Oh, the banter! Say No to the Duke by Eloisa James [ARC Review + Giveaway]

Posted July 5, 2019 by Zeee in Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews10 Comments

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This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Oh, the banter! Say No to the Duke by Eloisa James [ARC Review + Giveaway]Say No to the Duke written by Eloisa James
Publisher Avon
Publication Date: June 25, 2019
Genres: Historical Romance
Series: The Wildes of Lindow Castle #4
Format: eARC
Pages: 384
ISBN: 0062877844
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Flame Rating: three-flames
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One little wager will determine their fate—a daring escape or falling into temptation with a rakish lord.

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.

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My Thoughts

Well, well, well! This was a surprise! Say No to the Duke really made me grin and of course, the feels!

This is the first book that I read in The Wildes of Lidow Castle seriebecause I had a hard time getting into the first book, Wilde in Love. Anyway, I just jumped into the middle of the series and I WILL finally be reading the first three books!

As I’ve said, I am a fan of the enemies to lovers trope. I am also a huge fan of the brother’s best friend trope and Say No to the Duke features both tropes! This book basically guaranteed that I would enjoy it so much!

While I am not a huge fan of quirky characters, I love Betsy so much! She is definitely”wild” for a Georgian lady but I really felt her struggles. In that society, you are judged by the actions of your parents and she just wanted to prove society wrong. She is also hiding behind a mask of propriety, which makes falling in love really hard.

Jeremy is also an awesome character! He is suffering from PTSD and is an awesome broody and sarcastic hero that I love. He is also Betsy’s brother’s best friend and is hiding away in Lidow Castle because of his PTSD.

What I really love about Say Yes to the Duke is the banter between Betsy and Jeremy! I feel like the two of them were perfect together.

I have to say that I didn’t have a hard time following the series even though this is the 4th book, but I highly recommend reading the first 3 before diving in because I was really intrigued by all the side characters!


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Overall: 3.5



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GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:  Open to US shipping addresses only. One winner will receive a paperback copy of Say No to the Duke by Eloisa James.  Avon Romance will send a copy out to the winner directly. 18 years and older only. Winner will have 48 hours to respond otherwise I will pick a new winner. Winner agrees to share their name and address to me and the publisher in order to send out the prize. I am not responsible for lost or damaged packages that have been mailed out. Contact info will be deleted after the prize has been mailed.

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Do you read books in order or are you able to jump right in the middle of a series?


About Eloisa James

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.

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10 responses to “Oh, the banter! Say No to the Duke by Eloisa James [ARC Review + Giveaway]

  1. oh whew!! So I wasn’t the only one that really struggled with book one??!! I thought something was wrong with me since I love this author and was so disappointed. But Now I will be grabbing this book up for sure. I love all the FEELS!!

    Hope you are well darling and have a lovely week!
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    • Yes! But I am also so-so with EJ’s writing. I have enjoyed some of her books and some I didn’t like at all.

  2. I love so many of the things you mentioned! Witty banter, enemies to lovers, brother’s best friend. And it sounds like it combined into a great book! Normally ‘m a stickler for reading books in the proper order, prequels and all, but with romances I’m way more lenient!
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  3. Danielle Hammelef

    I always read a series in order, especially since most series I read are fantasy and I can’t miss out on world-building details.