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Preview — My American Duchess by Eloisa James
My American Duchess
But after one provocative encounter with the captivating Merry, Trent desires her more than any woman he has ever met. He is determined to have her as his wife, n ...more
Wonderful, quirky, sweet, sexy, so memorable, and an American heroine...I'm in love with Eloisa James all over again! I love a pining hero, I love that instant attraction, that slow descent into fascination, the burn that leads to sizzling sex, and this book delivered! A heroine betrothed for the third time and determined to stick with it till the end, the hero the brother of the groom and falling harder and harder. She's a bit flighty and immature, he's a little too w ...more
My first observation was the multiple times the words "Well Spit!" was used. I also felt that there could have been better terms used for certain male and female parts."Honey pot,""tool", "gooseberries,""milky way," and her "tender territory" just didn't seem romantic, nor suit the time period.
I was put off by the heroine's repeated excuse of "Well, I am American!" I also was confused as to why the heroine compared any muscular man she saw, to this m ...more
"She leaned closer. "If you were an elephant you would have a magnificent tusk."
My first Eloisa James HR and I absolutely loved it! It was just the right combination of angst, humour, romance and a nice dose of sensuality. I rarely say this but I absolutely loved Merry, but most importantly I loved Trent, the duke.
Merry and Trent meet at a ball, and while Trent tends to abhore everything about America he's immediately taken with Merry. Of course Merry has no id ...more
I've seen lots of complaints over the years that Eloisa James is either fabulous or cornball, but I don't think I'd ever encountered the cornball until now. I make allowances for historical romance, you have to make allowances for historical romance, but this was so far past that . . .
If you want to know specifics, I spoiler-tagged it in the comments, but that's all I can make myself say about it right now.
Maybe it has a lot to do with the fact that the narrator, Kate Reading, was also the narrator for V.E. Schwab's Shades of Magic series which I adored (the second book in that series anyways), but I found this (audio)book to be rather pleasant. This is a tale of a runaway bride who is newly engaged, for the third time, who finds herself attracted to another man. Oh and that other man turns out to be her fiance's (non-identical) twin brother. Awkward. There's some other drama stuff too th ...more
I confirm what I wrote in my progress: this book, up until almost half, is boring!
Nothing happens... except hero having a boner when thinking/seeing/ speaking/dancing etc with the heroine and heroine not having a clue what was happening around her...
The complete emptiness in their life is appalling!!! How one could live and do nothing beisdes drinking endless tea/lemanode, I really don't know!
Later on, things b ...more
The biggest problem at the halfway point is that all the conflict is predicated on one of the two main characters being either stupid or weak. Or both. Neither trait is attractive or engaging to me. So while I enjoyed Merry well-enough, it's kind of hard to sympathize with her being so very clueless. Trent is a complete no-show. His kowtowing to his brother is obscene and his treatment of Merr ...more
I enjoyed the "race" of scenes, emotions, and personalities ...more
Merry Pelford, is an American Heiress and has come to England to find a man to marry. It is expected of her, but she is hoping to find a man that she can love. When Lord Cedric, starts courting her, she finds herself intrigued and she begins to feel affection for him. When he proposes with flair and plenty of poetry, Merry believes that she does care for him. But on the eve of accepting Lord Cedric's proposal, she ...more
Originally posted at Booklovers For Life
Oh my god!!! This is my first Eloisa James book and I. Loved. It. It was sweet, funny, heart-warming – everything, from the wonderful story, to the incredible writing, to the intelligent characters, was brilliant. I love reading a good historical romance every once in a while, and My American Duchess turned out to be the perfect book for me – I adored every single thing about it!
Merry Pelford, an American heiress, has broken off two engagements, but she’s ...more
I don’t mind admitting that Eloisa James is one of those authors who is a bit hit and miss for me. I know she’s got a huge following who absolutely adore her books, so this is probably one of those times when “it’s not you, it’s me”, but of the books of hers I’ve read (which is by no means all), there have been more misses than hits. As a result, I wasn’t intending to pick up My American Duchess, ...more
My American Duchess explores the age old question of what is love. A question that has perplexed those who believe in it and don’t alike. Too frequently confused with infatuation, a response to trinkets bestowed on a courted one (poems, flowers or jewelry), or a reaction to passion; could it be possible that some individuals are more prone to this emotion, while others are incapable of it? Amidst this the philosophical existential backdrop, My American Duchess is also a ...more
I always enjoy Eloisa James's historicals and this book is no exception to that rule. It isn't my favorite of hers, but I found it to be enjoyable and entertaining. I found the characters to be unique and well-developed while the romance was quirky in the way that I expect from this author.
My American Duchess focuses on the theme of an American heiress who travels to Great Britain in order to get a titled husband. The titular American is Merry who has already broken two betrothals and ...more
“You have been mine since the moment we met on the balcony.”
I adored Merry with her fierce loyalty, her honesty and passion. I loved that she wasn’t demure and shy like most HR heroines. And I loved that she wasn’t perfect, that she became infatuated quickly by the men who pursued her, who showed her only their good sides, until she realised that they weren’t who she thought they were. She might have had two broken engagements, but that didn’t make her fickle as she thought she was,...more
I get made fun of for reading historical romance. All the time. I once showed a friend all the books I’ve read in the romance section and she got this look on her face that made me a bit embarrassed. Sometimes I ask myself, “why do you read this?” The answer? Books like “My American Duchess” by one of my favorite authors Eloisa James.
Eloisa James excels at first meetings. Her first meetings run the gamut of angsty to the instant chemist ...more
✔ Wedding is not the end. The book does not stop at the HEA marriage, Eloisa James gives us insight into those first tricky months.
✔ Sizzling chemistry between Merry and Duke from their first encounter. I loved how passionate they both were.
✔ Fun facts. "When she was nervous, Merry dropped facts like an oak did acorns." She reminde ...more
The story is about an American girl that came to London and the cultural differences she faced... It's also about how she fell in love, for good this time. Merry is a fun heroine, who speaks her mind and makes some small gaffes. She has a talent for remembering obscure trivia and also spouting it off when she maybe shouldn't.
Trent, the hero, seems to be a bit of a stick in t ...more
Hell. I know and respect plenty of people who adore Eloisa James. In fact I respect them so much that every once in awhile I give her another try. And then I am the negative meanie amidst the squees.
But I Just Don't Get It.
We have a heroine with violet-ringed eyes (flashback to bad romances from the 1980s), who licks her lower lip when she's attracted to a man (so tir ...more
It's a well written story and really well narrated story.
I haven't read an Eloisa James book in a while, but MY AMERICAN DUCHESS reminded me of exactly why I fell in love with her books.
Merry was one of those heroine's I could connect with right away. I imagine if I found myself a wealthy Amerian heiress having a season in 19th century London, I could have been Merry; a woman with virtually no filter who manages to get herself into all sorts of trouble with her inability to navigate the ton and a ...more
ETA: I've sat on this on for a bit.
What I liked: Merry! She's very much her own woman and honest about her faults. I liked Trent, but not nearly as much as Merry. I'm excited to see the inevitable sequel about Trent's brother, whose story, I think, has much more potential for a meaty novel than this one.
What I didn't like: the way Merry and Trent end up together is just too pat, it didn't seem reali ...more
Yeah, I really thought of all of these things while reading this amazing story! Merry and Trent were perfect in their imperfections. Once their paths collided it was just destined to be. ...more