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Fool for Love (Duchess Quartet #2)

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,263 Ratings  ·  130 Reviews
The Woman

Lady Henrietta Maclellan longs for the romantic swirl of a London season. But as a rusticating country maiden, she has always kept her sensuous nature firmly under wraps—until she meets Simon Darby. Simon makes her want to whisper promises late at night, exchange kisses on a balcony, receive illicit love notes. So Henrietta lets her imagination soar and writes...
Paperback, 351 pages
Published July 29th 2003 by Avon
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Beth F.
This book was ridiculous and silly and absurd. And nothing happened. Nothing. It was bad fluff from start to finish. But I didn’t hate it. And decided to give it an extra star because Eloisa James is funny.

I read this book during a self-imposed week of “NO INTERNET” so was unable to do any preliminary research about this book before reading it. All I had to go on was the book itself, which provided very little help in that area: Is it part of a series? (Yes.) Are there any recycled characters?
There is so much to adore about this book. The heroine is smart and interesting the hero while not wanting to fall in love is reasonable and witty.

The fun of the letter makes the book as does the longing in both characters for love and the wonderful secondary casts.

James always writes a full world where the heroine never stands alone. This tapestry makes for wonderful realistic and compelling romances every time.

The end of the book was less engaging than the start but it was a lovely read.
This is one of those super-solid four stars that only didn't get five because it didn't reach that emotional level that true five stars books do for me.

But I liked it a lot. It's another one without a great description (this seems a theme for James's books). What's missing from this description is that the couple already likes each other a lot before SCANDAL forces them into marriage. It's also rather misleading about the scandal.

But yeah. I liked it. It's one of those where both characters are
Oct 14, 2007 liz rated it really liked it
This was really fun to read. Our lady-protagonist grew up in the country, and falls for London's handsomest eligible bachelor, now guardian to his two young half-sisters. She has a hip problem, and has therefore been "un-marriageable" for her entire life, but they fall in love! Awww. While there's a lot of "but we simply can't be together!", it's always due to internal turmoil, and nobody does anything too stupid.

Selena seemed to have only two topics: herself and her prowess at various activitie
Nov 27, 2015 Angela marked it as deals  ·  review of another edition
27 November 2015: $3.99 on Kindle
Elaine Mcdonald
Mar 05, 2011 Elaine Mcdonald rated it liked it
Shelves: eloisa-james
I liked it alright. But it really doesn't make me want to read the rest of the series. Esme is 6 months pregnant when the story starts. Henriette gets married and has a child, but after Esme is a part of the story from the beginning, there is no mention of when she does have the baby. Yes, I understand that it will probably be addressed in the next book. I would have liked to know if the child was the Marquess' or her husbands and if Simon ended up being the heir or not. Yet, not enough to bothe ...more
Mar 27, 2016 Robin rated it really liked it
This book has (IMO) the best virgin deflowering scene I've read. It was laugh out loud funny in parts but also sweet and sensual in equal measure. It fit the two characters perfectly. The humor is typical Eloisa James and in most other respects, it's a standard historical romance novel. I was impressed with the character development that she very subtly showed with the hero, Simon. In the beginning, he's a typical English gentleman--think George Banks in the beginning of Mary Poppins and yet thr ...more
Frishawn Quinn
Simon and Henrietta's story is one made to steal your heart. Henrietta determination to live and love despite all the years of being told that she would or could never.

The fact that Simon loved her first...

This is a fact that is never addressed after the moment on the side of the country road. That sweet,private, moment between Simon's sheltered heart and his passion adled brain.

The fact that he did love her first just sits quietly in the back of one's mind as the nonstop drama that is brought a
Elle Schroder
Jan 11, 2015 Elle Schroder rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the most disappointing novel I've ever read by Eloisa James, and I've been a fan of hers for quite some time. I find the hero to be completely unlikeable. He is described by various other characters as a popinjay, a dandy, a fop, etc. It is made very clear to the reader that he cares more about his clothes and appearance than about his sisters. He has a lifelong friendship that he supposedly holds dear, yet the two men talk of nothing that matters and neither knows each other well enough ...more
Apr 17, 2015 A.M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lady Henrietta Maclellan is lucky to be alive. Her mother died in childbirth and she has inherited the same weak hip. As a result, she walks with a limp, can’t dance and is told that she can’t risk having children. Therefore she isn’t sent up to London to be introduced into proper society, and no-one expects her to gain a husband. But she’s not a fool; she’s witty and smart and she has found her own way in her small village. She runs the school and everybody loves her even though she has an unfo ...more
Aug 18, 2015 Dayna rated it liked it

I liked Simon, he was immensely likeable throughout the book. I did not really warm to the heroine, however. I felt she was a weak character in a lot of ways – for someone who wanted marriage and kids as much as she, you’d think she’d be a little more motivated to do something about the problem.

