5 Hearts · Adult Historical Romance

My American Duchess by Eloisa James

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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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Personal Thoughts 

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When you read historical regency romances they are set mainly in Great Britain. When we have a character from the Americas cross the pond it becomes clever entertainment.

My American Duchess is about a young woman who can’t help falling in love.  A gentleman reads pretty sonnets, gives her flowers and jewels, she becomes swept off her feet.  She has been engaged two times and has broken off those engagements. Third times a charm they say? Well her heart seemed to be in the right place, but then it begins to waver after meeting her future brother-in-law.

The Duke of Trent doesn’t like London society or the stipulations that are placed on him. He rather be on his estate working the land. While in town he meets a dark haired American beauty whose clever wit and extensive intelligences draws him in. He knows that love is foolish, but this women challenges him in all mental and physical aspects. The one problem that he realize not soon enough is that she is already spoken for, by his own brother.

This story was sweet. The dynamic between Trent and his twin brother Cedric was tense. Being a twin and missing the Ducal just by mere minutes must have been difficult. Cedric and Trent’s life growing up wasn’t pretty. We find out about their parents: how they died, their marital struggles, their favoritism, etc. The boys, now men, had many forces acting against them. Personally I enjoy siblings bickering. It allows the story to have more authenticity.

Now Merry. She hasn’t had it easy either. He parents died and she was raised by her aunt and uncle in Boston. After jilting two men her reputation is on the brink of scandal. She has no choice but to keep her current engagement even though she has come to now know the true colors of Cedric. 


​What I enjoyed about this story is from the moment Trent and Merry meet one another you can tell there is strong chemistry surrounding them.  They have so many similarities that the readers can see.  I just wanted to shake the both of them to wake up and see how right they were for one another.

The story line moves at a steady pace. I didn’t feel anything was dragging on or jumped into too quickly. Trent and Merry’s growth in overcoming their personal fears and prejudice moves at a reasonable rate. Now don’t worry about romance and steam scenes. There are plenty of those to go around. The question is though is Merry having relationships with Cedric her fiancé or Trent the brooding Duke? You must read to find out.

There is some crazy twist and unexpected turning points in this story; and, I am not going to share them because that would take all the fun out of reading it.  

I highly recommend!

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