Author: Eloisa James
Provided Synopsis: To win her love…
As an extremely wealthy laird, Gowan Stoughton, Duke of Kinross, can have any of the maidens at the ball he attends. The only problem is they are all English and Gowan is not so certain they are suitable. He is accustomed to the hard-working lasses from his Highlands, not these dainty noblewomen who spend their days drinking tea or some other such nonsense. But then he makes the acquaintance of Lady Edith Gilchrist. Utterly bewitched by the emerald-eyed beauty with lush golden locks, he knows he must have her.
He must free her from her tower…
“Edie” had the misfortune of being dreadfully ill at her debut ball and barely remembers what Gowan looks like. Even worse, she accepted his proposal the following day. Edie’s only true passion is playing music—until Gowan writes a scandalous letter and stirs the most irresistible desire. Yet when they marry, Edie realizes her husband needs a lesson and locks herself in a tower. Somehow Gowan must find a way to enter the tower and convince his new bride that she belongs in his arms.
Review: Let’s be real: every once in a while you need to read a romance book, and when it comes to this genre then Eloisa James is your best bet. I typically find myself enjoying her quick reads because I am never searching for much depth within them.
Once Upon A Tower is a bit over-reaching the fairy tale aspect of the series it is a part of because there is very little of the story of Rapunzel present. Instead, we have two main characters that fill their time with things they deem to be important (whether it be work around his estate or her music) which leads to problems when it comes time to communicate. The conflict of the relationship could have been so easily resolved if both had come around quicker to the realization that in order to make a marriage work you need to make time for your spouse. I believe that Edie and Gowan both had a great deal of love and desire for each other, but they definitely had to learn this lesson the hard way in order to reach a happy ending.
Other aspects to their marriage are also a bit strained, especially concerning the marriage bed. This problem is again due to miscommunication and the opinion of time well spent, yet it offered an unexpected and realistic twist to the story. I knew they would figure things out eventually (for they always do), but I had never guessed that this would be such a conflict. Surprisingly, I was pleased by this since it muddled the idea of where I believed the plot of the story would go from early on.
I don’t think this is Eloisa James’ best or most memorable story, but it was quick and enjoyable enough. This is not a book that will give you profound depth or characters that you will remember for a lifetime; it just is what it is.