By: Eloisa James
Miss Viola Astley is so painfully shy that she’s horrified by the mere idea of dancing with a stranger; her upcoming London debut feels like a nightmare.
So she’s overjoyed to meet handsome, quiet vicar with no interest in polite society — but just when she catches his attention, her reputation is compromised by a duke.
Devin Lucas Augustus Elstan, Duke of Wynter, will stop at nothing to marry Viola, including marrying a woman whom he believes to be in love with another man.
A vicar, no less.
Devin knows he’s no saint, but he’s used to conquest, and he’s determined to win Viola’s heart.
Viola has already said Yes to his proposal, but now he wants her unruly heart…and he won’t accept No for an answer.
This is the fifth book in the Wildes of Lindow Castle series, and so far, the series has remained remarkably consistent. The family is entertaining to read, and seeing little peeks into past relationships is always enjoyable. Ultimately, I hope that the oldest brother who died in a bog ends up returning to life in the last book, but we’ll see.
Viola is the step-child of the Duke of Lindow. Technically, she’s not of noble birth, but they’ve always considered her family. Since the rest of society isn’t as nice, she knows that her family is some of the few who think of her that way. So she’s got a bit of an anxiety problem.
Meanwhile, Devin had parents who hated each other. His mother died when he was relatively young, and his father challenged everyone he could to a duel. It was not a very healthy environment for a child, but that seems to be the life of a lot of dukes.
There were more than a few conversations eavesdropped on, and those were some of the best scenes. Viola was a wonderful heroine, she could be a bit shy and anxious, but she was never really that way with Devin. I like it when that’s done well, and it was here.
They made a great couple. The story was nice and sweet, with several steamy moments. All in all, I found it a very enjoyable book.