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A Duke of Her Own (Desperate Duchesses Series #6)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Serious topics, dramatic moments and hilarious happenings abound in this last book of the Desperate Duchesses series.

Leopold Dautry, the Duke of Villiers (he of the extravagantly gorgeous attire) who has appeared in each book, has always known about his six bastard children, and in his detached way has arranged monies for their care and fostering. But he has recently learned of his l...
Leopold Dautry, the Duke of Villiers (he of the extravagantly gorgeous attire) who has appeared in each book, has always known about his six bastard children, and in his detached way has arranged monies for their care and fostering. But he has recently learned of his lawyer's making off with the funds and carelessly disposing of the children who are scattered all over. At the end of This Duchess of Mine, Villiers has found his eldest son and spitting image, Tobias, working as a mudlark (i.e., one who roots about with other children in the mud of the Thames to find teeth and silverware for a man who controls them), and brings him home with him. This book not only is of Villiers' determined search for all his children whom he will acknowledge and raise, but also his seeking to marry a duchess to smooth the children's way into society. Eleanor, dowdy eldest daughter of the Duke of Montague has been grieving over the loss of Gideon, her "true love" to another and is finally ready to marry, but only a duke. Jemma introduces them. They enter into a trial betrothal and travel with Tobias and Eleanor's dog Oyster to Kent where Villiers' twin daughters may be in the local orphanage. They are houseguests of another "engaged" duchess, Lisette, an old friend of Eleanor's who is on the board of said local orphanage. Lisette is fairy-like and beautiful, Eleanor's beauty is hidden no longer, and Villiers is drawn to both of them. He treats Lisette with delicacy, thinking she might be better with children and Eleanor with enthusiastic lust, and his preference seesaws between them. The twins are found, thanks to Tobias' ingenuity and are doted upon by Lisette. Gideon's wife has died and now a second duke is determined to marry Eleanor. It takes Tobias and the dog, Oyster, to reveal Lisette's unstable character, Eleanor's love for the children and Villiers, and Villiers to come to grips with his past and reveal his hidden self. A Duke of Her Own, led by another of Eloisa James' strong women, is a fine finish to a host of memorable romantic tales and characters.

posted by srbSH on September 29, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Just Okay.

The herione is a bit annoying to me. She slept with both dukes and then wondered why none of them want to marry her. This book is so dragged out. It was almost as if she was trying fill the pages with endless words.

posted by 8213595 on May 29, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    Very good read

    This book made me laugh out loud!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2011

    Not the best

    The #5 in this serie is the best one, this was just ok. I think the romances of this author too slowly, sometimes even boring, when is near of the end, she run with the plot. This book was not too boring, but could be a lot better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2009

    Buy used. Not worth full price.

    It was OK. I was bored most of time.

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

    Another lovely book from E. James

    I've devoured Eloisa James's books, and A DUKE of her OWN was just as terrific as the rest of them.

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  • Posted September 24, 2009

    Hands down one of the best books.

    I have read all for of this set. I will keep this book forever in my collection. I will also be buying all the rest of her books. The first few pages were great it gets you into the book, With all the information you need if you have not read the first one, but just enought to refresh your memory if you have. While the plot is great and keeps you wanting more. It was the perfect book. The set is great and I am onto Miss Martin's School for Girls now. I cant wait to start this set of books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2009

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    Favorite of the Series

    This was the best of the Duchesses series and a great way to end it.
    Great redemption of a character and so believable.

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  • Posted August 23, 2009

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    A Duke Of Her Own

    From Back: Leopold Dautry, the notorious Duke of Villers, must wed quickly and nobly--and his choices, alas are few. The Duke of Montague's daughter, Eleanor, is exquisitely beautiful and fiercely intelligent, Villers 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. Half the ton believes Lisette mad--and Villers is inclined to agree.

    I loved this book, and it's the last of the Desperate Duchesses series. All through the series I had believed Villers older than his thirty-five years. I really loved how Lisette, went completely nuts during the last dinner. If any thing this was worth the price of the book. I'm sorry to now see all the characters go, I've fallen in love with each and every one.

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  • Posted August 11, 2009

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    LOVED IT!

    I absolutely LOVE the Duke of Villiers!!! I have been waiting for this book since Desperate Duchesses came out. Loved the book, loved the characters, loved the series. Definately a must read and it deserves a place in your permanent library.

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  • Posted August 2, 2009

    Another winner

    Although not action-packed, the plot remains lively through character interaction. The Duke of Villiers has been an intriguing character throughout this series, so his story already has the potential to tempt readers, especially those who've been keeping up with the Desperate Duchesses series. James does not disappoint. Villiers' attempts to redeem himself for past mistakes lead him into deeper waters, eventually leading him to make changes that maintain his basic character yet that make sense in the story. A skillful mix of plot, theme, and characterization, the novel entertains while prodding the reader to think about how human beings so often create the worst chaos through the best of intentions. With only a few trite plot devices, the story progresses well and provides a really good read.

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