The Ugly Duchess

The Ugly Duchess

The Ugly Duchess How can she dare to imagine he loves her when all London calls her The Ugly Duchess Theodora Saxby is the last woman anyone expects the gorgeous James Ryburn heir to the Duchy of Ashbrook to marry B

  • Title: The Ugly Duchess
  • Author: Eloisa James
  • ISBN: 9780062197962
  • Page: 495
  • Format: ebook
  • How can she dare to imagine he loves her when all London calls her The Ugly Duchess Theodora Saxby is the last woman anyone expects the gorgeous James Ryburn, heir to the Duchy of Ashbrook, to marry But after a romantic proposal before the prince himself, even practical Theo finds herself convinced of her soon to be duke s passion.Still, the tabloids give the marriagHow can she dare to imagine he loves her when all London calls her The Ugly Duchess Theodora Saxby is the last woman anyone expects the gorgeous James Ryburn, heir to the Duchy of Ashbrook, to marry But after a romantic proposal before the prince himself, even practical Theo finds herself convinced of her soon to be duke s passion.Still, the tabloids give the marriage six months.Theo would have given it a lifetime until she discovers that James desired not her heart, and certainly not her countenance, but her dowry Society was shocked by their wedding it s scandalized by their separation.Now James faces the battle of his lifetime, convincing Theo that he loved the duckling who blossomed into the swan.And Theo will quickly find that for a man with the soul of a pirate, All s Fair in Love or War.

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    I hate writing this review because I'm generally a fan of Eloisa James' works (loved the previous 2 books in the fairy tales series btw), but I didn't like this book. I liked the beginning half until James (the hero) leaves Theo, however afterwards I really disliked the book. I had no patience for the hero in the least - He was immature in the beginning and an idiot later on. I mildly liked the heroine but I lost respect for her because she didn't seem to have any for herself. And I know that mo [...]

    The Ugly Duchess is yet another wonderful story in Eloisa James’ Fairy Tales series. In all that it is charming, romantic, witty and sweetly sexy, it’s also heartwarming, poignant and a truly beautiful love story. How can she dare to imagine he loves her…when all London calls her The Ugly Duchess?Theodora Saxby is the last woman anyone expects the gorgeous James Ryburn, heir to the Duchy of Ashbrook, to marry. But after a romantic proposal before the prince himself, even practical Theo fin [...]

    James Ryburn, Earl of Islay, is informed by his father (a duke) that he has to marry Theodora Saxby, his best friend since they were children. Long ago, Theo's dying father asked the duke to look after Theo and her mother, and she and James have been like siblings ever since. Seems the duke has the IQ of a radish, and he blew through the entire wealth of the duchy, then embezzled as much of Theo's inheritance as he could lay his hands on. If James isn't the man who marries her, not only will the [...]

    Rating: 2.7 starsThe misconception I had when I'd just been one chapter into this book: 5 stars. I know I'm going to give this 5 stars!*exhales loudly*This review can also be read on-The Dark, Delicious and Dreamtastic.When I started this book- when I was still on the 'Before' part- out of nowhere I had this thought that startled me into stopping, and then smiling for no reason, before I resumed back to readingFORE YOU CONTINUE, KNOW THAT THIS REVIEW IS CHOCK FULL OF SPOILERS. SO PROCEED ONLY IF [...]

    Well, this one was a swing and a miss for me, which is a shame, because Eloisa James is usually a ton of fun.To be fair, second-chance romances are always hard for me to get behind. I have to see some serious change in the characters in order to really buy that it would work out otherwise, it just feels like they're signing up to be hurt all over again down the road, never having learned their lesson. They're like addicts deciding to try the pipe one last time.I liked Theo/Daisy a lot. I liked t [...]

    Theodora Saxby is not beautiful. But she does possess a fortune. James Ryburn, Earl of Islay, heir to the Duchy of Ashbrook is handsome. And in need of a fortune. When James is told by his father that he has gambled away the family's wealth, embezzled from Theo's fortune and that James must marry Theo for her money, James is adamantly against the idea. Afterall, he and Theo have grown up together. He loves her certainly, but in a brotherly fashion. When Theo finds out that James was forced to ma [...]

