Desperate Duchesses

9 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 3,622 ratings

Desperate Duchesses Publisher's Summary

Welcome to a world of reckless sensuality and glittering sophistication, of dangerously handsome gentlemen and young ladies longing to gain a title, of games played for high stakes, including - on occasion - a lady's virtue.

A marquess's sheltered only daughter, Lady Roberta St. Giles, falls in love with a man she glimpses across a crowded ballroom: a duke, a game player of consummate skill, a notorious rakehell who shows no interest in marriage, until he lays eyes on Roberta.

Yet the Earl of Gryffyn knows too well that the price required to gain a coronet is often too high. Damon Reeve, the earl, is determined to protect the exquisite Roberta from chasing after the wrong destiny. Can Damon entice her into a high-stakes game of his own, even if his heart is likely to be lost in the venture?

©2007 Eloisa James (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Book 1

    • Desperate Duchesses

    • By: Eloisa James
    • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
    • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 779
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 648
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 645

    Welcome to a world of reckless sensuality and glittering sophistication, of dangerously handsome gentlemen and young ladies longing to gain a title, of games played for high stakes, including - on occasion - a lady's virtue. A marquess's sheltered only daughter, Lady Roberta St. Giles, falls in love with a man she glimpses across a crowded ballroom: a duke, a game player of consummate skill, a notorious rakehell who shows no interest in marriage, until he lays eyes on Roberta.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent start to a series!

    • By Michelle on 09-09-11

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 2

    • An Affair Before Christmas

    • By: Eloisa James
    • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
    • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 249
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 207
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 208

    One spectacular Christmas, Lady Perdita Selby, known to her friends and family as Poppy, met the man she thought she would love forever. The devilishly attractive Duke of Fletcher was the perfect match, and theirs was the most romantic wedding she had ever seen. But four years later, behind closed doors, the spark of their love affair has burned out. Unwilling to lose the woman he still lusts after, the duke is determined to win back his beguiling bride's delectable affections.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Book 2 in a series!

    • By Michelle on 09-11-11

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 3

    • Duchess by Night

    • By: Eloisa James
    • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
    • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 269
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 237
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 237

    Harriet, Duchess of Berrow, is tired of her title and the responsibilities that come along with it. Enough with proper tea parties and elegant balls; what Harriet really wants is to attend an outrageous soiree where she can unleash her wildest whims and desires. But to attend such an event - especially if the event in question is Lord Justinian Strange's rollicking fete, filled with noble rogues and rotters, risque - ladies and illicit lovers - would be certain scandal. That's why she must disguise herself.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Unique Story-Great Narrator

    • By Lady M on 10-16-12

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  • Book 4

    • When the Duke Returns

    • By: Eloisa James
    • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
    • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 255
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 230
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 230

    Married by proxy as a child, Lady Isidore has spent years fending off lecherous men in every European court while waiting to meet her husband. She's determined to accept him, no matter how unattractive the duke turns out to be. When she finally lures Simeon Jermyn back to London, his dark handsomeness puts Isidore's worst fears to rest - until disaster strikes. The duke demands an annulment. Forsaking his adventuresome past, Simeon has returned to London.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • This may be my favorite in the series so far!

    • By Queen Squared on 07-25-13

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 5

    • This Duchess of Mine

    • By: Eloisa James
    • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
    • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 245
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 219
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 220

    Wedding bells celebrating the arranged marriage between the lovely Duchess of Beaumont and her staid, imperturbable duke had scarcely fallen silent when a shocking discovery sent Jemma running from the ducal mansion. For the next nine years she cavorted abroad, creating one delicious scandal after another (if one is to believe the rumors). Elijah, Duke of Beaumont, did believe those rumors. But the handsome duke needs an heir, so he summons his seductive wife home.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A TOUCHING & PASSIONATE ROMANCE IN GEORGIAN LONDON

    • By CAROLYN on 11-02-12

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 6

    • A Duke of Her Own

    • By: Eloisa James
    • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
    • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 530
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 473
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 479

    A duke must choose wisely.... Leopold Dautry, the notorious Duke of Villiers, must wed quickly and nobly - and his choices, alas, are few. The Duke of Montague's daughter, Eleanor, is exquisitely beautiful and fiercely intelligent. Villiers betroths himself to her without further ado. After all, no other woman really qualifies. Lisette, the outspoken daughter of the Duke of Gilner, cares nothing for clothing or decorum. She's engaged to another man, and doesn't give a fig for status or title.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Started s l o w... Ended great!

    • By SIMARA on 02-13-13

    Regular price: $23.08

  • Book 7

    • Three Weeks with Lady X

    • Desperate Duchesses
    • By: Eloisa James
    • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
    • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 479
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 450
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 452

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great listen

    • By Minks on 04-07-17

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 8

    • Four Nights with the Duke

    • By: Eloisa James
    • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
    • Length: 11 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 526
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 482
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 481

    As a young girl, Emilia Gwendolyn Carrington told the annoying future duke of Pindar that she would marry any man in the world before him - so years later she is horrified to realize that she has nowhere else to turn.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • He's an A-Hole. She's overly insecure, Not good.

    • By Tracy T on 04-02-15

    Regular price: $30.79

  • Book 9

    • Seven Minutes in Heaven

    • By: Eloisa James
    • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 290
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 268
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 270

    Witty and elusive Eugenia Snowe has all society begging for one of her premiere governesses - except the powerful Edward Reeve, who bursts into her office with his arrogant demands. No question that Eugenia enjoys crossing wits with the brilliant inventor, but Ward wants far more than a governess. He wants Eugenia, and he'll stop at nothing to have her - including kidnapping. Will Eugenia lose her heart in the most reckless gamble of her life, or will she discover the sweetest pleasure she's ever known? All it will take is seven minutes.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another winner!

    • By Maine Knitter on 02-06-17

    Regular price: $30.79