‘Three Weeks With Lady X’ by Eloisa James

twwlx-ejSTORY: Having made a fortune, Thorn Dautry, the powerful bastard son of a duke, decides that he needs a wife. But to marry a lady, Thorn must acquire a gleaming, civilized façade, the specialty of Lady Xenobia India.

Exquisite, head-strong, and independent, India vows to make Thorn marriageable in just three weeks.

But neither Thorn nor India anticipate the forbidden passion that explodes between them.

Thorn will stop at nothing to make India his. Failure is not an option.

But there is only one thing that will make India his—the one thing Thorn can’t afford to lose…

REVIEW: In the sixth book of the Desperate Duchesses series we meet a thirteen year old bastard son of the Duke of Villiers, Tobias. He was acknowledged by his father and raised in his fathers household. Since young Tobias never liked his given name, he went by Thorn.

He is aware of how society perceives him and he’s made up his mind that only a real Lady would suit him as a wife, and thus he acquires an estate, albeit run down. In order to impress the parents, especially his future mother in law, his stepmother hires a Lady Xenobia, an independent thinking woman and an exquisite ton decorator.

Despite finding the story predictable, I had so much fun reading it. I reveled in their charming banter through their correspondence; I chuckled and laughed out loud at the absurdity of the whole situation these two find themselves in and I loved the heart of this story, two perfectly unique people that had to go through a lot in order to recognize the love they felt for each other.

EJ does an excellent job in creating fully fleshed out secondary characters and in this case I really wish she’d written at least a novella with Lala and her doctor, whose little romance was a wonderful secondary plot of this story.

I didn’t struggle too much in which category I’d place this story so instead of “amazing” it went into “liked a lot”. I hope you’ll read it.

Melanie for b2b

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‘Desperate Duchesses’ by Eloisa James

dd-ejSTORY: “Welcome to a world of reckless sensuality and glittering sophistication…of dangerously handsome gentlemen and young ladies longing to gain a title . . . of games played for high stakes, including–on occasion–a lady’s virtue.”

A marquess’s sheltered only daughter, Lady Roberta St. Giles falls in love with a man she glimpses across a crowded ballroom: a duke, a game player of consummate skill, a notorious rakehell who shows no interest in marriage–until he lays eyes on Roberta.

Yet the Earl of Gryffyn knows too well that the price required to gain a coronet is often too high. Damon Reeve, the earl, is determined to protect the exquisite Roberta from chasing after the wrong destiny.

Can Damon entice her into a high-stakes game of his own, even if his heart is likely to be lost in the venture?

REVIEW: As promised, I’m on an EJ kick ever since I loved the ‘Seven Minutes in Heaven’ so I’m plowing through all the desperate duchesses and this is the first one in the series. First, I must say that the author took a chance in giving us multiple points of view and some of you will like it and some of you will hate it. As for myself, I’m somewhere in between. I thought it was well done because it introduced us to the future main characters and their personalities and backgrounds, but at times it felt a bit confusing because of the multiple story lines happening all at once.

Which brings me to the main characters of this book, Lady Roberta St. Giles and Damon Reeve, Earl of Gryffyn. I honestly think that the lack of chemistry between the two is due to their story being lost in the shuffle of everyone else vying for attention. 

I wished that the romance was moving a bit faster, but I did understand why it didn’t. Our heroine was “in love” for the most part of the book with Duke of Villiers and our poor hero kept chasing her around trying to talk her out of her “obsession” with the duke.

However, regardless of all that, I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Duchess of Beaumont and her husband, Elijah and the Duke of Villier’s intrigued me to no end.

In the end, this is more of an ensemble cast of characters that at times appear that they’re chasing the wrong love interest, and I do recommend it being read before you tackle the rest of the series. It will be less confusing. Trust me.

Melanie for b2b

‘Seven Minutes in Heaven’ by Eloisa James

smih-ejSTORY: All of Eugenia Snowe’s problems start when Edward Reeve, an arrogant bastard son of an earl, bursts into her registry office. He wants a governess and he wants her. She gives him the governess he demands, but she refuses to give herself.

No question that Eugenia enjoys crossing wits with the brilliant inventor, but she will never tarnish her reputation with an affaire, particularly with a man who doesn’t realize she’s a lady!

She holds her ground…until he kidnaps her.

Ward will stop at nothing to convince Eugenia that they’re meant to be together. He promises her heaven.

She gives him seven minutes.

REVIEW: I have to admit that I’ve not read many books from this author. I liked her Pleasures series and  I also read couple of books from her Fairy Tales series, and loved one more than the other. So, after reading this story and loving every minute of it, I’ve decided to plow through EJ’s backlist, working my way down from this book. My local used bookstore was very happy with my purchase this past weekend 🙂

In the first book of the Desperate Duchesses series we meet a bastard son of the hero of that book, Teddy. He was given to the hero to raise and his father actually does something unthinkable for that time. He choses to acknowledge him and raise him in his own household, under the same roof he’d be bringing his own legitimate children. Fast forward two or so decades, and we now meet once more Little Teddy, known to all now as “Ward” and who’s inherited two half siblings that are in a dire need of a governess, and Ward himself is in a dire need of making a good match because keeping those children depends on it.

There’s so much to love about this story, from our hero who is as unconventional as our heroine, but for some reason, the two kids in this story have stolen my heart. They were precautious, smart and utterly adorable.

As for the heroine, Eugenia, I was very impressed with her strength and wit. As Regency heroines go, she was one of the best I’ve read in a long time. I loved the fact that her feelings for her dead husband were complex even though he’s been dead for seven years. I literally had tears in my eyes as she finally lets go of Andrew.

And then there was Ward. This man was such an intriguing and interesting character. He had inner strength and exuded confidence from the moment he showed up on the page. I fell in love with him immediately! The love he had for his brother and sister was palpable. Yes, he had some faults. But he wasn’t stubborn and that was the key, because as soon as he figured out his mistakes, he was ready to admit to them and ask for forgiveness.

Seriously, this book rocks! You can’t miss it.

Melanie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher