Isadora has been married to the duke of cosway for 11yrs never in that span of time has he bothered to meet the young lady he married by proxy. She plaIsadora has been married to the duke of cosway for 11yrs never in that span of time has he bothered to meet the young lady he married by proxy. She played the meek wifely role for sometime waiting for his return but as the years passed she said to hell with it and indulged in seemly wicked activities to get his attention. Well it worked, his Duke-i-ness has finally decided to make his presence known.
The very beginning of the story is enchanting which was entriely unexpected; since I hadn't cared for isadora in the slightest in previous duchess novels. She always reminded me of "Samantha from Sex in The City". Flamboyant, selfish, hussyrific, occasionally quite amusing in small doses. Simeon on the other hand is a freakazoid. He comes across sexy as hell once or twice. But mostly he's just full of hot air, vague eastern spiritual woo woo, and constant whining/yapping on about how he needs to be in control/his manhood. I'm all for He-man HULK SMASH types of heroes, but Alpha our Simeon ain't. He's more of a petulant Beta with a complex. There's also a sub plot involving Jemma which is yawn city, so I wont even waste your time summarizing it.
Early on in the novel, there are about 2-3 chapters full of way too many irksome side characters being introduced to the story and massive info dumps disguised as casual conversation. I skimmed like the dickens to get through this novel towards the end, and threw the paperback at the wall when the couple had a serious conversation about the need to have a silly foreign sounding secret code word when she needed to meekly acknowledge or comply to his demands, no matter the request or the terrorists win. With the exception of a sparse handful of delightful moments James is known for, the book sucked....hard. I'd advise skipping directly from 'Duchess By Night'(bk3) to 'A Duke of Her Own' (bk6).
a 1 star rating for me means literally what it flashes when you hover over it, "Didn't like it". And I didn't like this book, but I don't hate it. I try to use a crap load of tags to differentiate/give additional insight as to what level of non-like I felt while reading it/why. In this case, I enjoyed a few aspects of this book but the majority of its execution was WEAK. Maybe I'll continue reading some of the books in the series, maybe not. There so many really great books out there and this isn't one of them.