Once Upon a Tower by Eloisa James

84%

7 Critic Reviews

The dialogue between characters is witty, but there are too many explicit, repetitious bedroom scenes.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Once upon a time…

A duke fell in love

Gowan Stoughton of Craigievar, Duke of Kinross, values order and self-control above all else. So when he meets a lady as serene as she is beautiful, he promptly asks for her hand in marriage.

With a lady

Edie—whose passionate temperament is the opposite of serene—had such a high fever at her own debut ball that she didn’t notice anyone, not even the notoriously elusive Duke of Kinross. When her father accepts his offer… she panics.

And when their marriage night isn’t all it could be, she pretends.

In a tower.

But Edie’s inability to hide her feelings makes pretending impossible, and when their marriage implodes, she retreats to a tower—locking Gowan out.

Now Gowan faces his greatest challenge.  Neither commands nor reason work with his spirited young bride. How can he convince her to give him the keys to the tower…

When she already has the keys to his heart?

 

About Eloisa James

See more books from this Author
A New York Times bestselling author, Eloisa James is a p A New York Times bestselling author, Eloisa James is a p A New York Times bestselling author, Eloisa James is a p A New York Times bestselling author, Eloisa James is a professor of English literature who lives with her family in rofessor of English literature who lives with her family in rofessor of English literature who lives with her family in rofessor of English literature who lives with her family in New York, but who can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. New York, but who can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. New York, but who can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. New York, but who can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. (Her husband is an honest-to-goodness Italian knight!) Elois(Her husband is an honest-to-goodness Italian knight!) Elois(Her husband is an honest-to-goodness Italian knight!) Elois(Her husband is an honest-to-goodness Italian knight!) Eloisa's website offers short stories, extra chapters, and even aa's website offers short stories, extra chapters, and even aa's website offers short stories, extra chapters, and even aa's website offers short stories, extra chapters, and even a guide to shopping in Florence. guide to shopping in Florence. guide to shopping in Florence. guide to shopping in Florence.
 
Published May 28, 2013 by Avon. 421 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for Once Upon a Tower
All: 7 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Above average
on Apr 11 2013

The dialogue between characters is witty, but there are too many explicit, repetitious bedroom scenes.

Read Full Review of Once Upon a Tower | See more reviews from Kirkus

All About Romance

Below average
Reviewed by Caroline Russomanno on Aug 29 2013

...Gowan has to accomplish a physical feat which people regularly die attempting, with multiple broken bones, to be considered worthy to come back into Edie’s life. Edie? She says she’s sorry. I’m sorry too, Gowan, but I think for a different reason. Oh, and a character’s infertility is magically cured in the epilogue. With twins. Gag.

Read Full Review of Once Upon a Tower | See more reviews from All About Romance

RT Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Kathe Robin on Jun 07 2013

James’ twist on Rapunzel sweeps readers away into a fairy tale full of deep emotion while exploring the themes of self-imposed imprisonment, family relations, love, marriage and what is at the heart of any relationship.

Read Full Review of Once Upon a Tower

CK2S Kwips and Kritiques

Excellent
Reviewed by Marilyn on Jun 07 2013

Eloisa James writing is very eloquent, as well as fresh and light, and coupled with such divine characters I was definitely left with that ahhhh feeling after a very satisfying read!

Read Full Review of Once Upon a Tower

Book Lovers

Excellent
Reviewed by The Latin Lover on May 30 2013

...Once Upon a Tower is a lovely fairy tale retelling that I’m sure I’ll be re-reading soon.

Read Full Review of Once Upon a Tower

Novels Alive

Excellent
Reviewed by Teresa St. Mary on May 30 2013

An exceptional job by an exceptional author and I cannot wait to read what she comes up with next!

Read Full Review of Once Upon a Tower

Just Janga

Excellent
Reviewed by Janga on May 21 2013

No matter what else I love about a romance novel, it can never reach my top tier of favorites if the ending fails to leave me believing that the love...can survive all the blows life will deliver. The ending of OUAT leaves me with this feeling with no reservations. The romantic gesture is perfect, the luscious frosting on the very best cake.

Read Full Review of Once Upon a Tower

Reader Rating for Once Upon a Tower
82%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 392 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×