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The Ugly Duchess

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Wonderfully Romantic!

I fell in love with Theo and James! Theo is a warm hearted practical soul who realizes she is never going to fit the set “standard” of English beauty; she just wants to be liked for her own good qualities and wishes her peers would get to know her before dismissing her ...
I fell in love with Theo and James! Theo is a warm hearted practical soul who realizes she is never going to fit the set “standard” of English beauty; she just wants to be liked for her own good qualities and wishes her peers would get to know her before dismissing her for lack of looks. James is Theo’s best friend and one of the only people besides her mother, that doesn’t see her as ugly. In fact, it bothers him greatly when people refer to her in that way. Unfortunately, James is also a confused young man trying to grow out of his father’s shadow; he has watched his father make a mess of their fortunes and generally fail James in every possible way. When James realizes that his father has betrayed his Theo as well, his first instinct is to protect Theo but, unfortunately, he doesn’t know how to betray his own father in the process. Meanwhile, his feelings for Theo are changing as the instinct to protect her grows; he suddenly realizes that he’s thinking of her as more than a friend. Suddenly, both Theo and James are in a mess not of their own making; and in steps his father, to break things even further. Theo feels betrayed and in a fit of heartbreak orders James out of her life; James in a fit of guilt does as she asks and goes. When James left Theo, I was crying for them both! The story develops a wonderful twist at that point; everything hinges on whether or not James can learn to grow up and fight for what he wants, Theo. I loved this book, the characters were well developed and engaging and the story was just wonderfully romantic. I highly recommend The Ugly Duchess!

posted by princessgabby on August 31, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

I love Eloisa James and I have been looking forward to The Ugly

I love Eloisa James and I have been looking forward to The Ugly Duchess release. But compared to most of her books (I've read them all) I found this one disappointing. I think it was partly the way the book was structured and partly that the characters, especially the h...
I love Eloisa James and I have been looking forward to The Ugly Duchess release. But compared to most of her books (I've read them all) I found this one disappointing. I think it was partly the way the book was structured and partly that the characters, especially the heroine, Theo, were hard to empathize with over the course of the entire book. I loved both characters when they were first introduced, but after a whirlwind faux courtship ended by the trite convention of being caught in a compromising position, their marriage lasts a mere two days before Theo throws her husband James out and the characters are separated for 7 years. James' conversion to a pirate was a bit of a stretch for me, even in a fairy tale. Both characters undergo personality changes during their seven year separation, but the description of their experiences during those years and the way they are changed by them was quite truncated. Theo turns into a cold and rigid character, interesting but not endearing. I really didn't understand what the changes to James' personality were. He returns home in the nick of time to prevent his being declared dead and he and Theo are together another couple of days before the story ends (except for the epiloge, of course). The naritive includes less than a week's worth of days over a period of 7 years that the lead characters are together, but experience huge shifts in their feelings and relationship. Didn't work for me. This is not a book I will read and reread as I have several of her others, but no book written by Eloisa James is without its pleasures and much superior to most romances,, so my rating of "good" is relative.

posted by 6027759 on September 2, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2013

    Loved this series and how the characters overcame their problems

    Loved this series and how the characters overcame their problems. Just finished with the "With this Kiss" trilogy, was so glad to see the story of these families continued.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Very good

    I love this author. I could not stop reading. It keeps your interest and has a good flow.

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    tame

    there could have been more fireworks, more conflict.... just lots of words and woulda, coulda, shoulda 's... Sad because it seems like such a promising storyline...

    Two stupid people live among stupid people and do stupid things. Gosh, I could look at my life for this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2013

    The Ugly Duchess

    I love this story. The only thing i didn't like was how short their time together in the beginning of their marriage was, but other then that Theo and James captured my heart with their story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    Good Read

    This was a good story. A bit predictable, but still good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    Oops

    Ooops! Charlotte was in the other book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    It was just okay

    Not one of my favorites of this author.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    good

    Good read enjoyable

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Interesting

    This was not one of her better stories. I think it really dragged in the middle and didnt hold my attention. I finished it only because I had to see how it turned out. Would not read again but still love some of her other books. Hope this helps someone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2013

    Damn

    This was sone good book at some point felt like being part of the story based on description james sounde like some hottt, sexy guy u wouldnt be a able to forgt about after seeing the first day best book looooove it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    great

    This book has every reason we read historical romance! Ms. James characters made me laugh and cry

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Highly recommend

    I couldn't put this book down. The story line was great and I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance novels

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  • Posted January 22, 2013

    I have read all the books written by Eloisa James. I love her st

    I have read all the books written by Eloisa James. I love her stories and her writing style. Read them all you won't be disappointed until you don't have any new ones to read next!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    You wont be disappointed

    Very few stories can keep me up reading. Of course the story line is too fantastical, but it really is a great read. Give this writer a chance to win you over!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    To peter...

    Ummm..... wait u no what i dont think that we should go out cause i think that i still have feelings for alex sorry peter but it just doesnt feel good inside when u date some1 but love some1 else too.... so sorry i love u gtg bye babe...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Great love story

    Loved this story! Sort of young love grows up but they seperate for seven years. They get back together as changed adults and love eachother all the better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    eloisa james ugly duchess

    i loved this book! great read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Highly recommended

    When I first read the synopsis of the book, I thought it would be average. The type of one and done books. However I was pleasantly surprised at how well of a writer and story teller Eloisa James is. It does not seem plausible that the son of a Duke would become a pirate, but it does add to the romance of the book. I thought it was a very engaging story and would most diffently re-read it for kicks. If you are looking for a book that you can read on a rainy Saturday or just because you are bored, I would wholeheartedly recommend The Ugly Duchess. Enjoy!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    The Ugly Duchess

    Its a great mix of romance and drama
    James is reletivley a sweet guy and tries everything possible to esure Theodora safe and healhty life without letting on to his secret

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  • Posted December 24, 2012

    I loved this book, the way the two characters being in love and

    I loved this book, the way the two characters being in love and parting because of outside forces. I also loved that the heroine was not that this great beauty that every man wanted, she was ordinary but to her love she was the most beautiful woman in the world. The hero was a good guy giving her the space she needed but I wish he had comeback earlier. But I liked that he came back a different man mentally and physically, not this beautiful thing that she would pale in comparison too.

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