Review- The Ugly Duchess by Eloisa James

Title: The Ugly Duchess

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Eloisa James

Publisher: Avon, 2012

Source: Library

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from

Theodora Saxby is the last woman anyone expects the gorgeous James Ryburn, heir to the Duchy of Ashbrook, to marry. But after a romantic proposal before the prince himself, even practical Theo finds herself convinced of her soon-to-be duke’s passion.

Still, the tabloids give the marriage six months.

Theo would have given it a lifetime . . . until she discovers that James desired not her heart, and certainly not her countenance, but her dowry.

Society was shocked by their wedding . . . and is scandalized by their separation.

Now James faces the battle of his life, convincing Theo that he loves the duckling who blossomed into the swan.

And Theo will quickly find that, for a man with the soul of a pirate, All’s Fair in Love—and War.


This book started out really good and stayed that way until about three-fourths of the way through.  Then it was like it became another book.  The self-sufficient heroine became manipulated by the hero and I just couldn’t believe this would happen.  I knew that Eloisa James would have to bring about a happily ever after but it was like the ending was forced upon these characters that I really liked.

Eloisa James can write stunning romances with delicious protagonists and this would have been one except for the ending.




Filed under Book review, Historical Romance, Romance

2 responses to “Review- The Ugly Duchess by Eloisa James

  1. mo

    Can you believe I still have not tried Eloisa James?! It’s shocking! I must remedy that soon.

    I have seen that this one has gotten mixed reactions because of the infidelity.


    • I did not notice that it got some panned reviews because of infidelity. I suppose that circumstance might bother some people but it just seemed natural to me that a couple separated for 7 or 8 years, with no intentions of reuniting, might find other lovers.


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