Title: Three Weeks With Lady X (Desperate Duchesses)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Eloisa James
Publisher: Avon, March 2014
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
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.
Lady Xenobia India St. Clair is the orphaned daughter of a destitute marquess. She had no money but she had a kind godmother, Adelaide, and a talent for organization and decorating that was wanted by the aristocracy. India and Adelaide spent their time traveling from one estate to another so that India could put to rights each household. That is how she met Thorn Dautry. Mr. Dautry had recently bought an estate in disrepair that he needed fixed up so that he could propose to Lady Laetitia Rainsford. Thorn’s stepmother, Elinore, asked India to accomplish this task in three weeks after which he would hold a house party for Laetitia and both families.
This was a most delightful offering in Ms. James’ Desperate Duchesses series. The banter between India and Thorn is witty and it is accomplished through written notes and dialog. Thorn’s back story as a “mudlark” adds to understanding his nature. India’s past as the daughter of eccentric parents underscores her traits. Side characters are well developed and add to the story. Ms James brings all the characters to life with distinct personalities. Especially Thorn’s friend Evander Septimus Brody, future Duke of Pindar and Thorn’s six year old ward, Rose. References are made to other characters from the series but this is a standalone novel.
Deet’s Life: I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Eloisa James at the Southwest Florida Reading Festival in March of this year. She is a warm, friendly, intelligent woman and signed my copy of Three Weeks With Lady X.
Eloisa James and Deet