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An Affair Before Christmas chapter 1 An Affair Before Christmas, meaning An Affair Before Christmas, genre An Affair Before Christmas, book cover An Affair Before Christmas, flies An Affair Before Christmas, An Affair Before Christmas 12936aa76eb6d Magic Under The MistletoeOne Spectacular Christmas, Lady Perdita Selby, Known To Her Friends And Family As Poppy, Met The Man She Thought She Would Love Forever The Devilishly Attractive Duke Of Fletcher Was The Perfect Match For The Innocent, Breathtakingly Beautiful Young Englishwoman, And Theirs Was The Most Romantic Wedding She Had Ever Seen Four Years Later, Poppy And The Duke Have Become The Toast Of The Ton But Behind Closed Doors The Spark Of Their Love Affair Has Burned OutUnwilling To Lose The Woman He Still Lusts After, The Duke Is Determined To Win Back His Beguiling Bride S Delectable Affectionsand Surpass The Heady Days Of First Love With A Truly Sinful Seduction

10 thoughts on “An Affair Before Christmas

  1. says:

    HAHAHAHAHA, so okay you guys, this is the premise TwwooWuvvv Sexiness is overcome by some itchy hair powder For four years No, really The hero s supposedly perfect, superior bedroom skillz are overcome by the fact that his wife s hair powder makes her head itch, so the shy heroine is too distracted by that during sex to enjoy it, never responds to his touch for the first four years of their marriage And never says a damn word about this fact to him Cause, you know, that would be too easy, and then what would serve as our premise for conflict I want to be able to say Hair Powder Enemy Number One, in a pitch meeting and get paid for it There s also a domineering mother involved, but the heroine manages to throw her off pretty quickly for a girl supposedly dominated by her, so I don t really buy that either though she is a Grade A bitch Naturally, everything is perfect once the Case of the Powder is solved, and all is bunnies and rainbows I liked the scene where it ultimately came about and Poppy the heroine , got over her shyness, but everything before that Come On.Still loved Jemma and Villiers and Charlotte Tatlock Jemma and Poppy s relationship was the most loving of the book, Charlotte and Villiers the sweetest though also unbelivable Everyone else s relationships can pretty much fly off to never neverland and I wouldn t care I appreciate that James shows geniune female relationships in her books, and her heroines have dimensions than whatever ties them to men In Jemma s case, her chess passion, in Poppy s her interest in obscure naturalism, in Charlotte s, her feel for and interest in politics However, in her quest to make them independent beings, she makes a whole lot of people really bitchy to each other, and I honestly can t believe the great majority of them would ever speak to each other again.However I d already bought the third one, and thank goodness It is much better I really like Duchess by Night, so this book is not a reflection of the quality of the rest of the series.

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    I had so many problems with this book First I thought the heroine was an idiot I know, I know, she was young and dominated by her mother But that only works for me in the beginning This was a woman who was married for four years to a man that adored her and tried to do everything in his power to please her sexually, only for her to rebuff him and show him nothing but distaste Because she was an idiot So she goes off to find herself, telling him that she really wasn t in love with him when they married and she only married him because her mother browbeat her into marrying a Duke I can t think of any book I have ever read where I wanted the hero to go find a mistress and cheat, repeatedly, on the heroine.And then toward the end of the book we finally find out why the heroine couldn t really enjoy sex, I just.well, I justI had no words But remarkably she suddenly realizes 75% into the book that she feels desire for her husband I guess that makes everything ok then.Ihe only reason this book gets 2 stars is because the A plot with this idiot only takes up about half the book The B C plots are much interesting with the intriguing yet dysfunctional marriage of The Duke and Duchess of Beaumont who were intensely interesting than the main couple And the Duke of Villiers I had the fortune of reading his book A Duke of Her Own first so I was already pre disposed to like him I had heard he was a bit of a villain in the earlier books so I was glad to see him in his larger than life personality in this book So his As I lay Dying subplot was quite entertaining.

