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Four Nights with the Duke
     

Four Nights with the Duke

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by Eloisa James
 

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Eloisa James returns with another fabulous romance in her New York Times bestselling Desperate Duchesses series!

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.

Evander Septimus

Overview

Eloisa James returns with another fabulous romance in her New York Times bestselling Desperate Duchesses series!

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.

Evander Septimus Brody has his own reasons for agreeing to Mia's audacious proposal, but there's one thing he won't give his inconvenient wife: himself.

Instead, he offers Mia a devil's bargain . . . he will spend four nights a year with her. Four nights, and nothing more. And those only when she begs for them.

Which Mia will never do.

Now Vander faces the most crucial challenge of his life: he must seduce his own wife in order to win her heart—and no matter what it takes, this is the one battle he can't afford to lose.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
04/15/2015
When her fiancé abruptly jilts her and disappears just before the wedding, Mia Carrington blackmails Evander Brody, the Duke of Pindar and the source of her most cruel teenage humiliation, into marriage. Mia has no choice; she must marry soon or lose the guardianship of her eight-year-old nephew to his greedy, tyrannical uncle. A temporary marriage to a man who can't possibly love her seems like the perfect solution—until Vander decides he wants the real thing, and Mia finds him hard to resist. VERDICT A smart, desperate heroine who will do anything to protect her nephew and his heritage and a hero worthy of the challenge find love and trust, as well as a surfeit of passion, in this latest from James. Sparkling dialog, well-placed Shakespearean quotes, and an engaging cast of sharply rendered supporting characters (especially a plucky youngster and a marvelous horse) add to the fun. Readers will also enjoy the cameo appearance by the Duke of Villiers and Mia's hilarious romance novel notes. James (Three Weeks with Lady X) lives in the New York City area.
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2015-01-08
Desperate to keep her disabled nephew and her secret identity as a writer safe, Mia Carrington blackmails the Duke of Pindar into marrying her.During a particularly humiliating episode when they were both 15, Mia swore that the last person she'd ever marry would be Evander "Vander" Brody, the future Duke of Pindar. Since Mia's father and Vander's mother scandalized society with their long-term affair, Mia would have been happy if she'd never had to see him again. So it's especially galling when, years later, having been left at the altar by her fiance, she has to strong-arm him into marrying her. Her intention is simply to enter into a marriage of convenience, allowing her to take guardianship of her physically infirm nephew, whom she plans to support through her lucrative, though secret, writing career. Vander, convinced that she's had a long-standing attraction to him, turns the tables and agrees to the marriage while setting his own conditions to assuage his battered pride. After they marry, he discovers he's wrong about her motives and that his angry retaliation has jeopardized his own future, since it quickly becomes clear that Mia and her nephew, Charlie, have become necessary to his happiness. And it turns out that they're also the targets of a diabolical relative, who may have been responsible for making Mia's fiance disappear. James follows Three Weeks With Lady X (2014) with a sequel that matches its excellence and intensity. With peeks at Thorn and India from Lady X, as well as other secondary characters and storylines that enhance and add texture to an already complex plot, James gives readers a welcome opportunity to revisit a popular community and flexes her powerful romantic storytelling muscles, somehow getting even stronger. Historical romance at its smart, poignant best.
Booklist (starred review)
“another brilliantly executed historical romance that splendidly showcases her flair for faultless plotting and flawless character development. Much of the novel’s sparkling wit is associated with the heroine’s secret life as a best-selling romance novelist”
RT Book Reviews (top pick)
“James proves that wit is sexy and romance is smart. Her latest Desperate Duchesses novel does it again with an unforgetable heroine, a masterful hero and a very wise little boy. This is a wonderful story filled with emotion. A real keeper.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062223913
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/31/2015
Series:
Desperate Duchesses Series , #8
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
91,028
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

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Meet the Author

Eloisa James is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author and professor of English literature, who lives with her family in New York but can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. (Her husband is an honest-to-goodness Italian knight!) Eloisa's website offers short stories, extra chapters, and even a guide to shopping in Florence.

