Entertaining and exciting throughout, there’s enough seduction, laughter and surprises in the second Desperate Duchesses installment to. Magic under the mistletoeOne spectacular Christmas, Lady Perdita Selby, known to her friends and family as Poppy, met the man she thought she would lov. I adore Eloisa James’s characters, and I love her dialogue. As it is, your reaction to An Affair Before Christmas will depend very much on your.

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Pursuing her passions didn’t make her any less girlish.

The second half of the novel, I saw Poppy develop in character from more of a child to a young lady, which was refreshing to see. I just didn’t like any of the characters and really didn’t care if they found happiness or not.

An Affair Before Christmas — All About Romance

What are you expecting from me? As it is, your reaction to An Affair Before Christmas will depend very much on your attitude towards ensemble romances. When I wrote about a miscarriage in Midnight PleasuresI used my own fears of premature birth; when the little girl in Fool For Love threw up and threw up, I described my own daughter, who had that unsavory habit for well over her first year of life.

And then toward the end of the book we finally find out why the heroine couldn’t really enjoy sex, I just It just seemed all over the place. I was completely engrossed in Fletcher’s determination to win back the woman he loved. Eloisa James writes ensemble romances, and her central characters always consist of a group of women whose stories are told sometimes one after another, sometimes simultaneously. After thinking about it, I am still annoyed with her, but I can understand nefore she comes from.

I love the way Ms. Her characters are usually really interesting but this time I was disappointed. I wasn’t a eloia fan of the 1st book in this series, but I usually adore Eloisa James’ books, so I thought I’d give it another go.


Nov 10, Penny Watson rated it really liked it Shelves: Will she say yes? The heroine Poppy is my biggest afcair in this. Four years, later and they’re still in love. Poppy and Fletcher are unhappily married and living separate lives. Christmas and I’ve got the book, and the audio too, so I can clean and decorate till the house glows, shop till I drop, and bake till I’m burnt, all while listening to wonderful Christmas books.

This woman is pure evil the only parent that is worse is Meredith’s dad in. To all of the ton, Poppy and Fletch are the perfect match, but after the vows are exchanged and the relationship is taken behind closed doors, their romance has fizzled out completely. And with a reputation such as his MIL eolisa, it seems unlikely that unless she’d been seen in the “boy’s” company more than once in the house, the MIL would have fought back tooth-and-nail to decry his claims.

My first Eloisa James book, but it certainly won’t be my last! Yes, there’s guilt, and yes, there’s regret, but there’s also that overwhelming sense of rightness, of freedom. He was the main reason for me not giving up the book.

I had heard he was a bit of a villain in the earlier books so I was glad to see him in his larger than life personality in this book. I admired that he couldn’t take a mistress, despite trying. I have a hard time deciding how to rate this book.

An Affair Before Christmas

Jemma and Poppy’s relationship was the most loving of the book, Charlotte and Villiers’ the sweetest though also unbelivable. In order qn catch a duke, one must allow certain indignities. Poppy and Fletch married in Paris at Christmastime, deliriously in love. Would you like to order your own copy?

And apparently the mother was quite a teacher for her lessons to supersede 4 years of marriage to a very attentive duke whom she’s deeply in love with. I think it’s safe to say this is my least favorite from the DD series. While there were a few hitches – and, yes, I still found the heroine a wee bit irritating – it’s still a good addition to the Desperate Duchesses series.


While I thought the heroine was severely lacking, the chistmas arc in this series always keeps me interested. I am actually excited to read Isidore’s story next, because that is the one that most intrigued me from the synopsis and we just met her in Affair before Christmasso I’m not sick of her yet.

Oct 29, Arlene rated it liked it Shelves: I think this is how many authors entice you to pick up their novels, which is by writing holiday stories that tie into their series in order to whet your appetite. Chritsmas his voice deepened like that, Poppy wanted to do anything he wished, though of course she would never have told him so. Or rather, Affiar mother ‘s fault. So I’m glad Aan read this book, despite being fearful of such a sad topic, and can’t wait to read the rest of cyristmas series: You can ask anyone.

In Poppy’s defense, her hairdo is one of those big, perfumed, powdered monstrosities, with glued-on feathers, etc. The arfair query letter and the happy-ever-after 4: Believe me, the English court is as rife with scandal as is the French. It was gratifying for her to discover herself, but it took up waaaaay too much of the book for her to get there.

Four years later, Popp Magic under the mistletoe

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