Title: When The Duke Returns
Series: Desperate Duchesses #4
Author: Eloisa James
Read in French
The Duchess of Cosway yearns for a man she has never met...her husband.
Married by proxy as a child, Lady Isidore has spent years fending off lecherous men in every European court while waiting to meet her husband. She's determined to accept him, no matter how unattractive the duke turns out to be. When she finally lures Simeon Jermyn back to London, his dark handsomeness puts Isidore's worst fears to rest—until disaster strikes.
The duke demands an annulment.
Forsaking his adventuresome past, Simeon has returned to London ready to embrace the life of a proper duke, only to find that his supposed wife is too ravishing, too headstrong, and too sensual to be the docile duchess he has in mind. But Isidore will not give up her claim to the title—or him—without a fight.
She will do whatever it takes to capture Simeon's heart, even if it means sacrificing her virtue. After all, a consummated marriage cannot be annulled.
Yet in forcing Simeon into a delicious surrender, will Isidore risk not only her dignity—but her heart?
The start of this book appeared in Harriet's book but I still wasn't expecting this. I thought the quality of the stories would keep on getting better but I was disappointed. Big time. I'm not saying this book is bad. It isn't, really. It's nice and likable. But it's far from being the best of the series.
Isadora is quite annoying. I didn't like her that much. I was to busy refraining from slapping her across the face. Her tries at seducing her husband were funny sometimes but, honestly, she's just plain annoying. And whiny.
I liked Cosway. He seemed way better then his wife. But all this story around him, his control-freak type of character, his stubborn refusal at accepting his desires... I didn't quite like it. I had the impression it was just there to complicate the story of the couple and push back the sex part.
This book didn't smash my mind at all. I didn't like the characters enough to get attached, I didn't get any particular feeling... Isadora is whiny, Cosway is plain and dull, like a drawing half erased so he can't really get into the "hero of romance" category.
Even the evolution of the couple is plain: I was used to better from Eloisa James and this volume, if it's not awful, I think it could have been way better. Maybe it's because I loved the previous one so much. I don't know. This one was just... average.
That's the word that summarize it pretty well: average. Harriet's book was so much better I was expecting a lot for this one, especially with Isadora appearing since book one. I really am disappointed.