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Four Nights With the Duke 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
janeeyre01 More than 1 year ago
Mia and Vander are witty and charming a great hero and heroine. Charlie, Chuffy, and the stallion are very enduring. I have waited very impatiently for months to read this book and I was not disappointed! I was great well worth the wait. Eloisa, NY Times Bestseller does it again.
zeeba More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Loved it! Another Fabulous, Fantastic and Emotional book by Eloisa James..
TheLustyLiterate More than 1 year ago
4/4.5 Stars | Hot Steam Feverishly frisky and wildly romantic, FOUR NIGHTS WITH THE DUKE delivers one of this year’s most astonishing and provocative couples. From their hasty, scandalous and deliciously debauched union until  their emotional and heart-poundingly perfect happily ever after, Mia and Vander’s tantalizing love story enthralls and blissfully entertains page after sizzling page. Still harboring an appreciative crush from meeting dashing and gentlemanly Duke of Pindar, Vander, in THREE WEEKS WITH LADY X, I was excitedly shocked and unprepared for the formidable, commanding  and unflinchingly unrefined Vander that we discover in this novel. This new and delectably coarse Duke shook my lingering infatuation until I was dizzy with lust for his savage demeanor, filthy mouth, and insatiable drive to possess his blackmailing bride, Mia. Initially enraged and embittered by his new petite Duchess’s cunning success in forcing their marriage, Vander soon realizes that the rebellious and utterly luscious “pocket venus” who stole his freedom is perhaps the greatest thing to have ever happened to him. Not only does Vander find Mia surprisingly and admirably intelligent, clever and courageous, he goes utterly mad for her alluring curves, innate sensuality and wondrous responsiveness to his touch. His fury is swiftly forgotten as acute attraction to Mia grows to dominate his every waking thought and action. Vander’s relentless pursuit filled with raw admissions and bone melting kisses gradually encourages reluctant and insecure Mia to embrace her wanton curiosity and wicked desires, allowing her to triumphantly emerge an emboldened and glorious enchantress. Their once terse agreement transforms  into four scorching nights that ignite a singular passion so intense, volatile and all-consuming that it’ll singe your fingertips! Desperate Duchesses Devotees are sure to adore this entirely addictive addition to their beloved series. And, for those unfamiliar with Ms. James’ unparalleled writing and crave high heat in their historicals, look no further! Not only is FOUR NIGHTS WITH THE DUKE a phenomenal introduction to one of the genre’s finest authors, it’s also a decadent gateway read to your next series obsession! Bottom Line: Read this book! Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The characters are engaging, the dialogue is snappy, and the romance is divine. I absolutely recommend this book. I could not put it down.
Brunette_Librarian More than 1 year ago
Horribly embarrassed as a teenager by the future Duke of Pindar after a love poem that she has written is discovered, Mia swears that she will find a way to have her revenge. Over a decade later, Mia is in a bind. Her entire family has passed away and she is left trying to keep custody of her young, disabled nephew. In order to keep her nephew from the clutches of an evil uncle, Mia must marry someone powerful enogh to stand up to the uncle while also staying respectable. Who else does she turn to, except for her childhood nemesis, Vander, the future Duke. Eloisa James continues her newest series by delightfully delving into Mia and Vander’s story. Always a wonderful ride, James has exceeded my wildest expectations with Vander’s tale. With glimpses of previous characters, Vander and Mia don’t seem to match at all. Mia begins her relationship by blackmailing Vander with evidence that puts his father in an almost treasonous light. Yet, you can’t help but feel this desperate mood is called for when you see how desperate Mia is to save her only living family.  Mia makes her living as a romance writer. I thought it was incredibly clever how James worked in Mia’s work with the actual romance of the story. It gave me a little insight into the novel writing process and allowed us to get even farther into Mia’s head and motivations. Plus it was just really fun to read her novel and how it related to her current predicament. I adored Mia’s story but fell in love with Vander all over again. He truly came into his own and was absolutely one of my favorite James heroes to date. Delightful with plenty of witty banter, Mia and Vander’s story was worth the wait. There are even some subtle nods to Julia Quinn and Lisa Kleypas, so keep your eyes peeled. This may even be my favorite James novel to date and is an excellent addition to her canon.
MinSM More than 1 year ago
I so enjoyed reading this book. It was fun, witting and the characters endearing. Such an outstanding supporting cast. 
MADreaderMD More than 1 year ago
