My American DUCHESS
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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Open the first page and prepare to be transported
4.5 stars, Rounded
Merry is an American heiress on her third engagement, yes, third, and is determined that this one will lead to the altar. Back in the states she is known as Mary Mary Quite Contrary for her peculiar decisions that lead her to accept then reject proposals. She started out a bit indecisive and dithery, but for me this worked nicely to serve the plot: she could follow her current path and remain a slightly unfulfilled and immature society wife, shallow as a puddle and providing tame company. But then she meets Trent.
Trent is the eldest of twin brothers, managing the estate and their lives as best he can. Frustrated with his brother Cedric and his profligacy, when he meets Merry he just knows that she intrigues him, and he wants more. But, Merry is not available: she is engaged to his brother, and here the fun begins. Trent was a bit skeptical and jaded, believing that love is fickle and for fools. Until he finds one that he can’t let go of.
The first half of the story is mostly light and fun, a flirtation if you will between characters and readers as we see the chemistry and enjoyment that Merry and Trent have, and the lack of same with her fiancé. As often happens in romance, Cedric is not what he seems and the engagement is off, leaving Merry free to follow her heart, if only Trent will get past his own stubborn belief that love doesn’t exist.
The second half of the story (roughly) shows us the married life of Merry and Trent, his gradual softening and obvious regard for Merry and her stepping up to take control of her new title and the termagants that are the London Ton. While we knew Merry was smart and kind, we also start to see her grasp onto her full potential and become a grownup with her own particular way of doing things, and her true love for Trent. It’s nice to have time to see the development of a couple AS a couple, married and dealing with all of those new issues, ideas, expectations and time learning one another.
With her usual style and flair, James manages to bring two unique characters together in a match that, while rather implausible, is wholly enjoyable and thoroughly entertaining. Open the first page and prepare to be transported to a place and time both long ago and oh so present.
I received a paperback copy of the title from the publisher via Avon Addicts for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Left me Diappointed
I am a fan of the author and so I looked forward to her newest book and preordered it. It was very flat and superficial. The characters were so unbelievable--she a rich American being raise in England couldn't pick the right man even though it was obvious they were losers. He was a stuffy Duke unloved by his mother thus forming his opinions on love.
It wasn't up to the usual high standard that Ms. James has set.
A new favorite
I love this book so much. Merry is a wonderful heroine and Trent is totally lovable.