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Three Weeks with Lady X
Three Weeks with Lady X | Eloisa James
27 posts | 33 read | 15 to read
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 faade, 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.
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xicanti
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I mostly loved this. India is a delightful, interesting protagonist. She and Thorn, her love interest, become great friends. The supporting characters are all wonderful, with sweet Lala and über-serious Rose being my faves.

But y‘all, Thorn pulls so much alpha male bullshit that I‘d have bailed if I hadn‘t loved India on contact. He was lovely for long stretches, until BAM! He reverted to Stereotypical Hero #1. It frustrated me.

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xicanti
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Further #audiobaking. My dad requested lemon sour cream tarts. The lemon custard has to totally cool before you blend in the sour cream, so I made that first thing this morning, along with various crusts to put the finished product in. It gave me a chance to finish my first Eloisa James novel.

In the late afternoon, I blended & filled everything. Now my dad‘s got six tarts and I‘ve got a pie in the freezer.

xicanti If you want to make your own lemon sour cream pie (aka THE BEST PIE), here‘s the recipe -
https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/sour-cream-lemon-pie/ It works great in regular pie crust OR poured into a Golden Oreo crust and frozen. Oreo crusts use one pack of Double Stuf cookies ground up and blended with 4T melted butter before they‘re pressed into a pie dish and baked at 350°F for 5-7 minutes.
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hes7 Yum! 😋 5mo
xicanti Oh, and Taste of Home attached the wrong picture to the recipe. The lemon custard‘s pretty similar to what you‘ll find in a lemon meringue pie, but the results are totally different. 5mo
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mreads They look delicious and the recipe calls for heavy cream, so they must be awesome 5mo
xicanti @mreads I actually treat the cream as optional. I don‘t use it at all on the frozen version of the pie, and when I serve the non-frozen version I put a small bowl (or a can of the squirty variety) on the table so people can choose whether or not to top their piece with cream. Some do and some don‘t. I personally find it cuts away too much of the tartness I eat the pie for in the first place. 5mo
readordierachel Those look amazing! 5mo
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xicanti
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And now, fridge pickles! I‘ve squeezed in lots of good #audiocooking this weekend.

THREE WEEKS WITH LADY X continues to delight and frustrate. Every time I start to maybe like Thorn, he pulls some alpha male bullshit. Sigh.

Tamra Yum, my favorite! 5mo
xicanti @Tamra I made them for the first time a few weeks ago, and they were so good I had to do a couple more jars! 5mo
Seekingtardis I would love the recipe!! 5mo
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xicanti @Seekingtardis it‘s really simple. For these two jars, I used 2 large cucumbers, 3-4 sprigs of dill, 5 cloves of garlic, 3 dried chilies, 1/2 cup each of apple cider vinegar and water, 1/2 tsp each of mustard seeds, sugar, and whole peppercorns, and 3 tsp salt. I packed the first four ingredients into the jars, then brought the rest to a simmer and poured it over the cucumbers et al. The pickles are best if you wait 5-7 days to eat them. 5mo
Tamra @xicanti I‘ll try it! 5mo
xicanti @Seekingtardis @Tamra I just realized I gave the wrong proportions for the vinegar & water. They should be 1 cup each. 5mo
Seekingtardis Yum!! I‘m going to try it this week!! 5mo
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xicanti
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My morning #audiowalk involved lots of leaf-strewn sidewalks. We lost a ton during the monsoon. 😔

I‘m still in a weird place with this book. I love everything about it except the hero. He and I MIGHT become casual acquaintances, but I still don‘t like him enough that I can root for him to end up with the lovely India. He‘s got his good points, yeah, but he‘s also chauvinistic. I ain‘t the type to wait around for characters like that to change.

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xicanti
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The chard tart isn‘t the most photogenic thing out there, but it tastes SO GOOD! Sweet chard (with almonds and brandy-poached raisins) is delicious, and the layer of apples adds a lot of nuance to the flavour. I think it‘ll make an excellent breakfast tomorrow.

This was definitely worth a couple hours of #audiobaking. Thanks for the recipe, @Lindy !

Lindy 👏👏👏 I‘m so glad you like it. 😊 5mo
rather_be_reading omg yum!! 5mo
Reagan Oh that looks good!
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xicanti
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Now I‘ve got a chard tart in the oven! @Lindy suggested the recipe when I posted about my chard excess—and it turns out the tart calls for so much chard I had to ask my neighbour if I could cut some more from his garden! I sure hope everyone likes it. All the chard chopping took ages.

