Say No to the Duke (Wildes of Lindow Castle Series #4)

Say No to the Duke (Wildes of Lindow Castle Series #4)

by Eloisa James

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062877840
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/25/2019
Series: Wildes of Lindow Castle Series , #4
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 623
File size: 4 MB

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

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Say No to the Duke: The Wildes of Lindow Castle 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous 2 days ago
Liked Jeremy more than Betsy so it felt a little lopsided for me. However, hoping that there will be another book about the next sister, as she was interesting for the little bit she was introduced.
Anonymous 15 days ago
Love this series and this book didn’t disappoint
Anonymous 15 days ago
The book takes a dukes daughter and shows how much more freedom she might have had than most girls her age The novel also covers many present day problems of today’s soldiers
Anonymous 17 days ago
There are few books that I enjoy every page of, and this is one of those! I generally love all of James’s books, and this is no exception. Wonderful characters that bring out so much emotion, you can’t help but fall in love with them.
Anonymous 18 days ago
The Wilde’s story continues with Betsy and Jeremy. This may be my favorite Wilde book so far. A quick and delightful read.
Anonymous 18 days ago
The story of Betsy and Jeremy was both funny and touching.
Anonymous 23 days ago
I have been reading Eloisa James books for almost two decades . She writes historical romance like no other. Her books are fun, sexy with witty and snarky banter . Quirky , smart and likeable main and secondary characters. Say No to the Duke is another win for Ms. James. Thanks to HapperCollins and NetGalley for giving a early copy of Say No to the Duke by Eloisa James.
Shelley Murray 5 hours ago
Another wonderful installment to a really great series, I absolutely loved Say No to the Duke. I'll admit I was hoping for more of a woman disguised as a man, mistaken identities hijinks type of book, but what I got instead was so much better. I love how REAL Betsy and Jeremy are, and the battles they fight within themselves. Betsy especially, as she is the "wildest of the Wildes" and then struggles so hard NOT to be her mother that she just smothers herself in respectability. And then Jeremy's battles with PTSD and his own self-worth and place in the world is just so amazingly depicted. Their interactions with each other are fire - so much chemistry, and so much of them being so lost in their own self-doubt that neither can see the real truth. UGH, love it. As usual for a book by Eloisa James, the side characters are some of my favorite parts. The Duchess of Eversly! Oh my gosh! She and her interactions with Aunt Knowe are hilarious. Jeremy's father is also just - ugh, there are no words. I was so upset when this book ended because I wanted to read more of the Duchess and the Marquess trying to top each other with stories about their childrens' accomplishments, more of the Duchess and her penchant for pink, more of Jeremy and his relationship with his dad, just MORE of all of it. This is definitely one of those books where you turn the last page, close the book, let out a big dreamy sigh, and then seriously contemplate starting over again at page 1. This is the fourth book in The Wildes of Lindow Castle series, and while it could technically be read as a stand alone Eloisa writes series that are so complex and interconnected that you're really best off reading in order. There's a scene in the third book in the series, Born to be Wilde, that sets up the relationship between Jeremy and Betsy that really is not to be missed. There are also several references to happenings in the first three books in the series that are major spoilers for said books.
Anonymous 1 days ago
I am a bookseller for a large bookstore and read the first book in this series, Wilde in Love, so that I could help promote this new romance series with our costumers. I have enjoyed all the books in this series. Say No To The Duke does not disappoint. Ms James has developed her story line and her characters very well. This is another very enjoyable book and I, as well as our customers, look forward to the next addition to this series. Wonderful historical references.
Anonymous 2 days ago
I loved it. I hope you are writing Joan's and Violet's stories. Also I think Aunt Knowe should have a love story!
MalkaShayna 12 days ago
Love these Wildes. This is Betsy's (Lady Boadicea Wilde) story. With 8 older brothers, Betsy learned how to do everything they could, but by the age of 14, all she wanted was a BFF. She talked her father and step mother into sending her to a ladies Seminary, where she was at first subjected to the nastiness of the "upper class". She fears that she has inherited the lusty nature of her mother, who left her husband and four babies to take off with a Prussian. She has molded herself into the appearance of the "perfect lady" and received many proposal, all of which she turns down, until at her brother, North's wedding, Thaddaeus Erskine Shaw, Viscount Greywick and heir to the Duke of Eversley, proposes. He doesn't accept her "I don't think we will suit" and his mother loves her. But Aunt Knowes, who raised her, has someone else in mind. Her brother's best friend Lord Jeremy Rodan, has been staying at the castle, recovering from his experiences in America's War of Independence. Awash in guilt for something that was beyond his control, Betsy's presence, suddenly makes him feel again. Will she say "no" to a duke for a man who really sees her as she is? Will they be kept apart by a villain, who covets what doesn't belong to him. As with the author's other books, wonderful characters, interesting scenario, witty repartee in a well researched historical setting.
