Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Review 'Four Nights With the Duke' by Eloisa James
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.

My Review:

Lately, I’ve been really into the historical romance stories. So when I received ‘Four Night With The Duke’ I was really excited to start reading this book. This book is my first Eloisa James book and although this book is the second one in the Desperate Duchesses series, it can be read as a standalone.

In ‘Four Nights With The Duke’ we meet Emilia ‘Mia’ Carrington, a woman in her twenties in desperate search for a husband. Mia has to marry someone fast and Evander ‘Vander’ Brody, Duke of Pindar is her only hope. When Vander excepts Mia’s strange proposal, Mia soon finds herself trapped because Vander has his own reasons for excepting.
But soon Mia and Vander start to realize there is more than meets the eye, and history has been very unkind to both of them.

When I first started reading this book I was a little apprehensive about this story. I’m a big romance lover and since this book starts out with Mia making a very strange and audacious proposal, which wasn’t even a little romantic, I was a little worried about where this book was going. Also the main male character Vander seemed like an arrogant and unkind person.
Honestly, I was a little afraid I wouldn’t like this book very much. But still I was really curious about how this book was going to go. Fortunately for me this book fascinated me enough to keep reading and soon I began to really enjoy the story.

Although the starting of this book is a little unusual, this book slowly began to become a true historical romance. The characters were very interesting and I loved how the author slowly revealed more and more about her characters. Vander was definitely my favorite character in this book. Not only because he was this handsome Duke, but more because the way he always stayed himself despite how people thought he needed to be as a Duke. I also really loved the way Vander interacted with Mia’s little nephew. This part was definitely different, but also very heart melting and funny.

I read this book in two evenings, and really enjoyed it. The characters are very well prescribed, their history is intriguing and the romantic part is different but very addictive. It’s a lovely book to just enjoy on a beautiful sun filled morning. I’m definitely going to read more books by this author.

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About the Author:

New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. Her novels have been published to great acclaim. A reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa’s very first book that she “found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar”; later People Magazine raved that “romance writing does not get much better than this.” Her novels have repeatedly received starred reviews from Publishers’ Weekly and Library Journal and regularly appear on the best-seller lists.

After graduating from Harvard University, Eloisa got an M.Phil. from Oxford University, a Ph.D. from Yale and eventually became a Shakespeare professor, publishing an academic book with Oxford University Press. Currently she is an associate professor and head of the Creative Writing program at Fordham University in New York City. Her “double life” is a source of fascination to the media and her readers. In her professorial guise, she’s written a New York Times op-ed defending romance, as well as articles published everywhere from women’s magazines such as More to writers’ journals such as the Romance Writers’ Report.
Eloisa James is also the mother of two children and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight. 
For more information about Eloisa James and her books please visit her website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and Amazon.  

Many thanks to Clara Diaz and Little, Brown Book Group for giving me the opportunity to read this book.

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