Simon was strong and kind and lovely with a good dose of charm, and I think I would have enjoyed it more if he’d found a better match. I was confused by his characterization at the start of the bo
Barbara Elsborg
Mar 09, 2013 Barbara Elsborg rated it liked it
I was just in the mood for a fluffy regency romance and this fitted the bill. I liked the characters, as usual there were some very witty lines and it was an easy read. But, I was less keen on the basis of the 'conflict' - that she couldn't have children because of her hip and all the issues around that. Still enjoyed it though,
Apr 27, 2014 Paige rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I don't know if anyone's way of thinking has ever really changed from reading a romance novel. It was nice and mushy, it was what I was in the mood for. The best thing about this book is that Darby wasn't an over the top masculine rake who says, "mine, mine, mine" over and over. The one time I remember Darby saying that Henrietta was his, he also said that he was hers. So that was the most refreshing part of the book. Other then that there was a lot of predictable stuff that happens that if you' ...more
Feb 07, 2015 Mya rated it liked it
I gave this book 3 stars, it would have gotten an extra star had I not had to read so much about Esme. I didn't like her character in the first book, and I found that her story took away from Henrietta and Simon's. I was enjoying their chemistry and looking forward to the next chapter but it would be interrupted by a chapter about Esme. Perhaps my dislike of her is just me, perhaps others will enjoy her and the story will move along great. But unfortunately for me she just made the story drag al ...more
Diane Peterson
Dec 25, 2011 Diane Peterson rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
Another cute book in the series. I enjoyed the humor in this one. Simon and Henrietta were a very cute couple.
Perdani Budiarti
Hm, sebenarnya aku bukan pecinta karya-karya EJ, namun karena buku pertama dalam seri ini sudah terlanjur aku baca, mau tidak mau aku mulai membaca seri-seri berikutnya :P

Okey, aku mengharapkan cerita tentang Esme, namun yang kudapat adalah cerita dengan tokoh utama wantia Henrietta yang sejak kecil divonis tidak bisa punya anak karena kelainan pinggul sejak lahir sehingga dia tidak pernah memikirkan tentang jatuh cinta, pernikahan, apalagi punya anak. Henrietta berteman dengan Esme yang terpaks
Mar 22, 2013 Jenn rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
When I began reading romance novels, two authors quickly became my favorites. This is one of them. Once I realized that, I'd made a list of all the author's books to search for at the used book store. A few of them tend to never show up, at least at the stores around me. This is one of them. So, I found that quite a few of this author's books were on sale for the Kindle at a reasonable price, so I picked up the ones I didn't already own. See, I do love reading these books, but they aren't someth ...more
Sep 11, 2012 Cheryl rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Another so-so book from James. Admittedly, her so-so books are still hard to put down and fun reads.

So, this book is book 2 of the Duchess quartet. Only pregnant Esme from Duchess in Love really makes an appearance, and while her situation is a little complicated if you haven't read the first book, James does explain it several times, so this book could be standalone.

The hero in this case is Esme's nephew by marriage, Simon Darby, who comes to visit his aunt to see if the child she is carrying i
Lori McD
While this book is definitely about Henrietta and Simon, it's also about Esme and Sebastian... unfortunately, because it's Henrietta's and Simon's story, we're left hanging with Esme and Sebastian. I can only hope that the next book in the series ("A Wild Pursuit") will tell us more.

My recommendation is that you MUST read the first book, "Duchess in Love", before reading this one. If you don't, you won't understand the sub-plot starring Lady Esme Rawlings and her "gardener", Sebastian.

I wasn't c
novel yang menurutku terlalu banyak cerita sampingan hingga akhirnya jadi bingung mana yg mo di fokusin.
juga lebih bagus buku pertama dibandingkan yg ini tp berhubung udah baca buku pertama jd mau ga mau lanjut baca deh
sebenarnya mo ku buat 2 star aja tp aq mikir aduh masa HR EJ mo ku kasih 2 star?? jadi ku kasih 2,5 aja deh...
aq kurang gitu sreg dengan cerita yg terlalu banyak cerita sampingan yg terus menerus dari buku 1 tanpa ada kelihatan bakal happy endingnya sama sekali... terasa sangat me
Mimma Y
Nov 08, 2011 Mimma Y rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-own-book
sepertinya rame :) -----> di edit jadi "yah lumayan lah"

hero-nya, simon darby (yg hobby make renda2) btw emang cowo klo make renda2 masih ttp bisa keliatan maskulin ya?! ngak kebayang soalnya (hehehehe...daya imajinasinya rendah). ok balik ke topik...nah simon darby pergi ke desa buat ketemu bibinya, esme yg katanya lagi hamil. klo dibuku 1 si esme teh dijulukin si bi*ch, nah klo dicerita ini mah lebih tampak seperti janda yg sedang berduka, untung sebastian (mantan selingkuhan) dateng ke son
May 18, 2011 Lelyana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Awal nya sempat skeptis baca buku E.J yg satu ini, karena yg sebelum nya cukup membosankan...tapi ternyata sampai halaman 150 ceritanya lumayan asik dan dialog2 nya lucu.

