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Once Upon a Tower

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9780062223876

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3.7 out of 5 stars
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I will be honest, I am a picky reader. I love romance novels, but they must be well written. My favorite authors are Judith McNaught, Julia Quinn and Eloisa James. Still, I dont just blindly buy, read, and love all the books by these authors. I have been less than thrilled with some of their books, and giddy with joy at others. Once Upon A Tower, is a book that makes me very happy. The hero is a Scottish man in a Kilt. Ofcourse the girl is beautiful, but she has quirks and talents. This book is about their path to discovery, adjusting to marriage when it isnt all the stuff of dreams and rainbows. Eloisa James does her research, and she delivers a well written story with deep characters, both primary and secondary. The characters seem like real people, flaws and all. Its a rich story, told with humor, and a great deal of writing talent. This book is worth the price because it is substantial and satisfying. 5 stars!!!!

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Inspired by the story of Rapunzel, "New York Times"-bestselling author James continues her series of fairy tale-inspired romances. Original.

Once upon a time...

A duke fell in love

Gowan Stoughton of Craigievar, Duke of Kinross, values order and self-control above all else. So when he meets a lady as serene as she is beautiful, he promptly asks for her hand in marriage.

With a lady

Edie--whose passionate temperament is the opposite of serene--had such a high fever at her own debut ball that she didn't notice anyone, not even the notoriously elusive Duke of Kinross. When her father accepts his offer... she panics.

And when their marriage night isn't all it could be, she pretends.

In a tower.

But Edie's inability to hide her feelings makes pretending impossible, and when their marriage implodes, she retreats to a tower--locking Gowan out.

Now Gowan faces his greatest challenge. Neither commands nor reason work with his spirited young bride. How can he convince her to give him the keys to the tower...

When she already has the keys to his heart?

Specifications

Series Title
Fairy Tales
Publisher
HarperCollins, Avon Books
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
416
Author
Eloisa James
ISBN-13
9780062223876
Publication Date
May, 2013
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
6.95 x 4.09 x 1.13 Inches
ISBN-10
0062223879

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wonderful book, a MUST READ!
I will be honest, I am a picky reader. I love romance novels, but they must be well written. My favorite authors are Judith McNaught, Julia Quinn and Eloisa James. Still, I dont just blindly buy, read, and love all the books by these authors. I have been less than thrilled with some of their books, and giddy with joy at others. Once Upon A Tower, is a book that makes me very happy. The hero is a Scottish man in a Kilt. Ofcourse the girl is beautiful, but she has quirks and talents. This book is about their path to discovery, adjusting to marriage when it isnt all the stuff of dreams and rainbows. Eloisa James does her research, and she delivers a well written story with deep characters, both primary and secondary. The characters seem like real people, flaws and all. Its a rich story, told with humor, and a great deal of writing talent. This book is worth the price because it is substantial and satisfying. 5 stars!!!!
Most helpful negative review
Once Upon a Tower2 Sta...
Once Upon a Tower2 StarsSeries note: None of the books in this series are connected and each can be read as a standalone. Gowan Stoughton, Duke of Kinross, is handsome, wealthy and in search of a wife. Upon seeing Lady Edith Gilchrist at a ball, Gowan, completely smitten by her stunning beauty and quiet manner, decides to ask for her hand immediately. Little does he know that passionate and feisty Edie is nothing like she seems, and when the truth emerges, these two headstrong lovers find themselves in a battle of wills that may end in true love or in life-long disappointment ... The book shows shards of brilliance every now and then, but the annoying keeping secrets trope and the unappealing secondary storylines overshadow the romance. Not one of Eloisa's better efforts.Despite an intriguing beginning, Gowan and Edie's romance quickly falls flat as Edie's extreme reactions to their physical intimacy puts a pall on the relationship. Instead of lying to Gowan, Edie should have been open and honest. All her lies succeed in doing is creating a ridiculous misunderstanding that gets blown completely out of proportion and undermines the entire book. James also has a tendency to focus on secondary characters with their own dilemmas and angst. These tales can be charming and add an extra layer of enjoyment to the story. However, that is not the case here as Edie's stepmother and father are not that likable and it is difficult to care one way or the other about what happens to them. Another problem is that the Rapunzel element feels tacked on and adds little to the plot or characterization. It feels as if James added it so that this book could be included in her fairytale series. In sum, Eloisa's Fairytales comes to an end with this installment. While the series has been fun overall with one or two jewels such as When Beauty Tamed the Beast and The Duke is Mine, some of the others, this one included, have been less than stellar.
Most helpful positive review
1 customers found this helpful
wonderful book, a MUST READ!
I will be honest, I am a picky reader. I love romance novels, but they must be well written. My favorite authors are Judith McNaught, Julia Quinn and Eloisa James. Still, I dont just blindly buy, read, and love all the books by these authors. I have been less than thrilled with some of their books, and giddy with joy at others. Once Upon A Tower, is a book that makes me very happy. The hero is a Scottish man in a Kilt. Ofcourse the girl is beautiful, but she has quirks and talents. This book is about their path to discovery, adjusting to marriage when it isnt all the stuff of dreams and rainbows. Eloisa James does her research, and she delivers a well written story with deep characters, both primary and secondary. The characters seem like real people, flaws and all. Its a rich story, told with humor, and a great deal of writing talent. This book is worth the price because it is substantial and satisfying. 5 stars!!!!
Most helpful negative review
Once Upon a Tower2 Sta...
Once Upon a Tower2 StarsSeries note: None of the books in this series are connected and each can be read as a standalone. Gowan Stoughton, Duke of Kinross, is handsome, wealthy and in search of a wife. Upon seeing Lady Edith Gilchrist at a ball, Gowan, completely smitten by her stunning beauty and quiet manner, decides to ask for her hand immediately. Little does he know that passionate and feisty Edie is nothing like she seems, and when the truth emerges, these two headstrong lovers find themselves in a battle of wills that may end in true love or in life-long disappointment ... The book shows shards of brilliance every now and then, but the annoying keeping secrets trope and the unappealing secondary storylines overshadow the romance. Not one of Eloisa's better efforts.Despite an intriguing beginning, Gowan and Edie's romance quickly falls flat as Edie's extreme reactions to their physical intimacy puts a pall on the relationship. Instead of lying to Gowan, Edie should have been open and honest. All her lies succeed in doing is creating a ridiculous misunderstanding that gets blown completely out of proportion and undermines the entire book. James also has a tendency to focus on secondary characters with their own dilemmas and angst. These tales can be charming and add an extra layer of enjoyment to the story. However, that is not the case here as Edie's stepmother and father are not that likable and it is difficult to care one way or the other about what happens to them. Another problem is that the Rapunzel element feels tacked on and adds little to the plot or characterization. It feels as if James added it so that this book could be included in her fairytale series. In sum, Eloisa's Fairytales comes to an end with this installment. While the series has been fun overall with one or two jewels such as When Beauty Tamed the Beast and The Duke is Mine, some of the others, this one included, have been less than stellar.
1-5 of 15 reviews

