The Duke Is Mine

Narrated by: Susan Duerden
Series: Fairy Tale, Book 3
Categories: Romance, Historical
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Publisher's Summary

Destiny will be decided betweenthe sheets in this all-new tale of “The Princess and the Pea.”

For Olivia Lytton, betrothal to the Duke of Canterwick - hardly a Prince Charming - feels more like a curse than a happily-ever-after. At least his noble status will help her sister, Georgiana, secure an engagement with the brooding, handsome Tarquin, Duke of Sconce,a perfect match for her in every way... every way but one. Tarquin has fallen in love with Olivia.

Quin never puts passion before reason. And reason says that Georgiana is his ideal bride. But the sensual, fiery, strong-willed Olivia ignites an unknown longing in him - a desire they are both powerless to resist.

When a scandalous affair begins, they risk losing everything - Olivia’s engagement, her sister’s friendship, and their own fragile love. Only one thing can save them - and it awaits in the bedroom, where a magnificent mattress holds life-changing answers to the greatest romantic riddle of all.

©2012 Eloisa James (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
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4 out of 5 stars
By Ramona on 02-07-12

Great Romance with a Twist

Would you listen to The Duke Is Mine again? Why?

Absolutely. Have listened several times already. A great, funny, wonderfully fascinating romantic book, with the disapproving mother-of-the-duke, and all. The characters are great with multiple twists in the plot. In the beginning, and most of the way through, you just can't figure out how all the twists will come out. The ending part was a little slow, but it was necessary to bring all the pieces together. I'd give it 4 1/2 stars out of 5.

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

She is just wonderful. Makes the different characters come alive. This was my first book by this author, but I bought the book half because Susan Duerden was the narrarator. She's one on the best!

Any additional comments?

This was my first book by Eloisa James. I'm definitely buying some more books by her.

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7 people found this helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Yvette on 12-01-13

Awe such a sweet, fairy tale! Loved it!

Eloisa James's writing is exquisite. Many times, I felt that I was taken away to an English country side because of her picturesque descriptions of the setting and background.

This was a delightful read about how the hero, Tarquin, Duke of Sconce, found his perfect duchess. For the duke the connection to Olivia Lytton was as quick as lightening when he first met her as she came to his door step one stormy night soaked through and ah-hem.....very indisposed. So pretty much the chemistry was on-fire immediately between the two. The problem presented in this story is that there are 2 dukes for 2 sisters, but the matches between these couples are all wrong.

I loved the challenge presented immediately in these mismatched couples as all of the characters were seeking some type of fulfillment while trying to please their parents.

It was so tricky as to how the resolution came about because the love between Tarquin and Olivia was the worst kind of forbidden love. I mean seriously.....Tarquin was Olivia's sister's dream, and Olivia was meant for another. Olivia was betrothed to the Rupert, Duke of Canterwick and it was clearly not going to be a fulfilling marriage, yet Olivia was very kind and caring toward Rupert and his predicament. I really liked how everything resolved itself.

In reading this fairy tale series, I have found that I really LOVE the verbally-intelligent characters James creates. Just as in "WHen Beauty Tamed the Beast" the verbal sparing and banter is excellent between the leads. I loved the quips, the metaphors, the innuendos, and so many twists of language that made this read so enjoyable! I love it when there are really smart, funny, sassy, and memorable leads in a love story; and Tarquin and Olivia were just fabulous.

I did not like the part of the book that covered the couples trip to France. I got turned off when Olivia pushed Tarquin into allowing her to come with him to rescue Rupert. It was a stupid move that endangered herself & Tarquin. However, part of that is just that Tarquin can't seem to say no to the girl LOL...(so it's his fault too). I just kept telling myself that James must have thought that the story needed a more dramatic conflict aside from the relationship conflicts already presented in the book. So...oh worked out.

The epilogue was great because it gave you a sense of the HEA for all of the characters including the dowager duchess, Tarquin's mom. I love how even though she was diametrically opposed to Tarquin & Olivia's the end she was thankful for indirectly being responsible for Olivia coming to their home and meeting her prince charming.

Nice HEA..... I have to read some more of James' books in between darker books because her books are smart, funny and overall enjoyable reads...

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5 out of 5 stars
By Think about this on 09-07-12

A real surprise, loved it!