Anonymous 15 days ago
the book was ok. I liked the first three parts of the series, but this one was a bit disappointing. Sorry to say, it went on and on and on.
judiOH 16 days ago
ohmy...this story was the best story. the model on the cover of this book is most definitely Betsy. that little devil in her eyes tells you that she has an idea that no 'lady' would consider. not going to give anything away, but when you read this story, you will have a hard time putting it down. i enjoyed it alot.
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AnaBoleyn 20 days ago
Eloisa James' always leaves me with that glowy HEA feeling and excitement for the next book!! I loved our Wilde heroine, Betsy (or Bess or her full name, Boadicea). She's intelligent, sassy, independent, determined, and initially frightfully worried she's exactly like her faithless mother. Jeremy is a friend of her elder brother and at their castle recovering from the horrors of war. He finds himself more and more drawn to Betsy. And Betsy to him. Their interactions are so fun to read. I loved the journey to their HEA. It is exactly what I expect from an Eloisa James' book. Wit, a touch of drama, family, and some personal epiphanies along with the delicious HEA. I received a review copy from NetGalley. I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
beckymmoe 22 days ago
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 really play billiards against Betsy, but it does make for some really cute scenes anyway. The last chapter teases us with future books (Viola! Joan! And I wouldn't be adverse to Thaddeus getting an HEA eventually, either) hovering just out of sight--can't wait! Rating: 4 stars/ A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Tlbran 23 days ago
Say No to the Duke is the fourth book in the Wildes of Lindow Castle series. I love Eloisa James’s writing style and was not disappointed with this book! It captured my attention in the first chapter and it was definitely a hit. I love the Wildes series because they are so loyal to family, strong minded, entertaining and independent beings. This is Lady Betsy and Lord Jeremy’s story and it just as exciting as the rest of the series. Lady Betsy is sassy, independent and determined to have the most amount of marriage proposals. A future Duke asks her to marry him and when she refuses saying they don’t know one another; the future Duke decides they need to get to know one another. Jeremy is haunted by memories and staying with the Wilde Family at Lindow Castle as a guest. As interest in life returns to Jeremy, he becomes more interested in Betsy. Betsy has worked hard to perfect her “society face” but longs for adventure. This book was well written and fast paced. The characters were well developed and provided so much entertainment. Their interactions are full of banter and wit. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
AmyHi 23 days ago
The wildest of the Wildes, this is Boadicea’s (Betsy’s) story. A woman trying to suppress her passionate urges lives in the same house as a man, Lord Jeremy, who is trying to suppress the horrors of war. I loved Jeremy’s patience while Betsy realizes that she is not her wild mother and she does not need to be perfect. Betsy helps Jeremy realize he is not to blame for his loss of his men in the war. I received this ARC for my honest review.
JackieS 23 days ago
Say No to the Duke is another example of Eloisa James' masterful ability to pace readers through a story, develop sympathetic characters & connect forward to the next story in the series, and deal with complex issues that still affect people today, namely gender issues and returning from war. The Wilde in question is Betsy: on the surface, perfectly behaved; in her innermost self, perfectly wild. I think so many of us, especially women, connect with the feeling of living with needs/wants that conflict with what society expects, and we're hesitant to act on those desires for fear of what 'they' may say. In this case, Betsy adores playing billiards (and is an excellent player) and wants to attend an auction where women aren't allowed. Her perfect-in-society's-eyes beau, future Duke Thaddeus Shaw, Viscount Greywick, whole-heartedly disapproves. Lord Jeremy comes to love Betsy for who she is: an independent thinker who doesn't see gender as something that should box her in to specific behaviors; she loves him for who he is: a leader grieving for the loss of the men under his command as well as the loss of who he thought he was. It's obvious that James talked with people who've served in war zones, and is careful to present Jeremy as a nuanced character learning to accept himself for who he is, even though he loathes the things he's done. James' adroit writing--I'm thinking of the scene where Jeremy hears another character singing "I once was lost/but now I'm found/was blind but now I see"--reinforces Jeremy's newfound understanding of himself and is effortlessly included rather than being forced. I've already reread Say No to the Duke and look forward to the next Wilde of Lindlow Castle. I'm hoping it's Viola's story. I was provided an ARC by NetGalley for an honest opinion.
