THREE WEEKS WITH LADY X
Published date: March 25, 2014
Genre: Historical Romance—Regency Era
Source: Received for a honest review
Book Description (from amazon)
Having made a fortune, Thorn Dautry, the powerful bastard son of a duke, decides that he needs a wife. But to marry a lady, Thorn must acquire a gleaming, civilized façade, the specialty of Lady Xenobia India.
Exquisite, headstrong, and independent, India vows to make Thorn marriageable in just three weeks.
But neither Thorn nor India anticipate the forbidden passion that explodes between them.
Thorn will stop at nothing to make India his. Failure is not an option.
But there is only one thing that will make India his . . . the one thing Thorn can’t afford to lose . . . his fierce and lawless heart.
Witty dialogue, sizzling romance, and passionate, exhilarating love scenes….it’s everything you’ve come to expect and love from an Eloisa James novel!
Saving estates, redecorating rooms, matching servants to correct positions, and making the elite shine….that’s where Lady Xenobia India St Clair’s talents lie. But as she grows older, she’s decided she needs to quit working and find a husband. But before she does, she’ll do one more house for her dear friend, the Duchess of Villiers. It seems her stepson has purchased an estate that is in desperate need of India’s touch. But she certainly doesn’t expect to find herself so attracted and drawn to the owner, Thorn Daughty. He’s not her type at all. First of all, he’s no gentleman, having been abandoned by his mother and left in the care of his father’s solicitor, he’s grown up tough, as a mudlark for a heartless man. He’s rough and brute and devilishly handsome. Second, he oozes male dominance and India wants a man who will love her but also let her run her own life. Thorn is the type of man who will wish to control every aspect of his wife’s life and expect to be obeyed, without question. But even knowing all this, she just can’t seem to stay away…..
Thorn Daughty has chosen his perfect bride. A biddable young lady who will raise his children with love and warmth and who will be perfectly happy to dwell at his newly purchased estate Starberry Court, while he attends to business in London. But why is he so attracted to the lovely yet saucy Lady Xenobia India? With a house party planned for just three weeks away, he employs India to rejuvenate his new estate and make it perfectly presentable for his future bride and harping in-laws. But as he begins to spend time with India, Thorn realizes she is beginning to invade his thoughts day and night. How will he be able to make it three weeks in her company without touching her? And will he truly be able to walk away and marry another after getting to know the incredible India?
Wow…this one is a keeper! I absolutely loved the risqué letters between Thorn and India towards the beginning of the novel. I very much enjoy a novel with fun, saucy letters. It really helps to move the plot along quickly without unnecessary details and descriptions. It also helps to focus on the important (and fun!) details. India’s stunning beauty and lively, intriguing personality was so likable that you, the reader will simply fall in love with her, just as everyone who came in contact with her in the novel did! The added element of Thorn, the man with a harsh background and jaded view on life, becoming guardian to the lovely and loquacious, young Rose, made the storyline so much more endearing. Reading along as Thorn and India stumble through learning how to love and recognize what it is, despite their different, yet similar childhoods, helps to draw the reader into the story as you desperately hope they realize what they have with each other. Using Thorn’s background as a mudlark at the end of the novel was genius, as it helped to show how even though Thorn had improved his station in life, he was still deeply rooted to his origins. I thoroughly enjoyed the fierce competition between Thorn and his best friend, Vander, for India’s attention towards the end of the novel. The way Thorn wrestles with being a gentleman (or not) shows his raw, masculine side and is just so yummy! I would love to read other novels about the Duke of Villiers offspring, so crossing my fingers hoping that might be in the works!
Haven’t read any of Eloisa James’ previous novels? No Problem! This story needs no prior background knowledge, just pick up a copy and start reading today!!
Heat Rating: Hot
Reviewed by: AprilP
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