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Fool for Love (Avon Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – 31 Aug 2003

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; Reissue edition (31 Aug. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780060508111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060508111
  • ASIN: 0060508116
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 674,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Another sensuous and exquisite historical romance in the Duchess Quartet by the queen of Regency seduction, Eloisa James. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Lady Henrietta Maclellan longs for the romantic swirl of a London season. But as a rusticating country maiden, she has always kept her sensuous nature firmly under wraps - until she meets Simon Darby. Simon makes her want to whisper promises late at night, exchange kisses on a balcony and receive illicit love notes. So Henrietta lets her imagination soar and writes a letter . . . a very steamy love letter that somehow becomes shockingly public.

Everyone supposes that he has written the letter to her, but the truth hardly matters in the face of the scandal to come if they don't marry at once. But nothing has quite prepared Henrietta for the pure sensuality of Simon, who has vowed he will never turn himself into a fool over a woman. So, while debutantes swoon as he disdainfully strides past the lovely ladies of the ton, he ignores them all . . . until Henrietta. Could it be possible that he has been the foolish one all along?

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By josie82 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Sept. 2011
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Lady Henrietta Maclellan has always dreamt of having a London season and falling in love with and marrying the perfect man. However Henrietta cannot have children and so she contents herself with living in the country and resigns herself to a life of spinsterhood.

But then Simon Darby arrives in her sleepy little town and makes Henrietta long for stolen kisses, whispered words of longing and illicitly dangerous love notes. Soon the pair are inadvertently causing a scandal and although neither had planned it, each may be exactly what the other needs.

This had all the elements for the perfect story: an arrogant lord who is brought down by the love of a woman who is so far from what he expected yet perfect for him in every way. I so wanted to love this book but it really missed the mark for me.

I liked the premise of the story and at first I liked and was rooting for both Henrietta and Simon as they seemed to play off each other well. However it wasn't long before my liking for both Simon and Henrietta took a turn for the worse. Simon was described as an elegantly perfect man who wore an astonishingly large amount of lace over his clothing including his red velvet suits. Despite the reason for the lace being explained away, the image of a man, any man, in a red velvet suit does not tend to make me giddy with lust! I could also understand Henrietta and was sympathetic to her plight however when she schemed to trap Simon into marriage simply to suit her selfish wants I really questioned her as leading lady material.

As well as the main story there was the story of Esme and her baby which, despite taking up a fair number of pages, was never resolved by the end of the book.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By LEP VINE VOICE on 14 Feb. 2007
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Lady Henrietta Maclellan is in her twenties and lives with her Stepmother and half-sister in a Wiltshire village. Although beautiful, Henrietta has a weak hip which on occassion causes her to limp. As her late mother also had such a hip and died while giving birth to Henrietta, Henrietta has been told by numerous doctors that she would be unwise to marry and on no account should she have children as she also could die as could the baby. The whole village is aware of this fact and so no eligable batchelors ever offer for her. Henrietta has more or less reconciled herself to her lot in life. However deep in her heart she longs for a husband and children. One day, while walking in the village she encounters four year old Josie Darby and her one year old sister Annabel, who have escaped from their disgrunted and unpleasant nurse maid. Henrietta is enchanted with the children, especially with Annabel.

Simon Darby is the thirty something year old half-brother of the two little girls. He lives in London where he is regarded as a fashion leader of the ton to rival Beau Brummel. As his parents died in an accident some months ago, Simon has, somewhat half-heartedly, taken over the care of his two little sisters. Josie is at a manipulative tantrum stage and Annabel is constantly sick i.e. vomitting.

Simon is the heir apparent to his Uncle Miles estate. Miles suffers from a weak heart and is married to a younger woman, Esme, Lady Rawlings. Esme and Miles are estranged. Miles has a long-term mistress and Esme has had several lovers and of course now has the reputation for being 'fast'. Six months ago Miles died from a heart attack after, for the first time in years, visiting his wife's bed.
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Really enjoyed this story, the second in the Duchess quartet. It isnt necessary - strictly - to read them in sequence but it does help, more than most series novels because the characters are very intertwined and often the main plot of the novel has actually begun in the previous work. More than begun really.... she really starts the story in the book before - if you see what I mean.
However, this is just an excellent, funny, sensual, romantic story which I thoroughly enjoyed and would definitely keep for re- reading. Both the hero and heroine are thoroughly likeable and attractive and I found the situations in which thy found themselves very amusing.
Do read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 Mar. 2013
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as with all her books, just fabulous! well rounded characters, good storyline. I have loved everthing so far she has written.
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