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  • Mass Market Paperback: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; Reprint edition (Dec. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060781920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060781927
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.6 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 291,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Eloisa James is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author and professor of English literature, who lives with her family in New York, but can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. She is the mother of two and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight. Visit her at www.eloisajames.com.


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By LEP VINE VOICE on 12 Jan. 2007
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This is the story of the last Essex sister, Josephine. Eighteen year old Josie is not having a good Season! During her first Season in London Josie, the last of the Scottish Essex sisters, is labelled the "Scottish Sausage" by a group of malicious young bucks who think it amusing to ruin young womens chances in the marriage mart. Josie is therefore snubbed and ignored by eligible young men who might have previously thought her attractive, as they don't want to be held up for ridicule. Josie is endowed with the voluptous figure of womanhood out of a Raphael painting. The ridicule undermines her confidence in herself and she takes to wearing a ristricting corset, thinking it makes her look better. Instead, it makes matters worse.

Only after being shown by her guardian's friend, the Earl of Mayne, a sophisticated man in his middle thirties, that men like voluptuous, curvy women, does Josie shed her corset and have new dresses made which show off her figure. She then attracts men like bees to a honeypot.

However, she also attracts the lasting spite of one of the malicious young bucks, who actions will ruin her reputation. Will she be forced to marry him?

A very witty and entertaining read. I enjoyed the other Essex sisters books, but liked this the best of the lot.
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I gave this book five stars because it is a great read - and I haven't even finished it yet - I have to cook dinner! It's not perfect - the language isn't right for Regency England and some of the small details are way off, but if Eloisa James would like me to proof read her books for free I'd be more than happy. (And I'd buy her books afterwards for the pleasure of reading them again.) Great fun, great characters and very well written. You can read the storyline in the description so I won't bother including it here, but I thoroughly recommend the book. As if you couldn't tell.
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This book is just an absolute job from beginning to end. Josie is endearing and funny. Mayne is just divine. A wonderful flawed rake of a hero just begging to be redeemed. I liked him when he appeared in previous Essex Sisters novels and this is a fitting conclusion to the series. Funny, touching, sexy.... I didn't want it to end. Thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end and laugh out loud funny at times. An absolute keeper to be read and re-read.
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I laughed until I couldn't breathe at the fabulous innocent humour of dear Josie x This fabulous book gave me everything I want from a delicious novel.This is only the second Indulgence of an Eloisa James literary genius offerings and I cannot wait to read the next !!!
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I liked this book but for some reason I did not find it quite up to the standard of the other Essex Sister books - maybe it was because I had a lot of distraction when I was reading it. Still very good though.
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If you've read the first three books in this quartet you've got to read the last one anyway as you want to know what happens to Josie. But the benifit of this is, it is a great book standing on its own.

As a reader you can really relate to what Josie is feeling, and the effect that her first season has had upon her and see the feelings that Mayne has, but doesn't want to acknowledge. To be honest it was the obvious pairing after the first three books saw both characters playing central roles in the plots, but the story line as with many of Eloisa James books isn't a straight line from point to point, and reflects quite well life as we all have detours on the way.
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By Seren Ade HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Nov. 2008
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Josie Essex, the youngest of the 4 Essex sisters, is having a terrible Season. It's hard enough for a young woman with curves to try to meet the fashionable pattern for slimness, but when your appearance has attracted the ire of a celebrated wit (whose criticisms of and nicknames for some of the young women on the Marriage Mart have severely damaged more than one debutate's matrimonial hopes) and landed you with the moniker 'the Scottish Sausage', things really can't get much worse.

Enter the long-standing friend of the Essex sisters, the Earl of Mayne, and his sister Griselda. Griselda's fashion advice is precisely what you'd expect from an experienced and stylish chaperone with her own fair share of curves, but what about Mayne's interest? Surely it's above and beyond the call of friendship for a member of the aristocracy to don a young lady's gown in order to help her learn to sway when she walks, and to provide her with her first kiss? After all, Mayne is in love with his fiancee: the slim, French Sylvie de la Broderie... isn't he?

Although part of a series, with a number of characters who appeared first in James's original Duchess Quartet, this is a successful stand alone novel. The plot is fairly well split between the romance involving Josie and Mayne, and Griselda's burgeoning friendship with a younger man. Both storylines are well-plotted and written in James's usual beautiful prose.
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In the final book about the Essex sisters, James (author) has set the bar high for herself. Not only does she try to convince the reader of a romantic pairing betweeen the youngest of the sisters, sassy and outspoken Josie (18), with the familial friend (and beloved rake of her previous books) Earl of Mayne (34), but does so while proclaiming that he is in love with someone else ( and engaged!) for most of the book. While it was probably inevitable that these two would get together, it just didn't work for me and the age difference wasn't the problem.

My biggest problem was that Mayne was so supposedly in love with another woman for a good 3/4 of the book. James mentions over and over how he loves this and that about his fiance and everyone around him can see how *in love* he is with her. This distracted from the sexual tension that James could and should have exploited between Mayne and Josie earlier. There were just not enough sparks between these two and I'm still not convinced that he truly loved her in the end. Their love scenes were odd and a bit vague to me. There was no defining moment when I said -aha! - these two are in love. Maybe a grand romantic gesture/sacrifice would have convinced me.

On the other hand Mayne's sister's romance completely stole the show. Griselda trists with the dashing, but younger, Darlington added the spice and sexual tension which was sorely lacking in the book. Their love scenes were steamy. I absolutely loved the way Darlington pursued Griselda and tried to convince her that their age difference didn't matter.

So, I don't really know how to rate this book. I suspect that most readers who have been anxiously waiting for a romance for Mayne won't be dissapointed much, I just feel that James should have given him a separate book.
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