Posted by: Jennifer | February 15, 2007

Much Ado About You – Eloisa James

Eloisa James. Much Ado About You. (New York: Avon Books, 2004). 0060732067.

Main Characters: Lucius Felton and Tess Essex.

Series: The Essex Sisters. This is the first in the series. The titles in the series are Much Ado About Nothing, Kiss Me Annabel, Taming the Duke and Pleasure for Pleasure.

Description from the book:

When you’re the oldest daughter, you don’t get to have any fun!

Witty, orphaned Tess Essex faces her duty: marry well and marry quickly, so she can arrange matches for her three sister–beautiful Annabel, romantic Imogen and practical Josie. After all, right now they’re under the rather awkward guardianship of the perpetually tipsy Duke of Holbrook. But just when she begins to think that all might end well, one of her sisters bolts with a horse-mad young lord, and her own fiance just plain runs away.

Which leaves Tess contemplating marriage to the sort of man she wishes to avoid–one of London’s most infamous rakes. Lucius Felton is a rogue whose own mother considers him irredeemable! He’s delicious, Annabel point out. And he’s rich, Josie notes. But although Tess finally consents to marry him, it may be for the worst reason of all. Absurd as she knows it to be, she may have fallen utterly in love . . .

My Thoughts:

From this book, I definitely got caught up in the lives of the Essex sisters. Tess and Lucius are a wonderful couple whose marriage contrasts sharply with that of Imogen and Draven Maitland. Of course, Imogen and Draven drive me absolutely batty. Imogen’s overwhelming love for Draven and her dramatic tendencies are difficult to get through. In rereading this book, I was compelled to skip over most parts of the book dealing with them. Imogen is especially cruel to her sister Tess at the race track right before Draven’s accident. Of course, then Imogen seems to blame her sister for Draven’s death. I definitely find Imogen much easier to take in Taming the Duke, but in this work, she is a lot to take.

Read again: February 14, 2007.



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