My American Duchess by Eloisa James
Publication Date: January 26th 2016
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The arrogant Duke of Trent intends to marry a well-bred Englishwoman. The last woman he would ever consider marrying is the adventuresome Merry Pelford— an American heiress who has infamously jilted two fiancés.
But after one provocative encounter with the captivating Merry, Trent desires her more than any woman he has ever met. He is determined to have her as his wife, no matter what it takes. And Trent is a man who always gets what he wants.
The problem is, Merry is already betrothed, and the former runaway bride has vowed to make it all the way to the altar. As honor clashes with irresistible passion, Trent realizes the stakes are higher than anyone could have imagined. In his battle to save Merry and win her heart, one thing becomes clear:
All is fair in love and war.
I haven’t read too many books by Eloisa James but I was really looking forward to reading this book. It just sounded like a good one and when I finally got my hands on this one, I was more than a little stoked.
I’m super thrilled to report that I enjoyed the heck out of this book. It made me laugh, it made me roll my eyes but it also made me swoon with delight. I finished the book and closed it with a big ol’ grin on my face because sigh It was a lovely romance.
Merry is engaged again (three times the charm, right?) with a totally respectable man and she’s determined to get all the way down the aisle this time around. Everything was going swimmingly until she meets her fiance’s brother…and likes him. But she’s already given her word and she really doesn’t want to be the laughingstock of England since she’s already the laughingstock of America. She’s already got two broken engagements under her belt and she really doesn’t want another one but the longer she’s around the Duke of Trent, the more she likes him and the more he falls for her. What a pickle to find yourself in but I thought James handled this story wonderfully.
Reading this book reminded me why I started reading romance, historical romance to be exact, in the first place. The escapism game in this book is strong. I was swept right up in the romance between Trent and Merry. I loved the angst of not being able to be together and then watching them fall in love. Trent’s brother was a great “villain” in this book and I’m looking forward to reading his book.
Merry was such a likable heroine. I loved all of the facts that she would spout off at random. I loved her relationship with her Aunt and Uncle and I really liked who she was around Trent. If I had a complaint about Merry, it would be how long it took for her to end things with Cedric but aside from that? I adored her. She was a great heroine, one that I connected with at every turn.
Trent was a fantastic hero. I loved that he was a self-made rich guy who found the woman he was going to marry after one conversation. I loved that he tried to be noble and stay away for his brother’s sake but I also loved that he didn’t stay away. I loved seeing the softer side to him as he tried to make Merry happy. Even when he was a bonehead, I loved him.
This book delivered a great romance that made me laugh, happy sigh and even cry. Eloisa James is an author that I will try not to miss from here on out because I really enjoyed this one.
4 out of 5