Review: My American Duchess by Eloisa James

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Review: My American Duchess by Eloisa JamesMy American Duchess by Eloisa James
Published by Avon on January 26th 2016
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher

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, no matter what it takes. And Trent is a man who always gets what he wants.

The problem is, Merry is already betrothed, and the former runaway bride has vowed to make it all the way to the altar. As honor clashes with irresistible passion, Trent realizes the stakes are higher than anyone could have imagined. In his battle to save Merry and win her heart, one thing becomes clear:

All is fair in love and war.

My American Duchess by Eloisa James is proof that I need to NOT be afraid to read a book even if the premise of the book makes me anxious, because I LOVED this book.

The premise that made me so uncomfortable is that the heroine, Merry, is engaged to someone other than the hero. In fact, Merry is engaged to the hero’s brother. I was so incredibly nervous that the engagement to another man would hinder me from liking this book. And holy cow was I wrong!

Merry is an American (you could probably figure that out by the title, huh?) who was previously engaged to two other men when she was living in the U.S., but both engagements were called off because Merry decided she couldn’t marry them. So Merry and her aunt and uncle head to London in hopes that she will find a husband there, and at the start of the book, it looks like she has in Lord Cedric. And then, right after Cedric’s proposal at a ball, she meets his brother, The Duke of Trent, and she starts questioning herself.

I positively adored both Merry and Trent, and it’s clear from their very first meeting that these two are perfect for each other. Merry, as an American, is not fitting into English society very well. She struggles with all the rules and formalities, and makes many of faux pas (eating a rented pineapple, for instance) but all those faux pas made me love her all the more. When she’s nervous she starts spitting out trivia, and it’s amazing. And her love for her country is a real thing.

And Trent! Oh Trent is my kind of hero. He’s truly an honorable and hardworking man, and that is the kind of hero that is the most attractive to me. Trent has an extremely complicated relationship with his twin brother, Cedric, and the fact Trent starts falling for Merry immediately makes things even more complicated. Trent adores Merry as she is, and doesn’t want her to lose her American-ness and it’s just so wonderful, you guys. So wonderful.

A number of people that have read this found the last quarter a bit slow, but I actually loved that part the best. The only issue I had was trying to understand Cedric. Sometimes he would do these really awful things, but then, he did end up doing something nice, and I wanted to know WHY he did that. It seemed like such a huge change in character, and I needed to know the details.

But seriously, My American Duchess was such a hit with me. It was the first Eloisa James book I ever read, but it will NOT be my last.


15 Responses to “Review: My American Duchess by Eloisa James”

  1. Renee (Lover of Romance)

    oh can I say how thrilled I am that you enjoyed this one so much!! Eloisa James is so wonderful, and she handled the set up of this story in such a great way! I am curious about Cedric too, maybe he will be in a future book?? We shall see. I do love Trent though, such a wonderful hero.

  2. Nick

    I’m so excited to see you loved this one so much, Quinn. I’ve had it on my TBR since I saw the cover and read the synopsis, but I hadn’t seen many reviews for it. I’m going to have to get myself a copy since Trent and Merry sound amazing together. I can definitely see why you were initially wary with the set up. Since you loved it though and had no trouble with it, I have no doubt it will be a good read for me as well.
    Lovely review!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      The cover is super pretty, right?! I think you should totally read it. I think you are just going to love Merry. It’s impossible to not love her. And the same goes for Trent.

  3. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    I am running to my bookcase now to see if this is one of the Eloisa titles I snagged from my grandmother….

    Darn. I don’t have it. LOL. But now I want it! I love the idea of her having trouble adjusting to London society! Trent sounds SO wonderful too!

    I’m so glad you loved this Quinn!

  4. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! I heard an interview with Eloisa James about this one (it’s the Avon on the Air podcast which is fab btw) and it sounded SO good. Yay! I can’t wait to read it and I’ve been wanting to read more Eloisa James so this is perfect.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I love Avon on the Air, but I’m behind. Well, I was behind. But not that you reminded me, I’ve caught up. And I loved the interview with Eloisa James. You should totally read this. It’s wonderful, Katherine.

  5. Daphne

    Oh man, I’ve been seeing this book and I was curious but like you I’ve never read anything by her. Now I rally want to read it! Might go pick it up tomorrow. 😄

  6. Sharlene Wegner

    I read this last week & I also loved it! As for you question about Cedric, not sure what made him do the right thing, but it was good for him to get away from his brother & stop comparing everything. I also loved the fact that Trent adored Merry for all of her American ways, while Cedric wanted to change everything about her.

  7. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairytale Reviews

    Yeah! I’m glad you read an Eloisa James and, even better, you loved it! She is a fabulous writer who thrives on taking odd premises that shouldn’t work and making them into fabulous stories. Merry was definitely my favorite character and the whole rented pineapple thing was hilarious though the fallout wasn’t as funny. I actually liked Cedric, mostly because I saw him as absurd rather than a bad person. I think leaving England helped him find his true character and that is why he did what he did at the end. I would love to see Eloisa James write a book for him someday.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      It was impossible not to love Merry. I didn’t like the fallout of the Pineapple situation, either, but I loved how Merry did everything she could to make it right. Even more reasons to love Merry. I definitely think leaving London was a good thing for Cedric. And I would definitely read Cedric’s book.

  8. Lianne @

    I’ve never read anything my Eloise James (I have no idea where to start tbh! xD) and I wasn’t sure what to think about this novel but after reading your review I’m mightily intrigued, I’ll have to keep a lookout for it 😉 *promptly adds it on GR*

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