Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Seven Minutes in Heaven by Eloisa James

Witty and elusive Eugenia Snowe has all society begging for one of her premiere governesses-except the powerful Edward Reeve, who bursts into her office with his arrogant demands.

No question that Eugenia enjoys crossing wits with the brilliant inventor, but Ward wants far more than a governess. He wants Eugenia, and he’ll stop at nothing to have her-including kidnapping.

Will Eugenia lose her heart in the most reckless gamble of her life, or will she discover the sweetest pleasure she’s ever known?

All it will take is seven minutes...

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Seven Minutes in Heaven is the third installment of the Desperate Duchesses by the Numbers series. Having read the previous installments, I can say my reading enjoyment was better by knowing the other characters and their stories. However, I believe it would be easy to fall into the story if read as a standalone.

A governess story is always a tasty treat. Reeve becomes the guardian to his little brother and sister after their mother passes away, and he's in need of a governess. Their grandmother wants custody of the children, so he needs to make sure he can prove they are in the best of care when they're with him. This sets the story for how our Hero and Heroine meet.

After being widowed, Eugenia establishes herself by becoming an independent businesswoman. She runs a governess registry, where those looking for a governess come to her to hire one. I connected easily to Eugenia, because she seemed content with her lot in life, happy with the job she had created. She carved her own life for herself, even if her occupation became her sole focus.

Reeve, too, is paving his own path – as the illegitimate son, he worked for his money and felt he needed to 'marry up' in order to fit into the status he believed he should be.

Sparks fly immediately between Reeve and Eugenia. Even though it has the flavor of being insta-love/lust, the angsty feel erases it. Reeve believes Eugenia as lowborn because she works for a living. He wants her, but in his mind she doesn't fit the type of woman or lifestyle he thinks he should have. He's up for an affair with a widow, but has no plans of marrying who he believes to be beneath him.

I truly enjoyed Eugenia's character. She was realistic when it came to romance and the love she still felt for her dead husband. She had a healthy dose of self-respect. She was malleable enough to bend to Reeve, but intelligent enough not to unless it was rational. She was a good balance to Reeve's stubbornness. There's plenty of hot and steamy between-the-sheets action between the couple, as well as some humorous banter.

I won't go in-depth in to the plot, because I don't wish to spoil the story. As for pacing, it was a slow start for me, where I struggled to fall into the story. Around the halfway mark, the pacing picked up and I read the last half in one sitting. While the story was most certainly on the predictable side, which is the norm in historical romance, I am a fan of Ms. James's writing style. She always gives just enough detail to set the scene, without bogging it down in the inane. This is also the same when it comes to flowery purple prose – while written in a beautiful flow, it's not over-the-top.

Recommended for historical romance readers and fans of Eloisa James.

ELOISA JAMES is a New York Times best-selling 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.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Seven Minutes in Heaven (Desperate Duchesses by the Numbers #3) by Eloisa James to read and review.

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