“A Winning Romance...”Shakespearean influence abounds in this Regency-period romance. As the duckling-turned-swan heroine wins her prince’s heart, she’ll win yours too.
How can she dare to imagine he loves her . . . when all London calls her The Ugly Duchess?
Theodora Saxby is the last woman anyone expects the gorgeous James Ryburn, heir to the Duchy of Ashbrook, to marry. But after a romantic proposal before the prince himself, even practical Theo finds herself convinced of her soon-to-be duke's passion.
Still, the tabloids give the marriage six months.
Theo would have given it a lifetime . . . until she discovers that James desired not her heart, and certainly not her countenance, but her dowry.
Society was shocked by their wedding . . . and is scandalized by their separation.
Now James faces the battle of his life, convincing Theo that he loves the duckling who blossomed into the swan.
And Theo will quickly find that, for a man with the soul of a pirate, All's Fair in Love—and War.
Topics: London, Folk and Fairy Tales, Pirates, Second Chances, Friends to Lovers, Betrayal, Retellings, and Marriage of Convenience
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Another case for excusing men who are stupid, cheat on their wives, enjoy themselves to perdition and then expect all those things they aren't and never gave from their wives.
Of course, the woman forgives, forgets and is never bothered, finding an excuse for unfaithful and untrustworthy behaviour.more
So, having said all that... I actually liked this book. Color me shocked! I think it must be a testament to Eloisa James's writing that I was able to enjoy a book with so many things I normally would hate.
This book is separated into two sections: Before and After. Before is how James and Theo come to be married. I enjoyed this portion quite a bit. It was refreshing to see a hero come into a marriage with extremely limited sexual experience. He and Theo were on pretty even ground. I also really enjoyed the banter between them.
The After portion starts after the moment that Theo realizes James's father pushed him in to marrying her. She sends him away and tells him never to return. And he actually leaves. (Hence why I wasn't a big fan of him.) James ends up becoming a pirate and Theo takes over running his estate... (not very plausible, but I went with it.) What follows is a rather angsty seven years. I honestly didn't see how they would ever work things out and so perhaps that is what made it so nice when they finally did.
In the end it was two extremely imperfect people that made MANY mistakes and somehow found out they were perfect for each other. So despite the fact that I wasn't a wholehearted fan of either of them, I still couldn't help relishing the fact that they found their way back to one another.more