle.. & a REALLY Long Charger*
3 - 3.5 Not Much Action but Some Humor Stars

This is another book I wanted to like more than I actually did. Sigh.

I tend to enjoy Eloisa James' books, but this one lacked action in the plot - not action in a steam level way, but action in general. Literally, there was very little going on aside from a "wedded by scandal" that wasn't overly scandalous and a play put on at a church which was apparently a sacrilegious thing to do at the time.

Miss Viola Astley is a member of the Wilde family by asso
I’m not sure how to rate this since I don’t read Romance and don’t have anything to compare it too.

I was in the mood for something lighter after reading multiples of dark and twisty. I got what I wanted (I think?) as this was fluffy with no angst encountered on my part.

The premise sounded interesting and I really enjoy historical fiction. However, Say Yes to the Duke was predominately romance and amiss in historical facts even though it takes place in 1870’s Britain.

If anything, I reaffirmed th
Got to go with 2.5 to 3 stars with this one!

Say Yes to the Duke is the 5th book in The Wildes of Lindow Castle series.
I’ve read all the books so far. It’s with no exception that I would read this one as well.

The book was okay.

The plot felt non existent and pretty boring after Devin and Viola decided to get married in about the halfway point of the book.

The writing was still good, the characters weren’t earth shattering and the plot wasn’t terrible.
Honestly, this was just a safe book in the serie

Title: Say Yes to the Duke
Series: The Wildes of Lindlow Castle #5
Author: Eloisa James
Release date: May 19, 2020
Cliffhanger: no
Genre: historical romance

Her show of courage. Her cure. It was love. Love had changed everything.

This is only my second foray into The Wildes of Lindlow Castle series, because unfortunately the first book failed to hook me. It wasn't bad, but it didn't wow me either. Then I spotted this book, and the synopsis sounded so perfect for me that I decided to give the Wildes an
Abibliophobia-the fear of running out of things to read 🥺
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 4.5 stars

This book was fabulous! I usually don’t like historical that was written recently, except for Lisa Kleypas and some other authors, but this book was so good.

I loved that Viola wasn’t a spinster. I am so sick and tired of the spinster trope. I seriously can’t take it. It is so tired and, honestly, a little historically inaccurate.

Viola was shy and mentally scarred from a humiliating episode at her first ball. She was compassionate and loved animals. Viola definitely reminded m
Oh! I really really liked this. I think I'll like it even more on re-read since I was pretty nervous about the looming conflict. (view spoiler)

That said, I was super-interested in this as a story about a "painfully shy" heroine and it wasn't really that. She got over her shyness at the beginning of the book. How nice for her. :P

But it was just a nice story about two people who just CLICKED and LIKED each other. There's also a nice secondary romance!

Re-Read J
It’s adorably romantic, but not much really happens. However, a few swoon-worthy scenes make up for little conflict other than an insecure shy girl trying to let a nerdy Duke know she’s not right for him. When, of course she is!
ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Review to come.

Rating 3.75-4.0
Perhaps this is unkind, but this book seemed to be chasing after the Tessa Dare brand of "wacky pets as character development" + the Julia Quinn brand of "clever dialogue will be enough to make people notice there is absolutely zero plot." There was more genuine conflict in the vicar's road to true love than there was for Viola & her Duke.

However, I did bump it up to 3 stars for the fact that Violet and Devin have some truly hot sex in their happy-conflict-free-marriage.
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: release-2020
5 hot and steamy stars! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 My favorite of the entire series.
Tracy Emro
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
Viola Astley, The Duke of Lindow’s stepdaughter has been raised as a Wilde, but never felt that she fit in. Unlike her bold and outgoing siblings, Viola is shy and timid , so shy and timid, that she makes herself ill and has on numerous occasions cast up her accounts, like the time when she was 15 and interrupted an amorous couple in the servants hall and caused the man to fly into a rage when he assumed his lover was trying to trap him, he bellowed at the woman and left – the woman who was inde ...more
The beginning was strong and I really liked the banter. Eloisa James is a master at creating engaging, witty dialogues between her characters. I just wish there was a little more courting, a little more buildup to their relationship, because once they got married that's where the story between the main characters sort of starts lagging and the internal monologue turns repetitive. By the end of the book, I was more interested in the side characters than in the main couple. ...more
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well, this was everything I wanted. I’ve loved this series from the beginning and I couldn’t wait to read another book.

I love love loved Viola and Devin. They’re more similar than they think and I enjoyed watching their relationship morph from antagonistic strangers to antagonistic acquaintances to antagonistic friends to antagonistic and in love. I adored his devotion to her and her acceptance of him.

