Series: Desperate Duchesses by the Numbers, Book 2
on 31 March 2015
Genres: Adult, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Historical, Historical Romance, Love & Romance, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
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Place(s) Traveled To: Unnamed, England (1797 & 1800)
First Line(s): At fifteen, Emilia Gwendolyn Carrington already had a pretty good idea of what hell was like.
When I picked up Four Nights with the Duke by Eloisa James I was in need of a happy, feel good, brain candy read to get lost in for a couple of hours. If you’ve ever read Eloisa James then you know that her stories really deliver when you are looking for a distraction from reality. From its opening scene to the very end I was lost in this world and it was perfect for what I was looking for at the time. Four Nights with the Duke sucked me in from the start and I didn’t stop reading until I reached the end a few hours later. While I didn’t always like Vander I did always love his interactions with Emilia’s nephew Charlie. Especially their first meeting. Those scenes totally made the book for me and let me forgive him during those times when he was being an ass.
Because, dear reader, Vander could be a stuck up ass at times. After all who wouldn’t want to stay married to a Duke? But Emilia isn’t your typical heroine. She was pretty self sufficient in a time when the majority of women couldn’t say that. She earned her own income but lacked the power in order to obtain custody of her nephew. I enjoyed Vander and Emilia’s love story and I believed their journey even when there were times when Four Nights with the Duke felt like it was a Gothic novel. This made for a bit of a cheesy plot at times and if I had read this one at another time that may have annoyed be but I read this at the right time so I was mostly entertained.
Vander is a flawed by redeemable character. He makes assumptions at the start and is able to realize the error of his ways. Emilia is a bit prideful at times but I love her strength and sass. They are characters in a book but they feel like they could be real people. Their story is one that you can get lost in and was a delightful way to pass an afternoon. Four Nights with a Duke is a book that I will probably revisit from time to time to check in with these characters and I am curious about the other books in the series.
Four Nights with the Duke is the second in a series, and the eighth in a larger series by Eloisa James none of which I’d read prior to this book. Despite this I didn’t feel at all lost while reading this story and it did make me curious about the book that came before, Three Weeks with Lady X (Goodreads). Three Weeks stars Vanders BFF and his quest for love and I’m curious to see what sort of cameo that Vander might make in that story. Though at the same time it might be odd seeing Vander without Emilia as they have become a solid unit to me. Definitely a book that I would recommend, though its not a book for everyone.