wonderful book, a MUST READ!

I will be honest, I am a picky reader. I love romance novels, but they must be well written. My favorite authors are Judith McNaught, Julia Quinn and Eloisa James. Still, I dont just blindly buy, read, and love all the books by these authors. I have been less than thrilled with some of their books, and giddy with joy at others. Once Upon A Tower, is a book that makes me very happy. The hero is a Scottish man in a Kilt. Ofcourse the girl is beautiful, but she has quirks and talents. This book is about their path to discovery, adjusting to marriage when it isnt all the stuff of dreams and rainbows. Eloisa James does her research, and she delivers a well written story with deep characters, both primary and secondary. The characters seem like real people, flaws and all. Its a rich story, told with humor, and a great deal of writing talent. This book is worth the price because it is substantial and satisfying. 5 stars!!!!

How refreshing to have...

How refreshing to have a book where 1) the man is a virgin too and 2) the sex doesn't really work out as planned for a while.... real human concerns and interactions imbue this book with charm . While not as flashy or sexy as some, this book leaves a warm, comfortable feeling like a glass of brandy in front of the fireplace on a cold, blustery day....

Who knew that being so...

Who knew that being so sick that you feared to talk could land you a duke? Certainly not Edie, especially when the pale, quiet girl she was during her own debut ball, was about as far from the truth as one could get! But determined to make the best of her marriage, she decided to lay out her expectations, and what better way to do that than a letter? What she didn't expect was the scandalous letter she received in return! When Gowan and Edie finally marry, they must learn how to live with one another, how to compromise, and most importantly, how to trust. Enjoy the comical and enchanting tale of Edie and Gowan in Eloisa James' latest installment in her Fairy Tale Series! This book did not disappoint! It had everything you have come to expect from Eloisa James from dynamic characters and wonderful prose to passion, drama, and yes, comedy! While Edie and Gowan's characters were superb within themselves, what really took this novel over the top for me was Edie's not-so-typical stepmother, Layla and Gowan's much younger sister. Their character traits and dialogue added so much to the story and truly made it a one of a kind read! I loved the Romeo and Juliet references throughout the book and of course the tower! Reading as Gowan and Edie "grow up" and deal with marital and family problems made the novel seem very realistic, even though it did have the typical happily ever after that we all long for! If you are a fan of Historical Romance set in the Regency Era, then this novel is a MUST READ! I thoroughly enjoyed reading Once Upon A Tower and am patiently, (or maybe not so patiently) awaiting Ms. James' next novel! Rating: 4.5 Heat Rating: Mild Reviewed by April P Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

Sweeping and utterly r...

Sweeping and utterly romantic. This is a reminder of just how fantastic a romance writer Eloisa James is. Gowan is a force of nature. Young, brilliant, commanding and swift. He gets what he wants by demolishing barriers and relentless pursuit. Edie is powerless to his attentions and falls hard for the Duke. Gowan is deeply effected by her. He is completely distracted, pent up and delirious with desire for Edie. She swiftly becomes his everything. His future, his focus, his reason to breathe. I loved reading his perspective. He's super sharp when it comes to most things but with Edie, he keeps missing the mark so to speak. They both are learning each other. It's innocent and fun and his passionate attentions are highly commendable and enviable. When he climbs that tower after coming to his senses, it is so fabulous. He has to get to her. He risks everything to win her back. It's wonderful. He never stops, even into the epilogue- which made me misty-eyed. Gowan is a serious heart-thumping keeper.

I usually really enjoy...

I usually really enjoy Eloisa James's books, but while this wasn't horrible, it wasn't as fun as her books usually are. The plot point keeping the two apart (they were both virgins and the first time wasn't magical) dragged on for quite a while. Especially considering the heroine made such a big deal about communication and avoiding drama before her marriage and then couldn't follow through after. However, as usual, Eloisa James creates very compelling side plots that keep you reading.

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