Four Nights With the Duke (Desperate Duchesses #8)
Author: Eloisa James
Release Date: 31 March 2015
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.
So, I have a terrible confession to make. This is the first Eloisa James book that I've read. I don't know how I've managed to go so long without reading one since she's one of the best in the historical romance genre. I have plenty of her books, I guess they just slip me by though.
Well, I'm very happy to say that all that has changed now! I'm proud to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed my first Eloisa James novel.
So, our heroine in this story is Mia Carrington and she's an intelligent and determined woman who makes for a brilliant heroine. Honestly, I thought she was fab. She's desperate to secure guardianship for her nephew, Charlie, who is more like a son to her and in order to do so she needs to marry...quickly. She hardly has suitors lining up for the chance to marry her, so she resorts to blackmailing the Duke of Pindar to marry her. Mia feels horrible about taking this course of action, but she feels she has no other option. Mia is also a talented writer, with several successful novels published.
Vander is an interesting one. Certainly to begin with he's rude and rather cruel to Mia. He has pretty good reason to since she is blackmailing him, so at first I excused this. And whilst his attitude certainly improves as his attraction and feelings towards Mia grow, he can still be an absolute arse at times. He's also arrogant and domineering, and as a Duke is totally unused to people challenging him. So when Mia isn't so easily cowed by Vander it perplexes and intrigues him, which is fun to read. I was very surprised by how good he was with Charlie as well, and I loved seeing that side of him. Vander's POV helps us to see how he actually feels about Mia since he seems to put his foot in his mouth frequently, and it shows us how much he comes to respect, admire and love her.
Vander and Mia have a chemistry that is apparent to the reader from the beginning. Mia has many insecurities about her physical appearance so I enjoyed the way she begins to see herself through Vander's eyes as their relationship progresses, and she feels beautiful and desired. They have a ton of miscommunications which gives their marriage an even rockier start than it would have been with just the blackmail, but it also makes it much more fun for the reader!
I loved this story and its hero and heroine. Mia was stand out for me, although I did find Vander's dukely arrogance rather endearing after a while. It's a fun romp, with plenty of steamy romance and a villain standing in the wings. I stayed up far too late reading this book in one go because I simply couldn't put it down. I loved it and I'm feeling pretty lucky that I've got plenty more books to look forward to reading on the author's backlist!
*I received a review copy for my honest opinion. Thank you!
About the Author
A New York Times bestselling author, Eloisa James is a professor of English literature who lives with her family in New York, but who can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. (Her husband is an honest to goodness Italian knight!) Eloisa’s website offers short stories, extra chapters, and even a guide to shopping in Florence. Visit her at www.eloisajames.com.
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