Four Nights with the Duke
This book will be part of my FIFTH anniversary Giveaway starting tomorrow.
Book 2 in the Desperate Duchesses by the Numbers series
by Eloisa James
Print and E-BOok384
FICTION / Romance / Historical / General/Adult
E-Galley and print copy provided by publisher for review and giveaway. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinion presented herein is my own except as noted.
As a young girl, Emilia Gwendolyn Carrington told the annoying future Duke of Pindar that she would marry any man in the world before him—so years later she is horrified to realize that she has nowhere else to turn.
Evander Septimus Brody has his own reasons for agreeing to Mia’s audacious proposal, but there’s one thing he won’t give his inconvenient wife: himself. Instead, he offers Mia a devil’s bargain… he will spend four nights a year with her.
Four nights, and nothing more. And those only when she begs for them. Which Mia will never do.
Now Vander faces the most crucial challenge of his life: he must seduce his own wife in order to win her heart—and no matter what it takes, this is the one battle he can’t afford to lose. http://eloisajames.com/bookshelf/four.php#chapter-3
I read a lot of historical romance (at least I think I do) so when I see an Eloisa James book like FOUR NIGHTS WITH THE DUKE is coming up I know I am in for a real treat. And this lovely gem does not disappoint. You know when you open a Romance there will be certain story elements and of course we always get an HEA. It’s the writer present these elements that makes a novel shine like a gold ring in a tangle of tarnished brass.
Eloisa’s books are always like that; they have the elements a hero and heroine who have to overcome an obstacle or ten to be together, but they are presented uniquely and originally. The story starts off with one of the most unusual beginnings and some great literary references. The young heroine is at that often terrible phase in a young woman’s life where her body seems to have sprung a mind of its own. And, the mind is apparently unaware of the standards of beauty. We’ve all been there (or have had a period where we feel awkward) so we are immediately drawn to this young woman.
I am not revealing anything here that is not on Eloisa’s Website — at this time she has the prologue through chapter three up for preview!
Then many years later, when Mia has to force the object of her youthful affection to marry her it is so cannily written that you will be angry with the behavior of both characters. And, eventually we are treated to the pain both have suffered through life and now in marriage. And so they become more sympathetic.
But, along with the sweet romance, we’re treated to well-written love scenes, both awkward and steamy.
And Eloisa’s books always offer some themes and ideas that keep me thinking about the story for days after I close the book. There’s a lot of forgiving to be done in the story of Vander and Mia. There are slights and misunderstandings and terrible things that can hold the characters back from a happy future.
There are some very subtle romance novelist jokes in the story as well. For example, Mia has a secret she keeps from the world but which she reveals to us. There’s an interesting glimpse into a romance writer’s process at the start of each chapter.
There’s also a fun part about the Duke and his horses. I was surprised to think racing would be so big among the nobility. I shouldn’t have been surprised – after all I have seen Ascot in MY FAIR LADY but I have not seen in mentioned very often.
This books a treat from start to finish and if you love steamy historicals it is a must read and the perfect read for your spring vacation!