clarkws 23 days ago
Say No to the Duke is book four inThe Wildes of Lindow Castle series by Eloisa James. This is a superb romp. Great chemistry between the hero Lord Jeremy Rosen and the heroine Lady Boadicea Wilde. I laughed and laughed at the witty banter between Jeremy and Betsy (Boadicea). I have read each book in this series and I have enjoyed them all. I do think it’s important to read them in order. Way too many Wildes to just jump in midstream. James is a master with layering her characters and giving them convincing depth. There are a few sex scenes in this that are quite steamy. I can’t wait for the next book. Bravo Ms James. I won a paperback copy of this book.
Noire 23 days ago
I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. Say No to the Duke by Eloisa James is the fourth book in her delightful Wildes of Lindow Castle series. I’m going to use the word delightful twice or more in the same review because that’s what this book is, an absolute delight so much so that I devoured the entire book in a day and may have to go back and read it once more. It could perhaps be read as a stand-alone but I really enjoyed the series and I think you should read them all because the characters in this book are in the previous books and you watch them grow and change over the series. Lady Boadicea (Betsy) Wilde is a most excellent heroine, she is bold, very intelligent, and strong. I was about to describe her as fearless but she is not, she does have her fears as we all do but she seeks to find ways to overcome them not letting them paralyse her and if that means putting on the mask of the perfect debutante she will do that and excel, gathering proposals of marriage like daisy’s on a chain. Lord Jeremy Roden is her equal as a hero, damaged by war and suffering from PTSD he is recovering at Lindow Castle and has taken up occupancy of the billiards room drinking whiskey like it’s water and struggling through the hellish nightmares that war has left him with.He too is finding ways to overcome his fears. Thanks to a little matchmaking by Aunt Knowe, Betsy and Jeremy gradually come to know each other without their masks and it is a lovely slow burn of a romance full of moments that make you pause to read them again because … delight, one of which would be the moment where the title makes sense. Medium Steam. Publishing Date June 25, 2019 #Edelweissplus #SayNototheDuke #EloisaJames #AvonBooks #AvonRomance #HistoricalRomanceBooks
Anonymous 23 days ago
This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy. I had been waiting for this book when Jeremy and Betsy finally quit dancing around and pretending that they don't have feelings for the other and realize that they make a great couple! Jeremy finally wakes up when he overhears another man proposing to Betsy and she is seriously thinking that this might be the logical man to marry but then again, maybe not. Both Jeremy and Betsy have things in their past that they need to deal with and not keep hiding away and throughout their back and forth courtship, they start to deal with their "demons" and Jeremy finally keeps tell her Betsy to "say no to the duke" as he wants her. Great drama and romance and the final chapter is so touching when Jeremy and Betsy play a game of pool as their daughter watches and the young girl knows that her daddy has practiced that shot until he can't miss, and yet on that day - he does - and when his daughter is going to say something, he tells her that it is their secret. What a sweet ending to their story.
book_junkee 23 days ago
I have enjoyed all of the previous books and was so excited to get to this one. I love love loved Betsy and Jeremy. She’s sassy and he’s gruff and their button pushing was fantastic. They had great chemistry and I just adored how they both truly saw the other. As always, Aunt Knowe was one of my favorite parts. Plot wise, it was a boatload of UST and I was here for it. I enjoyed reading their relationship slowly change. The conflict was basically non-existent and it was so refreshing to see characters talk about things. Oh, and the epilogue was fantastic. Overall, it was my favorite of the series. I loved the hint of the next book and I can’t wait to see how it plays out. **Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge**
nku 23 days ago
Say No to the Duke (The Wildes of Lindow Castle, #4) by Eloisa James ..Thank you very much to the publisher and #NetGalley for letting me preview and review this book. THE WILDES OF LINDOW CASTLE is a fantastic series and I hated to put it down or for it to end. Lady Boadicea "Betsy" Wilde and Lord Jeremy Roden are perfect for each other...but each has their own demons... He has PTSD from the Revolutionary War..and she fears she will turn out like her mother. I love the whole family... but Aunt Knowe is my favorite. There is laughter, tears, drama, twists and turns and steamy sex all leading to a very HEA. Reasons I enjoyed this book: Tear-jerker Action-packed Steamy Easy-to-read Wonderful characters Happily Ever After Informative Page-turner
Anonymous 10 days ago
Could have been better! LORRAINE