Cari | 2/19/2014
" I'd really give it a 3.5. For me the first 100 pages were slow... However it got a lot better after that. There I'd give it a 4. "
Shelly LeCompt | 2/1/2014
" Another great addition to the Fairy Tale series. Somwhere between a 4-4.5 stars. 'When Beauty Tamed the Beast' is still my favorite book in the series but this one was incredible all the same. It happens, sometimes when we are going through life, taking care of others & our responsibilities; that someone magical enters our heart without permission or reason and steals our breath away. Love leaves aftermath. This love story is an even balance of love & tragedy. Before reading this book in the series, I thought there was no way I would love a book with this premise. People betrothed to others, falling in love with another. Nah, not my cup of tea; but I like Mrs James & the series so I'll give it a try. Glad I did. In the beginning, my heart was breaking. I was loving each character, despite their flaws. I just kept thinking, "I am going to hate someone when all this deception starts". As it began to unfold though, I only felt heartbreak. The love stories were written in such a way that you had no choice but to realize what was meant to be despite this situation & the players. Then all I could think was, "my heart is going to break for someone as this love story unfolds". Somehow, Ms James does it. She brings it altogether & gives the reader what you are hoping for without the complete destruction expected. Not without some tears though, I must add. During one part I was actually shedding some tears. But as always, Mrs James gives us our "Fairy Tale" happily ever after.
The hero is wonderful. Pure sexiness in ink. Quin is intelligent, reasonable, realistic, logical & yet, passionate. He emanates the hot, brooding alpha male SEXINESS that would ignite any woman's fires. Poor Olivia doesn't stand a chance. Although our heroine is loyal, respectable & responsible to a fault; their perfect fit & need for one another is too much to resist. I love when authors paint beauty that is more in tune with a real woman. Olivia is beautiful in that nontraditional way. She is curvy, sexy, smart, funny, loyal, strong, independent, outgoing, witty and although she does not see her self as beautiful she is still a confident woman. She is not classy & elegant like her sister but she still carries herself as a dutchess in other ways. She is the perfect embodiment of what Quinn needs to overcome his pain & loss; unfortunately for the other players involved. When these two come together the pages ignite. The story carries us through a realistic love story; where love hurts, love heals, love laughs & love cries. It is beautiful written & has charming characters you can't help but root for; all of them. I didn't just love the hero & heroine, I loved the sister, the betrothed (mostly I loved him because Olivia loved him & saw him in a precious & endearing way), Lucy and etc. You will find yourself wondering, "Who was it I was suppose to dislike?". This is a great read! "
Lisa | 1/22/2014
" Olivia Lytton has been betrothed since before she was born to the also yet unborn son of a duke, Rupert. Thanks to a promise made between her father and Ruperts father when they were friends in Eton, she has been 'duchified' since she was a child, along with her twin sister Georgiana. Olivia knows all the proper rules and etiquette but it is just not her personality. Olivia is bawdy, sarcastic, and far too witty to truly be contained in a perfect duchess box. But as she was born seven minutes earlier than Georgiana, who is exactly what one looks for in a duchess, she has accepted her fate to marry the five years younger Rupert. Olivia knows she will bear the marriage to the much simpler Rupert as she plans to dower Georgiana right away so her perfect, beautiful sister can find her true happiness. As the betrothal papers are signed, as Rupert is finally eighteen, and scandalous promises are made by Ruperts father, one of the funniest scenes in this book happens. As Rupert heads to war to achieve the glory he so desires, Georgiana is invited to the home of Tarquin Brook Chatfield, Duke of Sconce by his mother as a potential new wife for Tarquin. Georgiana, with Olivia at her side, heads to his home with hope alight in her heart.
