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.
Rating: 5 stars
Eloisa James does it again! FOUR NIGHTS WITH THE DUKE is a delicious Regency romp you won’t want to miss.
Years ago, Mia heard exactly what Vander thought about her, and so she declared that she would marry anyone but him. But now, she had to eat her words as she blackmailed him into marriage–all to save her nephew Charlie. For his part, Vander was angry at the circumstances that forced him into marriage with her (he didn’t know about Charlie though), and he mistakenly thought that she was still so enamored of him that she would blackmail him into marriage, and thus, he issued his edict–that he would spend only four nights a year with her. But soon, he finds himself enamored of his wife, and he ends up wondering if four nights would be enough.
The blurb makes it seem that there isn’t much story, but FOUR NIGHTS WITH THE DUKE is a complex study of the human nature, of the complicated twists and turns of the human heart.
I like Mia for having the guts to do what she did to protect her loved ones. I sympathize with her position in society, the way women were undervalued in her time, and I cheered with her in her efforts to be true to herself and live up to her potential. As for Vander, he’s different from the charming rogue that we usually read about, and that’s a refreshing change. Moreover, I like his interactions with Charlie, how he accepted Charlie as his own person instead of an extension of Mia. His scenes with Charlie were one of the highlights of the story.
Thorn and India have cameo roles in this story, though I wish their friendship and acceptance of Mia could’ve been developed more. I thought that would be fun to read.
All in all, if you like historical romance, this is a book not to be missed!