Lady Henrietta yg panggul nya lemah hingga di vonis dokter tidak bisa memiliki anak sendiri, padahal dia sangat suka anak2, di taksir oleh Simon Darby, cowok pesolek dari London (yg hobby nya pakai baju berenda2....hahahha) yg warisan pamannya terancam hilang,karena Esme, Lady Rawling sedang hamil (ini cerita lain ttg Esme dan
Jul 06, 2011 Ilze rated it really liked it
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Angelina Hosein
Jun 01, 2011 Angelina Hosein rated it liked it
Heyy Wait for Just a moment

Di buku ini membahas 2 tokoh sekaligus yak Ni Henietta dan Esme, dan setelah mencapai halaman terakhir yang kupikirkan adalah..... Ceritanya menggangtung terkesan setengah-setengah dan kurang berbobot.

andai satu buku penuh dengan Kiprah Simon dan Henrietta ku pikir bisa jadi lebih bagus, entah cerita Esme dan sebastian cukup menggoda tapi pada akhirnya tidak ada yang tahu apa yang terjadi dengan pasangan itu, setelah Sebastian memberikan surat cintanya...end... j
Michelle Kelly
Mar 29, 2011 Michelle Kelly rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-read, historical
Lady Henrietta Maclellan & Simon Darby's book.
A bit of Esme and Sebastian included too.

Fool For Love was ok. I much preferred the first book in the series. Henrietta is lame with a hip problem and her entire life was lead to believe that she cannot birth a child. She is beautiful and hopes to someday wed a widower with children to hopefully fulfil her life.
Enters Darby. Darby is a peacock. He likes frills, lace and really cares how he looks. To be honest, I thought Darby was going to be g
Mar 12, 2013 Dragana rated it really liked it
Lady Henrietta is not your usual well-bred English lady. Since she has a limp and can not dance (some doctors even said she can not have children) - she never had a London season. Without expectations to marry, she's not coquettish or flirty. She's painfully honest and always says what she thinks. And if she yearns to have children of her own, well what can she do, when every noble English gentlemen wants an heir...
Simon Darby is crème de la crème of English society. He's popular, handsome, due
Jul 25, 2009 Kate rated it really liked it
Another James that I will re-read, for sure!

The Woman

Lady Henrietta Maclellan longs for the romantic swirl of a London season. But as a rusticating country maiden, she has always kept her sensuous nature firmly under wraps -- until she meets Simon Darby. Simon makes her want to whisper promises late at night, exchange kisses on a balcony, receive illicit love notes. So Henrietta lets her imagination soar and writes...

The Letter

A very steamy love letter that becomes shockingly public. Everyone su
Apr 08, 2013 L8blmr rated it really liked it
When, goodreads, when will you allow us to award fractions of stars? Not everything I read fits into your rigid scale and this book is a good example of such. As usual, I rounded up though this was more of a 3.5 in my opinion.

There were times when I wanted to abandon this story and really could not remember why I put Ms. James and this series on my TBR list. However, I stuck with it and finally was reminded of the reason I enjoy her writing. Some aspects of this story I found downright foolish,
Brenda Margriet
Oct 02, 2012 Brenda Margriet rated it liked it
Enjoyed this, as I do all of EJ's books.

Have to say, the one thing that I found jarring in this book was the POV switches. Normally that doesn't bother me at all (in fact, I rather like it) but especially in the first chapter I found myself confused by the head-hopping.

Henrietta has never had a London season, and believes she can never have children because of a deformity in her hip. However, she still thinks she can get married...hasn't quite figured out the connection between sex and conceptio
Annie Burrows
Jun 01, 2014 Annie Burrows rated it liked it
I did enjoy this book, which I bought in a book club deal. Sadly, as I went through the 3 books they sent, I realized that not only was this a quartet (and they'd only given me 3) but I was reading them in the wrong order, which kind of spoiled some of the tension a bit.
I would recommend the Duchess Quartet as a good read, but advise you read them in order, not random, then you'll probably enjoy them more than I did, as the overarching story unfolds.
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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 repeat ...more
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Duchess Quartet (4 books)
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“Marry me, Esme. Please. Honor me. I will honor you as your husband never did. Our marriage would be a remedy against sin, if anyone could ever call it a sin to love you.”

Sebastian Bonnington to Esme Rawlings”
“My only excuse is that I have no reputation myself, and I am thereby well aware of its ephemeral value. Reputation is worthless.

Sebastian Bonnington's love letter to Esme Rawlings”
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