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Rounding out her quartet of Regency-era romances (A Wild Pursuit, etc.), James delivers the story of Helene, long estranged from her husband, Rees, who pens comic operas and thrives on scandal. The very proper Helene enjoys the solicitude of the rest of Societyâ"until she decides that she wants a child and will have one even if she has to go outside her marriage. Shaken out of his self-involvement by Helene's determination, Rees offers a bargain: he'll father Helene's child, making it legitimate, if she agrees to move into his house for a month and help him with his opera. The catchâ"his current mistress will remain in the house. Rees has a secret, however; he's keeping his mistress there only for her skilled voice, not out of love or even interest in the woman. Bit by bit, Helene and Rees come to terms with the disastrous first year of their marriage, including Rees's lack of skill in the marital bed (which is refreshing for a romance hero), and they begin to wonder if their love can be rekindled. James's zingers aren't as plentiful here as in past novels, but she still fires off a quiver full and solidifies her reputation as a top talent in the crowded field of humorous romances.
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Eloisa James is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author and professor of English literature, who lives with her family in New York but 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.
I have read other books in this series and this was not my favorite. I didn't find Helene sympathetic and could connect with her Earl. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Las Vegas YaYa
Love the premise here of two star crossed lovers that have to offer overcome youthful foolishness to rediscover their love and music. One of the better books in this series.Published 3 months ago by Gwen A. Kozlowski
I love Eloisa James novels, and this is a particularly delightful one. In addition to a hilarious couple, several enchanting characters fill out the story.Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
Countess Godwin and her husband,,,whats his name.
Once again Eloisa makes you work for it with this story of respect in marriage. Read more
I enjoyed this last installment of this series. The characters were interesting. I'm sad to say I liked the previous stories better and I'm not sure why. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer