Say No to the Duke
by Eloisa James
Series The Wildes of Lindow Castle
Genre Adult Historical Romance
Publisher Avon Books
Publication Date June 25, 2019
Could she possibly refuse a duke’s hand—in favor of a sardonic, sinful rake?
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 billiards game, he’ll provide the breeches.
If he wins…she is his, for one wild night.
But what happens when Jeremy realizes that one night will never be enough? In the most important battle of his life, he’ll have to convince Betsy to say no to the duke.
They moved toward each other as if they were following the steps of a very slow, very grand country dance. One that was danced by kings and queens and countryfolk alike.
When they were beside each other, she squared her shoulders and met his eyes. “I decided to come to you. I hope that is all right.”
“I do believe that you are the bravest woman I’ve ever met,” he replied.
He couldn’t have said anything better; Betsy felt herself begin to glow. “I haven’t been brave to this point, but I have made up my mind to change. I outlawed being nervous, but now I need to outlaw being afraid.” She hesitated. “I have chosen courage, and now I choose happiness.”
“I love you as you are,” he whispered, and then his mouth came down on hers.
Her breath caught in her throat because their tongues met as if they kissed every day, every night. He tasted right, which sent a shiver through her whole body, and pushed her against him gently, the way a pebble might roll up a beach when the tide comes in.
One doesn’t fight the tide.
Another fun entry in the Wildes of Lindow Castle series! I was a bit confused about the meaning of the title, but once you figure it out it’s both clever and cute 🙂
If you’ve read other books in the series, you’re probably more than ready for both Betsy and Jeremy’s stories. (If you haven’t read them yet, no worries–this really is their story. Other Wildes come and go–Aunt Knowe plays a rather large role–but you don’t have to have read the other books already to enjoy the heck out of this one.)
I loved the push-and-pull between Jeremy and Betsy from the beginning. Their banter was fantastic, and of course just barely hides (read: doesn’t at all, except from them) the fact that they’re wildly drawn to each other. I loved watching them draw closer together, even as they fought with their own individual demons and resisted the relationship with all they had.
I am a little bummed that Jeremy never does appear to reallyplay billiards against Betsy, but it does make for some really cute scenes anyway. The last chapter shows us future books (Viola! Joan! And I wouldn’t be adverse to Thaddeus getting an HEA eventually, either) are hovering just out of sight–can’t wait!
Rating: 4 stars/ A-
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About the author:
ELOISA JAMES is a New York Times best-selling author and professor of English literature who lives with her family in New York, but can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. She is the mother of two and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight. Visit her at www.eloisajames.com.
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