SEVEN MINUTES IN HEAVEN It all Hinges on Assumptions

Seven Minutes in Heaven

SEVEN MINUTES IN HEAVEN COVERDesperate Duchesses by the Numbers #3
by Eloisa James
Harper Collins/Avon
On Sale: 01/31/2017
Pages: 432
On Sale: 01/31/2017 | Pages: 352
Harper Collins/HarperLuxe
On Sale: 01/31/2017 | Pages: 512


I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.


Witty and elusive Eugenia Snowe has all society begging for one of her premiere governesses-except the powerful Edward Reeve, who bursts into her office with his arrogant demands.
No question that Eugenia enjoys crossing wits with the brilliant inventor, but Ward wants far more than a governess. He wants Eugenia, and he’ll stop at nothing to have her-including kidnapping.
Will Eugenia lose her heart in the most reckless gamble of her life, or will she discover the sweetest pleasure she’s ever known?

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.


My Take Oblong Shaped

If an entire plotline hinges on poor communication and  so simple a thing as  mistaken understanding of identity the rest of the book must be spectacular for me to love it.

It does hang thus and I did not love it.

This kind of information would be incredibly difficult not to know in this book because

  1. It’s the Regency Ton and the people have mutual acquaintances. Everyone knows everyone.
  2. Edward Reeve hired Mrs. Snowe’s agency which is partly successful because she is very good aat her job and also because of her connections. Would you hire a service to find a nanny without knowing who the agency owner is?

So, when the entire book is nearly finished before the guy learns his mistake and has to fix the results of the behaviors based in his assumption, well, I am going to be bored.  When you add in that she knows he doesn’t know and why he is behaving as he does  I thought it was senseless.

The children in this story have lived a life straight out of a traveling circus – it was almost other worldly. These children, whose parents have died, are being raised by their much older, illegitimate, half-brother.  They’re both precocious and allowed to get away with entirely non-tonnish behavior.   It’s charming, sometimes a little sad,  often amusing but a trifle outlandish.

One gets a feel from James’ newish book that the Ton wasn’t, on it’s own, very tonnish either. It’s not made out to be as dark as the new FX network Regency era drama, TABOO, but it is clear that, in a period supposedly predicated on rigid rules and honor, there are many who were highly titled but not good ton: neither honorable nor righteous. And when she does get back to her people their antics of the past and present are ridiculous.

I also found Edward’s behavior, regardless of his borth or assumptions about Mrs. Snowe’s birth, in the neighborhood of  “No means No!”  She says she is not interested, stop pestering her!

All in all, I could have skipped this one, and it is the first book by Eloisa I did not love.


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