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This Duchess of Mine | [Eloisa James]

This Duchess of Mine

Wedding bells celebrating the arranged marriage between the lovely Duchess of Beaumont and her staid, imperturbable duke had scarcely fallen silent when a shocking discovery sent Jemma running from the ducal mansion. For the next nine years she cavorted abroad, creating one delicious scandal after another (if one is to believe the rumors). Elijah, Duke of Beaumont, did believe those rumors. But the handsome duke needs an heir, so he summons his seductive wife home.
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Publisher's Summary

No man can resist Jemma's sensuous allure...except her own husband!

Wedding bells celebrating the arranged marriage between the lovely Duchess of Beaumont and her staid, imperturbable duke had scarcely fallen silent when a shocking discovery sent Jemma running from the ducal mansion. For the next nine years she cavorted abroad, creating one delicious scandal after another (if one is to believe the rumors).

Elijah, Duke of Beaumont, did believe those rumors.

But the handsome duke needs an heir, so he summons his seductive wife home. Jemma laughs at Elijah's cool eyes and icy heart - but to her secret shock, she doesn't share his feelings. In fact, she wants the impossible: her husband's heart at her feet.

But what manner of seduction will make a man fall desperately in love...with his own wife?

©2009 Eloisa James (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 11-02-12
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 11-02-12 Member Since 2010

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    "A TOUCHING & PASSIONATE ROMANCE IN GEORGIAN LONDON"

    I love E.J.'s books and they are an automatic download for me, this has been a great series - but, to get the most out of them, then it's best to listen to them in order.

    The plot of this one is - weeks after they marry Jemma catches Elijah bent over his desk with his mistress, so she flees to France for 9 years until he summons her back because he needs an heir. She thinks she knows him but there is a lot that she's unaware of but she's willing to woo him back and he's desperate to oblige her.

    This, in my opinion, is the best in the series so far as it focuses mainly on the two main characters who deeply love each other but, because of outside influences, their relationship never runs smoothly. It's got romance, passion, fun, great characters but it's sad and very touching too. It also gives us an insight of London long ago.

    Worth a credit? Yes, it's a 'must have' for us historical/romance lovers - but please try not to miss the whole series.

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    Queen Squared Columbia, SC, United States 07-28-13
    Queen Squared Columbia, SC, United States 07-28-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Great Addition to the Series"

    Firstly, this book is part of a series. Due to how the series is written, you will need to start at book 1 and work your way through. Although "This Duchess of Mine" is (mostly) about Jemma & Elijah, EJ actually starts their story at book 1. So instead of telling each story independently, she weaves her stories together and merely finishes a couple's love story in a certain book.

    For the most part, I really enjoyed this book. I can't get into too many details without giving away the storyline; but there was one portion of the story--when Jemma comes up with a far-fetched plan to win her husband's affections--that I thought was ridiculous. However, other than that, I thought this was a charming love story. In these novels, you know the two main characters will eventually make their way to each other. But, EJ does a really good job of throwing in enough curve balls to keep the story intriguing and unpredictable.

    EJ & Susan Duerden may be one of the best author-narrator matches on Audible. Sometimes SD's male voices sound very similar to one another. But b/c of how EJ has written the story, differentiating one character from another is rarely a problem. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

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    Kristin 01-16-14
    Kristin 01-16-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Superior! (I'm in love with this series)"

    THIS DUCHESS OF MINE was incredible! Just finished listening to it, and I recommend it wholeheartedly. Eloisa James did an outstanding job creating a larger world with this series, intertwining the romances of several couples, with ongoing story lines I find compelling and enjoyable. The more books in this series I read or listen to, the more enamored I am with the series and with Ms. James's writing.

    Susan Duerden does a phenomenal job performing this book (and the series in whole). Her performance of male voices (each unique and easily recognizable--even before the tag identifying the speaker) and female voices are simply amazing. Her reading of this book increased my enjoyment many times over.

    Note: I accidentally listened to these books out of order, with Leopold and Elinor's story jumping ahead of THIS DUCHESS OF MINE. Savoring them out of order caused zero disappointments...just helped to fill in some occurrences I'm really glad I got to experience.

    Listeners cannot go wrong with any performance by Susan Duerden. Fans of Eloisa James will find this book (and its series) completely worth the time, credit(s), and investment.

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    LR High Bridge, NJ, United States 07-30-13
    LR High Bridge, NJ, United States 07-30-13 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Slow to start."
    Any additional comments?

    This narrator is like an old friend. I'm glad she's done all the books in the series (that I've listened to, at least). This was not the best in the series. Slow to start, it got more interesting later on. Maybe it's because you see part of this story in the previous books of the series. My favorites of the series are An Affair Before Christmas and A Duke of Her Own.

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    anne Mililani, HI, United States 02-14-13
    anne Mililani, HI, United States 02-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved It!"
    What made the experience of listening to This Duchess of Mine the most enjoyable?

    Eloisa James really has a handle on the personalities of her characters. They were an adorable couple and the performer had a wonderful way of changing her voice to suit all of the characters in the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of This Duchess of Mine?

    The dialogue between the two central characters.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Duerden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I will again.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Their meeting with Dr. Withering.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Torlundy Santa Barbara, CA 01-07-13
    Torlundy Santa Barbara, CA 01-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Couldn't get into it because of the reader"
    Would you try another book from Eloisa James and/or Susan Duerden?

    I'm an Eloise James fan but I can't listen to this reader. She and Ann Flosnik are horrifying for me. I can't past their readings. Sorry.


    What was most disappointing about Eloisa James’s story?

    Don't know didn't get that far


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Completely. That's why I gave up on it.


    Any additional comments?

    Get better reader's. There are good ones out there. I have dozen's of books I won't buy because of the readers.

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    Jessica California 01-01-13
    Jessica California 01-01-13

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    "Love Eloisa James!"
    What made the experience of listening to This Duchess of Mine the most enjoyable?

    Eloisa James writing is fantastic!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationship between the Duke and duchess really evolved during this book. At first I didn't care for the Duchess and found her flighty and shallow and thought the Duke was being cold and distant but when they really began to talk to each other and truly get to know each other it became clear that both possesed a much deeper character than it initially appeared.


    What does Susan Duerden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It actually took me a while to get used to her way of speaking. Her voice trailed up at the end of sentances quite a bit and it sounded odd at first but once I got used to it she was fine. Her voices for the charcters were excellent.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    At one point it looks like there is no possible way that the Duke is going to survive from his heart condition. I really thought he was going to die at one point and I couldn't help but cry especially when they decide to take the gamble with his life.Thank goodness for romances as they almost always end up alright in the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm can't wait to read the next book Villiers seemed like a pretty sexy guy(I can't help but like the men who refuse to wear wigs) and I'm excited to hear his story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa Wichita, KS, United States 04-25-13
    Theresa Wichita, KS, United States 04-25-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Irritating performance"
    Would you try another book from Eloisa James and/or Susan Duerden?

    Eloisa James yes, Susan Duerden no.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy Eloisa James books- particularly the fairy tale series. Somehow I had missed this title, so decided to try it in audio. Susan Duerden's performance was very annoying. Her voices and accents were fine, but every single sentence went up, then down, then slightly back up again in a nursery rhyme like sing-song that set my teeth on edge and has my neck and shoulders tense with bracing against it. I've listened to about 90 minutes and cannot continue.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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