Sunday, August 5, 2012
The Ugly Duchess by Eloisa James
I am so torn about this book! It started off wonderfully with love, passion and angst but then James left and took the seas and cheated even though he swore he never would. Yes, he truly believed his marriage was over and he planned to stay away forever and let Theo move on with her life but....still....sigh. When James is almost killed it finally puts his life into perspective and he returns home, in a dramatic manner, and we get more angst as Theo and James come to terms with this new relationship. But for me, the ending was a bit rushed. I felt like Theo had grown into herself when James was away into a strong, confident woman who grew to rise about the ton's nasty nickname of The Ugly Duchess. She forgave James just a bit to easily for me and I would have liked a bit more groveling I guess. I liked how Theo decides to re-enter society...as a swan which brings in the bit of the fairy tale. I'm not quite sure why Theo was considered ugly as I believe she just had strong features but I did enjoy how James always thought she was beautiful and he is able to make her realize that again even after all their years apart. As for James, I had a hard time warming up to him in the second half but his life at sea changed him forever and I liked seeing those changes...I just wanted a bit more. Overall, not my favorite Eloisa James but it still has her trademark wit, passion and beautiful writing. 3 1/2 stars
I received this eARC from Avon via edelweiss books.
Fairy Tales series
Can be read as standalones