Thursday, March 27, 2014

Book Tour for Three Weeks With Lady X by Eloisa James (Review & GIVEAWAY)

As a fan of the historical genre I'm thrilled to be hosting Eloisa James today with Three Weeks With Lady Xthe latest installment in her Desperate Duchesses series.  Keep reading to get a taste of this book along with my impressions of it and learn even more about this book by visiting the other blogs hosting this tour.  Make sure to fill out the form below for your chance to win a print copy of the previous book in this series too!

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 façade, 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.




When it comes to historical reads my favorites are those that mesh witty dialogue and memorable characters with a storyline that makes you feel good.  Eloisa James has done just that with this seventh book in her Desperate Duchesses series.  From start to finish this fast-paced story will immerse you in its action, emotions, and characters to the point that you won't want it to end.

Thorn was born a bastard and many years later, though his father finally claimed him, the label's still with him.  A childhood of surviving by his wits and fists have left him scarred inside and out with flashes of boyish vulnerability but left behind a brash and formidable man who oozes sexiness and cockiness.  With smart business dealings having made him rich he now feels the need for a wife and kids and to do that he must become more of a gentleman with the first step turning his former bachelor pad into a more mature home that his "perfect" (but lees than smart) pseudo-fiancée will like.

Helping him achieve that goal is the surprisingly modern India, a no-nonsense strong-willed woman who's making her own way in the world by redesigning the ton's homes.  Because of her flighty parents her childhood was one of financial hardships, so having her own wealth and the ability to make her own choices is imperative to her and show a hardhearted and serious-minded woman.  There's another side to her though, a playful one that only comes out to play with Thorn.

That's why watching them work together is so delightful.  Their entertaining verbal sparring and surprisingly similar pasts have them bonding quite quickly and through a series of back and forth messages their relationship flourishes into something sweetly romantic.  These messages were my favorite part of the story as they showed Thorn and India's true selves and were dripping with sexual tension.  From there things got even hotter and culminated in an immensely satisfying journey to HEA with just a few roadblocks thrown in.

Along the way we're treated to a wonderful cast of secondary characters, the most memorable being Thorn's ward Rose.  This little girl was wise beyond her years but was endearing with flashes of a child-like demeanor.  She's a delightful heroine in the making and I look forward to watching her grow up.  There's also Thorn's noble friend Evander and India's aunt who's always there for her rounding out the compelling list of secondary characters.  Seeing past characters too was like seeing old family and added an extra emotional layer to this story.  With its humorous and witty dialogue and compelling main couple this story set itself apart from the other installments but still gave us an overall feeling of family.  This series continues to delight, is one I highly recommend, and I look forward to what comes next!

My rating for this is an A-

*I received this book from Edelweiss for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


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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