Thursday, April 3, 2014

Tasty Book Tours Book Review: Three Weeks With Lady X

Three Weeks with Lady X
Desperate Duchesses #7
By: Eloisa James
Releasing March 25th, 2014

The next fabulous romance by New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James. Having made a fortune, Thorn Dautry, the powerful bastard son of a duke, decides that he needs a wife. But to marry a lady, Thorn must acquire a gleaming, civilized fa├žade, the specialty of Lady Xenobia India. Exquisite, headstrong, and independent, India vows to make Thorn marriageable in just three weeks. But neither Thorn nor India anticipate the forbidden passion that explodes between them. Thorn will stop at nothing to make India his. Failure is not an option. But there is only one thing that will make India his . . . the one thing Thorn can't afford to lose . . . his fierce and lawless heart.
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Excerpt: “I am not afraid of you,” India said, keeping her voice even. “But I believe that Laetitia could do much better than marry a man who considers her a noodle and wants to treat her well merely because he paid for her!”
At that, he threw back his head and roared with laughter. “You’re a romantic! Under all that brass and bluster, you’re a romantic!”
India balled up her fist and struck him on the shoulder as hard as she could. He did not flinch at the blow, but he fell backward a step, still laughing. She turned to go, muttering under her breath.
He caught her arm. “What did you say, India?”
She turned her head and glared at him. “Let go of me!”
“Not until you tell me what you said.” That dimple again.
“I said that you were a bastard,” she told him, straight out.
“You’re correct.” The man was damnably attractive when he laughed. His gray eyes turned warm. And warm was dangerous because it made India feel warm too.

Review: If you like historical romance, you have to read Eloisa James. Her books never fail to make me smile and this one was fabulous!

Lady X is Lady Xenobia, I know, I felt like she should be some sort of spy, but what she was, was actually an interior decorator of sorts. Thorn is the bastard son of a duke who is searching for a wife. He has one in mind, so enter Lady X.

It is easy to see, his first choice isn't going to work because the chemistry between Xenobia and Thorn is instantaneous. I loved the letters that they exchanged while she was working at making his estate inhabitable for a gently bred lady.

Xenobia (India) and Thorn are both character with baggage from their past. Neither had what would be called "good" childhoods and that has really shaped who they are and what they want (or think they want out of life)

India seems to have a better head on her shoulders when it comes to love. Thorn on the other hand needs to be shaken a few times throughout the story.

I love the secondary characters too. When you read an Eloisa James book, you feel like the characters are old friends and family, even if you've never read one of her books.

This book is part of a series. It is actually the 7th book in that series, but it is definitely a stand alone novel, and a must read for lovers of historical romance!

Rating: 5 flowers

Author Info
New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. Her novels have been published to great acclaim. A reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa's very first book that she "found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar;" later People Magazine raved that "romance writing does not get much better than this." Her novels have repeatedly received starred reviews from Publishers' Weekly and Library Journal and regularly appear on the best-seller lists.
After graduating from Harvard University, Eloisa got an M.Phil. from Oxford University, a Ph.D. from Yale and eventually became a Shakespeare professor, publishing an academic book with Oxford University Press. Currently she is a distinguished professor and head of the Creative Writing program at Fordham University in New York City. Her "double life" is a source of fascination to the media and her readers. In her professorial guise, she's written a New York Times op-ed defending romance, as well as articles published everywhere from women's magazines such as Good Housekeeping and More to writers' journals such as the Romance Writers' Report.

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