The Wildes of Lindow Castle, Book 5
From the publisher:
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 society — but just when she catches his attention, her reputation is compromised by a duke.
Devin Lucas Augustus Elstan, Duke of Wynter, will stop at nothing to marry Viola, including marrying a woman whom he believes to be in love with another man.
A vicar, no less.
Devin knows he’s no saint, but he’s used to conquest, and he’s determined to win Viola’s heart.
Viola has already said Yes to his proposal, but now he wants her unruly heart…and he won’t accept No for an answer.
Eloisa James is one of my favorite historical romance writers and this book is the perfect example of why she remains so. Viola is beyond demure, she tends to vomit in social situations, never a good thing. In point of fact, at one of her first balls, she tried to hide by escaping through a servant’s entrance but instead, ran smack into a sexual liaison right there in the hallway. The gentleman exploded, yelling at the woman he was with and at Viola. She did not handle that well at all and is quite frightened by his demeanor.
The new vicar seems just her type. Good looking to be sure, but gentle and kind, and Viola decides he is the man for her. Unfortunately, he is engaged to a very loud, very determined woman, but Viola thinks she would make a much better wife for the vicar. There really is no way to tell what he thinks, of course, as he is kind to everyone, even his completely overbearing future mother-in-law.
The Duke of Wynter has determined it is time for him to take a bride to act as his duchess. He is not looking for a love match; in fact, he hopes they will have the heir and the spare and then live separate lives. Until he meets Viola. He brings out a different side of her, and although she believes herself to be in love with the Vicar, she is definitely enjoying spending time with the Duke, which confuses her.
James excels at the witty banter the genre is known for, and this book is no exception. Sweet and funny, this is another excellent addition to her latest series. I loved it.
6/2020 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
SAY YES TO THE DUKE by Eloisa James. Avon (May 19, 2020). ISBN 978-0062878069. 400 p.
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