Author: Eloisa James
Genre: Historical Romance
Rating: 3 Stars
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.
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
If someone asked me to recommend a historical romance, Say Yes To The Duke by Eloisa James wouldn’t even cross my mind. I’ll be honest, it was… fine. It wasn’t a terrible book, but it also didn’t stick with me. The writing itself was well done, the editing was spotless, the cover is pretty… but I didn’t truly like any of the characters. They didn’t feel like real people, instead, it felt like I was watching a play where characters dashed on and off stage, living out scenes a little more dramatically than necessary to make the audience laugh or boo.
I got 90% through the book, set it aside for an evening, and then completely forgot I was reading it for a week. I picked up the book sometime later, noticed it was on 90% read, and figured I’d made a mistake and skipped ahead in a new book. It was only when I reread the entire first chapter that I realized I’d picked it up before. It wasn’t a mistake. The book just wasn’t memorable. I had to re-skim the entire book to remember what it was about.
Was the book awful? No. Nothing made me want to put the book down or throw it across the room… it just wasn’t great.