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Entertaining and exciting throughout, there’s enough seduction, laughter and surprises in the second Desperate Duchesses installment to. Magic under the mistletoeOne spectacular Christmas, Lady Perdita Selby, known to her friends and family as Poppy, met the man she thought she would lov. I adore Eloisa James’s characters, and I love her dialogue. As it is, your reaction to An Affair Before Christmas will depend very much on your.

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OK I did not like this book.

I could feel her disgust – never you, Fletch. But I grew weary of his feverish tirades and the shenanigans of his butler except when he dressed up as Jemma ; it was just downright depressing.

The beginning of this was bad, but it did grow on me as it went on! In her professorial guise, she’s written a New York Times op-ed defending romance, as well as articles published everywhere from women’s magazines such as E,oisa to writers’ journals such as the Romance Writers’ Report.

I liked this plotline a lot — in fact, I got upset whenever the point-of-view changed, because Eloiza wanted to read all plotlines simultaneously. Wish I could have gotten through the book to read more about him cause he sounded delicious. Joy had flooded her soul that she was so lucky.

All the ladies agree; you should hear the Countess of Montsurry. I forgive her this slightly more because of her mother and just how sheltered she was. I had so many problems with this book. In each volume you have one central story, but added to this are bits and pieces of other stories that are not concluded in the installment.

Book E xtras Jump to: Poppy has been abused by her mother all of her life and the chrisgmas dressing christmws is symbolic – Poppy’s hair is tortured and constrained to fit a certain image created and demanded by her mother – this hairstyle and the dresser who maintains it were hired by Poppy’s mother to reassert her control and Poppy’s abandonment of the elaborate hairstyle and the expensive dresser are symbolic of Poppy’s maturation and ability to free herself from the abuse and the abuser.


To round out a wonderfully busy and well-delivered plot, Jemma’s likely paramour, the duke of Villiers, has developed an unlikely affection for the befoee, brash spinster Miss Charlotte Tatlock, rumored to be another duke’s mistress.

I admired that he couldn’t take a mistress, despite trying. Nov 04, Elaine rated it liked it Shelves: It’s completely unrealistic above all else.

Seeing all the grief it was creating for the hero and heroine over something so silly affsir minuscule was jamee not worth it to me. Stay Connected to be the first to know when new editions are added. It’s been an enjoyable start to the series. The Desperate Duchesses series is one that needs to be looked at for what it is – and it’s exactly what it is named – desperate duchesses, all with different problems, and how things work out for them.

French ladies looked at her and tittered behind their fans.

An Affair Before Christmas

The novel begins with a prologue about two young lovers in Paris. Not one of the best I’ve ever read. To all christmsa the ton, Poppy and Fletch are the perfect match, but after the vows are exchanged and the relationship is taken behind closed doors, their aftair has fizzled out completely. Because she was an idiot. I didn’t especially like Charlotte, despite her attempts to help Villiers rally against his illness. I liked seeing Poppy strike out on her own and do the things she wanted to do.

Not about other people playing chess, and this Duke dying and that Duke unfaithful and blah, blah blah. She starts out so oblivious and repressed. I don’t deserve you That said, I did not get nearly enough of the emotional weight of this striking out. The hero’s supposedly perfect, superior bedroom skillz are overcome by the fact that his wife’s hair powder makes her head itch, so the shy heroine is too distracted by that during sex to enjoy it, never responds to his touch for the first four years of their marriage.

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What a great line! We hear more about Poppy here, and I thought her development just delightful. Ihe only reason this book gets 2 stars is because the A-plot with this idiot only eliosa up about half the book. I also disliked the subplots of the other romances, I was confused. Dec 08, Anita rated it really liked it Shelves: A good romance needs to connect with you on some level – you become emotionally invested, even though the plot has some holes or there is an obviously fabricated obstacle to overcome.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I quite enjoyed this! I really did not mind Poppy’s immaturity or Fletch’s resentment -this is a coming of age romance after all, and I felt each of the main characters grew sufficiently enough that I totally rooted for them and their HEA.

In collaboration with a very talented illustrator, Eloisa created paper dolls complete with extravagant hairpieces and two Georgian fashion dresses to go along with her Desperate Beffore, the Original Six heroines. View all 4 comments.

I am not entirely sure how this leads to fixing their problems. So this is a heavy topic, but I loved the ending. Fortunately, this book featured Poppy and Fletch more than anyone else.