***This is a Stand Alone book***
Octavius Mortimer John Allardyce, the sixth Duke of Trent has found the woman that he wishes to marry, only to find that his younger (twin) brother, Cedric, proposed to the same woman earlier that evening.
American heiress, Merry Pelford, left behind jilted two finances in America and is hoping that the third engagement is a charm when she accepts Lord Cedric Allardyce's proposal.
Trent always assumed that he would marry a proper English lady, but now that he's met Merry, he's determined to do whatever it takes to win her hand away from his brother, who wishes to marry her for less than honorable reasons.
I love Eloisa James's books! Her characters are so much fun to read and I can picture them as they dance across London's ballrooms. I love the bits of humor she sprinkles into the stories as her characters find their way to love.
My American Duchess was one of those books that I found impossible to put down. I loved reading about Merry and Trent as they discovered their passion and love for each other, overcoming the obstacles before them. Merry was trying hard to become a lady and Trent needed to let go of his desire for a proper wife, thankfully he realize that he loved Merry as she was before she changed.
Merry was concerned that she possessed a fickle heart when she found herself falling in love with Trent, while engaged to his brother, though learning that Cedric wasn't the man he had portrayed himself to be made her choice much easier. I was a bit put-off with her indecisiveness, though it was fitting for her character.
I hope that Ms. James writes Cedric's story, because the epilogue leads us to believe that he found redemption...
From the Publisher:
The arrogant Duke of Trent intends to marry a well-bred Englishwoman. The last woman he would ever consider marrying is the adventuresome Merry Pelford— an American heiress who has infamously jilted two fiancés.
But after one provocative encounter with the captivating Merry, Trent desires her more than any woman he has ever met. He is determined to have her as his wife, no matter what it takes. And Trent is a man who always gets what he wants.
The problem is, Merry is already betrothed, and the former runaway bride has vowed to make it all the way to the altar. As honor clashes with irresistible passion, Trent realizes the stakes are higher than anyone could have imagined. In his battle to save Merry and win her heart, one thing becomes clear:
All is fair in love and war.
A New York Times bestselling author, Eloisa James is a professor
of English literature who lives with her family in New York, but who can
sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. (Her husband is a honest to goodness
Italian knight!) Eloisa’s website offers short stories, extra chapters, and
even a guide to shopping in Florence. Visit her at www.eloisajames.com.