Eloisa James returns with another fabulous romance in her New York Times bestselling Desperate Duchesses series!
As a young girl, Emilia Gwendolyn Carrington told the annoying future Duke of Pindar that she would marry any man in the world before him—so years later she is horrified to realize that she has nowhere else to turn.
Evander Septimus Brody has his own reasons for agreeing to Mia’s audacious proposal, but there’s one thing he won’t give his inconvenient wife: himself.
Instead, he offers Mia a devil’s bargain . . . he will spend four nights a year with her. Four nights, and nothing more. And those only when she begs for them.
Which Mia will never do.
Now Vander faces the most crucial challenge of his life: he must seduce his own wife in order to win her heart—and no matter what it takes, this is the one battle he can’t afford to lose.– Goodreads
Elosia Jame’s does it again with Four Nights with the Duke. As someone who was in the evil book rut, I was suprised that Four Nights with the Duke helped to bring me out of my funk. I adored this book. I adored that the main two characters and how, in typical romance novel fashion they shouldn’t have worked. But they did. They did beautifully.
Knowing each other from childhood, her father “dated” his mother for twenty plus years which caused for some awkward tension between Emilia and Evander, or Vander as his friends called him. This also wasn’t made easier when Emilia wrote him a love poem at the age of 15. Yes. It’s as awkward as you’d expect it to be. What Emilia never expected was Vander to show all of his friends, or to overhear this painful moment. From that moment on Emilia stated she would marry anyone in the world before him.
What she didn’t expect, was to save her nephew, she would have to marry him. Or that Vander would fall in love with Charlie. Charlie needed to be saved because he has a bad leg, and during this time period, he’s looked down upon by society. Vander refuses to look down on him. He hates that Emilia babies Charlie, but he refuses to look down on him.
Vander also refuses to fall in love with Emilia, this is purely a business relationship. But slowly they do start to fall in love with each other and form this friendship, and even, omg act like husband and wife. Emilia spends a lot of the novel trying to figure out why anyone would love her. As the not typical figure of the time, Emilia refuses to take off most of her clothes when they make love because she doesn’t want to be looked at.
These two, even when in denial, know each other better than they ever thought to. Emilia knows how to hurt Vander and Vander knows how to hurt Emilia. Some of the people I’ve hurt the most in the world, are those I love because I know at the end of the day they will still love me. I get it.
Four Nights with the Duke is an amazing historical romance novel full of love, friendship and family.