Thursday, February 25, 2016

Review 'My American Duchess' by Eloisa James
The arrogant Duke of Trent intends to marry a well-bred Englishwoman. The last woman he would ever consider marrying is the adventuresome Merry Pelford— an American heiress who has infamously jilted two fiancés.

But after one provocative encounter with the captivating Merry, Trent desires her more than any woman he has ever met. He is determined to have her as his wife, no matter what it takes. And Trent is a man who always gets what he wants.

The problem is, Merry is already betrothed, and the former runaway bride has vowed to make it all the way to the altar. As honor clashes with irresistible passion, Trent realizes the stakes are higher than anyone could have imagined. In his battle to save Merry and win her heart, one thing becomes clear:

All is fair in love and war.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
January 26th, by Piatkus
Desperate Duchesses #3
Historical Romance
eBook, Paperback, Hardcover, Audio
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My Review:

If you have visited my blog before, you know that I really love Historical Romance novels. I just love the romance and the etiquette of Historical Romance novels. So when I received ‘My American Duchess’ a view weeks ago I was super excited. This is my second Eloisa James novel and I started reading as fast as I could.

‘My American Duchess’ is a fun story about an American woman named Merry, who travels with her aunt and uncle to England because she has a certain reputation. Merry, has been engaged two times before and now she hopes to save her status by marrying an English man.
One of the best parts about this book is definitely Merry’s character. Merry doesn’t understand a thing about English etiquette. For example she isn’t afraid to speak her mind, even to the Duke, she is very informal and calls people by their first name, something that is simple not done at the time in England. Most people find Merry troubling, even her new fiancé thinks she needs to learn to behave better. Only the Duke, and Merry’s fiancé’s brother Trent finds Merry’s ways interesting. Merry really made me laugh. I just loved the way she was and from the start I was rooting for Merry and the Duke.

The romance between Merry and the Duke was really a lot of fun to read about. I loved both their characters and they just made a great couple. Unfortunately for them there were a lot of obstacles to get through to be together. And even then the Dukes childhood made for some interesting hoops. But this definitely made this book a great read. Sigh.. I just loved those two.
The bedroom scenes were also very nicely written, and it made this book all the more swoon worthy.   

I did have one little issue with this book. And that was the way the Duke’s brother just disappeared from the story.. I didn’t really believe the way he just left because he was such a hard headed and unkind person in the beginning of the book.
But that part really was the only trouble I had with ‘My American Duchess’, overall this was a great read and I look forward to reading more books by Eloisa James.

My Rating:

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.  

I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review.


  1. I love historical romance too and Eloisa James is an author i've wanted to try for a while now. This one sounds really good! Merry sounds like a great character and I love that she doesn't understand etiquette! I'll have to pick up a copy soon.
    Great review!

    1. Thanks Nick. This really was a great read. So funny and the romance was also really good. I really recommend this author and if you like Historical Romance you will definitely like Eloisa James. ;)


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