The Taming of the Duke by Eloisa James

The Taming of the Duke by Eloisa James is the third book in the Four Sisters series and I was really really looking forward to it. So much so that I'd ordered it back in January, then on Tuesday when I saw it in the store, yet Amazon hadn't shipped my order, that I bought it and then canceled the one I'd ordered from Amazon. Sadly, I probably could have waited. I started this book on Tuesday night and didn't finish it until this afternoon. And the following review contains SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just warning you.

Imogen, Lady Maitland, has decided to dance on the wild side. After all, she's in the delicious position of being able to take a lover. A discreet male who knows just when to leave in the morning.

But Lady Maitland is still under the watchful eye of her former guardian, the wildly untamed Rafe, the Duke of Holbrook. He believes she is still in need of a "watchdog." She laughs at the idea that someone so insufferably lazy and devoted to drink can demand that she behave with propriety.

It's Rafe's long-lost brother, a man who looks precisely like the duke but with none of his degenerate edge, who interests Imogen. To Imogen, he's the shadow duke...the man who really should hold the title. But when Imogen agrees to accompany Gabe to a masquerade...whose masked eyes watch her with that intense look of desire? Who exactly is she dancing with? The duke or the shadow duke? Rafe...or Gabe?

I'd say this is already in the running for most disappointing read of the year. When you start caring more for a secondary romance, you know something's wrong. I think one of the main problems is that I didn't think Imogen had enough time to truly think about her situation and what she'd done. I didn't hate her as a character in the previous two books, realizing that she had been hurt and was mainly just lashing out, but I don't think she had enough personal growth by the end of this book to suit me. And I think it was that anticipation of watching her grow that makes me feel so let down. It just wasn't there. And yeah, Rafe changes in the book and I liked those changes, I just don't think he and Imogen were ready by the end. It just plain didn't work for me.

I did enjoy a lot of the other stuff, such as the secondary relationship between Gillian and Gabe. Now that one I'd have liked to have its own book. But I did like how it ended. And Josie...I'm really looking forward to reading about Josie. And I did like the theater bits. But the romance between Imogen and Rafe? Totally didn't work for me. When it's almost the end of the book and you think their romance is maybe in the very beginning? It's just not working.

I honestly could have just set this one down and not cared except that I did want to read about the other characters. But if not for them, this would be a completely forgettable story.


Kristie (J) said...

Tara didn't like this one either and it looks like some readers over at AAR didn't either. I've never been tempted to read her books.

Nicole said...

Oh, I really enjoyed all the other books of hers that I've read. Just not this one.

Tara Marie said...

I'd say this is already in the running for most disappointing read of the year.

It's sad to say, but I agree.

I love EJ's books, I don't know what I was expecting, but this wasn't it.