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Say Yes to the Duke: The Wildes of Lindow Castle Mass Market Paperback – Import, 19 May 2020
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"James delivers all the banter and sizzle her fans expect in the nuanced fifth Wildes of Lindow Castle Georgian romance...Series readers will be pleased." (Publishers Weekly)
"RITA Award–winning and best-selling James continues her winsomely winning literary streak with another brilliantly conceived and beautifully executed addition in her Wildes of Lindow Castle series. Once again, James expertly calibrates the perfect ratio of exuberant wit to elegant sensuality, and the end result is a romance worth celebrating." (Booklist (starred review))
"SAY YES TO THE DUKE was another great title in the Wildes of Lindow Castle series." (Fresh Fiction)
About the Author
Eloisa James is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling 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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- Publisher : Avon (19 May 2020)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062878069
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062878069
- Item Weight : 181 g
- Dimensions : 10.64 x 2.54 x 16.81 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #111,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Say Yes to the Duke by Eloisa James
‘“I don’t want just any Wilde. I want the most beautiful Wilde of all,” Devin said, his voice rasping. “The woman with a wide mouth who laughs easily and taught me in the space of one day to love a giggle. Who knows medieval plays and abandoned crows. The woman with a darling pointed chin and exquisite hazel eyes.”’
I was so desperately excited to see that Eloisa James had a brand new historical romance releasing. She is one of my go-to authors for that genre. She writes with accuracy, passion, understanding and exuberance. Her characters are always painted and portrayed so vividly, shining off the page, espousing the many complex ways of the ton, engaging, beguiling and intriguing. However, Say Yes to the Duke fell by the wayside for me. It was missing the usual magic, charm and appeal of Eloisa’s previous work. In fact I loathe to admit this, I found myself skimming pages, and when you’re forking out £6.99 for an ebook - a price range that I only reserve for my absolute favourite authors work - it seemed all the more steep in price.
It was an average read. I wasn’t thoroughly engaged, I wasn’t anticipating the next chapter, or excited to even see where the story took us. It was rather dreary, long winded and mediocre. There was little to no real passion between our hero and heroine. There was something decidedly lacking between the pair. I needed a spark, something brighter and more magnetic than what we got. It did get more steamy and sensual closer to the end of the book but even then it felt like a more profound connection between the pair was absent.
It wasn’t until the last quarter of the book that I really started to enjoy it. Our heroine was more assertive, confident and likable. The same too for our hero. Even though the plot revolves around these two getting together, I never felt like we truly got to know the characters. It all seemed fairly superficial, again so did Viola’s anxiety issues. They were dominant in her life for so many years and then all of a sudden they were gone. No more crippling shyness or nausea.
Say Yes to the Duke was - dare I say it - nice. Such a bland word. Nothing overtly exciting or thrilling occurred. A lot of the story covered a variety of other characters, who were semi-entertaining for the most part but I wanted more Viola and Devin. I wanted them to really know one another. So, I was very disheartened by this new release. However, not every author is going to knock it out of the park every time and I’ll still be a massive fan of Eloisa James. This one just wasn’t for me.