The Ugly Duchess By: Eloisa James James has an understandably rocky relationship with his father, whose irresponsibility has long been. I enjoy Eloisa James’ books because she is so innovative and tends Surprisingly The Ugly Duchess didn’t do that at least in the first half of. The Ugly Duchess By Eloisa James – FictionDB. Cover art, synopsis, sequels, reviews, awards, publishing history, genres, and time period.

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A quiet certainty had snuggled it’s way in my heart, that I would give this book a full 5-stars rating. View all 22 comments. I had to keep pausing and ask myself this is the heroine?? As much as I was irritated that James wasn’t man enough to fight for the woman he loved I could probably have dealt with him walking away if it hadn’t been for the cheating.

Feb 17, Nadia rated it it was amazing Shelves: As much as you know Theo is going to be devastated when she finds out the truth I really liked the way James comes to realise how much he genuinely does love her. It occurred to James, not for the first time, that there was no human being in the world he duchesd as much as his father.

The tone of the story is quite sombre. When it becomes clear Freya is in grave danger, he’ll risk everything to keep her safe. And this isn’t the only gorgeous card to be had! And I think I have read really, really good HR that made my heart come right out of my body.

And then he turned into an idiot and broke my heart. And of course, the loss of the awesomeness of the characters just grated.

Now James faces the battle of his lifetime, convincing Theo that he loved the duckling who blossomed into the swan. The Taming of the Duke April has obvious Shakespearean resonances, as do many of my novels. It was just as she was preparing to have him declared dead that James returns.


View all 28 comments. In fact, James justifies his adultery over and over again, both to himself and Theo. Theodora Saxby is the last woman anyone expects the gorgeous James Ryburn, heir to the Duchy of Ashbrook, to marry.

No real effort on James’s part.

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The ending is what made it lose a star for me. Orbit Eloiisa of Sand Tasha Suri. I had no patience for the hero in the least – He was immature in the beginning and an idiot later on.

I adored the epilogue but still their overall reunion could have been handled better. He even talks to her about them, about how he considered their marriage over.

If James isn’t jamew man who marries her, not only will the James Ryburn, Earl of Islay, is informed by his father a duke that he has to marry Theodora Saxby, his best friend since they were children.

Didn’t love the protagonist, and there was weird pacing stuff happening, like 5 years going by and then pages of things that were continuous at the end To say they are immature is an understatement. Theo’s abrupt turnabout was the most contrived part of all it considering hours earlier she was set on moving out and insisting they separate. James can take his selfish ragey shineola and stuff it. It’s reiterated eloiwa and over again in both his words and his actions.

The Ugly Duchess

As they face the menace of a treacherous government plot, Ethan is willing to take any risk for the love of the most extraordinary woman he’s ever known. The Before part of this novel was wonderful.

Want to Read saving…. It knocked around in his head for a month or two until he managed to cram it into a dark corner of his mind and shut it up. Never a good sign. View all 3 comments.

August 16, Publication Date: Instead of being honest and explaining himself to Daisy, he hid the partial motive for their marriage and in doing so, destroyed the trust, friendship, and burgeoning love that they had. At the end of Chapter 15, it’s been a mere two years and he cheats on her. View all 30 comments. Still, I was a little taken aback by that turn in the story. Will she accept the now largely built pirate with an edge of savage danger and a tattoo under his eye?


Theodora Theo, as she liked to be called and Daisy, as James liked to call herwas seen as an unattractive woman or at least according to society’s standards of that time. What annoys me even more, though, is that the infidelities are never really a bone of contention between them. He’s sailing the seas, kicking ass, fucking wenches in every port. His heart gave another painful thump at the memory of his father. But then, it seemed to me that Eloisa James had trouble trying to figure out how to reconcile them while maintaining Theo’s incredible character.

His mother had died nine years earlier, and under a decade since his father had managed to impoverish an estate stretching from Scotland to Staffordshire to London. The book had me hooked from start to finish and left me smiling in its wake. View all 31 comments. His father, on the other hand, was cheering up. It’s simply shocking how the rating fell from 5 stars to a mere 3, isn’t it?

James learned even more from a Parisian mademoiselle, and the next year, from a girl named Anela, who lived on a Pacific island and thought the rising sun should be worshipped from a horizontal position. Your mother and I were married for the right reasons, to do with family obligations and financial negotiations.