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Fool for Love (Duchess Quartet #2)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  2,651 ratings  ·  102 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?
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
Elaine Mcdonald
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
Barbara Elsborg
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,
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
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 4 of 5 stars
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
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
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
Lelyana Taufik
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
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Angelina Hosein
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Julee Johnson-Tate
This is the second book in the series. I read it as a Kindle ebook from my local library.

Moderately predictable (I mean, it's kind of a given in a romance that if they say something bad will happen if this occurs, well, there you go), but it's good to see some old friends and meet some new ones.

There were only a few minor typos in the transfer to ebook (inappropriate spaces). And there were only a couple times if I'd had a real book in my hands I would have thrown it down in disgust because a c
I enjoyed this romance by Eloisa James. Although it is not her best, her not so best is very entertaining. As always, I enjoyed the sparring that takes place berween Darby and Henrietta, the main characters. I got this book to read during a long flight and it made my journey in a crowded plane so much better.
Mostly everything I disliked in the first book of the series I liked it this one but an epilogue would have been nice.
Henrietta is a very nice and lovely lady but handicapped - I like that about her, not tha average female lead.

But some passages are too long and the whole Emse storyline -> boring!

My rating is more of a 2.5 - 3. I can't decide really.

I enjoyed the characters and the plot. James' characters are very flawed and the situations they are in are less than ideal. The courtship was rather fast between the main characters, Simon and Henrietta. There is significantly more development with Esme and Sebastian's story. I like that James tackles severely flawed characters and severely flawed situations. However, it also a very difficult road in that some times I can't muster up the sy
I really like this one, the first in the series was a bit dramatic but had one of my favorite background characters : Lady Esme Rawlings. She so devilishly blunt and witty that I was happy to see her again. And Lady Henrietta was sharp tongue and quick with her witty comebacks that you hardly saw it coming.

The story starts out wih the account about Lady Rawlings's pregnancy to her nephew and heir of the estate Simon Darby. Who is of course shocked and believes the child is not his late uncle's.
"For me this was a big step up from Duchess in Love, the previous book in this series. Henrietta is an endearing character; sensible (with the odd exception!) and believably oblivious to her own attractiveness. Darby is an interesting hero; superficially a 'fribble', there is a lot more to him than most people realise. I enjoyed the course of their romance, despite being able to spot some twists a mile off. James handles the main conceit of the novel well, avoiding the often irritating (to me) B ...more
Yang menyenangkan dari membaca buku-buku roman sejarah seperti ini adalah deskripsi mengenai lingkungan tempat tinggal para bangsawan, pergaulan bangsawan serta deskripsi mengenai kemewahan pakaian yang mereka kenakan. Sangat menyenangkan membayangkan gaun indah berbahan bagus. Bintang empat saya berikan karena alasan di atas, selain karena cerita yang menghibur dan beberapa pesan yang saya dapatkan setelah membaca buku ini. Pesannya antara lain, 'percaya pada ahlinya' karena pengalaman saja bel ...more
3 1/2 stars. Sweet romance between virgin Henrietta and dandy Darby, who is Esme's (of Sebastian and Esme) aunt. Its bulked up by Esme's story interspersed within the passionate romance between H&D which must over 3 books, since I know I've read the before and the after. When Darby realizes he loves H. I got so many wrist tingled I couldn't believe it! However, I didn't like the part where he just gives up on having her after finding out about her issues. Esp. since he DID know about French ...more
Sebastian's love letter. I usually don't like mushy blah gag me letters, but that one got to me... Still reading....

In regards to Simon's fears later in the pregnancy, isn't it amazing that men tend to be a little slow on the up take? (view spoiler) Still reading...

And that was GREAT! It was sweet simple and entert
3 1/2 stars. I really enjoyed this very light and funny romance, which continues the story of Esme and introduces the main romance with Henrietta. There is lots of lively dialog an just pure fun romance. A great escape read.
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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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