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Three Weeks With Lady X [Format Kindle]

Eloisa James

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Revue de presse

“Romance writing does not get much better than this.” (People)

“Eloisa James writes with a captivating blend of charm, style, and grace that never fails to leave the reader sighing and smiling and falling in love. Her style is exquisite, her prose pure magic. Nothing gets me to a bookstore faster than a new novel by Eloisa James.” (Julia Quinn)

“Eloisa James is extraordinary. With her sensuous and elegant style, inventive plotting and warm, human characters, she makes every book a treasure. A novel by Eloisa is a delicious treat that shouldn’t be missed. A wonderfully original voice in romance fiction!” (New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleyps)

“Clever plotting and equally clever dialog make Thorn and India’s story a page-turning winner.” (New York Journal of Books)

“Smart heroines, sensual heroes, witty repartee and a penchant for delicious romance have made James a fan favorite…Readers will be hooked from beginning to end.” (RT Book Reviews (top pick))

“James’ seventh Desperate Duchesses historical (after A Duke of her Own) is her most enticing work to date, replete with sizzling romance and riveting characters….James’ wonderful cast and effortless plotting make this a delicious romance to be savored again and again.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“Emotionally rewarding and elegantly written, with textured characters and a captivating plot, this is James at her best” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“her gift for creating complex, richly layered characters pays off with spectacular dividends in her latest scintillating and exquisitely written historical novel, a romantic tour de force. (Booklist (starred review))

“Eloisa is also a brilliant writer [...] readers will be enthralled by Lady X and Thorn Dautry as soon as they meet these two willful, formidable characters. (USA Today, Happily Ever After)

“Sharp, smart protagonists, dazzling in everything but love, eventually sort things out in this witty, deliciously sexy charmer that reprises some favorite characters from James’s “Desperate Duchesses” series and leaves the door open for more tales of Villiers’s kids.” (Library Journal (starred review))

Présentation de l'éditeur

New York Times bestseller Eloisa James's fabulous new novel!

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.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 385 pages
  • Editeur : Avon (25 mars 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00DB365KW
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Complex in character and plot 25 mars 2014
Par Mary @ *Buried Under Romance* - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Three Weeks with Lady X was an unusual experience, and my first encounter with Eloisa James's writing. The plot is at once simplistic yet complex, the characters an intriguing puzzle, to which nothing is as it seems.

Lady Xenobia India St. Claire, daughter of a deceased marquess, is a highly sought-after interior designer (in modern terms) by members of the nobility. Since the age of 15 she has done this with her godmother, and by 26 she's decided it's time to marry -- not for love, nor security, but for a want of children. Unbeknownst to her, another man had the same idea.

Tobias (Thorn) Dautry, the eldest bastard of the Duke of Villiers (hero of A Duke of Her Own), has more money than he knows what to do with it. Due to an incident, he spent his childhood in London slums, which honed a deadliness in him that never went away, even when he was declared to be a duke’s son at the age of 6. Deciding it’s time to marry as well, Thorn is adamant on Laetitia Rainsford, a nice, beautiful young lady who sadly lacks intelligence. Thorn’s goal was to find a wife who would cherish and never abandon his children, which makes sweet Laetitia a perfect candidate. The only problem? Wooing her parents to the match.

In preparation to impress Laetitia’s fastidious mother, Thorn’s stepmother, Eleanor, requested India’s aid in renovating his new country estate, much to the displeasure of both. Yet, Thorn and India soon finds themselves with much in common, including a desire that cannot be doused. But the biggest question remains, when Thorn is bent on marrying Laetitia, how would his feelings for India factor in the three weeks they have at his estate? Moreover, would Thorn suit India’s wishes in a husband?

This novel plays like Mozart’s Turkish March, at times fast-paced and biting, at times passionate and uncertain. Thorn and India start off antagonistically, trading barbs and insults, yet both hiding a physical attraction to each other. Their frequent letters regarding the renovations of Thorn’s estate showcase not only their witty intelligence, but their unique compatibility. As the letters change in humor and passion, so do Thorn and India’s relationship, from that of strangers to friends, and finally to lovers. Despite that, amidst the humor and wit lay the striking loneliness of two individuals heavily influenced by their respective childhoods. India is fiercely independence and unable to trust easily due to her parents’ mad behaviors and her father’s wasteful life; Thorn, for all his self-made wealth, could not escape the stigma attached to his lowly birth, which in his mind makes him unworthy of India, though he aims to have her one way or another.

Dealing with such strong characters, Eloisa James still managed to infuse a believable gentleness to both Thorn and India, a grand feat to be sure. For Thorn, obtaining the daughter of his old friend as a ward made his fatherly attributes clearer to the readers, as well as added a multidimensional to his erstwhile cold and cynical image.

On the other hand, India is more complex in a far less conventional manner, to the extent that at times it seems as though there are two of her, at war with each other. One side of her is the strict, harshly blunt society dame, the “Lady Xenobia” who is a master at her profession and willing to knock Thorn off his pedestal. However, when she is drunk, she becomes a much friendlier person, confiding in Thorn, wishing for a true friend to listen and satisfy her curiosities. To that end, her vulnerabilities make her as endearing to the readers as to Thorn, a crumbling of her normal façade. At the same time, her seemingly drastic change while sober made me wonder just who is the real her: Lady Xenobia, or India? Ultimately, that answer is slowly revealed as India succumbs to Thorn’s seductions and reflects upon her own wishes for her future.