    3.5 STARSThis is my first book by EJ, but I'm intrigued and will be definitely checking out her other work. Of course this follows HCA's 'The Ugly Duckling'. Theodora ( Theo, as she liked to be called and Daisy, as James liked to call her ), was seen as an unattractive woman or at least according to society's standards of that time. Growing up with James Ryburn, heir to the Duchy of Ashbrook, Theo learned to accept her lot in life but never let it truly get to her.But marrying her best friend Ja [...]

    Despite having read many historical romances, Eloisa James was an author I had avoided because none of her synopses appealed to me. This one, though, was one I'd been dallying over for some time and finally decided to give it a read.The Before part of this novel was wonderful. I wanted to yank James out of the first scene and stop him from doing something dumb, and I felt bad for Theo. I liked them both individually and I loved them together because of how well they played off one another.I was [...]

    This book broke my heart, in more ways than one. I wanted, so badly, to love it. In fact, up until a certain part, I was certain I'd be rating it 4.5-5 stars!Unfortunately, there's so much infidelity that I just couldn't get past it. Yes, he had pretty excuses, but *queasy* I LOVED Daisy/Theo. Loved her. And in some ways, I loved James as well. The betrayal early on was absolutely delicious, and up until the point where he dipped his wick in some foreign widow, I was hooked! But the very blatant [...]

    DNF @ 50%? 40%? Not sure, I'll check it later.I should have read the reviews before starting this one in my defense, I was picking between lots of historical romance books and the fairy tale name plus the blurb made me think I'd like this one. BIG MISTAKE.What the blurb doesn't tell you (and I am not even bothering with spoiler tags here because I want everyone to know how bad this is!) is that our dashing James is gone for seven years. SEVEN YEARS! During which he conveniently forgets about his [...]

    I find myself torn on Eloisa James's books. On the one hand, she writes engaging characters and the stories of her romances are always enjoyable. For me, her biggest weakness comes when it's time to get down to the plot. That, again, was my biggest issue in The Ugly Duchess, which felt like two different books to me. I very much enjoyed the first 60 or so pages with two best friends who are young sort of falling into a marriage. I even enjoyed the fallout that resulted. But thenpiracy. I shouldn [...]

    10+++ STARS!The Ugly Duchess is my first from Eloisa James and definitely not the last. I'm gonna do a lot of historical reading this month and the following months. A marathon oF EJ' HR book!!!From the first sentence until the last of the very love epilogue I'm still hooked with Daisy & James. You'll feel that your on Daisy shoes while reading. You'll feel her insecurities, naivety, passion, & love to her best friend who became her husband for two days. The confrontation part is totally [...]

    This book pushed my buttons in a bad way. I know many people enjoyed it. Most were able to get over the things that got stuck in my craw. But it did not work for me at all.I had problems from the very beginning. James and Theodora grew up together. Theo had been taken in as ward of James' father. They were essentially raised as siblings. Unfortunately, Daddy Dearest lost all of his money in bad investments and some of Theo's dowry too. If anyone were to find out, he could go to prison. So he for [...]

    Buddy read with Karen BookLover 12/16/12I love Eloisa James, so my opinion may be biased. She's never over the top, and she unapologetically adds content that may or may not be realistic for her preferred Regency time period. But she sure does make me laugh with it! She's never too sexual, but she does write very sensual scenes. For me, she just really writes great ROMANCE stories. Her characters are flawed, they make stupid, stupid, STUPID decisions (James, I'm looking at you), but they are jus [...]

    While part of a series, each is its own story so you don't really need any of the others to enjoy each one on its own.At just under 30% I just can't go on. I love Theo, but James is a complete loss. I hate that he blows up so easily. I hate that he's so irresponsible and can't see past his own desires ("I just want to play outdoors and hate all that book stuff even though I'm smart and totally rocked school and all"). But most of all, I hate that his "love" manifests as him being an emotionally [...]

    Second time around: lost a star or twoLast book for the Historical Romance Year Long Challenge. Woot. I did it. Last year, I petered out when faced with Time Travel and Bodice Rippers. Can't believe I pulled it off. What did or didn't work for me? I read this the first time in my earlier HR days. At the time, I thought it was delightful and fun and a wonderful romp. This time? Not so much. I think I've become much harder to please, which kinda sucks, as an aside. And I think I have read really, [...]

    Usually I love Eloisa James, but this one didn't really do it for me. Didn't love the protagonist, and there was weird pacing stuff happening, like 5 years going by and then 100 pages of things that were continuous at the endI'm not sure. Love the author but this one just wasn't my fave!

