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Publisher's Summary

A Duke in Retreat
Gina was forced into marriage with the Duke of Girton at an age when she'd have been better off in a schoolroom than a ballroom. Directly after the ceremony, her handsome spouse promptly fled to the continent, leaving the marriage unconsummated and Gina quite indignant.

A Lady in the Middle
Now, she is one of the most well-known ladies in London... living on the edge of scandal - desired by many men, but resisting giving herself to any one.

A Duchess in Love

Finally, Camden, the Duke of Girton, has returned home, to discover that his naïve bride has blossomed into the toast of the town... which leaves Cam in the most uncomfortable position of discovering that he has the bad manners to be falling in love - with his own wife!

©2002 Eloisa James (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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Love Eloisa James books!

This book meets expectations! I love Eloisa James books! The narrator is excellent as well.

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Fun and entertaining listen!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, because it was enjoyable and anyone who likes this genre will find it entertaining.

What about Justine Eyre’s performance did you like?

She has a lovely voice, she brings personality to each character and has appropriate inflections in her voice that accurately reflect the characters feelings. There are narrators I just can't stand, but this voice I could listen to all day.

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

I don't do much sitting. But I am lucky enough to work at home and when I work outside the home can take my ipod. So I did listen to this consistently and only turned it off to sleep.

Any additional comments?

Don't expect an earth shattering story line, it's fun and light hearted with characters that are flawed but undoubtedly likable.

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Delightful Romance Weaving Conplex Web of Partners

Though this is primarily the story of Gina and Camden, who were forced to marry when Gina was 11, it is actually a light bit of "musical chairs" where husbands and wives who have abandoned each other come together and then break apart and then...find each other in different ways. Gina has spent her time becoming the gracious Duchess of Girton, while Cam has been sculpting nude statues in Greece. He comes home to England to annul the marriage, but of course it gets complicated. The love scenes between Duke and Duchess are particularly enjoyable for the way that Cam brings out the "wicked" side of the Duchess's personality. Meanwhile Gina's two close friends are pursuing complexities of their own between husbands and lovers. A delightful read.

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THREE FRIENDS WITH MARRIAGE PROBLEMS BUT...

They're not the 'usual' type for those days they are funny and outspoken with each other and they've got plans on their marriages. It was a romantic, light, humorous, easy going romance with very likeable characters.

Worth a credit? Yes, and if you like EJ's books then you're gonna think so too, as for me she's an automatic download.

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  • Lilian
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 04-20-12

Simple, romantic and makes you feel all right...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it is very well written and romantic, as all her books are.

What did you like best about this story?

When you just want to lose yourself in a story, in a simple, romantic story - that you know that everything is gonna be all right in the end, and is well written... What else could you ask for?

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

Well, I probably have, but in the moment I don't remember if I liked or not. I liked this one. I just fix in the memory the narrators that I REALLY like and those that I REALLY don't like. The in between, sometimes I remember, sometimes I don't.

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

Well, I stopped to listen and to read other books - but I am a multitasker - so I can not say that. So it doesn't mean anything. It's a very good book.

Any additional comments?

The Fairy Tale series is very good. In fact, until this moment I prefer those books to this, but I only read the first one, so it is not fair to compair...

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Narrator makes this for me unlistenable

I don’t like the nasally tone of the narrator. Almost like pretending to speak with British accent

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  • bebe
  • South Carolina
  • 05-31-18

Fantastic, Delicious, Wonderful - SO GOOD

Really loved it. Listened straight through for 12 hours because I fell in love with the story and the characters. Main couple are Geni and Camden, the Duchess and her Duke. They were forced into marriage when Geni was 11 years old and Camden jumped straight out of the window and ran away to Greece where he stayed for 12 years. Of course the marriage was never consummated. He comes back to England when Geni tells him she want an annulment so that she can marry a nobleman who loves her for her purity and beauty. The nobleman is a real stick in the mud moralistic man, but quite handsome, good, rich and in love with Geni. There are four main women characters in the book - .Genii and her 4 friends. All are married but not with their husbands for various reasons. There are 4 or 5 main male characters - the husbands and lovers of the 4 main women. There are many supporting characters, but they are all easily kept track of because they are so distinct. All are gathered at a house party where Geni and Cam are working out their annulment, and where everyone else is working out one thing or another. Great things are happening!!!

The Cam and Geni characters are beyond likable - I love them. Their passion is strong, but so is Geni's desire for her betrothed nobleman. The energy of the book is astounding and I was totally mesmerized. Don't miss this if you love a good passionate and complex romance. It is also performed masterfully by Justine Erye. She has a great reading style and gives all distinct voices. She is excellent with both male and female voices.

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Love Justine Eyre and even she could not save this book.

Not sure about the characters in this book. One who sleeps with best friends fiancé without much remorse at all and one who acts like a child telling her husband she is in love with another man when she is only trying to get her husband jealous enough to come after her (huh?) and yet another who quickly tries to get sacked by a husband she had not seen since she was 11 even though she goes around announcing to everyone she is engaged to another when she is married to the Duke. Just a silly ridiculous story far from believable. Ok I understand all these stories are fantasies but as a measure of escape should the characters at least be a bit more moral and mature?

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Pretty Good.

The narrator had a tendency to mumble some of the words, almost like Thurston Howell III on Gilligan's Island. I wasn't fond of how she voiced Camden's character but, overall it was a good book to listen to while fighting traffic. The story is slow in the beginning but does pick up after about the 4th or 5th chapter.

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  • Avis
  • Kernersville, NC, United States
  • 08-29-12

Crazy Love

If you could sum up Duchess in Love in three words, what would they be?

Funny, gripping and delightful

What was one of the most memorable moments of Duchess in Love?

When Emis husband died in her room the first and only night she slept with him in hopes to have a legitimate heir. OMG it was a laugh out loud moment, even though I felt bad for the poor man... The circumstances leading up to the events, were too funny...

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

She is pretty good. I enjoy her.

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

When Carola confessed her love to Topey.

Any additional comments?

The "Man of Business" was assigned a tough task. He deserved a raised after the painfully embarrassing situation in which he found himself. The HOT Bath was definitely a good choice. The love scenes were mild but nice. The lack of Steamy love scenes did not diminish my enjoyment. But, I did miss them.

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