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DNF 50% 40% Not sure I ll check it laterI should have read the reviews before starting this one in my defense I was icking between lots of historical romance books and the fairy tale name The Lone Star Groom: Bachelor Billionaire Romances plus the blurb made me think I d like this one BIG MISTAKEWhat the blurb doesn t tell you and I am not even bothering with spoiler tags here because I want everyone to know how bad this is is that our dashing James is gone for seven years SEVEN YEARS During which he conveniently forgets about his marriage vows while Theo stays in London and works her ass off to get his state out of debt and has zero ZERO lovers And then he comes back and boom Happy Ending I don t even care about them ending up together But if the author already gave us a seven year gap couldn t she write that Theodora divorces James goes away for a few years has a couple of lovers and makes James work on getting her backOf course not Fudge this Theodora Saxby is not beautiful But she doesossess a fortune James Ryburn Earl of Islay heir to the Duchy of Ashbrook is handsome And in need of a fortune When James is told The Ugly Duchess is yet another wonderful story in Eloisa James Fairy Tales series In all that it is charming romantic witty and sweetly sexy it s also heartwarming oignant and a truly beautiful love story How can she dare to imagine he loves herwhen all London calls her The Ugly DuchessTheodora Saxby is the last woman anyone expects the gorgeous James Ryburn heir to the Duchy of Ashbrook to marry But after a romantic roposal before the Crater Trueblood and the Lunar Rescue Company (Helium-3, prince himself evenractical Theo finds herself convinced of her soon to be duke s To Protect His Mate (Wolfe Brothers, passionStill the tabloids give the marriage six monthsTheo would have given it a lifetimeuntil she discovers that James desired not her heart and certainly not her countenance but her dowry Society was shocked by their wedding it s scandalized by their separationNow James faces the battle of his lifetime convincing Theo that he loved the duckling who blossomed into the swanAnd Theo will uickly find that for a man with the soul of airate All s Fair in Love or WarThere s something so special about Ms James retelling of these classic stories We read the originals as children and learned valuable lessons and now as adults we can read them and learn those lessons again while being entertained and seduced by the magic and ower of love I cannot even begin to tell you how much I adored James who had loved Theo his Daisy since childhood Best friends companions confidantes these are the things enduring relationships are built on and James and Daisy had that and from the startOf course this tale is about recognizing where real beauty is found and in this scene one of my favorites of the story that lesson was beautifully delivered If you ever utter a word about my wife that is less than complimentary I will not slam you against the wall again I will instead send you through a window And not on the ground floor either James didn t wait for an answer who expects garbage answer
back Instead he held out arm to his wifeWhen they turned they saw that the gallery was Instead he held out his arm to his wifeWhen they turned they saw that the gallery was crammed with eople My duchess James stated his eyes sweeping the crowd with the air of a man who has ruled the waves S This book broke my heart in ways than one I wanted so badly to love it In fact up until a certain Boom part I was certain I d be rating it 45 5 starsUnfortunately there s so much infidelity that I just couldn t getast it Yes he had retty excuses but ueasy I LOVED DaisyTheo Loved her And in some ways I loved James as well The betrayal early on was absolutely delicious and up until the oint where he dipped his wick in some foreign widow I was hooked But the very blatant infidelity AND the fact he didn t seem to be ashamed about it when recounting it to his wife made me want to vomit especially when combined with a seven year estrangement To be fair it s very well written with well rounded characters and an intense amount of emotion but I Good Morning, Buddha personally couldn t getast the cheating even though I easily admit that James did grovel rather rettily there in the endFans of cheating heroes and fairly long estrangements will eat this one up with a spoon but for me 35 Despite having read many historical romances Eloisa James was an author I had avoided because none of her synopses appealed to me This one though was one I d been dallying over for some time and finally decided to give it a readThe d been dallying over for some time and finally decided to give it a readThe art of this novel was wonderful I wanted to yank James out of the first scene and stop him from doing something dumb and I felt bad for Theo I liked them both individually and I loved them together because of how well they La Viña de Naboth ,Tomo I played off one anotherI was interested to see where it was going I read the synopsis so I knew there was going to be a separation I was confident in James s character and that he wouldn t stray especially after he not only harped at his father that he wouldn t take any mistresses that he couldn t do that to Daisy and this view spoilerHe ran his hands through her hair and then said uietly You were the second Daisy And the last hide spoiler Well this one was a swing and a miss for me which is a shame because Eloisa James is usually a ton of funTo be. How can she dare to imagine he loves her when all London calls her The Ugly DuchessTheodora Saxby is the last woman anyone expects the gorgeous James Ryburn heir to the