Author: Eloisa James
Series: Fairy Tales #3
Release Date: December 27th, 2011
Length: Novel (367 pages)
Genre: Historical Romance
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Thanks to a pact their father made in school, twins Olivia and Georgiana have been training to be duchesses all their lives. Olivia is betrothed to Rupert—a duke who is a little different… His father says Rupert was dropped on his head as a child and was never the same. Her intended insisted upon making a name for himself in combat and has gotten himself sent to the war effort. Olivia thinks he’s dear in his way, but knows she’ll never truly love him. She also hasn’t taken her duchificiation studies seriously. But her sister sure has. Georgiana would make the perfect duchess for the Duke of Sconce—the neighbor of Olivia’s intended. So why can’t Sconce and Olivia keep their hands off each other?
The first ¼ of this book is full of wit and snark that had me laughing several times. And the story continues at a nice pace when Sconce (Quin) and Olivia meet. The chemistry between them is scorching. And these two each have their issues to get over. Quin is a widower whose wife cuckolded him from the start. And Olivia doesn’t want to stand in the way of her sister’s perfect match.
The book feels like it goes on a bit too long. Especially with how easily the rival sister conflict is resolved and how Quin’s mom doesn’t really fight the match, even with the less “duchified” of the sisters.
Still, I enjoyed the author’s voice. I’ll be picking up more of her work (if I haven’t already).
Challenge Update: This is book two toward the 2014 Historical Romance reading challenge I signed up for ages ago. I have ten more to go!