My favorite Eloisa James! Yes, I've read them all.
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-delightf..Show More »ul 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
I love this "Duchess Quarter" series, and this book did not disappoint. As with the other books, the stories are about 3 friends and their romances w..Show More »here the story lines get intertwined and then resolved. In this book one character ends up involved with all 3 women romancing one, pretending to romance another to make her husband jealous and pretending to be engaged to another. The book is much richer if the reader is familiar with the story of Esme and Sebastian from the previous book, even though the book stands alone just fine. I love the way that Eloisa James uses classical literature, particularly Shakespeare, to weave into the romances she writes. Here "Romeo and Juliet* plays a role, though it is not necessary to know the classics to enjoy these references. Though some readers were put off by the catty attitudes of some of the women in this book, James is clearly mocking these prudish and even vicious social attitudes just as Shakespeare does, By this technique James enriches her stories with the beauty of classical literature at the same time she shows that love and romance are an important part of all good literature.