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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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    Goldenberg 12-08-13
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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 2014
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    "wonderful"
    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 02-27-13
    martha 02-27-13
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    "greatest use of a credit"
    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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    Amber Shawnee, OK, United States 11-20-12
    Amber Shawnee, OK, United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2008
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    "SIMPLY AWEFUL"
    What disappointed you about The Ugly Duchess?

    Very disappointing! Hero is disgusting and leaves Heroine for SEVEN years and then decides he wants his wife back dispite his several mistresses etc....ugh!


    Has The Ugly Duchess turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no way


    What aspect of Susan Duerden’s performance would you have changed?

    Her villains voice is annoying


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not that I saw


    Any additional comments?

    Love the author but this was simply aweful

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    Jose Ruiz 09-01-12
    Jose Ruiz 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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