I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.My American Duchess by Eloisa James
Published by Avon on January 26th 2016
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
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.