Friday, October 30, 2015

Julia Reviews Four Nights with the Duke by Eloisa James

Title/Author: Four Nights with the Duke by Eloisa James
Publisher/Year Published: 2015 by Avon
How I got this book: I bought it from Half Price Books
Why I read this book: Eloisa James is one of my favorite romance authors. I eventually read everything she writes ;)
Rating: 4 stars

There is not many good things about being stuck in the air for five consecutive hours during a time when you are fully awake and naps are hard to come by. But one perk, maybe the only perk, is being able to indulge in uninterrupted reading. Hence my last foray into regency romance with Four Nights with the Duke.

Mia is in quite the pinch. She needs to get married and quickly to be able to retain guardianship over her crippled nephew. She takes her case to someone who she has some hold over, Vander, who also happened to be one of her former adolescent crushes. Push comes to shove and they end up marrying but due to some misunderstandings, Vander finds himself having to win over his wife. I am vaguely summarizing this because I think the setup is a unique one that would lend better to not knowing too much. 

The characters are written well. It is easy to get lost in their journeys and struggles. Vander and Mia come at marriage from a very weird place and their reactions are fun to witness. This novel is less of a wild horse chase of a ride and more of a unique situation leads to just trying to figure out every day life. 

The writing is great, and the characters are lovely. I personally could do with less of the misunderstanding aspects of romance, but in the context of the scenario these two are put it, it sort of makes sense why they wouldnt feel comfortable baring their souls to someone they sort of knew at some point in their lives, despite being now married. 

This was a nice, quick read that helped my plane ride fly by. I think this is technically book 8 in a series, but it really stands alone quite nicely. You dont really miss anything at all by not reading the first six, and nothing in book seven has much import on this plot, except you meet some of the characters earlier I guess. But they are not intertwined to the point of being able to not enjoy this without reading the others.

If you are looking for a nice read with some more unique stories that stick to the same characterizations of regency romance, this is a good one.

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