Once Upon a Tower (Fairy Tales #5) (Mass Market)

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I look forward to each new installment in James's fairytale series of romances, and the newest (a retelling of Rapunzel featuring a young British woman and a Very Proper Scottish lord) might be my favorite thing she's ever written. She breaks genre rules right along with the hearts of her characters. For example: the conflict here? The hero and heroine have lots of emotional and physical chemistry, but are a disaster together in bed. This flies against everything I thought I knew about how romance novels work. But if you are a master like Eloisa James, you can do these things, and still deliver a "Happily ever after." (Jenn)

— From Jenn

I look forward to each new installment in James's fairytale series of romances, and the newest (a retelling of Rapunzel featuring a young British woman and a Very Proper Scottish lord) might be my favorite thing she's ever written. She breaks genre rules right along with the hearts of her characters. For example: the conflict here? The hero and heroine have lots of emotional and physical chemistry, but are a disaster together in bed. This flies against everything I thought I knew about how romance novels work. But if you are a master like Eloisa James, you can do these things, and still deliver a "Happily ever after." (Jenn)

— From Jenn

Description


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?

About the Author


Eloisa James is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author and professor of English literature, who lives with her family in New York, but can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. She is the mother of two and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight. Visit her at www.eloisajames.com.

Praise For…


Praise for ONCE UPON A TOWER “Exquisitely written, insightful, hilarious, and sometimes bawdy, this adroit, offbeat, music-laced, Shakespeare-infused take on the classic Rapunzel story will put cello-playing into a whole new light and a tower on every woman’s wish list.”
— Library Journal (starred review)

“Eloisa James delights again with a story that’s both sophisticated and sweet, featuring layered characters who walk right off the page and into the reader’s heart.”
— BookPage

“James’ twist on Rapunzel sweeps readers away into a fairy tale full of deep emotion while exploring the themes of self-imposed imprisonment, family relations, love, marriage and what is at the heart of any relationship. James wraps big themes in a wonderfully romantic story, beautifully written, intelligent and unforgettable.”
— RT Book Reviews (top pick) 4 1/2 Stars

“a symphony of delights for romance readers, a lyrically written love story graced with richly nuanced characters and generously seasoned with the author’s incandescent wit.”
— Booklist (starred review)

“Eloisa James’s writing is absolutely exquisite. She is one of the brightest lights in our genre...her writing is truly scrumptious.”
— Teresa Medeiros

“Eloisa James writes with a captivating blend of charm, style, and grace that never fails to leave the reader sighing and smiling and falling in love. Her style is exquisite, her prose pure magic. Nothing gets me to a bookstore faster than a new novel by Eloisa James.”
— Julia Quinn

“Eloisa James is extraordinary. With her sensuous and elegant style, inventive plotting and warm, human characters, she makes every book a treasure. A novel by Eloisa is a delicious treat that shouldn’t be missed. A wonderfully original voice in romance fiction!”
— New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleyps


Product Details
ISBN: 9780062223876
ISBN-10: 0062223879
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: May 28th, 2013
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: Fairy Tales