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Three Weeks with Lady X by Eloisa James

18052956Title: Three Weeks With Lady X (Desperate Duchesses by the Numbers #1)
Author: Eloisa James
Source: Bought
Edition: Paperback
Publication: Avon
Pages: 376 pages
Category: Romance, Historical-Regency, Fiction

SYNOPSIS:

Having made a fortune, Thorn Dautry, the powerful bastard son of a duke, decides that he needs a wife. But to marry a lady, Thorn must acquire a gleaming, civilized façade, the specialty of Lady Xenobia India.

Exquisite, head-strong, and independent, India vows to make Thorn marriageable in just three weeks.

But neither Thorn nor India anticipate the forbidden passion that explodes between them.

Thorn will stop at nothing to make India his. Failure is not an option.

But there is only one thing that will make India his—the one thing Thorn can’t afford to lose…

LIKENESS SCALE:❤❤❤❤ (4.5 hearts)

MY THOUGHTS:

On the cover: The cover is coloured black and it has a lady with a sexy back in the front. It does not look racy but its sexy. The back portion is coloured pink with the synopsis of the book printed on it. The fonts used are a combination of a curvy font and times new roman. Visually, the cover is tamed but sexy compared to other historical-regency books (of course, except for books with flowers as a cover page).

On the story plot: It’s story plot was very sassy, fun and entertaining. I found myself laughing because of the absurdity of the characters situation. I like the writing style of the author because it just flowed. It did not seem that she was trying hard to pair up the two main characters. I liked how she addresses different issues with wit and humor. An example is when the Thorn Dautry was contemplating on when he has fallen in love with India. He was sure it was when it was when India addressed his shortfall. Another instance is when, India placed the sexy satyr statue  in Thorn’s bedroom. Her reason because it would be a waste for it to be in the shed and it costs a lot.

On the characters: I love the characters. Lady Xenobia India St. Clair (what a mouth full..) is a very unconventional character for the regency period. She has accumulated her own dowry which made her able to marry for love. Also, she is a daughter of the a late marquess which makes her very valuable too. Despite being of this rank she offers services like fixing house staff and decorating or renovating houses. Her status makes her out of reach for Thorn but luckily she does not care about rank and other nonsense. As for Thorn, he is a son born out of wedlock by a duke.  His character is very masculine. This is because he would rather have a wife which he could dominate, which makes Lady Laetitia his prospect. Since he wants to impress Lady Laetitia’s parents he bought Starberry Court where he met  Lady Xenobia India St. Clair. She was the person who would help restore Starberry Court into a living space for Thorn’s future family with Lady Laetitia. However, fate had other plans which made made both India and Thorn unsure if they would be doing the right thing.

All in all: Three Weeks With Lady X is my first read by Eloisa James. I thought that it would be like other regency novels, but it was not. It was funny, witty, sexy and sassy. I love India for being different and she also had some insecurities. She could be compared to any other woman this age. I gave this book a 4.5 hearts rating because it was a fun read. I was entertained greatly and I was able to get over a super mini reading slump because of it. The sarcasm and talks about correct and wrong grammar were entertaining too.

QUOTES:

” Go ahead. We rich bastards come in three sorts: rich, very rich, and even richer. I’m the last sort.”
– Three Weeks With Lady X by Eloisa James

“It is very ill mannered to congratulate oneself. Particularly when one us at fault.”
-Three Weeks With Lady X  by Eloisa James

“A woman gives away her heart along with here virtue,” Adelaide said softly. ” A man does not. Society’s structures protect women’s hearts as wee as their reputations.”
-Three Weeks With Lady X  by Eloisa James

“There is no one better than you. You were made for me.”
-Three Weeks With Lady X by Eloisa James

“If I’m to change my life to suit a woman, she’d damned  well be better worth my trouble.”
-Three Weeks With Lady X by Eloisa James

She was good at refusing men. It was the idea of accepting one that made her feel as if she couldn’t breathe.
-Three Weeks With Lady X by Eloisa James

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