Review: Three Weeks with Lady X by Eloisa James



Three Weeks with Lady X
by Eloisa James
Series: Desperate Duchesses, Book 7
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by Avon, 2014
E-book, Purchased
400 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: Having made a fortune, Thorn Dautry, the powerful bastard son of a duke, decides that he needs a wife. But to marry a lady, Thorn must acquire a gleaming, civilized façade, the specialty of Lady Xenobia India.

Exquisite, head-strong, and independent, India vows to make Thorn marriageable in just three weeks.

But neither Thorn nor India anticipate the forbidden passion that explodes between them.

Thorn will stop at nothing to make India his. Failure is not an option.

But there is only one thing that will make India his—the one thing Thorn can’t afford to lose…

His fierce and lawless heart.

He settled back in his chair and gave India the smile with which a tiger greets a gazelle.


Dear Lady X,

You will have to imagine my response. I cannot put it in writing.

My given name is Tobias, a self-effacing name that doesn’t suit. I was informed of it when I was twelve, at which point it was already inappropriate.


Dear Mr. Dautry,

I like Tobias. It has an intellectual ring. A man with that name should be able to recite ancient Greek poetry.

Lady Xenobia

I rest my case.



  • Part of a series, but stands alone. There are a few characters from other books, but it’s not necessary to know them.
  • Thorn’s father and stepmother are characters with lots of presence and if you’ve read the earlier books in this series you’ll recognize them–especially the Duke of Villiers who appears in all the earlier books in the series. Thorn is one of the Duke’s illegitimate children.
  • Both Thorn and India have decided it’s time to marry–but not to each other!
  • Thorn thinks he wants a restful wife who will give him children and stay on the country estate.
  • The characters are a nice mix.
  • The dialogue is very witty. One of the things I enjoy about the author’s writing.
  • I like that India finds a way to support herself, but still keep herself part of society (however unrealistic that might have been). She agrees to refurbish the country estate Thorn buys for the woman he plans to marry. She ends up trying to refurbish Thorn as well.
  • Lady Xenobia India St. Claire–a very good name for a strong, outspoken and unconventional character.
  • The letters India and Thorn write to each other. They both have fun with the correspondence.
  • Laetitia (Lala) is a very sweet person and more intelligent than those around her realize.
  • The play on words for the characters Thorn and Rose (the daughter of one of Thorn’s deceased friends). Thorn’s interactions with Rose show what a good father he is.
  • Both India and Thorn had lonely childhoods. This shows up in their insecurities which show up when they get to know each other better.


  • No jeers!

And a few thoughts…

  • With a romance I know I know I’m going to have a happy ending, but it’s the way to the happy ending that counts. This book gives me wonderful, witty and fun characters. Characters I would like to know. I really enjoy Ms. James’ writing.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

I’m participating in the Book Bingo Challenge (new release) for this book.