    I wasn't terribly impressed with this book. Theodora and James marry young so their impulsiveness can be chalked up to simple immaturity, but I didn't understand these two. If they were best friends, why didn't James just tell Theodora what his father was trying to make him do? And I'm sorry, but seven years? Seven years? That's the longest sulk I've ever heard of. I couldn't like these two if you paid me to. On top of irritating characters, there was a distinct overabundance of smarm. The sex s [...]

    Eloisa James latest debut is a well worth a read. She writes a good romance and this one's no exception. I truly enjoyed this book and I didn't mind the cheating as he thought the marriage was over during they separated. And he always thought his wife didn't want him back.I forgive all the 7 years they been separated. I forgive James for walked away after she found out her husband married her for her dowry, after she throw him out. I forgive everythings coz I love James and Theo @ Daisy. Recomme [...]

    Disappointed. I found myself disliking both the hero and the heroin. To say they are immature is an understatement. At the beginning, well, can put the immaturity due to their young age (the hero was 19 and the heroin was 17 when they got married), but 7 years after that? After all the suppposedly adventures and all that they have to go through? Both of them are still the same people, same characters. The only change that I can detect was their appearance. And I cannot feel the love that should [...]

    There isn't one thing I didn't love about this book. Which isn't to say that I didn't wish some things were different, (view spoiler)[ like for example, I hoped Theo would take up a lover or two just to even the playground between her and James, or how very romanticized piracy is in this book; also, I'm nor quite sure a woman in early 1800's could start up factories and manage estates like Theo did, but because I loved it, I'm giving this book the benefit of the doubt (hide spoiler)]. It's sad t [...]

    I'm a massive fan of Eloisa James's Happily Ever Afters series, I have enjoyed all of the previous books and novellas so couldn't wait to get started on The Ugly Duchess. Unfortunately I was really disappointed with this book, it just didn't meet up with the standards of the earlier stories and I think that is mainly because I have such an issue with people who cheat on their partners. I'm afraid that this review will contain spoilers because I don't think I can fully explain my issues with the [...]

    Notes: I read an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of the book.Once upon a time there was a young heiress and young Earl who were best friends. They could tell the other anything and everything. Their parents had been best friends, as well, and when Theo's father passed, James' father took Theo and her mother in. They were raised as brother and sister living under the same roof. Then one day James' father, the Duke of Ashbrook, did something that would change everything. “You’ll have to marry her. [...]

    4.00 Stars - Historical/Regency RomanceJames Ryburn, heir to the Duchy of Ashbrook and Theodora Saxby grew up together in the same house, Theo being the ward of the current Duke. All this time, they pretended to be not much but siblings. When James turned 20, he became one of the most handsome eligible bachelors in the peerage and so forth in the ton. But at the same time 17 year Theo was so plain, that many regarded her as simply mannish and downright ugly. One day the duke revealed his dire fi [...]

    I started crying right at the beginning because when the hero and heroine start off happy, you know something will break them apart. But I was shocked (in a good way) at where the authors took the characters and I loved every minute of this book. James was sensitive and loving at the start and not the traditional hero for a historical romance. I fell in love with him then and there and when he transformed into an alpha male, it was even better. Theo is always beautiful, but it’s when she truly [...]

    I was going to read this, but I'm having a hard time,considering the reviews. Infidelity and estrangement aren't my thing. I'm having a hard enough time finishing Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas, and I knew the premise before going in I am surprised Eloisa James has written such a storyline It's just not for me at the moment.

    PART 1 : LOVED it! Witty, charming, fun, sweet, passionate and so heartbreakingRT 2 : Everything that made the story and characters enjoyable started to fall apart. I didn't care for Theo's (a.k.a Daisy) 'transformation'. She went from a sweet, goofy, lovable mischievous young girl to an aloof, serious, tightly controlled frigid ice queen. I understood her need to want to take control of her life after separating from James but her strict rules on her fashion style and way of life I found tiring [...]

    ​I have settled on 2.5 stars, rounded to three, although this could easily be one. Also, the more I think about this, the more I ​realise things I don't like, so be prepared for a review which steadily descends into a rant.The general (and in my opinion, accurate) consensus with this is that it starts good, veers sharply off track at the 36% mark, and never recovers. I ​know in my reviews I never give a helpful summary of the plot, characters or setting, instead preferring to dive right in [...]

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