After his disastrous and heartbreaking first marriage, Quin knows it is his duty to remarry and he is more than willing to turn the process of choosing a wife over to his mother. She invites out two prospective women and is intent of putting them through a series of tests. It becomes clear quickly that Georgiana is the obvious choice but his mother continues on with her tests and in the process, asks Quin to entertain Olivia who is not in the running being betrothed already and totally unsuitable. The slight problem with that is Quin is quite attracted to Olivia but knows it can never be but the more time they spend together sparring and trading wits she slowly uncovers Quins hurtful past and together their hearts know they belong together. But the road to happiness has quite a few hurdles to overcome including Rupert, Georgiana, Quins mother and even Olivias belief that she is not good enough.
This is a fun, quirky, delightful retelling of the fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea. I adored the beginning, it had me laughing quite a bit. Olivia is smart, sassy, and unconventional but honest, fierce, and protective at the same time and it was a delight to meet her. Quin is a bit proud and stuffy but he suffered a great loss and Olivia is the perfect balm for his heart and she, along with some words from Rupert, makes him complete again. I am sure there will be a bit of discussion about the situation that Quin and Olivia find themselves in. She is engaged to Rupert who is off at war and Georgiana thinks that Quin will be the perfect husband. But, I have to say in my opinion, Eloisa James handled the delicate situation well and the resulting actions are something that I could believe happening. I do not want to say to much because I don't want to give away to much of the storyline and I want you to be able to judge for yourself, but I believe fans will be happy with the situations. And then we get to the ending and it ties it all up perfectly. I was wondering how a pile of mattresses would fit in with this story but Eloisa James found a perfect solution so fairy tale fans will be pleased. Overall, a true delight that will make you laugh out loud. sigh, and root for this couple. 4 1/2 stars
I received this ebook from Avon via netgalley.com "
Angelia Almos | 1/20/2014
" Love the characters. Funny, loyal and intriguing. This remake of The Princess and the Pea had me wondering how they would achieve their HEA without hurting those they cared about the minute the sparks starts to fly. "
Robin | 1/18/2014
" Eloisa James is starting to feel like my new go-to author. I've really been enjoying her takes on classic fairy tales, and this one, an homage to "The Princess and the Pea," was no exception. The protagonists were both a lot of fun to follow and I found their journey to the altar to be a unique one with some interesting twists and turns and a lot of wonderful humor (oh, I do love me a sassy Regency heroine!). I was thoroughly engaged and did not want to put this one down! I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next in the series. "
Roxy | 1/17/2014
" Like the other books in this Fairy Tales series, this book has a basis in... a fairy tale. This book alludes to The Princess and the Pea. "
Nurshahidah | 1/3/2014
" Really loved it! cannot wait for the next book "The ugly duchess" :) "
Rohini Gupta | 12/11/2013
" This could have been a 4 star except for the ending is so bad that i had to knock that 1 star off. I think Elosia James has really lost her touch for Historical Romance. "
Julie | 11/21/2013
" There's a reason that Eloisa James keeps her spot on my short list of romance authors who get my time. And this book keeps her well-cemented in place. Fun stories, smart language, intelligent characters, and twinkle-in-the-eye humor win me over every time. "
Deborah | 6/30/2013
" New author for me. I'll read some more of hers. "
Jessica McReaderpants | 3/9/2013
" I very much enjoyed this book. Made me stay up way to late reading it. The characters are very fun. It follOws the triedand true typical romance equation, but there was something more to itsoehow. There was humor. I will deff be looking up more books by this lady. "
Leah | 1/8/2013
" I absolutely LOVED this book. I loved the characters, the story line, everything! The only I had a problem with, is that it seemed a bit too long. There were parts in the story that seemed almost pointless or they dragged on a bit. Other than that, A+ for Ms. James! "
Darlene Murphy | 10/5/2012
" Liked this historical romance. Twin sisters who act like sisters and surprising enough, follow their hearts. "
Lois | 7/7/2012
" All the threads handled very nicely, especially the duke's rescue of his love's fiance. "
Linda | 3/5/2012
" who did georgie have kids with? who did Justin have kids with? "