Book review: My American Duchess by Eloisa James

51C0J0N6H9L._SX316_BO1,204,203,200_Publisher: Piatkus
Release date: 26th January 2016

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 honour 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.


Although I have read a lot of historical romance novels in my time, Eloisa James isn’t someone whose books I have read before. I don’t know why though! As soon as I started reading My American Duchess though I was hooked!

Protagonist Merry was fantastic and really, she’s what makes this book. Merry is from Boston and has no idea how to act properly around the English Ton. She’s come to England with her aunt and uncle to find herself a husband after jilting two previous fiancées. Merry is proud of her American heritage and finds the etiquette rules she’s grown up with much easier and more simple than what she’s expected to learn. Over the course of the book she does make some quite large, but funny, mistakes and I loved that she didn’t care what people thought of her.

At the beginning of the book Merry meets the Duke of Trent on an empty balcony but what neither of them know is that Merry’s new fiancée is the Duke’s brother, Cedric. It’s clear from the beginning that things are not going to go well with Cedric and I wish this aspect of the book had not been quite so predictable. I would have maybe preferred for us to not know that the Duke was Cedric’s brother for a while to add some mystery to the plot.

The plot was quite and light-hearted throughout which made this an easy read. Unfortunately the plot lacked excitement and drama that I’m used to from this genre of books but luckily the humour made up for this. There are some quite funny moments throughout the whole book and I did chuckle to myself a number of times.

A solid three stars from me!

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. 


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