The Ugly Duchess by Eloisa James Review

Theodora Saxby has never been considered pretty, in a world full of pocket Venuses and where blondes are the fashion, Theodora’s slim build and brunette locks put her outside the fashion of the Ton. So when Theodora marries the gorgeous James Ryburn, heir to the Duchy of Ashbrook, everyone is shocked in Eloisa James’ The Ugly Duchess. Theodora and James have been best friends forever so when James proposes at eighteen, Theo is shocked but jumps at the chance to marry the one man she has loved her whole life. The tabloids have dubbed her “The Ugly Duchess” and have given the marriage only six months before the Duke starts to stray…

James has known Theo forever, calling her by his special name Daisy, James has always enjoyed her company but didn’t plan to marry for sometime. But when James’s father discloses that he has misused all of Theo’s dowry and if James doesn’t marry Theo the Ton will find out and they will be ruined, James does what needs to be done. The marriage goes through and James starts to realize what a treasure he has in Theo but it could all come crashing down on him at any time. When it finally does, James escapes to sea until he realizes that it is up to James to convince Theo that he loves her but will she forgive him, especially now that the Ugly Duchess has become the beautiful swan?

I loved that Theo and James have known each other forever, that they had a great relationship prior to sex entering into the picture and part of what James wanted back was his friendship with Theo. My heart ached for both of them as they both made stupid mistakes that pushed the other one away. The Ugly Duchess is the sixth book in the Fairy Tales series but there isn’t any cross overs with the other novels so you can just jump right into the series. Eloisa James’s writing style is both entertaining and fast paced, I whipped through the novel in a single afternoon. I have to admit that when I was reading about James becoming a pirate I just kept thinking about “The Dread Pirate Roberts” off The Princess Bride, and it brought a smile to my face. Interestingly while the novel has quite a few secondary characters, most of the dialogue and scenes involve just Theo and James, with fabulous results. Theo’s transformation from the ugly duckling to the swan was not what I expected but I loved, especially all the rules that came along with her transformation. I highly recommend this updated version of the classic fairy tale.

You can read an excerpt here.

Fairy Tales Reading Order:

A Kiss At Midnight

Storming the Castle

When Beauty Tamed the Beast

Winning the Wallflower

The Duke Is Mine

The Ugly Duchess



Title: The Ugly Duchess

Author: Eloisa James

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 384

ISBN: 978-0062021731

Publisher: Avon

Release Date: August 28, 2012

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica


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Wild Texas Rose by Jodi Thomas Review

Rose McMurray has always been afraid of leaving her home at Whispering Mountain but when a friend sends her a message asking for help, Rose feels obligated go and help her. Wild Texas Rose by Jodi Thomas is the story of Rose, the oldest adopted daughter of  Teagan McMurray from Tall, Dark and Texan. Rose travels to Fort Worth to attend the wedding and quickly realizes that not everything is as it appears but she is having to find her own bravery before she can help anyone else. Luckily for Rose, Texas Ranger and adopted brother Ducan McMurray is there to help.

Duncan McMurray, known as “Duck” when he was growing up, was found after he had been living tied up for years, treated as a dog. But once the McMurrays took him he was loved and raised as a son. Rose was one of the few who could calm Duncan when he found himself in a world he didn’t understand. Now that Rose has finally left the ranch Duncan finds himself torn between helping her and finishing up the case was assigned to as a Texas Ranger.

I am a fan of the Whispering Mountain series but have to admit I didn’t finish Texas Blue so I was a little bit hesitant starting Wild Texas Rose but Jodi Thomas redeemed the series. While Rose and Duncan are the main characters there are three other story lines that are interwoven within the main story line. I quickly was invested in all three story lines, the experiences of the secondary male characters during the Civil War were heartrending, I just wanted to hug them. The interwoven story line, unexpected twists in the plot line and heartwarming characters make Wild Texas Rose a five star story. It was also nice to read a novel where the sexual tension was well done but didn’t have descriptive sex scenes.

You can read an excerpt here.

Whispering Mountain Reading Order:

Texas Rain

Texas Princess

Tall, Dark, and Texan

The Lone Texan

Texas Blue

Wild Texas Rose



Title: Wild Texas Rose

Author: Jodi Thomas

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 320

ISBN: 978-0425250372

Publisher: Berkley

Release Date: August 7, 2012

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

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