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Three Weeks with Lady X: Desperate Duchesses | [Eloisa James]

Three Weeks with Lady X: Desperate Duchesses

Having made a fortune, Thorn Dautry, the powerful bastard son of a duke, decides that he needs a wife. But to marry a lady, Thorn must acquire a gleaming, civilized facade, the specialty of Lady Xenobia India. Exquisite, headstrong, and independent, India vows to make Thorn marriageable in just three weeks. But neither Thorn nor India anticipate the forbidden passion that explodes between them. Thorn will stop at nothing to make India his. Failure is not an option.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best seller Eloisa James's fabulous new novel!

Having made a fortune, Thorn Dautry, the powerful bastard son of a duke, decides that he needs a wife. But to marry a lady, Thorn must acquire a gleaming, civilized facade, the specialty of Lady Xenobia India.

Exquisite, headstrong, and independent, India vows to make Thorn marriageable in just three weeks.

But neither Thorn nor India anticipate the forbidden passion that explodes between them.

Thorn will stop at nothing to make India his. Failure is not an option.

But there is only one thing that will make India his. The one thing Thorn can't afford to lose - his fierce and lawless heart.

©2014 Eloisa James (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 03-30-15
    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 03-30-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Great Story. Great Narration!"

    This was a great story. I really loved India\Xenobia character. Strong, smart, witty, independent. I really liked Thorne too. Handsome, a bit arrogant, smart and suave.
    They had some great chemistry together. Great sexual tension and attraction. There were a few very well written sex scenes too, so this is not a rated G book.

    The story line and plot were great, it flowed together very well. Lots and lots of great dialogue throughout the entire book.

    I really got a kick out of Rose. She was 5 going on 30 sometimes, giving some LOL moments for sure.

    As for the narration, it was great. Susan Duerden has become one of my favorites. She reads with such emotion, whispers, yelling, laughing etc.. if the story calls for it she does it. The men sound like men and everyone get their own distinct voice. Wonderful job SD!

    Yes I totally recommend this book to historical romance readers!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Howell skippy 04-19-14
    Cynthia Howell skippy 04-19-14 Member Since 2014

    Tell us about yourself! I love books! Managed a book store for 10 years. Love my Kindle and Audible.

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    "Finally a good regency romance again"
    What did you love best about Three Weeks with Lady X?

    I enjoyed the plot, but most of all I enjoyed the characters. Xenobia is witty, cleaver and a breathe of fresh air. Thorn has a wonderful sense if humor and is sooo sexy!! Their attraction to each of other was instant, but for more reasons than sexual chemistry. However there was plenty of that. They both thought about others above themselves, but eventually saw the inevitability of a union.


    What other book might you compare Three Weeks with Lady X to and why?

    I forget the title, but their was another regency that featured a heroine that did not want to marry. She had a talent for decorating and was also thought of by the ton as eccentric. She fell in love with a scientist.


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

    Thorn and his ward ( and of course her doll)


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Not sure they make these kinds of movies any longer.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy a good regency take a look!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Indianapolis, IN, United States 03-28-14
    Kimberly Indianapolis, IN, United States 03-28-14 Member Since 2015

    I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything

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    "Wonderful"

    Setting: London and environs, 1799
    Genre: romance
    Narration was great, because...Susan Duerden.
    Tobias "Thorn" Dautry, the bastard son of the Duke of Villiers, is looking for a wife. He's made his choice, Laetitia Rainsford, a beautiful well-born lady. Now he just needs to get his new country estate in order. Lady Xenobia India St. Clair is the one to do just that. At the recommendation of his step-mother, Thorn hires her to do her magic in decorating, staffing, and organizing Starberry Court.
    India, as she is known by family and friends, is smart, beautiful, and talented. Her talent for organization came out of a very disorganized childhood. She is the only child of a probably mad marquis and his wife, who were known for their flakiness. They forgot to pay bills, didn't keep a governess on an ongoing basis, and sometimes even forgot to feed their child. They died in a carriage accident when she was 15 years old, at which time India went to live with her godmother.
    We met Thorn in A Duke of Her Own when he was a 12 year old mudlark. He was rescued from that life when his father took him away and installed him in his own. Thorn played a relatively large part in that book, as the Duke of Villiers tracked down all of his offspring. As a bastard, he had no place in society, so he became a man of business, buying and fixing factories. He wants a lady of the nobility as a wife so his children will have more consequence than he has.
    This novel shows the growth of both characters over the course of the three weeks India is setting his household to rights, and through the house party to which his intended and her family have been invited. There are letters between the two that are quite amusing, as well as increasingly amorous face-to-face meetings. All of Thorn's plans are complicated by his gaining custody of the five year old daughter of his childhood friend Tom. While Thorn recognizes his friend in Rose, everyone else sees him in her gray eyes. So he has to keep Rose out of sight until he has Laetitia betrothed to him.
    This is a most wonderful novel. The main characters are three dimensional and substantial. Thorn is as strong in character as he is physically. India is independent with the strength born of hardship. Laetitia is timid and agreeable, but with a growing sense of self. Laetitia's mother, Lady Rainsford, is a bit shallow, but that is appropriate for her. The plot is believable and compelling. It draws emotion out of you through both action and dialog.
    This book is one I shall revisit in the future.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jonna 03-26-14
    Jonna 03-26-14

