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Fool for Love (Duchess Quartet #2)

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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.
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Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published July 29th 2003)
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Choko
*** 4 ***

Well, this one was much better than the first in this series. Once again, for those who do not know me, I have different standards for different genres. Historical Romance, having a special place in my heart, since it was the genre with which I learned to read as a child (my grandma always had some dramatic HR with a boudoir cover art on her nightstand and those were my first valiant attempts to figure out the scribbles on the pages:), is usually the genre I cut most slack to authors, f
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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?
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namericanwordcat
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.
Tammi Menendez
This book was so weird. It was SUPER long (or maybe it just seemed that way) but nothing happened. The pacing was so bad, the main couple forgives and makes up for the entire premise of the novel in the space of a page. Like, literally one page. And this is after HUNDREDS of pages of both of those characters whining and pining and thinking and gnashing their teeth about their situation. And then it's super happy baby time and everything is perfect. I don't think I've ever read a book with such u ...more
Katie
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
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Lauren
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one wasn't bad not my favorite from this author but the hero was actually great in this
Elaine
Mar 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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Robin
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
liz
Oct 12, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mya
Feb 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Linda
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Henrietta never expected to be wooed, but meeting Simon changes everything. When his intentions seem to match what Henrietta can do, shes willing to risk it all. Can they find a HEA together when it all is revealed?
Simon has his hands full taking care of his stepsisters, and hes not eager to find a wife or have children of his own, but when Henrietta comes along, wanting to care for the girls - maybe they could make a deal?
Historical romance, feelings and smutty fluff in a great combo, and the
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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,
Diane K. Peterson
Another cute book in the series. I enjoyed the humor in this one. Simon and Henrietta were a very cute couple.
Angela
Nov 27, 2015 marked it as deals  ·  review of another edition
27 November 2015: $3.99 on Kindle
Lady
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As much as I love Eloisa James, this one was a bit off. I will admit to a big gap between #1 and this #2 in the series, so I may have forgotten the secondary storyline between Lady Rawlings and Marquees (Sebastian Bonnington). This one just kind of trailed off. Seemed as if filler / padding material. The women are always delightfully spunky!
Tosha
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started out pretty slow and I wasn't sure at 1st. I definitely got the Pride and Prejudice vibes from it, but I ended up loving this book. When I saw I only had 4% left I was kinda sad because I wanted to know what happened in their near future, but I have to say she wrapped it up very well. I am quickly falling in love with Eloisa James.
Oksana
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What meant to happen will happen.
Kacy
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eh.
Laura
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had so much fun reading this book!
Rachel Sides
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read several of Elisa James' books including at least one in this series because I recognize many of the characters.
The Bookshelf Wars
Like many of Eloisa James’s books, the romance and passion are matched only by the sheer wittiness of the dialogue. A true gem for any romance enthusiast.
A.M.
Apr 13, 2015 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
Netha
Aug 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Sony
At this point I am giving up on Eloisa James. I liked Henrietta as a character but the story was not only done before, it was overly predictable. Still this was better than her last book and would have been enjoyable if not for the heroine and hero constantly believing that she was going to die because of her weak hip. Which by the way no one can see any deformity in. If the heroines mother had a weak hip shouldn't anyone else in the family had it if ut is hereditary? All very confusing. Also th ...more
Lelyana
Jan 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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. [image error]

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
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Kate
Jul 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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“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”
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“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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