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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Eloisa James returns to the Wildes series with a prequel about the Wilde children's parents, Hugo, duke of Lindow, and Ophelia, Lady Astley. 

Every duke needs a duchess.... 

Hugo Wilde, the duke of Lindow, has a drafty castle, eight naughty children - and no wife. Ophelia, Lady Astley, has a fine house, one well-behaved daughter - and no husband. Hugo takes one look at Ophelia and loses his heart, but she doesn’t want more children or a castle. She takes one look at him and heads for her carriage. Desperate to find a duchess, Hugo identifies an appropriate lady to woo. Yet when he meets Ophelia again, the duke realizes that he will marry her or no one. 

Now he faces the greatest challenge of his life. He must convince Ophelia that their blazing sensuality, his exquisite castle, and his eight charming children add up to a match made in heaven. 

When duke finds his duchess, can he win her heart? 

©2020 Eloisa James (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Delightful!

A lovely prequel to the series, this book was just as fun to read as I'd hoped! This would be a pleasure to read whether you've read all of the other series books, or none at all.

The narrator did a lovely job as well. 😊

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Dreamy prequel. As always great narration from Susan Duerden

My Last Duchess is a lovely prequel novella to the Wilde series. Hugo is a dreamy Hero and Ophelia a lovable and relatable Heroine. Love the inclusion of the rare, historical Frost Fair event. How magical a frozen Thames must have been! This book was a treat from start to finish.

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Good story, bad narrator!

Although the story is solid, the narrator sounds like a computer. There's absolutely no inflection throughout or at the end of most of her sentences. I completed this book, but will not listen to any others with the same narrator. Truly bad. Truly unfortunate.

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TERRIBLE narrator

This narrator is awful. All of the British narrators I've heard in the past sounded great, but this lady speaks like she's reading the news. EVERY sentence is a firm statement like she's reading a news report. Sometimes even in the middle of sentences she puts the inflection HARD on about every third word. It's hard to describe and it's even harder to listen to. I forced myself to listen to the story, because the storyline itself was interesting. Except for the long, long drawn-out sex scenes that I had to skip. Way too much detail. But the narrator is what kills the story for me. TERRIBLE performance.

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Good story....bad narration

I used to read a lot of Eloisa James romances and found her a talented story teller. Now I'm into audio books because of the flexibility. Ms James has been in the business long enough to know that the narrator can make or break a book. Ms. Duerden may be a good narrator by some standards, but not by mine. In this book, I liked the story, the flow, the characters and to some extent the dialogue. Unfortunately the narrator is in direct control of the dialogue. While I'd like to hear the other books in this series, I noticed that it's the same narrator for all the books. No thank you.

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I love it for my 2nd romance book.

I absolutely love the romance and I wish someone could love me like the Duke loves Ophelia ugh

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Sweet

I enjoyed the story. Different from most romance. Unusual for the hero to have 8 kids and two former wives...but it sort of works. I liked Hugo a lot. He did give up quick after Ophelia turned him down. However, she DID tell him to go away. The kids were all fun and I fell for Hugo when he put Viola in his coat and snuggled her asleep. SO sweet!

Susan Duerden isn't my favorite narrator but she did an ok job.

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Cute Story

This was a cute story, the best part was that it felt easy to follow along with. The plot wasn't overly done however the performance took some time to get used to. But regardless would recommend it to a friend for sure. Two thumbs up!

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Recommended for a light, quick listen

I enjoyed this book more than any other Eloisa James novel that I have read before (even though I am not a fan of the narrator, Susan Duerden). That is not saying a lot, since I have sworn never to read EJ again on several occasions. This book was in the Audible Plus Catalog, so it was free. I'm glad that I tried it because I liked both main characters. Hugo was gobsmacked by Ophelia, but she was a happy widow hesitant to take on Hugo's eight children.

The romance is sweet and charming, as are the children.

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Loved it

just what you would expect from this series, which in these uncertain times, is a godsend.