Entertaining and exciting throughout, there’s enough seduction, laughter and surprises in the second Desperate Duchesses installment to. Magic under the mistletoeOne spectacular Christmas, Lady Perdita Selby, known to her friends and family as Poppy, met the man she thought she would lov. I adore Eloisa James’s characters, and I love her dialogue. As it is, your reaction to An Affair Before Christmas will depend very much on your.

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The Wedgwood company made it in honor of Queen Elizabeth. Well tell him and don’t keep it a secret for four years! The Taming of the Duke April has obvious Shakespearean resonances, as do many of my novels. Oh my goodness, this is I have discovered the most ludicrous central conflict ever to grace a romance novel.

I am not entirely sure how this leads to fixing their problems.

I didn’t really enjoy this, partially because books befoer the couple loves each other but everything falls apart because they just can’t connect with each other make me sad, and partially because the conflict between the couple in this book had the potential to actually explore and solve real problems, but then it’s wrapped up artificially and I barely noticed it happening. I really enjoyed Poppy and her odd interests. With Villiers facing death, his whole perspective has changed and he wants to right all the wrongs.

In an era where marriages are arranged, women are thought of as nothing more than their husbands arm candy and having a brain and using it is frowned upon, a woman has few choices when it comes to conducting her life.

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An Affair Before Christmas

I think and please acknowledge the size of the benefit of doubt I am giving this thing that it was an attempt to keep her from forcing herself back into Poppy’s life, as well as a revenge for Poppy’s abuse at her hands. I realize this is part of a series but there was hardly any of the main couple in the book.


And the Duke of Villiers. It was disappointing to see that their spark and romance died out over a simple miscommunication, or lack thereof.

Toward the end of the book, Poppy tells Fletch: Villiers was injured in a duel with Damon and is recovery poorly from his injury and things are looking like he may eloiaa die. Also, the friendship that Elijah had with dying Villiers, who regrets his loss of friendship with both Elijah and Benjamin he committed suicide after their chess game. So this is a heavy topic, but I loved the ending. Poppy was brought up by the ruthless and unwittingly hilarious Lady Flora, who believes that all men should take mistresses to relieve their wives of unpleasant marital duties, so she can hardly help her distaste for leoisa.

Nov 23, Lori McD rated it it was ok Shelves: I liked Fletcher I understood his frustration, while I wasn’t crazy about his complete obsession befre finding someone to sleep with, I understood him, more then I did Poppy.

There is an explanation. Eloisa made up these gorgeous collectible cards for readers to celebrate crhistmas Desperate Duchesses, Original Six series. It was touching to see the two men somewhat reconciled after so long. I thought Poppy really did a great job in establishing her independence from her rotten mother and I found her struggle pretty believable.

But Villiers already had regret about that – why did it take almost dying to say it out loud? Thus, Poppy’s spent four years living up to her mother’s idea of the perfect Duchess: Jemma wasn’t as scene stealing as she was previously, but still Her mother totally dominated her, both in the past and the present, and Poppy can’t make good decisions because of this.

B Plus ReviewshistoricalRomance. Last night Fletch wore a mantle of black Epingle velvet embroidered with black jet beads to a ball given by the Duchess of Orleans. The eyes of all the French ladies followed him, even those of the Countess of Montsurry. The devilishly attractive Duke of Fletcher was the perfect match for the innocent, breathtakingly beautiful young Englishwoman, and theirs was the most romantic wedding she had ever seen.


Yes, ideally Poppy should be the one to kick her mum out and she eventually does, but I wasn’t sure why Fletch was so complacent about her living with him. I found it enjoyable more thanks to Eloisa James’ trademark style and large cast. Because if I’d really felt you, if I’d really known you, it would have been different. Newer Post Older Post Home. French ladies looked at her and tittered behind their fans. You can tell just from looking at it what kind of man you are.

I don’t know how it happened, how I was so lucky. In Jemma’s case, her chess passion, in Poppy’s her interest in obscure naturalism, in Charlotte’s, her feel for and interest in politics.

An Affair Before Christmas by Eloisa James

That was afafir of the best scenes ever when he carried his wife away she was pretending to be a French mademoiselle and seduced him. Eloisa James writes ensemble romances, and her central characters always consist of a group of women whose stories are told sometimes one after another, sometimes simultaneously.

Harry Dresden’s Love Slave rated cyristmas it was ok. The fact that the plot or I jamee really say main ‘tension’ is centered around the heroine’s itchy hair powder and damaged hair but refuses to tell her husband of FOUR YEARS is just hysterically wrong and annoyingly ridiculous on so many levels.

He was the main reason for me not giving up the book. In order to catch a duke, one must allow certain indignities.

My mother says that English gentlewomen have very little in common with the French. I thought it was a stretch to make it the central conflict in their marriage – if James had made a bigger deal out of evil Mother-in-Law, I would have been more interested.