by Eloisa James
Published on January 26, 2016 by Avon
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
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.
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I’ve enjoyed other books by Eloisa James in the past and while My American Duchess wasn’t the best book out there, it was a decent read.
One thing that stood out from beginning to end was the inclusion of consent when it came to any physical involvement between characters. James enforces that women shouldn’t be touched without their permission which I’ve found rare in historical romances, but this isn’t the first time I’ve seen it in James’ work and I’m so glad to see it again.
Now, to the story. It was decent enough. I enjoyed the first half of the book where our couple in question, Merry and Trent, built up their relationship. Lots of sexual tension and banter and all the things I enjoy in a romance (though Trent’s obsession with Merry’s chest got old REALLY quick). But then there was a big plot twist and the second half of the book felt disjointed, as if this was two novellas joined together. Then we reach the end and everything wraps up too neatly, even for a standalone. Happily ever afters all around, even when I didn’t understand the changes of heart and sudden personality shifts.
I can’t say Merry nor Trent were memorable. Listening to the audio, the quickly became little more than names and by the time I finished the book, everything was drifting away into the realm of average books. Speaking of the audio, I can’t say I was a big fan of the narration at times. The steamier scenes were read quite awkwardly, and Trent’s “voice” just wasn’t working for me at all.
My American Duchess was a good book to pass some time, but I wasn’t 100% engaged with it and wouldn’t claim it’s a must-read.