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The Ugly Duchess by Eloisa James

September 9th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

The Ugly Duchess by Eloisa James

Source: Received for review

Publication date: August 28, 2012

Publisher: Avon

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from How can she dare to imagine he loves her…when all London calls her The Ugly Duchess ?

Theodora Saxby is the last woman anyone expects the gorgeous James Ryburn, heir to the Duchy of Ashbrook, to marry. But after a romantic proposal before the prince himself, even practical Theo finds herself convinced of her soon-to-be duke’s passion.

Still, the tabloids give the marriage six months.

Theo would have given it a lifetime…until she discovers that James desired not her heart, and certainly not her countenance, but her dowry. Society was shocked by their wedding; it’s scandalized by their separation.

Now James faces the battle of his lifetime, convincing Theo that he loved the duckling who blossomed into the swan.

And Theo will quickly find that for a man with the soul of a pirate, All’s Fair in Love—or War.

I have to say after a bumpy start I fell in love with this book.  I have been wanting to read one of Eloisa James’ books for a long time but I will admit some of the reviews I read of this book had me wary going in.  There were some complaints about how easily James and Theo give up on each other and how they spend years apart, neither of which normally bodes well for a romance book.  However, once I began reading the book it all worked for me.  Yes, they were impulsive, cruel and over the top in their reactions but they were teenagers.  How many of us weren’t reckless, emotional and extreme at times with our emotions especially when it came to romance?  As for the years apart I liked seeing both of them grow up and mature.

I loved the interaction between James and Theo throughout the book and I liked that their love grew out of a friendship.  It wasn’t love at first sight and while I still can’t believe from the descriptions provided that Theo was that ugly it’s nice to have a heroine who isn’t stunningly beautiful.

The other offbeat part of the story I was fascinated by were Theo’s descriptions of fashion rules she would follow once she could make her own clothing choices, the fashion trends she started in France and the description of some of James’ outfits when he returns.  Honestly they sound so garish I have a hard time believing they would be considered fashionable but I would love to see what they really looked like.

Yes, this book isn’t going to appeal to a lot of people but I still loved it and will definitely be picking up another Eloisa James book in the future.

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One Response

  1. Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours

    I’m glad you really enjoyed this one after the bumpy start you had with it. And I would definitely like to see illustrations of the outfits in the book as well!

    Thanks for being on the tour.

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