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Imogen, Lady Maitland, has decided to dance on the wild side. After all, she's in the delicious position of being able to take a lover: a discreet male who knows just when to leave in the morning.

But Lady Maitland is still under the watchful eye of her former guardian, the wildly untamed Rafe, the Duke of Holbrook. He believes she is still in need of a "watchdog". She laughs at the idea that someone so insufferably lazy and devoted to drink can demand that she behave with propriety.

It's Rafe's long-lost brother, a man who looks precisely like the duke but with none of his degenerate edge, who interests Imogen. To Imogen, he's the shadow duke... the man who really should hold the title. But when Imogen agrees to accompany Gabe to a masquerade - whose masked eyes watch her with that intense look of desire? Who exactly is she dancing with? The duke or the shadow duke? Rafe... or Gabe?

Spend some more time with the Essex Sisters.
©2006, 2011 Eloisa James (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

Critic Reviews

"RITA Award-winning James' latest addition to her Essex sisters series is truly delectable. James' writing is graceful and witty, her plot delightfully clever, and her characterization - including the captivating Miss Gillian Pythian-Adams - is nothing less than brilliant." (Booklist
"James's considerable talents for clever prose and tight, breezy plotting are on full display, promising a perennial delight in each coming adventure of the Essex sisters." (Publishers Weekly)

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read it first, then bought the audio

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This is a great story. I love romances where the hero/ine is/are flawed. This is certainly the case in this one. Somehow you respect them more for being flawed than otherwise. The hijinks they get up to come across as pretty believable and at times very amusing. Erotic without being too graphic, tender without being mushy.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Very engaging

I have read two of the four books in the series and have loved them both. I especially like triumph over an addiction and anything related to Dukes so this book was particularly delicious to me. The topping to this cake is EJ’s passionate scenes. She has a gift for writing. A VERY entertaining book

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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This hero deserved a better story.

What did you like best about The Taming of the Duke? What did you like least?

The hero - Rafe, is one of the best romance heroes of all time. Honestly. I think the description is very misleading - he isn't "wild and untamed" in the usual sense. Instead he is unkempt, depressed, drunk and going to seed, but in spite of all this, he is a genuine sweetheart, and if you dig flawed heroes, you should do yourself a favor and read this book (it helps if you read the two preceding ones, "Much Ado About You" and "Kiss Me Annabel," too, since this book starts in the middle of an ongoing story).

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The most interesting: Rafe and his problems. The least interesting: everything else about this book. The story was weak - I believe the author likes to include a lot of literary references, but in this case, I felt it really weakened the story. The heroine was okay, but the fundamental love story is weak here and I didn't buy any of it. Many of the secondary characters are interesting but the story was pretty lame, so they didn't really have a chance to shine.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Susan Duerden?

Yeah, sure.

Could you see The Taming of the Duke being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I can see this as a movie or TV show. I don't have any opinion about the stars.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Average

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I listened to it while driving, so it was not wasted time.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Like most Romance, it was predictable. I mean, if I did not want a happy ending, I would not read Romance

How could the performance have been better?

All her characters sounded the same, especially the female leads. Her natural voice tends have a very breathy quality and that is annoying to me.

Do you think The Taming of the Duke needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I know there is one already.

Any additional comments?

It was not one of Eloisa James's best. I never really felt there was going to be any real obstacle in their way, so I wasn't really concerned for the outcome.

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this was very fun to listen to.

I laughed so much at the dialog of the hero and heroine. this whole series is very good. the narrator is good also. I liked the books so much I ordered them in paperback for my collection.

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Good read

Would have given another star except it's read with "he said, she said" which I find annoying in an audio book.

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callous

the vibe in this book is so jaded and tawdry. no one to root for but the hero.

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Lovely twists and turns!

The narrator is absolutely perfect for these stories! And the twists and turns are just lovely. I don't want to give away the storyline but it's wonderful how you think one thing is going to happen and then another piece is Added.

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love the book. Love the series 😊

The book has a great storyline and It's fun. The narrator makes the book easy and entertaining to listen to.
Worth your time and money or Credit 😊

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Best of the best!

Susan Duerden is one of my two favorite narrators (the other being Rosalyn Landor).

Eloisa James is among my favorite authors, as well . It's especially enjoyable, when two artists pair so well . This book is exemplary!

If you like historical romance with characters you really get to know (and love), wit mixed balanced with deeper emotion, and underlying literary references, this whole set of novels will delight! I can't decide which is my favorite, but i believe it's this one. Read them all! In order, if you can...
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