I‘m enjoying this book very much. The hero hasn‘t totally redeemed himself, but I like him a lot better now than I did in the beginning. #audiobaking

Lindy 😍🥬 5mo
xicanti @Lindy I‘m on tenterhooks for it to come out of the oven and cool off enough that I can cut a slice. 5mo
Lindy @xicanti 🍀🤞😋 5mo
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xicanti
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It‘s gonna be a big #audiocooking evening, I think. I finished THERE‘S SOMETHING ABOUT SWEETIE and started the tagged book while I chopped more chard and made this delicious warm Brussels sprout salad for late lunch/early supper.

This is my first Eloisa James, and so far I love the heroine and the basic setup but wouldn‘t wish the hero on anyone. One of THOSE. I sure hope he improves.

megzlynn That looks divine! 5mo
xicanti @megzlynn it‘s one of my favourite meals. 5mo
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Leelee08
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This was a 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ review from me! It had a very unique plot—heroine is an interior designer/hero is a former street urchin & duke‘s bastard—and the sexual tension (some of it is through letters) is HOT!!🔥I think my favorite part of the novel was, however, the heroine‘s backstory. Original, creative, and heartbreaking—all at the same time. Eloisa James does it again!💕💕💕

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Christinak
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#TGIF - I picked up the last three of this series the other day. I have been buying copies of all the Eloisa James books I can find so I can re-read them whenever I want. There is always a waiting list at my library.
She never disappoints.
#romantsy

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Dragon
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Couldn‘t put this fun historical #romantsy down. Lady Xenobia India is a fixer, she solves staffing problems in aristocratic households, she redecorates country estates for exorbitant fees. She‘s just accepted her most difficult job- turning the irascible Thorn Dautry into a proper gentleman. Full of punny high jinks and sexy times 🔥

Sace STACKED! 1y
Dragon Thanks @RestlessFickleBookHoarder Enjoy! 👍🐉 1y
Sace Oh it was meant to be! I had a free book credit at ThriftBooks! #bookkismet 1y
CarolynM Stacked. Eloisa James books are always fun. (edited) 1y
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Dragon
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TGIF. I have the day off spent some time in a cafe reading my new #romantsy and watching the boats in the inner harbour. Loving your book @EloisaJames

LeeRHarry This was such fun! 😊 1y
Dragon Thanks @LeeRHarry - Thorn and India 💜 1y
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teainthelibrary
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I have a problem. I am addicted to Eloisa James‘ books! This one in particular was one of her best. I enjoyed the characters immensely - India had to be one of my favorites from all of her books. I found myself ignoring all the errands and housekeeping that needed to be done, and spent all weekend curled up with India and Thorn. And I loved every minute of it. Which book of hers should I read next?

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teainthelibrary
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Recipe for a midweek day off from work: must be raining, brew a large pot of coffee to last all day, curl up in bed with Eloisa James ✌🏼💜 anyone else enjoying a lazy day?

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EmilyChristine
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Another good book! Peter read much of it with me today. 😸📚

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Bianca
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Well, I guess I‘m going to have more time to read this, since I just lost my job. I was feeling really anxious earlier and couldn‘t pinpoint why (not that I need a reason), and now I guess I know. Very strange day.
#tmi