Writing a story of layered complexity must be Eloisa James’s specialty, for this one could be described as a wedding cake. One tier upon another builds the childhood, youth, and experience for Thorn and Xenobia to whom they are at the start of the novel, and another set builds upon their warring selves of want and need, fantasy and reality, towards a grand ending with much happiness and children. The sheer amount of wit and depth in this story impressed me, and I want nothing more than to read Vander (Thorn’s best friend)’s story as well as that of Rose, his adorably precocious ward.

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17 internautes sur 17 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Best of the best 29 mars 2014
Par Susan R. Comtois - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Completely delightful! I enjoyed reading this book so much that I'm truly sorry to have reached the end of it. I've read hundreds of romance novels in my life--well, probably thousands--and if I could only keep 5, this would be one of them. It's that good.

The hero, Thorn, (bastard son of a duke) is who he is and doesn't care who knows it. Besides being a self-centered oaf, he's gorgeous, intelligent, wealthy, and a gentleman in all the ways that really count. When they first meet, Lady X thinks he's simply an oaf, and Thorn mistakes her for a paid companion. They soon begin to appreciate each other's intelligence and wit (via a series of letters), and the relationship gradually turns much, much "warmer" on both sides. The character development is delicious, and Lady X and Thorn are irresistable. The supporting characters are every bit as enjoyable. (Well, Lady Rainsford is completely nasty, but Thorn's young ward, Rose, is a precocious delight.)

I don't know how anyone who enjoys romance novels could fail to love this book. It's a gem.
11 internautes sur 11 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Dear Thorn: you are too vulgar for a gentleman. Dear India: and you love it. 29 mars 2014
Par Katie Katie - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Even when it seems impossible, eeach subsequent Eloisa James book gets progressively more interesting, sexy and fun to read. Lady X has some of my favorite components: the bastard with a heart of tarnished gold; the intelligent and independent heroine who has determinedly built a vocation and a dowry for herself; the orphaned child that is too old for her years; the deepening of a friendship through the use of letters between Thorne and India. I will be writing a longer version of this on audiogals, but this was a book worth losing sleep.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 emotional ride, from the lush descriptions to setting scenes to characters that are developed to breathe and capture your attent 25 mars 2014
Par Gaele - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Let me start by saying that Eloisa James was my gateway to the more recent historical romances: I was a reader, but my library until recently was comprised of the titles that featured Fabio and his contemporaries as cover models, colloquially termed “Bodice Rippers”. But, my more recent reintroduction to the genre came from the pen of Ms. James, and I haven’t looked back since.

Three Weeks with Lady X is an emotional ride, from the lush descriptions to setting scenes to characters that are developed to breathe and capture your attention. Lady Xenobia India is the orphaned daughter of a Marquess. Needing to find a way to support herself after her parent’s untimely death following a highly unconventional upbringing, India is a “fixer” and caters to the toniest of the ton: her decorating prowess is legend, and her godmother’s connections and constant companionship have kept India’s reputation intact.

India is good at what she does; she has the eye for both furnishings and people, and is able to match settings and staff to the most difficult of clients. As a beautiful woman, she has learned to present herself deferentially to the woman of the house, and her inability to see just how attractive she is, even with men falling at her feet make her even more attractive. She is clever and honest, always thinking about her next move and with a strong sense of right and wrong. While she knows that marriage is a must and she dearly wants children, the idea of love is both foreign and frightening to her as she watched her parent’s love exclude her.

Thorn, or Tobias is one of several ‘wrong side of the blanket” children fathered by the Duke of Villiers. His desire to have children requires a wife, yet the circumstances of his birth will dictate the level to which he can rise in society. Having chosen a bride, and purchased a country estate, he needs the house ready for his new wife. His step-mother suggests a friend, Lady X, to manage the design.

From the first moment the sparks fly between the two: their attraction is obvious even as they snipe and snap at one another, trading barbs and quips with equal abandon. As India is trying to do her best for Thorn and his potential bride, Thorn can’t quite seem to find a reason to stay away from her. So unlike other women she challenges him and makes him think: a quality most definitely NOT what he wants in a wife.

From beginning to end, this story was full of humor and heart: characters enter and are presented with flair, and the dialogue and descriptions place the reader right into the midst of the action. Sensual scenes between Thorn and India add steam and heat to their attraction, and fuel both jealousy and regret from the characters in equal measure. Despite his refusal to “be a gentleman” Thorn is far more honorable and less the mudlark he still identifies with so strongly. With several twists and inclusions of characters that both inform and derail their tentative romance, the story was a quick read that could have continued for several more pages. I have not read the earlier books in this series, but this book is complete unto itself: characters are introduced with clear histories and backgrounds, and are presented in such a way as to encourage you to go back and read more. And I most certainly will be.

I received an eArc copy from the publisher for purpose of honest review for a Tasty Book Tour. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
8 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Neither terrible nor great 26 avril 2014
Par NM Reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche|Achat vérifié
I am surprised that this has such overwhelmingly positive reviews. It's not terrible, but it falls short of great.

My main complaints:
-The hero has as his example a father who has a very happy marriage with his stepmother. Nevertheless, he is determined to make a marriage devoid of love.
-The hero is courting another woman, yet he and the heroine carry on an affair in the same house as the other woman. This makes both the hero and heroine repugnant.
-The plot is extended by the use of the worst romance novel trope: the Big Misunderstanding.
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