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

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    "Delicious Romance, Great Story, Lovable characters"

    Book 7 in the "Desperate Duchesses" series is one of the best and may even be THE best. Thorn Daughtry, illegitimate son of the wily and fascinating Duke of Villiers, is a character as fascinating as his father. The romance between him and Lady Xenobia India is charged with sexual passion and complicated by Thorn's plan to wed another woman who he feels is "perfect for him" because of her sweet and pliable nature. The sparks that fly between Thorn and India are amusing and delicious, as is their developing romance - a romance they both believe is doomed from the start. While this is easily a stand-alone read, the story is particularly rich for those who have been following the series as it brings back many characters for substantial roles in the plot. Just the interaction between The Duke of Villiers and his oldest "bastard" child, now grown, is priceless. I have given this the highest rating possible because it is just that well-conceived and well-written. If you haven't read any of the earlier books, it would be especially helpful to at least read "A Duke of Her Own" if you want to pursue the larger story. But this is a nearly perfect book all on it's own, and Eloisa James at her best.

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    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 03-31-14
    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 03-31-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Soooooo cute!"

    I think we can all agree that the times were really hard on women even 100 years ago. Men had it all and women were chaperoned and watched so carefully because most girls seemed so susceptible to “sin” and ruination. And it was ridiculous that the Ton’s standards dictated keeping employment out of the aristocracy. Well this story is also about those limitations and forgoing of one’s chastity over the desire to experience passion. But then again, the men in our historical romances never disappoint so an offer of marriage is always accompanied with the indiscretions. This book had some very funny lines and I enjoyed reading it. A definite 4.5 but since we can’t score like that I just gave it a 5. It won’t disappoint.

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    Mina Florida 01-16-15
    Mina Florida 01-16-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Fantastic listen, the narrator is excellent"

    Susan Duerden is one of the best narrators I have listened to, I do not know if the story is all that interesting or original but she infuses life into each and every character. It is a pleasure to listen to the sensual male voices . The children sound sweet and believable too.

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    Micky 11-17-14
    Micky 11-17-14
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I liked the way the story developed showing 2 entrepreneurs, India and Thorn, making a better life for themselves despite what happened to them as children. The book is very enjoyable showing how they meet, and I loved the tenderness between Tobias/Thorn and the little girl, Rose.


    What about Susan Duerden’s performance did you like?

    She always does a good job, especially the children's part.


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

    Yes, I enjoyed Thorn's character the way I enjoyed his father's (Leopold) character in the previous books. I loved the notes that India and Thorn kept sending to one another. There was a lot of humor in them. You could see where the relationship was heading.


    Any additional comments?

    Lala's mother was insane. I appreciated how her character was dealt with. I did not like the part when Thorn and his friends went back to the river to search for India's mother jewels. That was bit much for me. I enjoyed the relationship between Tobias/Thorn and his father, Leopold. History did seem to repeat itself. I am anxious for the next installment about Evander, Thorn's friend.

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    Grace Albany, NY, United States 09-19-14
    Grace Albany, NY, United States 09-19-14

    In search of the next great Cindarella story

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    "Very nicely done"
    Where does Three Weeks with Lady X rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 10 for sure


    What did you like best about this story?

    it was well written, characters were believable, good romance and tension


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to read another book from this author

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    anne Mililani, HI, United States 07-06-14
    anne Mililani, HI, United States 07-06-14 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Great Writer and Great Reader"

    I love Eloisa James' books. She has a way of making her characters come to life as if the reader was glimpsing into people's windows and watching their lives unfold. The author does not follow a scripted type of character. Each book introduces people with different types of personalities and backgrounds. She also likes to throw together unlikely love matches. India and Thorn make a great couple. And . . Susan Duerden is one of my favorite narrators.

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    Deborah Martinsville, VA, United States 05-28-14
    Deborah Martinsville, VA, United States 05-28-14 Member Since 2013

    My favorite way to get my reading fix when I am on the move

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    "Fantastic Addition to the Desperate Duchesses Seri"
    If you could sum up Three Weeks with Lady X in three words, what would they be?

    Three Weeks with Lady X is a marvelous read/listen. You will not want it to end. From the first introduction of Thorn to the Epilogue, the listener will want more. For all those who fell in love with the Duke of Villiers, you will fall in love with Thorn as well. He is definately a "chip off the old Duke."


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Three Weeks with Lady X?

    Most memorable is Thorn's immediate love of Rose, the daughter of his deceased fellow mudlark. His immediate acceptance of his paternal role and obvious love for her was heart warming.


    What about Susan Duerden’s performance did you like?

    Susan Duerden has an amazing ability to shift from character to character in voice, attitude and personality.


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

    I tried to and would have listened to the book in one sitting if I could have. It was very hard to turn off.


    Any additional comments?

    I am on my third listen in a row. I am not sure I won't listen to it again when I finish. Ms. James, please give me more!

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