Notafraidofwords I‘m sorry. That sucks. I️ really hope things get better for you. 2y
MicheleinPhilly Oh no! I hope something better is around the corner. ❤️ 2y
LauraBrook How crappy! I‘m sorry. And at least you‘ve got books to help comfort you, Eloisa James is a new favorite comfort author for me. 2y
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Bianca @Notafraidofwords Aw thank you. I‘m sure they will. I‘ve been through worse, so at least I have some perspective on it. 2y
Debiw781 Oh I'm so sorry! 2y
Bianca @MicheleinPhilly Thank you. ❤️ @LauraBrook For me too. Her writing is such perfection. 2y
MonikaS Oh no! I‘m so sorry! 2y
xicanti I'm so sorry. What a crappy Friday. 2y
tammysue I'm so sorry! 2y
ephemeralwaltz So sorry. ❤ Things will turn around soon enough :)📚📚 2y
CocoReads I‘m so sorry. 2y
Bookzombie I‘m so sorry. I hope something better is in your future and soon. Hugs. ❤️ 2y
Jas16 I am so sorry. Sending hugs. ❤️ 2y
QuietlyLaura I'm sorry about your job. I hope something great comes along soon. 💙 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto I'm so sorry to hear this. 2y
TricksyTails I'm so sorry. Big hugs 💜 Hope a fantastic opportunity pops up soon. 2y
MallenNC I'm sorry about your job! Keep reading. It always makes me feel better. 2y
minkyb So sorry. Hang in there. 2y
quirkyreader Something better will come along. But in the meantime keep on truckin' 2y
heikemarie I‘m so sorry! Books are a great escape until the next great thing in store for you. 2y
Redwritinghood Sorry to hear that. 2y
irre Sorry 💕 2y
BooksAtNight I‘m so sorry to hear that. We are here for all the #tmi venting you need. Hoping something better comes along! 2y
Dragon So sorry, hugs 🤗 2y
cobwebmoth Hugs to you! 2y
TaciturnWhenReading So sorry to hear. 2y
LeahBergen Aww, that sucks. Hugs. 💕 2y
Izai.Amorim Very sorry. You‘ll get something much better! 2y
EloisaJames I‘m sorry! I hope Three Weeks helps with the shock—and know that something better will follow that job! 2y
Bianca @EloisaJames Thank you. Your books have been a comfort to me in the past so I turn to them when stressed. Thank you for writing them. 2y
EloisaJames @Bianca my pleasure. Diving into those worlds helps me too. 2y
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brennahawleycraig
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When you go on a #romantsy book-buying spree and are loving every minute of it. I‘ve read two of these and am on my third. Exactly what I needed after a long week! #bookhaul

LeahBergen Oh, check THIS out @EloisaJames ! ❤️❤️ 2y
brennahawleycraig @LeahBergen I found her mostly because of Litsy and just find her books delightful! @EloisaJames 2y
CoverToCoverGirl A beautiful 🌈 of books.. so pretty and irresistible... happy reading! 2y
EloisaJames I recognize...all of them!!! I hope you have a fabulous reading blitz!!! 2y
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Bianca
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Taking a break from noveling during my lunch hour to devour some food and read this wonderful book. I know, I‘m living the life. #romantsy #nanowrimo

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CocoReads
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#bookhaul stack 2: I just finished Divine Evil, but I had borrowed it from my daughter. Now I have my own!

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Dragon
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#paperback #rockinmay Love ❤️ #romantsy paperbacks! Especially romance, mystery and thriller paperbacks 📚🐉

EloisaJames This is adorable--thanks!! I'm in a wild writing streak so staying away from social media...sorry to be late to the party! 😘😘 3y
Dragon Thanks @EloisaJames can't wait to read the results of your writing streak! 📚😍 3y
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MaidaMalby
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4 stars! Highly unconventional hero and heroine, witty banter, electric chemistry- what's not to love? I also liked the secondary characters and the fact that misunderstandings were quickly resolved. 👍🏼👍🏼

EloisaJames Thank you!!! 3y
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Bianca
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This happened yesterday while I was at work (which lately has been stressful and ugh), and I internally freaked out a little. Made my day.

EloisaJames Lol!! Hi there! I'm sorry about your stressful day. 😘 3y
Bianca @EloisaJames Omg hi! And thank you! 3y
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CrinolineDream
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Excited to start this series, Thorn is just as swoon-worthy as his father. 😍#romansty #romance #historicalromance

EloisaJames Just saw this--I hope the books made for happy reading hours! 3y
CrinolineDream @EloisaJames Yes! 👍🏼❤️ 3y
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CrinolineDream
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Reading historicals on the beach, it doesn't get better than this. #beach #vacation #paradise #romantsy #relaxation #kindle

CoverToCoverGirl sooo jealous..big sigh.. 😃 3y
EloisaJames Sounds wonderful, and I highly approve of your reading material!! 😘😘 3y
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SaraFlynn
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Look what my husband brought home! Wheeeeee🎉❤️Anyone notice a theme?

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ParagraphsandPetticoats
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4.5 Stars! - I always love a story where the Hero and Heroine write letters to each other!!! Also Narrator Susan Duerden did a fantastic Job! #OSRBC #romansty

monicab50 This is a great book...read it when it first came out. :-) 3y
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Mairi
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Next read. This book is quite unashamedly daft.