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Publisher's Summary

The Woman:
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, receive illicit love notes. So Henrietta lets her imagination soar and writes...
The Letter:
A very steamy love letter that becomes shockingly public. Everyone supposes that he has written it 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...
The Man
Simon 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?
©2003 Eloisa James (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By richard/sharon on 04-30-12

My favorite Eloisa James! Yes, I've read them all.

This is an extremely humorous but still quite romantic book. James has a gift for sly humor and the careful observation of the not-always-so-delightful way in which children enliven our lives. I read this book a few years ago and liked it so much I wanted to hear it performed. Of course, the reader couldn't outperform the voices in my head but she came very close. Wonderful! There is an order to these books. Cam and Gina's story comes before this - Duchess in Love. Esme's story runs through these books -Duchess Quartet series. Although there is no Duchess at the heart of this story

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2 out of 5 stars
By karen on 07-04-16

pity party with unlikable children

What would have made Fool for Love better?

The characters were so dumb. The heroine just assumes that she can't have children, even though you hear how miserable this makes her. She does not want to go to an experienced doctor to have this confirmed.
The children are miserable and don't really add anything to the storyline, so why have them just making you have the thought " why is the heroine so upset not to have these brats?"
The baby keeps vomiting. This just gives the author an opportunity to describe the awful smell.
How any of these points create the setting for romance, I will never know.

Would you ever listen to anything by Eloisa James again?

I think her stories are very "slapstick". After you read authors like mary Balogh or courtney milan, Ms James seems very sophmoric.
There isn't even the witty dialogue that is found in an Elizabeth Hoyt or Loretta Chase novel.
This is just candy floss.

How could the performance have been better?

I don't like this narrator and should not have bought the book. Every time she has to pronounce anything that starts with "H" or ends in "R", there is such a stress on the sound it is annoying. She also reads the dialogue in an quavering and over-wrought manner. It makes everything seem a little over the top and extremely dramatic.
I have come to terms with the fact that R landor can't read every book, but I still don't like it!!!

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fool for Love?

I would remove all the Esme / Sebastian scenes. Either give them their own book or don't bother adding them into this one. I can see some minor scenes, but there romance at times, is more interesting than the main couple...that's never good!
These two just make the over dramatic quality of the book more into the relm of unbelievable. If two people who love each other and want to be together can't find happiness it hjust makes the other events in the book pale by comparison.
These two extremely beautiful people ( and yes, I wish that this was not always the case) put road blocks in their own path and I just can't feel sorry for them

Any additional comments?

I had this in my wish list for over a year and was hesitant to buy it. I should have known that anything that took me so long to purchase was not going to be a good read...and it was not. I will follow my instincts in the future and just remove anything sitting on my list for that long.
This was not a very joyful book until the last few chapters for the main characters and even the secondary characters.
It is also very bad for the term "happily married". Not many of the couples have happy marriages and this is a little disturbing for a "romance.

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