Title: My American Duchess
Genre: Historical romance/Regency
Author: Eloisa James
Publisher: Avon, Jan. 2016
Sexy Rating: 5
Violence Rating: 0
Description from Amazon.com:
The arrogant Duke of Trent intends to marry a well-bred Englishwoman. The last woman he would ever consider marrying is the adventuresome Merry Pelford— an American heiress who has infamously jilted two fiancés.
But after one provocative encounter with the captivating Merry, Trent desires her more than any woman he has ever met. He is determined to have her as his wife, no matter what it takes. And Trent is a man who always gets what he wants.
The problem is, Merry is already betrothed, and the former runaway bride has vowed to make it all the way to the altar. As honor clashes with irresistible passion, Trent realizes the stakes are higher than anyone could have imagined. In his battle to save Merry and win her heart, one thing becomes clear:
All is fair in love and war.
Merry Pelford is engaged to Cedric but meets his twin brother, the Duke of Trent, and strikes up a conversation with neither knowing who the other actually is. But Trent decides right then that this is the woman he wants for his duchess. Then they are formally introduced and it is clear to Trent that Merry would really be good for his brother if only he, Trent could set aside his feelings.
This is a really delightful story of an American trying to fit into a role that she feels unequipped to handle and two men who have always competed with each other. There are humorous moments and also times when everything seems to go wrong. I’m giving this book 4.5 stars because I vacillated between 4 or 5. It is certainly a page turner that brings a smile. The main characters are well drawn and the side characters add a bit of sparkle. The book is too long. That is my opinion. It could have packed the same punch with a good 40 pages taken out. But I still highly recommend it as a terrific read.