It's hard to stop at just a kiss...
Eloisa James is a professor of English literature, specializing in Shakespeare. She teaches at Fordham University in New York City, and lives in New Jersey. Oxford University Press published her academic book in 2000. Eloisa's books have been translated into Dutch, Russian, German, Polish, French and Spanish. She is the daughter of poet Robert Bly (winner of the American Book Award for Poetry) and short story author Carol Bly. Eloisa's godfather was the poet James Wright, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his Collected Poems. Among those poems -- and one of Wright's most beloved -- is a poem written for his goddaughter, Mary Bly (aka Eloisa James).
As smooth, full-bodied and intoxicating as a fine wine, this Regency romance, the second in a series following the impoverished Essex sisters (after Much Ado About You) is vintage James. Every exchange showcases the author's subtle wit, and not one of the encounters between the book's well-matched protagonists-refined beauty Annabel Essex and the simple but capable Ewan, earl of Ardmore-lacks for passion. Annabel has practiced every smile and come-hither glance for one purpose: to snare a wealthy husband. The last person she wants to charm is a handsome Scottish earl who's rumored to be poor. Nevertheless, their attraction pulls them together, as does circumstance, and before long, they find themselves en route to Scotland and marriage. During this weeklong journey, the protagonists' passions and personalities blossom as they take part in a delicious game to elicit truths and kisses from one another. A full quiver of secondary characters-including Annabel's troublemaking sister, Imogen, and the tired rake Garret Mayne-complement the primary romance and provide tantalizing glimpses of relationships that will no doubt be developed in future books. (Dec.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Praise for Much Ado About You: 'Great fun and love the modern take on a classic Regency romance, with all its nods and winks to Austen!a great achievement that matches fast-paced romance with well-crafted social observation!bravo for Eloisa!'FIONA WALKER 'Great fun! I couldn't put it down. Move over Georgette Heyer!' DAISY WAUGH 'Hurrah! Romance is back in fashion. No grisly body count, no lurking serial killer. The only four-letter word is love. Choc-full of romantic heroes that would give Darcy a run for his money. Sheer joy from beginning to end.' Carole Matthews 'In the first in a new series featuring the wonderfully amusing Essex sisters, New York Times best-selling James' gift for superb characterization and elegantly sensual, delightfully witty prose creates a thoroughly romantic treat.' Booklist 'A smash hit in the US, 'Much Ado About You' should be every bit as successful here.'Daily Mirror 'Regency romance at its best.'Bookstore