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    It takes a lot for me not to finish a book, no matter how much I m frustrated with it but this one really pissed me off and for several reasons I m a Eloisa James fan first and foremost so part of my frustration and bafflement with this book was trying to wrap my head around why she would write a story like this with a premise and heroine like that I m a huge fan of her work and every book I ve read of her s so far has not disappointed except this one I kept going why why WHY while reading this because it was so disappointing to the point of unbearable to get through at times one of the reasons why I couldn t finish it I ve never not finished reading one of her books because she is just glorious at writing yummy hysterical regency romance books but this one was justThe fact that the plot or I should really say main tension is centered around the heroine s itchy hair powder and damaged hair but refuses to tell her husband of FOUR YEARS is just hysterically wrong and annoyingly ridiculous on so many levels It s completely unrealistic above all else Your husband thinks you can t stand his touch and you re frigid in bed so why not TELL HIM the truth instead of pretending to be coy and giggly about marital matters It s very simple and could have been solved in one chapter instead of dragging it out through the entire book I already know this given the hints here and there in the book and reading some of the reviews beforehand I generally don t let reviews make a decision for me before or while reading a book but this one I just couldn t finish I kept thinking EJ was trying to be funny and comical in her witty way by doing this but it ended up falling completely flat and silly The heroine Poppy is my biggest problem in this She s incredibly naive and childish The naivete I can understand given her psychotic lunatic satanic mother who fills her head with such misguided exaggerated nonsense about the marriage bed I lost count how many times the woman ranted and spitted about what disgusting pigs men are Good grief And what s worse is Poppy sitting there like a good little girl and listening to all of it and actually taking her advice The whole thing was just too bizarre and I felt Poppy came off like a confused 15 year old then a young married woman I never reached the part where she finally supposedly stands up to her raving bitch of a mother but I just drew the line where she decided to leave her mother to Fletcher as punishment simply because she caught him flirting with a woman Whaa Oh give me a break Ugh grow up I wasn t a fan of Poppy before even reaching the middle of the book Your hair itches so you can t enjoy making love to your husband Well tell him and don t keep it a secret for four years I m sorry while it was a creative attempt at moving away from typical HR tropes, this one for me was just plain silly and unrealistic Seeing all the grief it was creating for the hero and heroine over something so silly and minuscule was just not worth it to me That being said I was preparing myself for it and tried to read through it but ended up taking a break and read another book I was planning to give it another try and try to finish it but I had to return it to the library so oh well I don t see myself checking this book out again to continue it already knowing where it s going to lead I liked Fletcher I understood his frustration, while I wasn t crazy about his complete obsession with finding someone to sleep with, I understood him, then I did Poppy Wish I could have gotten through the book to read about him cause he sounded delicious I should be lenient towards Poppy given her misguidance and cruel mother but her character alone and her antics leaved a lot to be desired for me I think it s safe to say this is my least favorite from the DD series.

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    What can I say, I really like fluffy airhead h s who want to debate whether or not kangaroos are possums or dogs and I really like perfect Sartorial Sprigs of Fashion who may or may not wear red heels I had a lot of fun with this book I really did not mind Poppy s immaturity or Fletch s resentment this is a coming of age romance after all, and I felt each of the main characters grew sufficiently enough that I totally rooted for them and their HEA I thought the hair issues were very interesting to say the least as I couldn t even imagine going around with all that in my hair EEK I could also believe Poppy s problems with sex, if my hair had all that gunk in it I wouldn t want to be smexxing anyone either I thought Poppy really did a great job in establishing her independence from her rotten mother and I found her struggle pretty believable It is never easy to get out from under the influence of a dominating personality and I thought the conflict was realistically portrayed but I am really not sure why Fletch just didn t have Poppy s mother s bags packed up and her escorted out of his house Yes, ideally Poppy should be the one to kick her mum out and she eventually does, but I wasn t sure why Fletch was so complacent about her living with him Anyhow who cares It worked out happily and I had a great deal of fun with the banter and the further insights into Jemma, Villiers and Beaumont This book is a great lighthearted Christmas read and I laughed through most of it, I had a lot of empathy for the main characters and I still LOL when I think of Fletch asking Poppy if he can come live with her and Jemma ETA So I have read this book multiple times and I still love it A word here about the hair issue a lot of readers were disgusted that Poppy s problems with her hair powder caused her to forgo any type of truly intimate sexual experience with her husband for four years Poppy did not respond well to passion because the elaborate hair dressing she underwent irritated her scalp and was very uncomfortable The hair problem is really a symbol of the underlying problems that Poppy has to free herself from her abusive and domineering parent in order to really become herself and engage in her marriage Poppy has been abused by her mother all of her life and the hair dressing problem is symbolic Poppy s hair is tortured and constrained to fit a certain image created and demanded by her mother this hairstyle and the dresser who maintains it were hired by Poppy s mother to reassert her control and Poppy s abandonment of the elaborate hairstyle and the expensive dresser are symbolic of Poppy s maturation and ability to free herself from the abuse and the abuser.That it took her four years isn t really surprising when you think that survivors of abuse can take decades to really take control of their lives and free themselves from their past and some people never do This book isn t only a funny tale of reaffirming a marriage, it is also a pretty profound path to healing, being strong enough to throw off the mental shackles of childhood abuse, and a woman liberating herself from her abuser in a way that doesn t perpetuate the abusive cycle but starts an new one of caring and love and commitment.

