Book Reviews of An Affair Before Christmas (Desperate Duchesses, Bk 2)

An Affair Before Christmas (Desperate Duchesses, Bk 2)
An Affair Before Christmas - Desperate Duchesses, Bk 2
Author: Eloisa James
ISBN-13: 9780739489956
ISBN-10: 073948995X
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 388
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 11 ratings
Publisher: Avon
Book Type: Hardcover
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reviewed An Affair Before Christmas (Desperate Duchesses, Bk 2) on + 90 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
So many story lines! Yet, they wove together nicely leaving me quite pleased at the end, albeit a bit breathless!

I was more intrigued with the secondary characters than Fletch & Poppy, but Elosia James at her worst (and this certainly is not her worst) is better than many of the "better" works in the genre ... I do look forward to the next installment.
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Helpful Score: 3
Georgian period. The number of story lines left me waiting for characters' personalities to develop even more than half way through the book. About three thirds of the way through, I found myself fighting whether to give up, or keep reading just to see if there was more to it.

It did develop a bit more from that point and the characters were likeable, but I was a bit disappointed for an Eloisa James book.

The ending was positive so I was appeased, but the overlying theme of the way marriage was looked at disappointed me. I read to see things that aren't like every day - happily ever after marriages, love at first sight, insurmountable obstacles defeated in a blink of an eye, and most of all an attraction between the h/h that charges the air I'm in.
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Helpful Score: 3
I felt there were too many story lines as well, though I really liked Fletch and Poppy, in spite of Poppy's naivete and that their story really didn't pick up until the last third of the book. Fletch was just precious! Still a very good work by E. James - she's still one of my favorites!
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Helpful Score: 2
I usually prefer regency stories, but tried this one, since I really like Eloisa James' regency series. I strongly suggest starting with the first book and keeping an open mind - this series tells all the characters' stories concurrently, with each book focusing on once couple's experience. However, the non-leads in each book are very important characters with wonderful stories of their own that you'll not want to miss. My only complaint is Poppy's childish view of her body & sex - it was like reading about an elementary-aged girl experiencing sex sometimes - very uncomfortable & creepy-feeling. However, perhaps that's what Eloisa was aiming for in this character? I wonder if the character's naivety could have been described in a more intelligent way. Thankfully, the book spends very little time on these particular scenes, and I certainly wouldn't want to miss the rest of the story. Now I can't wait for the Duke of Villiers' book!
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Helpful Score: 2
I really enjoyed this book. There were about 5 story lines going at once. My favorite is the Duke and Duchess of Beaumont. I can't wait for that story line to be completed. Great book.
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Helpful Score: 1
I stumbled across Eloisa James by accident in reading one of the books in this Duchess series. I loved the story and the characters, and bought the rest of the series as soon as I finished it.

This one was a lovely story as well. I am intrigued by Jemma's storyline as well, and have often found myself wishing she had her own story.

I enjoy Eloisa's writing, humor, plotlines and characters. This is a must-read, as is the series!
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I usually like Eloisa James' writing and her books, but to me, this one just DRAGGED on and when it did get to the 'good' part, it wasn't even that good.....:-(....So needless to say I was disappointed.
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I usually like E. James but couldn't get into this series. I found this 1 to be one of the better ones but that isn't saying alot. Over all disappointed.
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I really enjoyed this story. The story begins with the couple just before their wedding, madly in love. Then some years later they can barely tolerate the other. Why? What happened?

The story is set in the 18th Century with powdered hair and wigs; hip bustles if you will; make-up on men and woman; and shocking behavior. This is not Jane Austen's cup of tea.

Funny, sexy...I loved the bathing scene with the hair cutting.

All of the Duchess Series is worth the time, especially with red wine, dark chocolate and a comfy chair.
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I really enjoyed this story. The plot and characters were interesting and it really kept a good pace. A good read.