Plot wise, it was good. It didn’t feel like much happened, but I’m here for a character drive
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a delightful read for the most part. I loved Viola and Devin. Although Devin was an arrogant ass at first he quickly became my favorite character. He was so sweet. Viola was an excellent character and I loved seeing her come into her own and get over her shyness. My one complaint is that I hate sex scenes with ow even when it’s before the H and h meet, especially if the h witnesses it. I know a lot of the plot ends up revolving around the one incident but I still think it was yucky and ...more
✩ Yaz ✩
⭐️⭐️⭐️ - 3

Say Yes to the Duke was I must say.... a bland regency romance unfortunately. It was promising in the beginning since I was getting Lizzie Bennet and Mr. Darcy vibes from Miss Viola Ashley and Devin, Duke of Wynter, but everything fell flat later on.

I enjoyed the banter between them but the romance developed very quickly there wasn’t any build up and slow burn to it.
Jen Davis
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hands-down this is my favorite book in this series. And interestingly, I wasn’t really excited about it before I started. After all, the heroine isn’t really a Wilde... She is the stepsister, Violet. Or at least that is what I thought before I started reading. The question of whether Violet is a real part of the family is one of the biggest points in the book. And the answer is a resounding yes.

Violet loves her family, but she has never felt like she really fit in. Her brothers and sisters are a
Love Eloisa James as an author and closing out this 5th book in the Wildes of Lindow Castle series was lovely. I truly loved the characters and had to chuckle when the Duke of Wynter stopped acting like an idiot and come to his senses. Loved the attraction and heat that the two main characters sparked up and showing the fears and shortcomings they possessed.

I though this was a very nice series with enjoyable and entertainable characters., the Wildes, and their family members provide hours of enj
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fun, funny, and fluffy, Say Yes to the Duke is filled with zany Wilde family shenanigans, a blasphemous theatrical performance, and numerous hot kisses and consensual sexytimes.

It's one thing for Miss Viola Astley, stepdaughter to the Duke of Lindow, to feel inadequate in not being a true Wilde, it's another for Devin, Duke of Wynter, to dismiss her as a candidate to be his duchess for the same reason. What started as a case of you-don't-want-me-then-I-don't-want-you-either turned into desire
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
So damn good....

This book is one of the best from The Wildes of Lindow Castle series, it was that darn good! I love family saga’s and The Wildes are one of those families akin to Julia Quinn’s The Bridgertons.
Miss Viola Astley is the painfully shy, stepsister to the Wilde siblings. Her upcoming debut is so anxiety inducing, she can not even speak to a man, let alone marry one, that is…. until she meets the kind new vicar, Viola begins to imagine herself with a future with his, regardless of the
Joana V.
May 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: meus, inglês, e-book, arc
Review originally published at Romancing Romances.

I received an eARC at no cost from the publisher, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you.

I have a feeling my opinion is going to be very different than most people’s, regarding this book.

I really like Eloisa James’ books, but this one suffers from the same problem of a book I’ve also read very, very recently. The plot is almost inexistent. Hey, if that’s your thing, great! It’s a light, fun, sexy book. But I warn you, the secon
Nothing special or exciting.
Jul 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Its an enemies to friends to lovers romance. Viola and Devin are quite firmly in dislike at the start of the novel but quickly form a “friendship”.

The heroine Viola seems to suffer from some sort of social anxiety stemming from lack of confidence and thoughts of not belonging. Some heroines have cats, this heroine has friends of the bovine persuasion that she confides in. She also “doesnt realize her beauty” 🙄. To be honest, this anxiety is only present in the first 8 or so chapters of the nove
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A super gorgeous cover showcasing Viola had already earned Five Amazing Stars from me even before I started reading. The light, easy, fun, and entertaining love story between Viola and Devin just validated my advance rating! A supposedly unsuitable match between the two who didn't want to have anything to do with one another, yet surprisingly turned out to be an inevitable union of soulmates. What I loved most was all the page time devoted to Devin's courtship as well as their intimate scenes. T ...more
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
ARC provided by Netgalley and the Publisher.

This was one of favorites of this series so far. I love a reluctant hero who is determined to change for the better and an unassuming heroine who gradually gains confidence to discover how truly bold she is.
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
3.5-4 stars

I’ve been really enjoying Eloisa James’ Wildes of Lindow Castle series and have been SO excited for Viola’s story because of how her story was set up at the end of Say No to the Duke. She’s a shy wallflower of a heroine who ends up being pursued by a Duke who’s determined to have her – how could I not love this?! Pursuing heroes are my favorite. This latest story from the Wilde siblings turned out to be so soft and sweet. I enjoyed Viola and Devin’s romance!

Viola is painfully shy and
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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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