I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Four Nights with the Duke by Eloisa James
Published by Harper Collins on March 31st 2015
Genres: Fiction, General, Historical, Romance
Emilia ‘Mia’ Gwendolyn Carrington is going to do something none of her heroines do, she is going to ask the duke to marry well, technically she’s going to blackmail him but lets not go there. Mia at the age of fiffteen had a crush on Vander, which ended up pretty badly to say the least and resulted in a outbrust; ‘she will not marry him even if he was the last man on England’. Mia wishes she could now take back….
Duke of Pindar Evander ‘Vander’ Septimus Brody has no plans to marry whatsoever especially after the fiasco related to his adulteress mother and a mad father. Vander is arrogant enough to believe that the reason Mia wants to marry is because of the said crush she had on him years ago. Which of course has no bearing why Mia actually wants to marry him but this lead to some pretty funny scenes.
I really enjoyed their relationship, especially the parts where Vander is completely surprised and dumbfounded by his wife. I was smiling every time they would bicker. Vander was pretty arrogant but you couldn’t help but like him. His parents marriage had a pretty bad impact on his views on women and marriage in general which Mia by being herself overcame. Mia was a wonderful heroine, a bit a naive when it came to her writing her heroines and her romance novels but she was also caring, intelligent and beautiful inside and out (no matter what she actually thought of her physical attributes).
Quibbles: I did want to smack Vander for his behaviour at times, especially near the end of the book but he came to senses soon enough. Maybe it was just me but some parts of the felt very modern-ish….
It was a fun, low on angst book with very interesting characters that you couldn’t help but love. I also loved Vander’s drunk uncle and his relationship with Mia. He was a romance novel fan, so how can you not love his enthusiasm and fangirling over authors :D.
Random thing that I liked: The mention of other romance authors and their books which is I suppose a nod to her fellow authors by the author herself.
Overall, this was a great and very charming historical romance book. Happy Reading!
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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 an 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.