By: Eloisa James
Releasing March 31st, 2015
As a young girl, Emilia Gwendolyn Carrington told the annoying future Duke of Pindar that she would marry any man in the world before him-so years later she is horrified to realize that she has nowhere else to turn.
Evander Septimus Brody has his own reasons for agreeing to Mia’s audacious proposal, but there’s one thing he won’t give his inconvenient wife: himself.
Instead, he offers Mia a devil’s bargain… he will spend four nights a year with her. Four nights, and nothing more. And those only when she begs for them.
Which Mia will never do.
Now Vander faces the most crucial challenge of his life: he must seduce his own wife in order to win her heart-and no matter what it takes, this is the one battle he can’t afford to lose.
My Thoughts:Let me just state Eloisa James knows how to write a spell bounding story. I adore Mia and Vander's story. Granted their relationship is a bit rocky from the start, but absolutely fabulous towards the end. Four Nights with the Duke evokes so many emotions that it's hard to put down this story.
Mia and Vander have tumultuous relationship from the get go, after all Mia's father is having an affair with Vander's mother. Yeah, that can't be good. Young Mia is absolutely in love with Vander that she wrote a poem about him, and he gets his hands on it. He crushes her by basically making fun of her poem with his friends. Yep, boys can be cruel at that age.
We have grown up Mia and Vander together, and Mia needs to get married to ensure her nephew stays safe from her wicked uncle. How do we solve the problem, blackmail the Duke of Pindar. Mia is pretty resourceful. So, we head into the story with a somewhat marriage of convenience story. She's blackmailing Vander.
Okay, our two main characters Mia and Vander. I love Mia, because she's not your typical heroine. It's not too often you find a heroine who is short and curvaceous. So, she views herself as not so pretty and definitely not Vander's type. However, she would do anything to protect her nephew at all cost, even suffer humiliation. Throughout the story, we see her as her worst enemy, because what happen to her when she was 15. That takes a toll on her self-esteem. When Vander tries to tell her that she's beautiful, she takes it as a grain of salt. It's kind of heart-breaking to watch Mia feel unloved. Then we have Vander who has to be in control of everything. This is in part how he was raised, after all his mother was having an open affair with Mia's father. If he had control, nothing can hurt him. Life on the other hand only gives you so much control. We can't forget the secondary characters Chuffy, Charlie, and Jafeer (he's the horse). Chuffy with his wisdom even though he's usually inebriated. Charlie, the reason for Mia for blackmailing Vander into marriage. Jafeer the Arabian horse that helps Mia through this time. They actually help each other out in the story, and it's a lovely relationship.
Four Nights with the Duke is a marvelous story about two people who by all means should not be together. Both of them are stubborn, but compliment one another (when they open up their hearts). I adore how Eloisa was able to take two people to overcome the obstacle of their past to form a union that is unstoppable. So, if you are in the mood for an emotional story with a blackmail marriage to save someone they love, you might find your read in Four Nights with the Duke.
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A New York Times bestselling author, Eloisa James is a professor of English literature who lives with her family in New York, but who can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. (Her husband is an honest to goodness Italian knight!) Eloisa’s website offers short stories, extra chapters, and even a guide to shopping in Florence. Visit her at www.eloisajames.com.
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