A duke must choose wisely....
Leopold Dautry, the notorious Duke of Villiers, must wed quickly and nobly - and his choices, alas, are few. The Duke of Montague's daughter, Eleanor, is exquisitely beautiful and fiercely intelligent. Villiers betroths himself to her without further ado.
After all, no other woman really qualifies. Lisette, the outspoken daughter of the Duke of Gilner, cares nothing for clothing or decorum. She's engaged to another man, and doesn't give a fig for status or title. Half the ton believes Lisette mad - and Villiers is inclined to agree.
Torn between logic and passion, between intelligence and imagination, Villiers finds himself drawn to the very edge of impropriety. But it is not until he's in a duel to the death, fighting for the reputation of the woman he loves, that Villiers finally realizes that the greatest risk may not be in the dueling field....
But in the bedroom. And the heart.
©2009, 2011 Eloisa James (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers
You've got to love the Duke of Villars. He's come a long way since the first in the series "Desperate Duchesses." I only wish that the middle three books in this series were also available as narrated books; however, they are not. I had to stop listening in order to read the three other books in the series before finishing up with "A Duke of Her Own."
The heroine in this book is very outspoken and can handle Villars.
Susan Duerden is a great narrator and I enjoy listening to her. I strongly recommend this book for those who love historical romance novels.
Historical romance junkie. Who doesn't love romance?
I love how Eloisa James makes her characters flawed and so human. I found them very believable and likable. From start to finish I loved it.
The rich dpescription of the books surroundings and the emotional turmoil of each character gave this book real depth.
I loved her portrayal of Villiers. Even being a woman she made the character believable and emotional.
Yes and did!
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I liked this book. Not Mrs. James best but enjoyable enough. I guess my main issue is that the first half of the book is very slow paced. Then it starts to pick up and it becomes sexy and romantic as you expect from this author. The Happily ever after in this book is worth going through the first slow half.
Narration: Susan Duerden is one of my favorite historical romance narrators. Great accents, different and distinct voices for each character and she definitely adds feeling and intensity to the story. In my opinion this book is worth it if you find it on sale.
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A compelling, great story with heart-wrenching tension. Keeps you guessing til the end, even though you figure out who will be together, the issue is "how" will it all come together.
Stayed up til after 2 a.m. to finish it in one day. Wonderful love story.
Audio-fiction ADDICT !
Sexy, witty, and fun :)
The memorable moments of this book are definately moments of realization of truthful emotions. I like eloisa's style on clarifying the background emotions of each character. Loved it.
It's not as strong as her other books like
It ranks as one of the best. I have listened to it several times and will probably listen to it again.
Can't think of any right now.
I love her narration. She brings the characters to life.
It made me laugh. I loved Leopold and Tobias.
I was happy that Leopold found someone to love. I enjoyed his character from the very beginning in Desperate Duchesses. I can't wait for the next installment.
I love the hero from prior books, the vulnerability, the children and the heroine's courage and humor, and love for her pet and her family. I really love the subtlety in the author's stories, and that the plot moves along without redundant misunderstanding and obstacles.
Brings it alive. Gives each character a different voice. Didn't want it to end. I have read this book in print at least twice before but this really makes the characters come to life.
Susan Duerden matched with my favorite romance author is a winner. I wish the author's newer books were as good as her earlier ones. She had only one misfire in the very beginning of her Duchess series. She got better and this one was perfect.
I adore Eloisa James's writing...and when narrated by Susan Duerden, it's even better! They're a literary match I highly approve of.
I found the interwoven connections between books in this series to be particularly enjoyable. These recurring characters made me want to devour the whole series. These connections raised questions (interest) without making me feel like I'd missed something (other than curiosity)....very well entwined.
I found the romance between Leopold Dautry, Duke of Villiers, and two potential brides (each daughters of Dukes, therefore 'appropriate') to be captivating. The development left me wondering if Villiers would make the smart choice...and the way the plot developed, it was a definite page turner for me.
I highly recommend this whole Duchess series to fans of Eloisa James (and all fans of all Regency and/or Victorian romances). You won't be disappointed!
I love E James's books. This was another great book about a woman who gets jilted but is still in love with her lover and tries to discourage all others by saying she will only marry a duke. An eligible one comes up to scratch. Well, not entirely true. The catch is that he needs to decide between two women. So the race is between her, who is not as beautiful but is sharp tongued, witty and voluptuous, and another lady who is absolutely beautiful but is a bit "mad". His criteria is to find the best mom for his 6 illegitimate children. The story takes off from there with the ups and downs involved with not only trying to find the duke’s last two remaining children but also to work through relationships. A truly great read.
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The narrator is great! This Duke really grew on me as I read the books (I won't even try to spell it). I liked the female lead as well. Lisette was so annoying! (as she should be)
Don't start with this one. You need to hate this Duke for a while to appreciate his good side. Start with An affair before Christmas.
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