Say No to the Duke: The Wildes of Lindow Castle (The Wildes of Lindow Castle #4) by Eloisa James [arc review- audio book]

What is not to love about a well written, funny, and charming historical romance?

Blurb:
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.


The review: 5 Stars

Betsy was an easy character to relate too. She longs to be independent and be able to do and say the same things any other man can. Wearing breeches and bidding at auction houses to name a few. She is determined and brave and unwilling to settle. 
At the same time she is afraid she has inherited some of her mothers less than desirable traits and spends every day of her life pretending to be someone she is not. Except with Jeremy. There is no need for that with him, he doesn't care, he doesn't look at her the same way the others do and he has no expectations.

Jeremy is in pain, a lot of pain. Darkness consumes his every waking thought, and he is always awake... He lost every man under him at war and is struggling to let the past go. Betsy's friendship helps. Her honesty is refreshing and her courage makes him stronger.

More than anything it is their friendship that makes this a beautiful book to read. Jeremy needed a friend that wouldn't pity him or treat him differently because of his ptsd. A friend that would pester him when needed and defend him when necessary. Betsy was that friend. 
She also needed a friend, one that wouldn't laugh at the things she wanted to accomplish and her crazy ideas, a companion. Jeremy was that for her. That their friendship turned into something else was inevitable. 

I had no idea Say No to the Duke was book 4 in a series when I started reading, I actually only realized that tiny little fact now, when I sat to write the review. So needless to say, this works great as a stand alone.

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