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.
I have never read a book by Eloisa James before, which while reading this I couldn’t believe how much of a dunderhead I’ve been all along for not trying any of her books sooner. This one had me from hello with its ripe witty humor and dialog.
Merry was an extremely likable heroine with a funny witty streak a mile wide. I loved how she was different than the other English misses, which I found it highly refreshing. She was honest to a fault, always saying what’s on her mind even if it wasn’t the right proper thing to say in English society. I also enjoyed Trent very much and I’m glad he and Merry met very early on in this book. Even though he detests Americans, he is fascinated with Merry from the very first second they met on the balcony. She was different than the others, bold, fiery, not prone to hysterics or fainting spells. From that very moment, he decided he would marry her, she would be his Duchess albeit that she is already engaged to… his twin brother.
Merry is a bit compulsive, she falls easily for her suitors, then not long afterwards discovers that it was just foolish thoughts – this leads her to being engaged 4 times – so when she confesses that she loved Trent, it blew up in her face as he doesn’t believe her and even goes to tell her love is foolish, fickle emoticon, one he’d never return. This hurts her, but she manages to soldier on, something she’s very good at, nothing holds her down. She never mentions the word LOVE again, nor does she share her opinions or kisses with him during the day like she used to always do which puts Trent in a mood, he broods and wonders where his Merry went and if she already fell out of love with him. He isn’t good with the term ‘love’ nor is he experienced with it, but by God, he was gonna make her fall in love with him again and finally he is gonna love her in return. I loved that bit, when he finally woke up and realized how he truly felt for Merry, that love, after all wasn’t a terrible thing.
One person I wasn’t so fond of, was Cedric. He was a complainer, imbiber of spirits, mocked others, and was jealous of his twin, in other words, a royal pain in the ass. When he tried to force Merry into marrying him, boy that had me sweating bullets. He was memorable in his own annoying way, but lets say I was glad when he was out of the picture.
As much as I enjoyed this and her superb humor writing, I am defiantly going to look for more of Eloisa’s books to deliciously devour in the near future.