Four Nights with the Duke
Mia Carrington fell in love with Vander Brody when they were only fifteen, but instead of reciprocating the feeling, he laughed at her expense, and replied that no one could fall in love with Mia’s stout and “dumpy” figure. I was horrified! I begged silently for some evil fate to befall him because he seemed more villainous than heroic, but I continued reading for Mia’s sake, and hers alone. Of course, he may have a few redeeming qualities by the end of the book, but I could never fully forgive him.
More than a decade passes when Mia finally faces Vander once more in order to blackmail him into marrying her, albeit for an entirely justified reason. He is overcome with rage and vows that he will only bed her for four nights per year, in which she begs him for his touch. I guffawed at this interesting revelation, knowing that Vander was going to receive a severe lecture from her, which he does, but as expected, things never quite go according to plan. I enjoyed reading about Mia, although I absolutely loathed Vander. Eloisa James writes beautifully, but the characters were mismatched, and Mia deserved better. How disappointing!