STORY: 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