ROMANCE

Say No to the Duke

Avon. (Wildes of Lindow Castle, Bk. 4). Jul. 2019. 367p. ISBN 9780062877826. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062877840. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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Elegant, self-contained, and every inch a lady, Lady Boadicea “Betsy” Wilde has rejected more suitors than she can count. From the time she was 14 and a spiteful classmate sneered that her mother’s disgraceful behavior (she had run off with a Prussian) would keep her from getting proposals, Betsy has fiercely guarded her reputation with flawless propriety, never letting on that she is far more adventuresome than the polite world knows. Lord Jeremy Roden, however, knows. Although the two get off to a rocky start, when a rash billiards wager results in his escorting Betsy to a public auction disguised as a boy, the playing field shifts. Realistic, appealing protagonists with troublesome pasts to sort out finally choose love in this laughter-laced tale immeasurably enhanced by a charming but scandal-averse heir to a dukedom and two elderly ladies with devilish senses of adventure.
VERDICT With wicked repartee, sharp attention to detail, and a wonderful spirit of fun, James offers a beautifully written Georgian romp that builds another chapter on to this outstanding series. James (Born To Be Wilde) lives in New York.

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