An Affair before Christmas (Desperate Duchesses Series #2)

An Affair before Christmas (Desperate Duchesses Series #2)

by Eloisa James
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Affair before Christmas (Desperate Duchesses Series #2) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eloisa James is a fabulous writer, but this book is just tedious in the extreme. There are flashes of brilliance in her characters, but the plot -- if you can all the varied threads she tries to weave together a plot -- is weak and thin. If you've never read her before, try another of her titles. Even a loyal reader cannot find something nice to say about this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I HAVE READ ALL OF HER BOOKS (SOME OF THEM REPEATEDLY) BUT I HAVE TO SAY I WAS NOT A FSN OF THID ONE. IT HAD TOO MANY CHARACTERS AND THE STORY DIDN'T STAY FOCUSED ON ANY ONE PAIRING. ALSO, IF A PERSON HAD NOT READ HER OTHER DESPARATE DUCHESS SERIES THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN LOST. THere were even inconsistencies with how these characters acted or with their fate than in the other books in the series. Overall disappointed and would not recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Your halfway through the book before it gets interesting.
ReadingRaven More than 1 year ago
An Affair Before Christmas by Eloisa James was not that intriguing. It was totally unrealistic and I wanted to put the book down and stop reading throughout the whole novel, but I have a strict rule against it. The main characters, Poppy and Fletch, are holding on to their marriage based on the fact that they were once head-over-heels in love; however, Poppy has NO personality and Fletch is trying to win her back.WHY?? After 4 years of being a limp noodle with her husband, Poppy is having so much fun seeing how it would be as an independent woman; then, she has this epiphany that it was HER that makes sex unsatisfying.whatever. I enjoy the writings of Eloisa James, but this novel is hollow in both plot and character depth.
Daphsmomma More than 1 year ago
I of course read this book bc it is part of the Desperate Duchess series. Though if I could have skipped it I would have. This book was very hard to get into. And was very boring. I have never read a book that I hated so much. The only part that I enjoyed reading was prob chapter 45 (which btw is page 314)to the end! It was just not her best at all. And for me it was my second book to read by her. It really put me off. But I read it as quick as I could to get to the next one. And if you're going in order I'm sorry but you really must read this book bc it tells about the other characters! Sorry:(
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am only half way through this book but wanted to check the reviews to see if it was only me who is being bored to tears. If you've read her previous Desperate Duchesses title, you'll find this one parallels the other. I thought it helpful at first, but now I feel as if she's squeezing two novels from one as she has poorly characterized the protagonists of this book. I have learned very little about Poppy & Fletch thus far and have no real connection to or concern for them. I usually enjoy Ms. James's books, but I find myself 'desperate' for the end of this one. Please don't let this review discourage you from buying any of her other titles.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I really liked this story! I was happy with the ending too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So sad ): grr
ReadMe11 More than 1 year ago
First and foremost this book is part of a series, and absolutely CANNOT be read as a stand alone. None of the story would begin to make sense. This is the second in the Desperate Duchesses series and continues the storyline started there while settling the pairing of Poppy and Fletch. That being said, this did start off slow, but began gaining momentum. I feel this series is a build up for Jemma & Elijah. And I cannot wait to see how Villiers pans out. In that respect I was more interested in secondary characters and their futures than the "main" characters. However Poppy and Fletch had a wonderful scene at the Inn which was the turning point for their relationship. All in all, a good story. But definitely the next step in a story started in the previous book.
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AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
After reading the first book in the Desperate Duchesses series (of the same name, too) by Eloisa James, I was a little disappointed. It isn’t an historical romance and, after reading this second installment, it still isn’t. But I find that’s okay. Once I kind of knew going in what I would expect I enjoyed it very much and I very much like Eloisa James’ sparkling writing style, colorful characters, and witty dialogue. This is a novel of manners set in Georgian England, a departure from James’ usual Regency era. There is a romance in An Affair Before Christmas, but it’s very secondary to the many characters here and their own faults, foibles, and plots, many of which are carried over from the first book. There’s a lot of crisp repartee, fashionable, elaborate, and excessive style, and the lovely setting of Christmas here. There is a love story with Poppy and Fletch, a young duke and duchess whose lack of communication, desire, and expectations in the bedroom have wreaked havoc on their four year marriage. Their estrangement and eventual reunion are a small part of the story. There are also two ongoing and notorious chess games (carried over from the first book) between Jemma, the independent and outspoken Duchess of Beaumont, and her estranged husband, Elijah, and Jemma and the rakish Duke of Villiers. The winner, society intimates, will spend a night in Jemma’s bed. The machinations of Jemma’s marriage continue to play out in this novel as they did in the first. In between, there are other stories, too: an excessive melodrama with Poppy’s domineering mother, Lady Flora, that veers into incredulity; hints of a possible future love story for lonely and quiet spinster Charlotte Tatlock—who is carrying on a flirtation with Jemma’s husband—with her growing friendship with both the Duke of Villiers and his ruggedly handsome heir, Miles Dautry. As for the Duke of Villiers, he is recovering from a critical wound suffered in a duel at the end of Desperate Duchesses. As you can see, it’s not an historical romance, but it is a fascinating look at Georgian society.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do agree - there are too many characters (very hard to keep up with who is who); however, this is a well written, interesting book. I love Eloisa James. One of our most talented historical authors.
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Sweet story about a couple that drift apart and then find each other.
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Loved the characters. Really wanted to hear what happened to Charlotte. Wonderful read.
fon_addict58 More than 1 year ago
Fun read for a lazy afternoon.
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ercell More than 1 year ago
Wow I shock what happen when you stop trying to please your reader and it becomes about the money this is what happen I afarid wow so sad and I really thought you would sucess
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