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The Ugly Duchess | [Eloisa James]

The Ugly Duchess

How can she dare to imagine he loves her... when all London calls her The Ugly Duchess? Theodora Saxby is the last woman anyone expects the gorgeous James Ryburn, heir to the Duchy of Ashbrook, to marry. But after a romantic proposal before the prince himself, even practical Theo finds herself convinced of her soon-to-be duke's passion. Still, the tabloids give the marriage six months. Theo would have given it a lifetime... until she discovers that James desired not her heart, and certainly not her countenance, but her dowry.
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How can she dare to imagine he loves her... when all London calls her The Ugly Duchess?

Theodora Saxby is the last woman anyone expects the gorgeous James Ryburn, heir to the Duchy of Ashbrook, to marry. But after a romantic proposal before the prince himself, even practical Theo finds herself convinced of her soon-to-be duke's passion.

Still, the tabloids give the marriage six months.

Theo would have given it a lifetime... until she discovers that James desired not her heart, and certainly not her countenance, but her dowry.

Society was shocked by their wedding... and is scandalized by their separation.

Now James faces the battle of his life, convincing Theo that he loves the duckling who blossomed into the swan.

And Theo will quickly find that, for a man with the soul of a pirate, All's Fair in Love - and War.

©2012 Eloisa James (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Jonna Etna, NH 03-30-14
    Jonna Etna, NH 03-30-14 Member Since 2009

    I have a PhD in American Literature but my love affair with romance novels on audible is going strong.

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    "Fairy Tale romance with some LOL scenes"

    Obviously following the fairy tale of the ugly duckling turned swan, an "ugly duckling" falls in love with a handsome Duke-to-be and marries him, only to discover that he apparently only married her to gain her dowry. Countess Theo develops a makeover style that is fabulously successful at the same time she "banishes" her treacherous husband from the land, and he becomes a pirate and privateer. The story involves some farfetched escapades and resolutions (which are appropriate for a fairy tale), but if you read this for no other reason, read it for the hilarious bathtub scene of attempted reconciliation between the couple after a 7 year separation.

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    Goldenberg VENICE, CALIFORNIA, United States 12-08-13
    Goldenberg VENICE, CALIFORNIA, United States 12-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "First half was sooooo SLOW!"

    The second half of the book picked up and was actually fun and interesting but the first half was painful!

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    melissa empire, CO, United States 03-11-13
    melissa empire, CO, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Ugly Duchess to be better than the print version?

    Same


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ugly Duchess?

    That he loved her without knowing till it was too late


    Which character – as performed by Susan Duerden – was your favorite?

    The dutches


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderfully put together

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    martha pacific palisades, CA, United States 02-27-13
    martha pacific palisades, CA, United States 02-27-13
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Ugly Duchess to be better than the print version?

    The audiobook was way better then the book . Susan Duerden gave the characters New life and I could visualize each and every scene . If it wasn't for her Awsome narration I would this was just an other book to pass time


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    Jose Ruiz Homestead, FL, United States 09-01-12
    Jose Ruiz Homestead, FL, United States 09-01-12 Member Since 2010

    New to the audiobook thing, but I like it! I'm a huge Stephen King fan... Along with the spy/military type books by Brad Thor, Vince Flynn

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    "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder....."
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    Fun, witty, and a great old fashion tale made anew. I have resently just started listening to Eloisa James and have quickly become a fan of her work. Getting ready to start another of her series.

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