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.
©2016 Eloisa James, Inc. (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
Another sexy funny romance from James, brought to life in Reading's incomparable narration. These two just get better and better. I highly recommend this for regency/historical romance lovers. Imaginative story, amazing performance. You won't be sorry you tried this one!
Every time I read an Eloisa James book I think about how clever the stories are and how good the writing is. The sex scenes are tasteful and generously spread. EJ did a fabulous job developing H/H characters. I adored both although very different from one another. Couldn't put the book down and at the same time didn't want it to end. Very well done.
This was a good story with lots of funny parts. One of the things I found myself thinking about was the main character was from Boston but didn't speak with the accent from the area. I still enjoyed the book.
This one was truly a disappointment. I could not stand what the narrator did to the heroins voice. She did an excellent job with most, if not all, of the other characters but ruined the heroin by making her sound stiff and robotic. I'm assuming she was attempting to give her a Boston accent, but instead made her sound very mechanical. She would have been better off just forgoing the attempt at a Boston accent and gone with a generic American accent or whatever would have been easiest for the narrator to pull off successfully. It was so awful the book should be re-titled "My American Android Duchess".
I guess I can't blame it all on the narrator though. The story just wasn't that great either. I got almost to the last 1/3 of the book and just quit. I couldn't even see it through to the end it was that annoying and unengaging.
This was definitely not my favorite Eloisa James book. I almost stopped listening during the first couple hours which felt to me like a very boring cocktail party where you want to leave but have to wait for your ride home! It picked up a bit but never really got that interesting. Frankly, it was predictable, slow, and the characters just didn't appeal to me. Kate Reading did her usual find job of narrating but even that can only hold my interest for so long in the absence of a good plot.
After two broken betrothals Miss Merry Pelford, an American Heiress has come abroad with her aunt and uncle as a last chance to marry Merry off to an English gentleman. Lord Cedric Allardyce the younger brother of a duke has quickly zeroed in on Merry and after a short -one month - courtship promptly proposed at a ball then disappeared to the card room. Merry needed air and pulled herself out to a balcony to reassess what had just happened - she was now betrothed.
Before too long a gentleman came bursting out to the balcony, clearly upset and hadn’t noticed Merry standing alone in the shadows. Naturally, Merry being American and not your normal gently bred unassuming London debutante, tapped him on the shoulder to discover if there were anything she might do to help. Aghast that a woman would just simply approach him the Duke of Trent was anything but friendly, but alas Merry was not impeded by his brusque mood. After many minutes of discussion with this unusually intelligent and attractive woman, Trent who never smiled had quite enjoyed their discussion and certain he must be introduced officially to her. The introduction was not what he expected - Merry Pelford was betrothed to his twin brother!
In a couple of words…Absolutely delightful! I loved the whole premise of twins - one the good one and the other somewhat of a sleaze. Not identical in looks and definitely not in character, but ‘oh spit’ neither were a match for the intrepid American Heiress Merry Pelford. After meeting Trent Merry had begun to think that she just might be a shallow person, especially now that after meeting her betrothed future brother-in-law, she was having second thoughts about jumping too quick into another betrothal which she was beginning to realize was another mistake.
But what could she do - go for three broken betrothals? My gosh she wouldn’t have a reputation left or should she go through with it and be miserable married to one and lusting for the other. My oh my, be careful what one wishes for .
Lots of fun between the pages, the sheets, and a real surprise wedding make this a terrific read which I believe is a true winner. The narration by Kate Reading was lovely and well performed. I’m only sorry it took me so long to pick this up to listen to.
I've read several EJ books and this was my least favorite. I agree with others that this book suffered from the change in narrator. While the narrator was very good with the male voices, I hated her portrayal of the main character. She sounded ditzy and every time she said "oh, spit" I wanted to punch her. Beyond that, the story itself was just okay. I listened all the way through but stopped caring after the wedding. Before that, I was intrigued as to what would happen next, but it slowed way down after.
Edwina "I Love Books'
Yes It was a very good story and well narrated
The Surprise Wedding!1
Kate Reading does a great job narrating all the different characters
I love stories about Rich Powerful and handsome Dukes. My American Duchess really was a great story with a lively cast of characters. This is one of those stories you can feel like you want to be there.
Merry Pelford and American Heiress has broken her marriage engagements twice. Her Aunt Bess and her Uncle Thaddeus brings her to London to find a husband. Poor Merry excepts a marriage proposal from Cedric Allardyee the brother of the Duke of Trent. Not ten minutes later the Duke of Trent happens upon Merry on the Balcony at the Portmeadow's Ball. The two not knowing who the other is get involved in funny and lively conversation. This lead Trent to decide he wants this American for himself and he will propose marriage as soon as he can find out her identity .
Timing was not on there side Merry realizes immediately that she should have waited to except Cedric's proposal of marriage. After meeting the stranger on the balcony she begins to think something is wrong with her. She and Trent realize they are to be brother and sister by marriage. Cedric is a drunk and a gambler and he really doesn't want to marry Merry. He loathes that she is American and is not good Ton!! But her money is another thing. Cedric need its!!
As events twist and turn Trent wins the day and gets his American Duchess, but will he admit he loves her or deny the emotions of love. This is a Hot Sexy Sensual Marriage between Merry and Trent. I really love stories that are relationship builders and not just angst. Merry and Trent grow in love with each other. They both are well written characters. The story has a great supporting cast of characters. I especially liked Aunt Bess and Uncle Thaddeus who has raised Merry as if she were there own child after the death of her parents.
I Highly Recommend My American Duchess!!
i really liked this story it had a ton a TON of potential but i feel that it piddled out in the end and lacked the excitement of some of her other novels.
A book lover with a romantic soul, but willing to take a leap of faith. I LOVE to get sucked into a story and live there for a bit.
you may hear dime familiar places and names here, for instance, hogs mead and honey dukes
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