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Preview — Much Ado About You by Eloisa James
Much Ado About You (Essex Sisters #1)
When you're the oldest daughter, you don't get to have any fun!
Witty, orphaned Tess Essex faces her duty: marry well and marry quickly, so she can arrange matches for her three sisters -- beautiful Annabel, romantic Imogen and practical Josie. After all, right now they're under the rather awkward guardianship of the perpetually tipsy Duke of Holbrook. But just when she...more
I really enjoyed this book and all the characters that got introduced in this book except for Imogen. I couldn't stand Imogen. I thought she was selfish, childish and a all around naive airhead. Mrs. Eloisa James has her work cut out for her to get me change my mind on Imogen when I get to her book. The main couple of this book Tess and Lucius were both very likable. I enjoyed their relationship. Lucius reminded me a little of Mr Darcy of Pride and Prejudice. But all that being sa ...more
not a "happy ending" kinda guy
So, we have four sisters whose father recently died. He was a major horse-guy.
um, no. Not like that.
He owns horses, bets o ...more
Things I liked:
- The four sisters are like real sisters. They love each other, but also drive each other nuts, argue, sulk, bitch and complain a bit. This is soo much better than all those romances where sisters just love each other and think the the sun shines out of each other's #@!*. Nope. Sorry. I've never met sisters who are like that. There's always tension there, and ...more
The book's scope is pretty limited, really, be ...more
Susan Duerdan narrated this audiobook. Great job!! And a British accent is suitable for this riff on Much Ado About Nothing (it reminded me more of Alcott's Little Women -- an old fave). Also, horses play a big role in Much Ado, bringing to min ...more
The characters took me a while to warm to, though I did understand their different personalities with the fair/dark, romantic/mercenary, gorgeous/even more gorgeous/pudgy, etc. differences between the sisters delineated a number of ti ...more
Following the death of their father, the four Essex sisters become the wards of the Duke of Holbrook who soon realizes that they re not the demure children he was expecting. The eldest, Tess, has her hands full keeping exquisite man-magnet Annabel, foolishly romantic Imogen and highly intelligent Josie under control, so it comes to as no surprise when all hell breaks loose and Tess finds herself married to someone completely unsuitable in order to save her family from di ...more
The Essex sisters are orphans. Their mother died years ago, and their father, an avid horseman, took a fall and died a rather more lingering death. His madness for horse racing has left the young ladies penniless—their only dowry is his stable—each of them has a prize-winning Thoroughbred as her portion.
And their guardian is Rafe, the Duke of Holbrook, who agreed to take them on in exchange for (wh ...more
The four men were interesting and individual too. Initially.
About half way in, the characters stopped developing and became repetitive. Those quirky idiosyncrasies ...more
= no stars...
I really REALLY tried to stick it through until the end...Alas, I could not.
I don't see Lucien and Tess as a couple at ALL...yeah sure they made out a couple times but there was no connection. They both had that "out of sight, out of mind" mentality but once they were in each other's company..ALONE, then they would be all over each other.
Tess was an alright character...nothing too special which made her boring.... She was the oldest of all of the sisters but she had no char ...more
THE STORY: When their father dies, the four Essex sisters become wards of the Duke of Holbrook. The duke means well, but he is a drunkard and a bit clueless about what to do with his four unexpected wards. The oldest sister Tess r ...more
Lucius and Tess were perfectly suited, and I liked the fact that they got on immediately, as opposed to gradually coming to like one another! Also, I reall ...more
1. No, seriously: Luciu ...more
I don't mind when it becomes apparent right off the bat who the heroine is going to fall in love with, in fact I kind of enjoy how giddy I get when they are about to meet or are meeting for the first time. When Lucius is about to walk into the dining room and meet a slightly tipsy Tess the ...more
What I Liked:
The narration was spot on. Better than most I've listened to.
I enjoyed how the beginning of the book is introducing all the players for the series, with multiple POV's. You're getting to know everyone, and it's fun trying to figure out who will be paired with who.
I liked both the H/h; Tess isn't an overbearing or bossy older sister, which you might expect from not only the eldest girl, bu ...more
I'm not sure of the exact timing of this book, but probably early 1800's. No, wait, there's mention of Waterloo. So, sometime after 1816 then. No panniers and powdered wigs, anyway. There is a lot of talk of horses - breeding them, racing them, riding them, betting on them. Horses a ...more
I loved some of the fairy tales, but this first Essex sisters book just couldn't keep my attention. I got distracted by the many many POV's, I checked the blurb some time into the book to find out which one of the men would become the hero only to find out he hadn't made an appearance yet and then so much time was spend on Imogen, one of the other sisters that this book felt mo ...more
I liked Tess and admired her patience. Siblings can be very frustrating and hers were exceptionally so, but she managed to hold her temper in situations where I know I wouldn't be able to.
I liked Lucius even more, with his laconic and mysterious ways. Just because he appears to be cold and unfeeling it doesn't make him so and I loved seeing behi ...more
Seperti biasa, untuk menyelesaikan masalah keuangan dan agar mendapat status, Tess harus menikahi seseorang yang dianggap potensial, tak lain Earl of Mayne. Namun kenyataan tidak seindah harapan saat pria tersebut meninggalkan Tess di altar. Untung saja ada ...more
Charming, mostly funny and definitely fun story about four Scottish sisters, 15-22, who end up as wards of an English Lord. Within a week, there are engagements and feelings where there ought not to be. Miss Pythian-Adams was hilarious: "I have done my best to repel my fiancee. I have learned reams of S ...more
Liked it. Wasn't blown away. Ended a little abruptly. Maybe I missed something. Weird story. The girls are "orphaned" but since they're in their 20's for the most part, they go to live with a guardian they don't know. Guardian is a drunk but is still a good, sweet man. Tess is betrothed to one guy but then he bails. The guy she REALLY likes steps in and marries her but tells her he isn't capable of love, yadda yadda. After lots of great sex they fall in love with each other. H ...more
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He didn't look sardonic now, but truly surprised. She had to leave. This was all entirely too intimate and uncomfortable.
"Alas," she said, gathering up her skirts again and turning toward the rockslide. "I have quite forgotten the next line, so we shall have to delay this learned discussion." He was at her shoulder in a moment, helping her over the stones.
"As many as the stars," he said, conversationally, as if they were talking of gardening, or Romans, or any number of polite topics. "As many as the stars, when the night is still, gazing down on secret human desires.”