And Theo will quickly find that, for a man with the soul of a pirate, Alls Fair in Love—and War. When they are reunited, everything felt sort of rushed and expected, so the excitement and passion that I picked up from the first portion of the book was lost. Ashbrook dropped his eyes, at last showing some sign of shame. A woman scorned, and all that. Which is why I said the Eloisa James is accomplished.
I have to see some serious change in the characters in order to really buy that it would work out. And the very long Epilogue was amazing. I know I'm going to give this 5 stars! I just read this one and I was pretty disappointed in the story and the characters. Seven years is a long time. I do the same for James. Too bad they only share it for two days on their marriage but they make up on the end. The pacing of The Ugly Duchess feels uneven at times — the last third of the book takes place over a much shorter period time than I expected it to, given the issues that needed to be resolved.
James learned even more from a Parisian mademoiselle, and the next year, from a girl named Anela, who lived on a Pacific island and thought the rising sun should be worshipped from a horizontal position. That's my other problem with this book. I loved the chemistry between Theo and James. When Theo finds out that James was forced to ma Theodora Saxby is not beautiful. Now, to get to that backlist! By the descriptions I couldn't really understand how she could be termed ugly. At the time, I thought it was delightful and fun and a wonderful romp. Theo thought James loved her and because they were best friends she trusted him.
There would be nothing left within two years, and I will have betrayed my closest friend for no reason. But then, it seemed to me that Eloisa James had trouble trying to figure out how to reconcile them while maintaining Theo's incredible character. My heart just broke for Daisy James name for Theo. After graduating from Harvard University, Eloisa got an M. But after a romantic proposal before the prince himself, even practical Theo finds herself convinced of her soon-to-be duke's passion. Not much to think about, is there? All satin skin and long limbs, and those gorgeous breasts like the apples Eve offered Adam. And, he only came back then because he'd nearly lost his life.
She did, however, slide a sparkling ruby onto her right hand, a present she had given to herself when Ryburn Weavers made its first thousand guineas in profit. Eloisas website offers short stories, extra chapters, and even a guide to shopping in Florence. James cares for Theo and knows what he doing is wrong, but he does it anyway. Theodora Saxby—known to James alone as Daisy—was his dearest friend, his childhood companion. I will do nothing of the sort. . It's rather like having two lives.
Long ago, Theo's dying father asked the duke to look after Theo and her mother, and she and James have been like siblings ever since. I wanted to yank James out of the first scene and stop him from doing something dumb, and I felt bad for Theo. The majority of pages are undamaged with minimal creasing or tearing, minimal pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins. At the beginning, well, can put the immaturity due to their young age the hero was 19 and the heroin was 17 when they got married , but 7 years after that? How could I possibly guess that England is a breeding ground for black rot? Unfortunately, Daddy Dearest lost all of his money in bad investments and some of Theo's dowry too. Their parents had been best friends, as well, and when Theo's father passed, James' father took Theo and her mother in.
Both act impulsively, dramatically with Theo declaring the marriage over and James leaving. I would be pissed as hell if my husband not only let me think he was dead for the better part of a decade, but had been cheating on me for a good part of it and, now upon his return, he seems to feel no guilt or remorse for it. How to break that person's heart, whether it be tomorrow, or five years or ten years in the future. I love Eloisa James she writes such real and interesting people. It also left James and his father packing and Theo's heart breaking in its wake. This book pissed me off.
James for his part, felt unworthy of Theo and felt he didn't deserve forgiveness for his behavior. But the very blat This book broke my heart, in more ways than one. How can she dare to imagine he loves her…when all London calls her The Ugly Duchess? I rather liked Theo and James, both their pre and post misunderstanding selves. I couldn't like these two if you paid me to. Despite his lies to get her to marry him. I had problems from the very beginning. I couldn't like these two if you paid me to.