Duchy of Ashbrook to marry But after a romanticroposal before the Gettysburgs Battlefield Photographer-William H Tipton prince himself evenractic. Fair second chance romances are always hard for me to get behind I have to see some serious change in the characters in order to really buy that it would work out otherwise it just feels like they re signing up to be hurt all over again down the road never having learned their lesson They re like addicts deciding to try the ipe one last timeI liked TheoDaisy a lot I liked that when she discovered that James only married her for her money that s not a spoiler it says it on the cover of the book view spoilerthat he caved to Words of Radiance, Part 1 (The Stormlight Archive pressure from his father to marry her against his wishes in order to cover up the fact that his father was not just broke but had embezzled her money as well hide spoiler I hate writing this review because I m generally a fan of Eloisa James works loved therevious 2 books in the fairy tales series btw but I didn t like this book I liked the beginning half until James the hero leaves Theo however afterwards I really disliked the book I had no Lauras Summer Ballet (Laura, patience for the hero in the least He was immature in the beginning and an idiot later on I mildly liked the heroine but I lost respect for her because she didn t seem to have any for herself And I know that most historical novels seem to sell the idea that hero can be unfaithful but the heroine had to beure as the driven snowBut in this case he lied to her took her money didn t man up and stick around leaving her to face the music spiteful rumors as well as rebuild his estates from the scratch was unfaithful to her and let her believe he had died and had no contact with her for 7 years Suddenly he remembers how much he couldn t live without 35 STARSThis is my first book by EJ but I m intrigued and will be definitely checking out her other work Of course this follows HCA s The Ugly Duckling Theodora Theo as she liked to be called and Daisy as James liked to call her was seen as an unattractive woman or at least according to society s standards of that time Growing up with James Ryburn heir to the Duchy of Ashbrook Theo learned to accept her lot in life but never let it truly get to herBut marrying her best friend James under false retenses changes everything Theo thought James loved her and because they were best friends she trusted him Although I think James should have told Theo and uite ossibly avoided several years of heartache not telling her that he HAD to marry her destroyed all his chances at forgiveness I do believe James loved Theo but why the man didn t try and fight for her after she found out the truth is beyond me I get he was ashamed and felt he could never be good enough for Theo but leaving for 7 years wasn t exactly a oint in his favorTheo became very rigid and bitter refusing to take leasure in anything in life other than dressing well She was such a different girl at 17 and in love with James then to be betrayed and left to deal with the cruelty of what Film on the Left people were saying about her calling her an ugly duckling and inferring the future Duke has escaped because of her utter lack of beauty Such abhorrent talk would destroy anyone I ve read thateople had a hard time with James view spoilercommitting adultery while away at sea for 7 years I never took issue with that Theo
kicked James out of their home roclaimed the marriage to be James out of their home roclaimed the marriage to be and told him she never wanted to see him again James for his told him she never wanted to see him again James for his felt unworthy of Theo and felt he didn t deserve forgiveness for his behavior He never loved any of the women didn t The Artists Way Morning Pages Journal plan on returning to London and truly felt his marriage was history hide spoiler Rating 27 starsThe misconception I had when I d just been one chapter into this book 5 stars I know I m going to give this 5 starsexhales loudly This review can also be read on The Dark Delicious and DreamtasticWhen I started this book when I was still on the Beforeart out of nowhere I had this thought that startled me into stopping and then smiling for no reason before I resumed back to readingBEFORE YOU CONTINUE KNOW THAT THIS REVIEW IS CHOCK FULL OF SPOILERS SO PROCEED ONLY IF YOU RE OKAY WITH ITA uiet certainty had snuggled it s way in my heart that I would give this book a full 5 stars rating I was loving it the characters were kickass and funny and so very cute each The Mob page had something new so why notI felt warmed all the awesomeness making me feel giddy and excited and I thought to myself that it d been days since I had as good a read as this so Iromptly ditched all the stuff that I had to do and settled into my favorite seat by the window Sooner than I would ve liked my expectations and happiness got shadowed by the shock and indignation of the change in story slowly turning to disbelief and finally condensing on being incensed It s simply shocking how the rating fell from 5 stars to a mere 3 isn t it I wasn t even sure about the 3 As you can see it s even less than thatI loved the young Daisy the girl who was so colorful Colorful that s the description that I find her Gentlemen Prefer Curves (Perfect Fit, personality to be She was funny smartlayful loving sarcastic curious open and so sweet She was everything the 24 year old Daisy or Theo as she liked to be called was notI m not begrudging Theo her success or even her svelte but the brittle narrow minded lady was. Al Theo finds herself convinced of her soon to be duke's assionStill the tabloids give the marriage six monthsTheo would have given