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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Return to Book Page. Magic under the mistletoe One spectacular Christmas, Lady Perdita Selby, known to her friends and family as Poppy, met the man she thought she would love christjas. The elousa attractive Duke of Fletcher was the perfect match for the christma, breathtakingly beautiful young Englishwoman, and theirs was the most romantic wedding she had ever seen.

Four years later, Popp Magic under the mistletoe Four years later, Poppy and the duke have become the toast of the ton Unwilling to lose the woman he still lusts after, the duke is determined to win back his beguiling bride’s delectable affections Paperbackpages. London, EnglandUnited Kingdom. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about An Affair Before Christmasplease sign up.

Be the first to ask a jamse about An Affair Before Christmas. Lists with This Book. Mar 16, Kelly rated it ah was ok Shelves: TwwooWuvvv Sexiness is overcome by some itchy hair powder. The hero’s supposedly perfect, superior bedroom skillz are overcome by the fact that his wife’s hair powder makes her head itch, so the shy heroine is too distracted by that during sex to enjoy it, never responds to his touch for the first four years of their marriage.

And never says a damn word about this fact to him! I want eloisz be able to say “Hair Powder: Enemy Number One,” in a pitch meeting and get paid for it.

There’s also a domineering mother involved, but the heroine manages to throw her off pretty quickly for a girl supposedly dominated by her, so I don’t really buy that either- though she is a Grade A bitch.

Naturally, everything is perfect once the Case of the Powder is solved, and all is bunnies and rainbows. I liked the scene where it ultimately came about and Poppy the heroinegot over her jmaes, but everything before that Still loved Jemma and Villiers and Charlotte Tatlock.

Jemma and Poppy’s relationship was the most loving of the book, Charlotte and Villiers’ the sweetest though also unbelivable. Everyone else’s relationships can pretty much fly off to never-neverland and I wouldn’t care. I appreciate that James shows geniune female relationships in her books, and her heroines have more dimensions than whatever ties them to men. In Jemma’s case, her chess passion, in Poppy’s her interest in obscure naturalism, in Charlotte’s, her feel for and interest in politics.

However, in her quest to make them independent beings, she makes a whole lot of people really bitchy to each other, and I honestly can’t believe the great majority of them would ever speak to each other again.

I’d already bought the third one, and thank goodness. It is much better! I really like Duchess by Nightso this book is not a reflection of the quality of the rest of the series. View all 5 comments. I had so many problems with this book. First I thought the heroine was an idiot. I know, I know, she was young and dominated by her mother.


But that only works for me in the beginning. This was a woman who was married for four years to a man that adored her and tried to do everything in his power to please her sexually, only for her to rebuff him berore show him nothing but distaste.

Because she was an idiot. So arfair goes off to “find” herself, telling him that she really wasn’t in love with him whe I had so many problems with this book. So she goes off to “find” herself, telling him that she really wasn’t in love with him when they married and she only married him because her mother browbeat her into marrying a Duke. I can’t think of any book I have ever read where I wanted the hero to go find a mistress and cheat, repeatedly, on beflre heroine.

And then toward the end of the book we finally find out why the heroine couldn’t really enjoy sex, I just I had no words. I guess that makes everything ok then. Ihe only reason this book gets 2 stars is because the A-plot with this idiot only takes up about half the book. And the Duke of Villiers. I had the fortune of reading his book A Duke of Her Own first so I was already pre-disposed to like him.

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. So his ‘As I lay Dying’ subplot was quite entertaining. View all 4 comments. It takes a lot for me not to finish a book, no matter how much I’m frustrated with it but this one really pissed me off and for several reasons. I’m a Eloisa James fan first and foremost so part of my frustration and bafflement with this book was trying to wrap my head around why she would write a story like this with a premise and heroine like that.

I’m a huge fan of her work and every book I’ve read of her’s so far has not disappointed except this one. I kept going why why WHY?

I’ve never not-finished reading one of her books because she is just glorious at writing yummy hysterical regency romance books but this one was just The fact that the plot or I should really jamds main ‘tension’ is centered around the heroine’s itchy hair powder and damaged hair but refuses to tell her husband of FOUR YEARS is just hysterically wrong and annoyingly ridiculous on so many levels.

It’s completely unrealistic above all else. Your husband thinks you can’t stand his touch and you’re frigid in bed so why not TELL HIM the truth instead of pretending to be coy and giggly about ‘marital matters’.

It’s very simple and could have been solved in one chapter instead of dragging it out through the entire book. I already know this given the hints here and there in the book and reading some of the reviews beforehand I generally don’t let reviews make a decision for me before or while reading a book but this one I just couldn’t finish.

I kept thinking EJ was trying to be funny and comical in her witty way by doing this but it ended up falling completely flat and silly. The heroine Poppy is my biggest problem in this. She’s incredibly naive and childish. The naivete I can understand given her psychotic lunatic satanic mother who fills her head with such misguided exaggerated nonsense about the marriage bed. I lost count how many times the woman ranted and spitted about what ‘disgusting pigs’ men are.

And what’s worse is Poppy sitting there like a good little girl and listening to all of it and actually taking her advice. The whole thing was just too bizarre and I felt Poppy came off more like a confused 15 year old then a young married woman. I never reached the part where she finally supposedly stands up to her raving bitch of a mother but I just drew the line where she decided to leave her mother to Fletcher as ‘punishment’ simply because she caught him flirting with a woman.


Oh give me a break. I wasn’t a fan of Poppy before even reaching the middle of the book. Your hair itches so you can’t enjoy making love to your husband? Well tell him and don’t keep it a secret for four years! Seeing all the grief it was creating for the hero and heroine over something so silly and minuscule was just not worth it to me. That being said I was preparing myself for it and tried to read through it but ended up taking a break and read another book.

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I was planning to give it another try and try to finish it but I had to return it to the library so oh well! I don’t see myself checking this book out again to continue it already knowing where it’s going to lead. I liked Fletcher I understood his frustration, while I wasn’t crazy about his complete obsession with finding someone to sleep with, I understood him, more then I did Poppy. Wish I could have gotten through the book to read more about him cause he sounded delicious. I should be more lenient towards Poppy given her misguidance and cruel mother but her character alone and her antics leaved a lot to be desired for me.

I think it’s safe to say this is my least favorite from the DD series.

Dec 03, Zumbagirl rated it really liked it Shelves: The Desperate Duchesses series is one that needs to be looked at for what it is – and it’s exactly what it is named – elisa duchesses, all befpre different problems, and how things work out for them. This second book in the series which I read out of order, 1 then 3 and now 2 started out kind of slow – and sad. It’s a sad story: Poppy and Fletcher are unhappily married and living separate lives.

An Affair Before Christmas

Neither one wants to communicate or cchristmas things out. They’re just upset at each other and general The Desperate Duchesses series is one that needs to be looked at for what it is – and it’s exactly what it is named – desperate christmax, all with different problems, and how things work out for them. They’re just upset at each other and generally hurt and angry. This woman is pure evil the only parent that is worse is Meredith’s dad in.

I’d like to think she’s mentally unbalanced, but beforw too malicious to blame it all on that. So the beginning of the story was a downer, but because I’m emotionally invested in this series, I had to read it and get my history on this affairr, as well as my favorite characters, Jemma and Villiers, who we see often can’t wait to read their books.

Thankfully, the story had lots of other characters and events unfolding: Villiers was injured in a duel with Damon and is recovery poorly from his injury and things are looking like he may even die.