Lady Henrietta Maclellan longs for the romantic swirl of a London season. But as a rusticating country maiden, she has always kept her sensuous nature firmly under wraps -- until she meets Simon Darby. Simon makes her want to whisper promises late at night, exchange kisses on a balcony, receive illicit love notes. So Henrietta lets her imagination soar and writes...
A very steamy love letter that becomes shockingly public. Everyone supposes that he has written it to her, but the truth hardly matters in the face of the scandal to come if they don't marry at once. But nothing has quite prepared Henrietta for the pure sensuality of...
Simon has vowed he will never turn himself into a fool over a woman. So, while debutantes swoon as he disdainfully strides past the lovely ladies of the ton, he ignores them all...until Henrietta. Could it be possible that he has been the foolish one all along?
©2003 Eloisa James (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
This is an extremely humorous but still quite romantic book. James has a gift for sly humor and the careful observation of the not-always-so-delightful way in which children enliven our lives. I read this book a few years ago and liked it so much I wanted to hear it performed. Of course, the reader couldn't outperform the voices in my head but she came very close. Wonderful! There is an order to these books. Cam and Gina's story comes before this - Duchess in Love. Esme's story runs through these books -Duchess Quartet series. Although there is no Duchess at the heart of this story
Because of a hip problem Henrietta is unable to have children as her mother had the same condition and died in childbirth so this takes her off the 'marriage mart' but she dreams of motherhood. However, she doesn't plan on meeting Simon, a devout bachelor and longs for a love that just cannot be - but she writes herself a love letter which has dire consequences for them both.
Enjoyable and fun romance with likeable main characters and a good supporting cast of other characters. It also catches up with Esme and Sebastian's story from book 1 but it could be a stand alone book.
Worth a credit? It's all you want from a Regency romance and it's written by E.J. so it's a definite YES from me.
Read from June 11 to July 14, 2012
Started audiobook 6/11/12. Switched to ebook 7/11/12. I switched to the printed version of this book because there was a secondary storyline that had nothing to do with the main romance and which I was not interested in at all. For some reason, James's usually tight POV is absent here, with scenes (and backstory) from random minor characters--including a newborn baby in the last chapter! I'm now 1 for 4 with James's full-length novels.
I loved the first book so I am trying to read these in order. I would rate this book near the top. It's an easy book to listen too and not get lost if you like to work and listen. While this book is definitely about Henrietta and Simon It also builds on the relationship of Esme and Sebastian. I was ready to read the next book in this series.
I liked the heroine. Henrietta was a strong character. I had a little problem with Simon being into so much lace but the reason came out and made sense. I tend to like the darker characters but this was a great romance story in the middle of a series.
I love Justine Eyre and often look for a good book through her.
Yes, I can listen to her books while I work and loved it.
Looking for more stories by this author. I own them all!
"I wear a fez now, fez's are cool"
If you are going to write a story and spend a lot of time on the side characters at least make them interesting or finish their story. Unless I missed something which it's possible I did because listening to this was almost torture at points, the major side characters story was not finished.
Again I might have been asleep during her last chapter so please feel free to ignore this above comment if that is the case. Or you can not ignore it and know that the side character was so bloody uninteresting that I was put to sleep by it...
I didn't really care for the Heroine either, she seemed to be different characters every time she was actually a main focus for the author. She confused me as a lead character. When you are first introduced you think she is this strong independent woman that could take care of herself, then she seems to morph into a shy insecure woman and the morphing isn't smooth enough to make much sense. The character was not well developed, either that or the author was just as confused by what to make of the character as the reader is.
The hero is a bit of a fop. I get the point but he seemed more like a woman in many cases and while I don't mind more sensitive men he just seemed like he was originally written as a woman and then the author decided to make him a man.
There was also so little time spent on the two main characters, that I didn't ever get engaged by their love story. It seemed forced. Perhaps if there was more focus on them I could have enjoyed this much more, but as it stands...
I found myself wanting to skip most of the book, I have read a few of Eloise James's books and so far only loved one, sort of liked the other. This book might have been the seal on the coffin as I really have no desire to listen to another and that's too bad as the one book I liked by her I absolutely loved.
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