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    The Desperate Duchesses series is one that needs to be looked at for what it is and it s exactly what it is named desperate duchesses, all with different problems, and how things work out for them This second book in the series which I read out of order, 1 then 3 and now 2 started out kind of slow and sad It s a sad story Poppy and Fletcher are unhappily married and living separate lives Neither one wants to communicate or work things out They re just upset at each other and generally hurt and angry Add to this already bad mix the world s worst mother mother in law This woman is pure evil the only parent that is worse is Meredith s dad in I d like to think she s mentally unbalanced, but she s too malicious to blame it all on that So the beginning of the story was a downer, but because I m emotionally invested in this series, I had to read it and get my history on this couple, as well as my favorite characters, Jemma and Villiers, who we see often can t wait to read their books Thankfully, the story had lots of other characters and events unfolding Villiers was injured in a duel with Damon and is recovery poorly from his injury and things are looking like he may even die Getting to know Villiers was a treat the way he initially presented is not who he really is and every layer gets peeled away to reveal a truly kind person, who wants to love and be loved I know I already said it, but I can t wait to read his story Jemma and Elijah also appear, but their relationship doesn t progress much It s really a progression of Jemma s friendship with Poppy Also, the friendship that Elijah had with dying Villiers, who regrets his loss of friendship with both Elijah and Benjamin he committed suicide after their chess game With Villiers facing death, his whole perspective has changed and he wants to right all the wrongs Poppy is the kind of heroine that I don t love, but understand Her mother totally dominated her, both in the past and the present, and Poppy can t make good decisions because of this Unfortunately, one doesn t get to pick one s parents This is a huge problem and I think at the root of all the marriage problems view spoiler Although everyone seems to think Poppy s hairdo caused all her marriage problems, lack of desire, sexual dysfunction, etc., to me, it was clear that the terrible advice given by Poppy s mother was what caused her problems Toward the end of the book, Poppy tells Fletch I love youI don t know how it happened, how I was so lucky Because it s true that had you been some other man, some other duke, my mother would have forced me to marry you and I was such a stupid little creature that I would have But somehow somehow you were the duke who appeared I don t deserve youI listened to my mother, I could hear her in my head all the time I could feel her disgust never you, Fletch Because if I d really felt you, if I d really known you, it would have been different From the very first night together I just didn t know you were my husband, not really They were very lucky to have loved each other at the beginning of their marriage, but didn t have the communication skills or coping skills necessary to fix their intimate problems Poppy was a victim of abuse and suffered for years When Fletcher finally got her mother completely out of the picture, they could happen Poppy and Fletcher could truly be happily married So this is a heavy topic, but I loved the ending That was one of the best scenes ever when he carried his wife away she was pretending to be a French mademoiselle and seduced him They both loved each other and didn t know how to get past this issue But when they did, it was beautiful hide spoiler

