Miss Viola Astley is, for all intents and purposes, a Wilde, even if not by name. However, Viola has never FELT like her tall, outgoing step-siblings. Devin Elstan, Duke of Wynter, is determined to marry a real Wilde. . . until he meets Viola. Now if only he can compete with the quiet vicar she’s set her sights on.
I will admit the latest book in Eloisa James's Wildes of Lindow Castle novel got off to a slow start and I don’t always love when the hero and heroine think they’re in love with someone else for at least part of the plot. Having said that, however, I am happy to say that this picked up quickly and the romance was done in a very believable way. I never found myself thinking Viola was an idiot for thinking herself in love with the vicar one minute and Devin the next because the romance didn’t evolve that way. In fact, by the time Viola does SAY YES TO THE DUKE, readers will no longer be thinking of the vicar at all.
With the blurb in mind, I expected to find Devin to be the usual, arrogant duke we find in historical romances. And to some extent that was certainly true. But there was so much more to him and by the end, I loved him and thought he was a great guy. Thankfully, Viola herself was much more than a shy wallflower that occasionally threw up in plants. I normally find heroines that think they’re in love with one man while they’re actually falling in love with the hero aggravating, but Viola was so sweet and upfront with Devin the entire time about her feelings for the vicar.
There is a small side romance in this book that I absolutely adored. The only thing I found sad about it was that the couple didn’t get their very own story.