Date Published: 8/28/12
How can she dare to imagine he loves her…when all London calls her The Ugly Duchess ?
Theodora Saxby is the last woman anyone expects the gorgeous James Ryburn, heir to the Duchy of Ashbrook, to marry. But after a romantic proposal before the prince himself, even practical Theo finds herself convinced of her soon-to-be duke's passion.
Still, the tabloids give the marriage six months.
Theo would have given it a lifetime…until she discovers that James desired not her heart, and certainly not her countenance, but her dowry. Society was shocked by their wedding; it's scandalized by their separation.
Now James faces the battle of his lifetime, convincing Theo that he loved the duckling who blossomed into the swan.
And Theo will quickly find that for a man with the soul of a pirate, All's Fair in Love—or War
I love it when historicals bring to light the same issues girls/women today have. Theo knows she is not the prettiest of girls and in a time when your looks and your dowry are everything, she wants so badly to believe that James has actually fallen for her.
After a whirlwind courtship and seemingly perfect start to her marriage, Theo's world is ripped apart.
James doesn't realize he has so much to lose and when he is left by the woman he loves because of his own fault, he takes off and becomes a pirate. When he comes into contact with Theo again he is met with the beauty he already knew was there, but convincing Theo is another matter entirely.
Their story is really two separate parts as they are very different people from before and after their separation. The growth they show is beautiful and their HEA is great. The passion between their characters is undeniable.