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My American Duchess

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  6,807 ratings  ·  880 reviews
The arrogant Duke of Trent intends to marry a well-bred Englishwoman. The last woman he would ever consider marrying is the adventuresome Merry Pelford - an American heiress who has infamously jilted two fiancés.

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
Mass Market Paperback, 402 pages
Published January 26th 2016 by Avon (first published January 26th 2015)
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It seems I am in the minority with my review.

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
Duchess Nicole
I simply adored this book!

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
Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie
Rating Clarification: 4.5 Stars

"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
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
I'm going to have to call it quits . . .

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.

HELLO ANGSTY AND FORBIDDEN ROMANCE. From the moment Trent saw Merry, I was so invested in their romance. Trent is immediately entranced by Merry and decides she would make his perfect wife. She's an American and spunky and doesn't adhere to England's strict standards. He soon learns, though, that his brother had proposed that day and they were now betrothed. Merry has already called off two engagements and is determined to see this third and finally one through. But the more she spends with her ...more
Manda Collins
Another great read from Eloisa James! Loved Merry, Trent was dreamy and I've got another Eloisa James book for my keeper shelf! What's not to love? ...more
Jan 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
For me this was a 2 and 1/2 stars rounder to 3 (just becuase I'm such a nice person!)

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
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

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
Ya'llllll this book was hilarious (in a good way). I'm not sure if that's what was intended, but I found quite a few moments where I was laughing out loud. I had some technical issues with it, but overall a decent introduction to Eloisa James. 3.5 Stars

As a newbie to historical romance, My American Duchess was a newer experience to me. I've mostly read books that feature English characters whereas this book specifically focuses on an American heiress as she navigates English socialites. There we
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This was just not a very good book. I'm honestly not really sure why I bothered to finish it, but for some reason my OCD would not let me abandon it. For starters it has serious plot issues. The female lead, Merry, is an American heiress from Boston (in 1803! because...that's accurate- oh wait, no) who got engaged to and dumped two men there before coming over to England to find yet another fiance. Which she quickly does....and then almost as quickly realizes he's the worst yet of the three ...more
Jacob Proffitt
May 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book has two problems, one major, one minor. The major is why I abandoned it about halfway through.

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
Susan Phillips
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The kind of spirited heroine I like best, plus pages hot enough for the steam to rise from them.
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this incredible novel before it was available due to the good fortune of receiving an ARC (galley). Eloisa is my #1 favorite author because she is such a master of her craft. She tangles her readers up so sweetly in her web of characters, environment, and storyline. You don't realize until it is too late that the book is nearly over and you've been living vicariously through the lives of characters who (GASP) don't actually exist!

I enjoyed the "race" of scenes, emotions, and personalities
Lacey (laceybooklovers)

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
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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
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this an A+ for narration (it's Kate Reading - nuff sed!) and a B for content at AudioGals.

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,
Jen Davis
Dec 07, 2015 rated it liked it
This almost felt like two different books in one. The first half deals with an American heiress, betrothed to the wrong man. I didn’t enjoy this half very much. The book is called My American Duchess, so it’s no big leap to realize that Merry’s engagement to the Duke’s brother isn’t the way the story is going to end. In fact, when she meets the Duke of Trent that very same night, it’s obvious that he is the better match. There’s a great spark between them, that sits completely unattended for mor ...more
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 “What is Love?” Stars!
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
Aly is so frigging bored
2nd read: November 2020

1st read: 27 January 2016
It was so good! EJ writes another amazing book. I just couldn't put it down; I literally didn't move till I finished it :)

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.

Diane Peterson
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A really, really good book. Eloisa James' writing style shines through once again. The Duke of Trent (our hero) is a deliciously stuffy, confused guy who knows what he wants, sort of. You gotta love Merry (our American heroine). She is fun, irrepressible, and is sure she knows what she wants until she realizes she doesn't. In spite of all of the confused emotions these two are incredibly attracted to each other. When the roadblocks break down and they get together the sexual interaction is explo ...more
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-historic
Drinking game: Do a shot every time the heroine's rounded breasts or lower lip are mentioned and you'll be schnozzled in no time!

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
“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,

3.75 Stars

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
Eloisa James is one of my favorite historical romance authors. I like her Fairy Tales & Desperate Duchesses series. I was looking forward to My American Duchess.

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
Pj Ausdenmore
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The exquisite storytelling skill of Eloisa James shines in her newest historical romance, MY AMERICAN DUCHESS. I love a fish out of water story and our heroine, Miss Merry Pelford from Boston certainly is that. Effervescent, outspoken, unwilling to hide either her intelligence or her opinions, Merry is the antithesis of a proper English miss. Yet it's those differences that capture the attention of the responsible, no-nonsense Duke of Trent. Of course there are obstacles (some pretty sizable obs ...more
Originally Posted on:Confessions of an Opinionated Book Geek

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
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
Very entertaining. I loved how the ton viewed people from the Americas and how the Americans viewed the English ton. so you have the bold heroine from Boston trying to fit in as a demure lady in English society. No amount of tutoring can smoothly blunt all her edges.

It's a well written story and really well narrated story.
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Library Audiobook --- okay so I finished listening to this Audiobook yesterday and I had to come back in here today and upgrade my rating from 4 to 5 because I have not been able to stop thinking about it all day, seriously crushing on the "voice" and the character of the hero Jack Octavius Mortimer John Allardyce, The Duke of Trent (and the most scary-amazing thing about that is that he is "voiced" by narrator Kate Reading and the first few read lines of Jack were kind of annoying and unconvinc ...more
Cocktails and Books
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Cocktails and Books

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
Lovely! I always wanted more American heiresses in regencies beyond Kleypas' wallflower quartet.
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
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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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