it a lifetime until she discovers that James desired not her heart and certainly not her countenance but her dowry Society was shoc. A far cry from the young curious DaisyAnd James that jackass don t even get me started on him He was adorable in the beginning I loved his uncertainties his smile and his wit his love for Theo him I loved him And then he turned into an idiot and broke my heart How is it not stupid to LEAVE BLOODY ENGLAND FOR 7 YEARS GIVING NEITHER HIDE NOR HAIR ABOUT HIS WHEREABOUTS TO HIS WIFE WHO HE SUPPOSEDLY BLOODY LOVED FOR GODS SAKES AND FAMILY AND THEN RETURN EXPECTING YOUR MARRIAGE TO BE ALRIGHT AGAIN HOW AND DID I MENTION HOW AFTER MAYBE 2 YEARS OR WAS IT 9 MONTHS PLEASE EXCUSE MY FAULTY MEMORY I M A LITTLE HAZY HERE HE STARTED SLEEPING AROUND BECAUSE IN HIS EYES THE MARRIAGE WAS OVER DAISY HAD SAID THE MARRIAGE WAS OVER SO IT WAS OKAY TO SLEEP AROUNDI MEAN I M JUST I don t think the how I asked earlier expressed my frustrations so I ask again HOW WAS IT NOT STUPID AND SELFISH AND STUPID A COUPLE OF MORE TIMES BLOODY FUCKING HOWAlso of course when James came back his explanation was Because you said it was overYes He literally said that and no that wasn t the moment I threw the book on the floor and screamed like an angry banshee I stopped thinking of you as my spouse some years ago as I m sure you did of me And also Two days of marriage failed to impress itself upon me I am fairly certain most men would understand my lapse I believe my reaction was somewhere along the lines sputtering OH NO YOU DIDN T JUST SAY THAT ASSHOLE In my mind I d stabbed him a hundred times alternating between kicking and O Jogo do Acaso punching and sometimes just yelling unintelligiblyWhen Theoroposed divorce when she firmly or tried to man there were so many things that were wrong with her too said that she wanted a divorce his reply was The marriage was over But now I m back But now I m back The utter bastardBy God that was the moment I wished I could slap the living daylights out of him This was the moment when I threw the book on the floor and screamed like an angry bansheeI just never imagined Eloisa James would disappoint me as much as she did with this book I know that not all her books end up being my favorites they re not all awesome but still there s something in them that just makes it okay Even if it ends up being just a nice read it s still all okay But this this was the kind of disappointment that if I were an overly emotional The Wedding Day personal I would say just broke my heartMaybe I m being too harsh too judgmental but I d grown too attached to the young completely AWESOME Daisy and James grown too in love with their characters of Before that when they separated and turned into idiots it actually totally crushed me I knew there were going to be complications coming up since James had married Daisy untruthfully even though he did very much love her But the way it exploded into smithereens of convoluted logic just threw me off my balance And of course the loss of the awesomeness of the characters just grated A LOTBy the time that the ending rolled out it wasretty much that James helped dissolve Daisy s repressed anger worth of 7 years by seducing her and continuing the whole hot torrid seduction for a few Firefight (The Reckoners, pages until later it was time for Epilogue and we finally got a decent ending If I ever feel anything like the roiling emotions of despair and heartbreak that I felt through this book after a breakup I drobably be sitting in some bar staring into my half full glass of Jack Daniels and indulging myself in a depressed drunken wonder How did When did Why did it all go so wrong 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 Long ago Theo s dying father asked the duke to look after Theo and her mother and she and James have been like siblings ever since Seems the has the I of a radish and he blew through the entire wealth of the duchy then as much of Theo s inheritance as he could lay his hands on If James isn t the man who marries her not only will the estates fail but the duke s crimes will be exposed and the family name and titles will be blackened beyond redemptionJames has two roblems with this First the idea of boinking his Daisy that s what he calls her feels a bit incestuous And second well he is attracted to her in a creepy older brother sorta
way but she s kinda ugly From Theo s own erspective we re told that she looks like a but she s kinda ugly From Theo s own erspective we re told that she looks like a A boy whose mother unfortunately insists on dressing her in astel frills and Stumble Into Love pearls Reading her self description I envisioned thisAnyway James gets drunk and slobbers all over her at a ball and gets caught in the act The betrothal is announced and before you know it she gets the appellation The Ugly Duchess While the kiss that got them in this fix was nice the wedding night was kind of To be fair James the hero was only 20 years old androbably too stupid inexperienced to make the bridal night Gun Meister Online pleasant or at least less unpleasant for Theo But they getast it and even start to discover at least until James s dad strolls in to find Theo s head in James lap A flustered Theo excuses herself but stays just outside the door to eavesdrop as the Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 285 plonker duke congratulates James for going through with thelan And yes ev. Ked by their wedding; it's scandalized by their separationNow James faces the battle of his lifetime convincing Theo that he loved the duckling who blossomed into the swanAnd Theo will uickly find that for a man with the soul of a Fifty Key British Films pirate All's Fair in Love or Wa.