Release Date: May 19, 2020
Series: The Wildes of Lindow Castle
Heat Level: Hot
Imprint: Avon Books
Say Yes to the Duke by Eloisa James is the fifth book in the Wildes of Lindow Castle series. If anyone is new to the series, all books can be read as stand alones but do reference siblings and other characters throughout the series, so I recommend reading as a series. The Wildes are the It family of London – everyone knows them and everyone wants a piece of them. Anything any of the Wildes do in public are caught on print and distributed as images on postcards and written about in newspapers throughout the nation. It also helps that there are so many Wilde offspring that the printers can always find something to write about.
Viola Astley is technically not a Wilde, but when her mother became the third Duchess of Lindow, Viola was brought into the Lindow nursery and raised with her siblings. In the eyes of her stepsiblings and stepfather she is just as much of a true Wilde as any of them. But in her own eyes and the eyes of some of society she will always be known as the shy outsider who has a habit of throwing up in public gatherings. Which is why when Viola meets the new, quiet, and handsome vicar she is delighted to find that she is not nervous at all to speak to him and begins to look forward to convincing him that she is the perfect vicar’s wife – regardless of the fact that he is already engaged. Viola looks for opportunities to speak with the vicar privately which is how she ends up in the library with the very opinionated and arrogant Duke of Wynter – Devin Elstan.
The Duke has his mind set on marrying the “perfect duchess” and believes that Viola’s sister Joan is the lady for the job, until he argues with Viola in the library and finds that he cannot seem to get her out of his mind. Viola is determined not to be a duke’s wife, how can she when she always clears her stomach’s contents in public balls and gatherings? So begins the courtship and story of Devin and Viola.
I am a big fan of this series, I love all of Wilde siblings and their unique personalities. This book was no exception, Viola is exactly how you would imagine a shy sibling to be – shy in public but very funny and expressive amongst family and those she trusts. Devin is your classic Mr. Darcy type – protective of his family and close friends and fairly dismissive of the rest of society. Eloisa James is great at writing realistic and witty dialogues and I found myself actually laughing out loud at some of the interactions between the characters. I also really enjoyed how the story sticks to the setting, the expectations of women and men and even fashion styles are true to the time period. I always appreciate a well written historical romance that is true to it’s setting while also being empowering to women within that time period. Viola may be shy but she stands her ground and does not settle for disrespect from anyone.
I highly recommend this book for any fans of historical romances.