Title: Four Nights With The Duke (Desperate Duchesses, book #8)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Eloisa James
Publisher: Avon, March 2015
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
As a young girl, Emilia Gwendolyn Carrington told the annoying future Duke of Pindar that she would marry any man in the world before him—so years later she is horrified to realize that she has nowhere else to turn.
Evander Septimus Brody has his own reasons for agreeing to Mia’s audacious proposal, but there’s one thing he won’t give his inconvenient wife: himself.
Instead, he offers Mia a devil’s bargain . . . he will spend four nights a year with her. Four nights, and nothing more. And those only when she begs for them.
Which Mia will never do.
Now Vander faces the most crucial challenge of his life: he must seduce his own wife in order to win her heart—and no matter what it takes, this is the one battle he can’t afford to lose.
An Eloisa James book is usually a slam-dunk for being a page turner. This one is no exception. We are introduced to our hero, Vander, and our heroine, Mia, when they are teenagers and in an embarrassing situation. The story then picks up years later when Mia, who has sworn to never even talk to Vander again, is in his study proposing marriage. Of course Mia can’t tell Vander the “real” reason for the proposal and so Vander, justifiably, is angry at her effrontery.
In many books, I find I yawn and shake my head at the use of this trope of misunderstanding or blatant holding back of information between characters. In this book it all makes sense that Mia can’t really divulge the reasons for her proposal and why Vander accepts also is totally understandable. So what we have here is powerful writing by a talented author. That these two find common ground is also skillfully accomplished.
This is a sexy, well written, totally engrossing Historical Romance. It is number eight in the series but is a standalone book. I recommend it for all romance aficionados.