I downloaded this book from a sale, and put off listening to it. When I finally did, I had a hard time leaving it. The characters are so much fun, I loved it. The English banter is so amusing, that I found myself laughing out loud several times, along with plenty of drama. It's like watching a stage play, because most of the book is interaction of the characters. Not much in the way of history, or setting scenes, but delving into the lives and thoughts of the main characters. The narrator does a great job, with all the voices, and coming across with the wit and moods implied.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Joseph on 01-12-12

Beautiful story

I love this book. The story line prove that two people with different ideas, hobbies and personalities, can and will fall in love. So far, out of all hers books I had read (listening is a better description), this is my favorite with a "Kiss at Midnight" comes a close second. Please keep giving us such wonderful stories.
No Joseph but Pat.

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6 people found this helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹 on 04-09-13


I love EJ's historical romances and this one was gearing up to be one of her best - I even thought about doing a cardinal sin and listening to the end chapter at one point even tho I knew it had to be a happily ever after romance.

What I just couldn't get my head around was the farcical trip to France during wartime and how she spoke to everyone there and what happened - absolutely ridiculous. There was romance, passion, thrills, a bit of humour, sad times and some sex too.

Worth a credit? Ohhhh it's one of those YES and No's - and I'm going with YES despite the chapters when their in France because I did enjoy all the rest of it and I love the series.... so I forgive you EJ for the crazy France trip.

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9 people found this helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Malena on 07-26-12

Worst romance I've read in a while.

What would have made The Duke Is Mine better?

The entire story consists of the heroine complaining about how fat she is. "I'm so fat blah blah blah. No one could love me. My breasts are too big" etc....Not only was she a fatty, but she had a terrible personality. She's rude, insensitive, and has no thought for her family.

Her twin sister is kind, funny, generous, and pretty, but no...the hero wants the mean fat chick.

The entire romance made NO sense. They had nothing in common and no mutual interests. She actually mocks the hero's interest in mathematics. The only attraction between the hero and heroine is that he gets randy looking at her fat rolls. The hero came across as some creeper browsing a fetish magazine.

Also, I didn't find it entertaining, hot or exciting to hear the heroine rattle on about her body issues. Yes, we all have them, but I don't want to have to listen to someone else complain for 10 hours. If I wanted to hear chicks complain about their low self esteem I would call my girlfriends, not spend an audible credit.

Would you ever listen to anything by Eloisa James again?

Yes. I listened to Beauty and the Beast story by Eloisa James and absolutely loved it. I thought it was sweet, funny and completely entertaining. The Duke is Mine was nothing like the Beauty and the Beast. I know it was supposed to be a "princess and the pea" type story, but I think Ms. James was trying to compare her fat heroine (the princess) and her twin sister (the pea). It simply didn't work.

What about Susan Duerden’s performance did you like?

She does a great job. Always.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was angry I spent money on the book. Disappointed that the book wasn't as good as the other books I've read from her and sad that I wasted my time.

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8 people found this helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Karen on 01-21-12

Your going to like ths

Would you consider the audio edition of The Duke Is Mine to be better than the print version?

First I have to admit I'm a huge Eloisa James fan. Her historical romances are like mini history lessons. She's spot on in the period she stages her books which makes them seem so real. From the description of clothing to the use of vocabulary and inventions the reader is swept away to another time and place. No mushy throbbing chests and heaving bosoms, her characters suffer from real people problems which makes them relatable and likeable. I loved every minute and was sad when it ended.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rupert, he was so honest and naive that you couldn't not love him. (a whole lot of bad grammar, but it fits).

What about Susan Duerden???s performance did you like?

I like her reading. Her English accent was pleasing and very concise. She made each character a real person and made me care about them individually.

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7 people found this helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Linda on 07-15-16


I love EJ but this story was hard to finish. The reader made it bearable.

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5 out of 5 stars
By BlithelyBookishReviews on 06-19-14


What do you get when you blend the writing talent of Eloisa James and the brilliant narration of Susan Duerden? A decadent, romantic, sexy retelling of The Princess and the Pea, one that's deliciously fun, start to finish!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Elizabeth on 10-01-12

James writes smart historical romances

I think Eloisa James is among my favourite historical romance novelists. Her writing is smart, funny, and I'm never disappointed. This addition to her fairy tales is fantastic. Her characters come to life so easily in our imaginations with her descriptions and the way she makes them interact with one another. I would recommend this one in a heartbeat.

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