my review -
Eloisa James had me hooked once again – it has been a while since I have read Regency Romance novels, and I didn’t know I missed it that much until I have read this one.
Thorn Dautry is a powerful bastard son of a duke. He had now made a fortune, and is as rich as Midas. He could have anything he wanted without really lifting a finger, he could have any woman, but he wanted one thing that had been missing from his life – he wanted a wife. He wanted to marry a lady – but before he could, he needed first to get a country estate, and well, polish his ways. He had acquire an estate, but it was inhabitable, he needed the help of someone to organize his household, and who better employ but the best?
Lady Xenobia India is beautiful, headstrong and independent. If anyone can do it – it was her. But all she have is three weeks – can she do it? She had to transform his estate, and she had to make him marriageable.
What they didn’t expect is for flames to ignite, and for their attraction to unleash. Much as he wanted to make her his, he was already sort-of betrothed. But he couldn’t just give India up – she was his perfect match. She can carry a conversation, make him think, make him squirm, and make him crazy all at the same time. He wanted her – and he will do anything to have her. He was careful with his heart, and this time, it might be in grave danger.
I liked Lady X, her strong personality, her steadfastness, except for her aunt, she had literally on her own. Being left an orphan at an early age, she was left penniless by her parents and she did all she could to make it through life, build her own dowry and doing things she loved to do despite her title.
I enjoyed their correspondence, and it felt like their written foreplay. I got entertained with their banters, Thorn broke my heart when he broke hers, and I shed some tears over some scenes. Awww. There was a time when I wished so hard that he would man up, and offer what she wanted from him. Some men could be just oblivious to what women want. But everything was forgiven with his grand gesture at the end of the novel. WOW. Risking his life to give her something she held dear was really something. I didn’t expect him to do it, and to pull all efforts for it. Nevertheless, he had my heart by then.
I’m sure readers will enjoy this installment of Desperate Duchess much as I enjoyed it and the rest of the series. You will fall in love with the characters, pin for them and wish for their HEA. I loved it. I was totally hooked and it had kept me awake all night, I was unable to tear myself from it.
✪Complimentary Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.✪
the author -
New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. Her novels have been published to great acclaim. A reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa's very first book that she "found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar;" later People Magazine raved that "romance writing does not get much better than this." Her novels have repeatedly received starred reviews from Publishers' Weekly and Library Journal and regularly appear on the best-seller lists.
After graduating from Harvard University, Eloisa got an M.Phil. from Oxford University, a Ph.D. from Yale and eventually became a Shakespeare professor, publishing an academic book with Oxford University Press. Currently she is a distinguished professor and head of the Creative Writing program at Fordham University in New York City. Her "double life" is a source of fascination to the media and her readers. In her professorial guise, she's written a New York Times op-ed defending romance, as well as articles published everywhere from women's magazines such as Good Housekeeping and More to writers' journals such as the Romance Writers' Report.