A Fool Again (Duchess Quartet #1.5)
A Fool Again is the story of Genevieve, who once made a dash to Gretna Greene to marry, but was caught by her father. Now, a few years later, she attends the funeral of her elderly husband (not the man she ran away to marry) and who does she see but The One Who Got Away! Can they make their love work this time around or will Genevieve be A Fool Again?
I enjoyed this, and I love EJ's writing style, but the heroine came off as ditzy rather than cute. I also actually liked the rival Felton, and I thought he was the hero at first, so that might have skewed my view on him. Tobias was a great hero...with his head up his ass. He never quite understood til it was too late that he'd compromised Genevieve (not just her virtue) but he'd taken away her choice. He did eventually realize it, but I didn't like how no one quite understood what the o ...more
The heroine, Genevieve, was flighty and sometimes annoying. She claims to be in love with Felton - and even goes so far to engage his affections as to attack him in a carriage and then later demand he kiss her in front of the entire ton. That very same night she makes-out with Tobias - twice. She was an unlikable character.
We're thrown off because Felton is introduced at the beginning of the story and it's assumed he'll be the h ...more
Lady Genevieve Mulcaster, a widow, is in a precarious position, orchestrated by her deceased husband. Per his will, she is to remain in mourning for two years, and then, if she marries one of his two business partners, she will inherit his estate. Otherwise, the estate will go to the church, with a small amount coming to Genevieve.
Having been forced to marry an elderly man, by her father who caught her running off to Gretna ...more
This was a sweet short story about a young widow who must marry her husband's business partner in order to get her inheritance. I didn't really understand the attraction between Mr. Felton and Genvieve, it seemed rather contrived and proper. Even Felton's proposal seemed like a business transaction. Things look up for Genvieve when her first love returns from India. I liked Tobias' character and the way he is described makes him seem to be the more attractive ch ...more
The storyline was cute... the boy from her past comes back to her, except... she insists that she no longer has feelings for him (but that's a big joke) and that she'd rather marry this man that didn't seem to care for her in the least bit. Yeah. That makes complete sense. She spends the whole story behaving like this silly little girl ...more
Genevieve is instructed by her late husband's will to marry one of his partners in order to gain access to her inheritance, and she's more than happy to comply since she has a crush on one of them, Lucius Felton, elegant gentleman and ruthless businessman.
Her plans are derailed when Tobias unexpectedly returns from In ...more
Lady Genevive Mulcaster (24) is the widow of Erasmus Mulcaster. At the funeral, she relives her life from the time she and Toby Darcy tried to run away to Gretna Green and marry, to her father catching them and marrying her off to Erasmus, to his stingy ways which resulted in her wearing a dress over 5 years old today, and finally to the funeral and who was ...more
I enjoyed parts of this, but I never really understood why the heroine was so in love with her husband's business partner. Therefore I didn't understand the rest of her actions. Especially her stubborn refusal to see the good in the hero.
For a short story (novella length) I thought the romance was well done. I really liked the hero and how quick he was willing to cop to his feelings.
Overall not a bad read.
It also links The Duchess Quartet with the Essex Sisters, and should probably be read before Much Ado About You.
This novella was okay for a fast read. I'm glad that there was already a history between Genevieve and both Felton and Darby, otherwise, in so short a medium, the story would have been rushed and less believable. As it was, I t ...more
Genevieve was ready to marry the man of her dreams after only a few hours, but they were caught on their way to Gretna Green and she was forced to marry an old man instead. He has recently passed away and Genevieve has her cap set on marrying her late hu ...more
But this delightful story is about Genevieve, Toby (Tobias), and Lucius. In an impetuous moment, childhood friends Genevieve and Toby meet again at a country party and within 3 hours are on their way t ...more
I didn't like the character Genevieve that much. I thought most of the time she was in love with someone because they were handsome, rather than something more solid. I also find her somewhat wish-washy.It was interesting to see from a reader's point of view regarding her comments about Tobias lustful behavior while she wasn't any better though.
(view spoiler)[ While I feel that Genevieve picked Tobias in the end because she felt he would provide more of what she envisioned "hap ...more
I'm not quite certain what I had expected from this novella. I had previously enjoyed this author's novels, and with that in mind, I wasn't afraid of disliking this book, exactly, nor did I. But it wasn't anything great either.
While I was initially a bit confused about what was going on, the information was revealed along the way which cleared up matters. I found it amusing that Erasmus sounded so much like Ebenezer Scrooge, and Lucius Felton like the Malfoys. I didn't quite understa ...more
Genevieve. Oh Genevieve. She starts making mistakes by running off with Tobias then doesn't really change much. She marries another much older man once her father catches her. When the hu ...more
A cute and short historical romance story with a couple of hot and romantic scenes. I like Eloisa James writing style, it's a little bit more modern and e ...more
What I especially liked about this story was that I wasn't sure at first who the hero was. I thought I knew when I started reading the book, but I was proven wrong the further I read. It reminds me a little of when I first read Judith McNaught's Whitney, My Love —I was sure the hero was the good l ...more
The male characters are strikingly different objects of affection. Felton is dark, dashing and dangerous. Tobias is untamed, overgrown and lu ...more
I liked the concept of this one. The couple tried to elope after only knowing each other for a few hours, failed, he went away, and now they meet up years later. Buuut the hero felt too manipulative and I felt like the heroine never made much of a choice.
Also, this one also had a hero from the Essex Sisters book as a rival! Though it wasn't as jarring as in Your Wicked Ways.
Also, this should be book 2.5, not 1.5.