The Ugly Duchess by Eloisa James

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12 Critic Reviews

I felt like The Ugly Duchess had a really strong beginning, a problematic middle, and ultimately a satisfying (though also problematic) ending.
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Synopsis

“Eloisa James is extraordinary.”
—Lisa Kleypas

“Nothing gets me to the bookstore faster than a new novel by Eloisa James.”
—Julia Quinn

New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James gives the classic Hans Christian Andersen story of “The Ugly Duckling” a wonderful, witty, and delightfully passionate twist. The Ugly Duchess is another fairytale inspired romance from the unparalleled storyteller whose writing, author Teresa Medieros raves, “is truly scrumptious.” A sexy and fun historical romance, James’s winning tale of a glorious reawakening does not feature ducks and swans—rather it’s a charming story of a young woman unaware of her own beauty, suddenly duty-bound to wed the dashing gentleman who has always been her platonic best friend…until now.

 

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Published August 28, 2012 by Avon. 384 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Ugly Duchess
All: 12 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 5

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Jul 16 2012

James’s patented clever dialogue and complex characters make the unusual situation completely believable from setup to denouement.

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Dear Author

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Reviewed by Jennie on Aug 29 2012

I felt like The Ugly Duchess had a really strong beginning, a problematic middle, and ultimately a satisfying (though also problematic) ending.

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All About Romance

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Reviewed by Leigh Davis

...with the hero and heroine getting together at the beginning of the book plus their young age, I spent most of that portion waiting for the other shoe to fall.

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Shiny Book Review

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Reviewed by Barb on Nov 15 2012

...while it’s a good novel in many respects, I don’t really buy James-the-heir’s transformation into Jack Hawk the pirate.

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Madison Public Library/Dream Big Read

Excellent
Reviewed by Katie H. on Nov 26 2012

...the set pieces that author James creates push the couple together in satisfyingly humorous and surprising ways. Completing the picture are secondary characters often worthy of their own stories.

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Smexy Books

Good
Reviewed by May on Aug 28 2012

She made the characters come to life, the love story totally believable, and had me laughing, crying, and enjoying every single page.

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The Bookpushers

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Reviewed by Lou on Aug 23 2012

This book left me with a bad taste in my mouth because as far I’m concerned, this was no real romance...and it features one of the most random choices to become a pirate in a romance I’ve read.

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The Romance Reader

Good
Reviewed by Nichole Howel

The Ugly Duchess is well written and satisfying. Eloisa James has done a good job in her adaptation of the classic fairy tale story.

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Romance Novel News

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer Porter on Aug 27 2012

The times when James and Theo are on the page together shine brightly, and ultimately, it is these times that won me over. These are two characters that I will not forget.

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Joyfully Reviewed

Good
Reviewed by Shayna

Ms. James has masterfully re-imagined The Ugly Duckling in The Ugly Duchess. Theo and James’s book is a vibrant, satisfying romance that will leave you smiling and eager to read another of Eloisa’s Fairy Tales.

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The Brazen Bookworm

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Reviewed by Sarah on Sep 01 2012

As I turned the final pages of The Ugly Duchess, I was sure I was missing something. That was it? That was how the characters proved their love for each other? Really?

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Rakehell

Good
Reviewed by Lori Carroll

While there are several plot devices that usually make me not like a book, here they were all done in a way that I enjoyed them...Ms. James was able to write it in a way that made it acceptable.

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