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My American Duchess (2016)

by Eloisa James

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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.… (more)

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Twin brothers - one girl. Which will she pick and will they be happy? This is a light and fun romance, just the book I needed now. Another author to add to my "must read" list. ( )
  CaitZ | Sep 23, 2020 |
2.5 Giving up on the genre, I find myself bored and struggling to finish historical romances, with the exception of Sarah MacLean..I will continue to read her novels.

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  melissa0329 | May 12, 2020 |
American heiresses frequently went to London to marry titled gentlemen. In this case Merry Pelford went to avoid the scandal that came from her 2 previous broken engagements. As the story opens, Merry is becoming engaged for the 3rd time. However, shortly afterwards she meets a stranger on the balcony who makes her question her brand new fiancé. He is so taken with her that he decides to marry her – as soon as they are introduced formally. Unfortunately, when the introductions are made they find out that her fiancé is his twin brother – uh oh!
Once again, Eloisa James provides a delightful and delectable story of confusion and love. Will Merry break engagement #3, proving her reputation as a decided flirt and who falls in and out of love at the drop of an engagement ring? How does the Duke of Trent steal the woman who is supposedly in love with his twin brother?
I totally enjoyed the intellectual attraction between Merry and “Jack” – he isn’t just attracted to her beauty but to her mind and he is one of the few people of the ton who doesn't look down on her for her American roots. She is one of the few people who wants to know him as a man not just as a Duke. Ms. James has done a wonderful job of writing this love story with just enough tension between the two to keep the story moving.
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  ddeluna1 | Mar 19, 2020 |
Mary is hilarious. I would hope she would be my friend if we ever crossed paths, in fact I probably would have eaten the pineapple the same way and we would have bonded immediately!
  untitled841 | Jul 24, 2019 |
Not half bad! My son picked it up for me from the library, where I have systematically been ordering the first book of the most popular romance writers, and this one was fun, despite (sigh) the over the top porn scenes. Ok, so it was all over the top.

Anyway, he brought the book back to me and said, "Oh, yeah, the author was my Shakespeare professor at Fordham." It shows in the elegance of the prose.

I liked in particular the archetypal settings: a dark, crumbling castle and the fresh, renewing garden, the twin brothers and the clever set up for believable marital misunderstandings. There was also a considerable concern with class, alerting me to some anxiety being addressed. Do we feel we don't fit, we're not good enough, and we like our romance novels to prove otherwise? ( )
  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
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April 6, 1803
Lady Portmeadow's ball in honor of the East End Charity Hospital
15 Golden Square

At 9 pm sharp, Lord Cedric Allardyce gracefully fell to his knees, signaling his intent to request Miss Merry Pelford's hand in marriage.
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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.

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