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Three Weeks with Lady XBy Eloisa JamesDesperate Duchesses, Book 7Publisher: Avon Romance (Harper Collins)Release Date: March 25, 2014Genre: Historical RomanceLength: 385 PagesISBN: 978-0062223906ASIN: B00DB365KWAbout the book: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.
There were ten statues in all. She waited for a pause in Adelaide’s lecture about Renaissance sculpture, and asked, “Do you wish to keep these pieces, Mr. Dautry?”
He was standing before Leda, who had very large breasts, and looked merry, as if swans were just her cup of tea. “Perhaps I’ll keep this one,” he murmured. But then he glanced sideways at her. He was trying to shock her, the way little boys did when they dropped their breeches.
“She looks like a village barmaid,” she said indifferently. “I find the satyr far more interesting.”
Dautry pivoted and gave the bronze statue a good long stare. India looked again too. The satyr’s hand was curved above his lover in a gesture both exuberant and protective. Unwillingly, she felt another pulse of warmth.
“If they were both female, I would,” Dautry said, with a wicked grin.
He was trying to provoke her again, and she refused to give him the satisfaction of appeared scandalized. “Shall we consign the statues to the barn, and you can decide their fate some other time?”
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.
A charming historical romance, Three Week with Lady X is my first experience reading Eloisa James. Wonderful characters, lively dialogue and a lovely romance kept me turning the pages from start to finish. A well paced story, filled with humor and passion, Three Weeks with Lady X is a reading experience historical readers will undoubtedly enjoy.An intelligent and independent thinker, Lady Xenobia “India” St. Claire, has been successfully supporting herself since her father passed away. The daughter of a marquess, her skills as a decorator and “arranger” of other people’s lives has made her highly sought after both professionally and personally. Deciding it’s time to settle down and marry, not because she’s looking for love but because she wants children, she agrees to take on Thorn Dautry, hopefully her final client, and make him marriage material within three weeks. She never planned on falling in love in the process.The acknowledged illegitimate son of the Duke of Villiers, Thorn “Tobias” Dautry has more money than he’ll ever need. Determined to marry and have a family of his own, Thorn’s goal is to find a wife who’ll cherish and never abandon him or his children. Carefully making his choice, Thorn settles on Laetitia Rainsford, a nice, beautiful young lady whose fastidious parents turn out to be a challenge. Hiring Lady X to make him a “civilized” gentleman is easy; falling in love with his instructor was not a part of his plan.The scenes between India and Tobias are full of lively dialogue, biting humor and simmering passion. While both India and Tobias have plans, they can’t deny the emotional and physical heat between them. Ms. James does an excellent job developing both characters as individuals and as a couple. I especially liked their wit and intelligence; they were a perfect match for each other. Starting out as strangers, they become friends and eventually lovers (the letters they send back and forth are priceless).The secondary characters are also well developed and I especially liked India’s aunt, who raised her since she was 12. I also liked Rose, Tobias’ ward, and enjoyed getting to know their acquaintances. Ms. James does a wonderful job filling in the cast and her descriptions of the “Ton” and society in general were great.Will India and Tobias realize they’re in love before it’s too late? You’ll have to read Three Weeks with Lady X to find out. I loved it and can’t wait to read more of Ms. James’ work.My Rating: 5 out of 5 Crowns
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.