Three Weeks With Lady X


3wks_Lady_XDesperate Duchess Series
By Eloisa James
Harper Collins/Avon 3/25/2014
Mass Market PB (400 pages)| eBook | Large Print  (512 Pages)
Audio Available published by Harper Audio, Audible Format

E-Galley provided by publisher via Edelweiss. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own.

The next fabulous romance by New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James.

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, headstrong, 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 . . . his fierce and lawless heart.  HarperCollins Book Page


My Take!I’ve never made it a secret that I love Eloisa James’ writing. And, while her stories never fail to entertain, entice and empower, I think this is the best book by Eloisa I have read (and I’ve read quite a few).  With THREE WEEKS WITH LADY X, Eloisa James cements her position as a master (mistress?) in the genre.

THREE WEEKS WITH LADY X Eloisa doesn’t just provide us with “the hero” or “the heroine,” nor does she give us a simple cast of supporting characters who may well be interchangeable. Thorn is so interesting, so strange and complex, and has lived through so much who wouldn’t be captivated, maybe even a little frightened of his larger than life stature.

Xenobia, called India, because who would wish to be called Xenobia all the time, well she’s a puzzle box.  She’s a good example of having grown up in genteel poverty having made her own way while swimming upstream against the tide of the culture which spawned her class but would rather see her starve than make an honest living. Like many of Eloisa’s heroines, India knows she is entirely capable, but admits to a lack of classical education due to her circumstances.  She is, however, the mistress of handling the British aristocracy whose homes she organizes.  Today she would be Martha Stewart, Oprah and Gordon Ramsey all in one.

Other characters are also interesting: A very serious child who reminds me of a much more charming, but just as smart, Sheldon from THE BIG BANG THEORY TV Show (If Sheldon were an orphaned Georgian/Regency little girl), Thorn’s father, India’s super supportive, and not unnecessarily,  interfering aunt, Thorn’s buddy Evander who is quite noble, and Lala — a young lady with a learning disorder who all think stupid, and whose mother is the exemplar for harridans everywhere.

With some great twists and turns, leaps forward in person growth and setbacks because of poor communication and lots of tension and then heat, Eloisa takes the romance novel out of the place where you know there’s going to be a happily ever after to someplace where you just are not quite certain about it.

I love the historical details Eloisa puts in, and more important, when she takes license with something she tells us up front.  I love that.   But other important aspects of the time, especially furnishings are offered in just enough detail.

The remarkable unfairness of the societal strictures on women are brought up.  For example, how a woman who earned her own money would then have to turn that over to her husband upon marriage.

It’s brilliant and if you love Regencies then it is a must read.  Eloisa puts the romance with a nod at practicality into the romance novel and I love it.  THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE MUST READ – I am all astonishment!

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