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    I have a hard time deciding how to rate this book On one hand, the story about our main heroes, Poppy and Fletcher doesn t deserve than 2 stars, but on the other hand all the subplots and secondary characters in this book were wonderful So I ll compromise and give this book 3 stars I really can t buy the fact that Poppy felt NO PLEASURE at all because of view spoiler itchy hair powder hide spoiler

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    Lady Perdita Poppy Selby marries John, the Duke of Fletcher It s love ROLL CREDITS ha, just kidding Fletch and Poppy are having Marital Strife because John wants teh sex and Poppy just lies there They go their separate ways for most of a year before Poppy discovers that she s allergic to hair powder and John discovers that a prostitute won t make his Boner Pop This, obviously, results in the Sex of True Love.1 Fletch s introduction a man who refuses to communicate using words and is looking for an affair makes it SUPER HARD to think he s a worthy hero I mean, even the prologue had me flinching because Fletch refuses to USE HIS WORDS LIKE A BIG BOY and instead expects Poppy to just go along with whatever he wants Or to talk to her friends Or to divine it from the moon the stars AAAARGH 2 I liked seeing Poppy strike out on her own and do the things she wanted to do That said, I did not get nearly enough of the emotional weight of this striking out She goes and has some adventuresand then the book cuts right to one of its 300 other plots without allowing her growth to happen on page Instead, we re told that she s growing into her own and my response to that is annoyance PUT IT ON PAGE.Also, Poppy s itchy head is presented as a the only reason she wasn t enjoying sex A USE YOUR DAMN WORDS POPPY I forgive her this slightly because of her mother and just how sheltered she was STILL B I JUST REALLY REALLY REALLY 3 I have Thoughts on the mother plot Mostly that I am SO HAPPY to see a story that lets the character cut off a toxic relationship Yes, there s guilt, and yes, there s regret, but there s also that overwhelming sense of rightness, of freedom So that was worth a solid round of applause for me as a disgruntled reader of Happy Family Books HOWEVER, undercutting that decision with Fletch s plot to disgrace her in society was ridiculous and frustrating I think and please acknowledge the size of the benefit of doubt I am giving this thing that it was an attempt to keep her from forcing herself back into Poppy s life, as well as a revenge for Poppy s abuse at her hands Exceptit completely undermines Poppy s original decision to cut her out Does Fletch not think that Poppy has the backbone needed to stand up to her mother Does he think that she ll just allow things to go back to how they were If he does, then that s hugely problematic because here s that problem AGAIN USE YOUR FUCKING WORDS, FLETCH TALK TO YOUR WIFE YOU PIECE OF TRASH Also, there was this whole Poppy gets severe anxiety when faced with disagreements thing which first of all, makes PERFECT SENSE in light of her shitty mother, but second of all, was dropped due to too much other shit So I m giving negative points for acknowledging the realities of long term emotional abuse without actually following through on them SHAME.4 The 300 other plot points were, ultimately, not great and distracted from the main romance Which I think wasn t enough to carry a full book, hence the 300 other plot points My complaints, in no particular order I liked Charlotte and thought she was deserving of her own book novella I was into her story than I was into Poppy s at points because she USED HER WORDS and ugh her strange attachment to Villiers Fighting with him to keep him alive Her sensation of being set , of being trapped in what and who she was BE STILL MY SOUL Jemma s ongoing drama was fine WHAT ABOUT LOUISA, HUH She s introduced and since I ve already read the next few books, I know she s dropped again like nothing UGH I LIKED HER Having the results of the second chess matches wrapped up OFF PAGE is EXTREMELY FRUSTRATING Either waste my time entirely or don t bother don t give me half a story and then summarize How utterly disappointing It s a good thing I read book 3 before this one.

  9. says:

    This is really difficult to rate First of all I really like the universe Eloisa James created Her characters are usually really interesting but this time I was disappointed.I didn t like the main ones at all Poppy is an idiot and Fletch is a bigger idiot for drooling after her for years and yet not getting anything in return Seriously You give up on your husband because your hair is itchy and your mom is a psycho WTF The only thing I liked about it was poor Villiers He was the main reason for me not giving up the book.

  10. says:

    Ugh Couldn t finish.

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