From the moment that Mia Carrington is horribly embarrassed and insulted over a love poem by a bunch of teenaged boys (including the object of her affection), you just know this is going to be an emotional ride. Add to that the fact that she vows Vander is the last person she would ever want to marry, and you can't wait to have fate step in and throw them together. Eloisa James does not disappoint! I loved Mia as the unconventional heroine, who is secretly a successful romance novelist, making plenty of money in her own right, yet she can't take guardianship of her young nephew due to a clause in her brother's will. She's a practical woman who faces reality and tries to do the best she can to keep her family together. If that means she has to blackmail Vander to marry her in order to keep her nephew, so be it. Vander has determined to never marry except for love and only if he is sure the woman loves him completely and will never leave. His father's insanity and his mother's long-standing affair with Mia's father have left him convinced that marriage will be unlikely for him. But maybe this kind of calculated, contracted marriage would work better to protect his heart after all. Due mostly to the incident with the boys, Mia has serious body image issues. She is convinced that she is too fat, and she absolutely hates her bosom. Although everyone thinks she's charming, witty, and lovely, it isn't until she can be comfortable with her own body that she can believe Vander or anyone else could really love her. Admittedly, Vander is quite insensitive at times and does have to do some groveling, but it just leaves you wanting to smack him and yell, "Wise up!" This book has a lot of interesting side issues: romance writing in the early 1800s, horse racing, Shakespeare, dealing with disabilities, mental illness, and Mortal Peril. There's something here for everyone who enjoys a complex romance set in the Regency era.
sunnyatlantic1 More than 1 year ago
Mia is blackmailing the Duke of Pindar to marry her[ she even sprung for the special license. Along with her proposal comes a letter with her requirements. Vander, of course, destroys them without reading them. He sends her requirements of his own. He wanted to marry for love. To top it all off, his married mother had a long term ilicit affair with her father. I loved this book. Loved how the story unfolded. This book will make you an Eloisa James' fan for life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the characters, loved the plot, loved all of it. Hands down one of my favorite authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
dotland101 More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful story from Eloisa James. I just simply couldn't put it down, finished it in 24 hrs!!
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
Is it possible that each of Eloisa James’ novel is better than the last? I think so. When I first started her Desperate Duchesses series, I read the first novel and didn’t care for it at all. Part of the problem was that I expected a straight up historical romance and this series isn’t really that. Yes, there’s a central romance but there’s so much more going on; the intricate etiquette and rules of high society in Georgian England in the 1700s. Beginning with the second book in the series, An Affair Before Christmas, I began listening to them on e-audio through Overdrive at my public library, narrated by the wonderful Susan Duerden. She is most definitely THE author to narrate James’ decadent and colorful stories. Her voice is beautiful but, more than that, it’s a talented and nuanced voice. She gives distinctly different voices for many characters of both genders, including young children and older people. The stories just seem much more fascinating and intriguing when read by Duerden. After that, I was hooked and have been listening to every Eloisa James’ book in this series read by her since. Four Nights with the Duke is the eighth book in the Desperate Duchesses series and the third in a sort of sub-series, Desperate Duchesses by the Numbers. Essentially, it’s about the next generation, the children of the characters from the first six books. The parents of Emilia (Mia) and Evander (Vander) had a scandalous love affair for many years. On top of that, one mortifying incident when Mia and Vander were teenagers made the two frenemies; she wrote a love poem about him and his friends discovered and mocked him for it. Vander in turn, being an embarrassed teenaged boy of fifteen, publicly humiliated Mia and she has never forgiven him. Fast forward several years later and Mia finds herself at the mercy of an unscrupulous relative, caring for her lame nephew, Charlie. Mia also writes fiction under a well-known pen name and has become very successful. However, she needs the protection of a powerful man to protect herself and Charlie and decides that Vander, a powerful duke, will be that man, much as it pains her. But, of course, he will need to be persuaded. Read: blackmailed. Mia holds incriminating letters between her father and his mother that would ruin Vander and his dukedom and tarnish his reputation even further. Vander, of course, begins by resenting Mia but at heart, he’s a kind and honorable gentleman–the very best kind–and it doesn’t take long for him to realize all that Mia has endured (a broken engagement, raising a young child alone, the pain and stigma of the scandal caused by their parents’ affair) and to feel compassion for her. Mia has loved Vander her entire life but, after that youthful humiliation, she swears she will never love him again. Until circumstances force her hand in a desperate move to save someone she loves, but little does she know that she and Vander need each other. Mia and Vander are a lovely couple. She is a woman alone in the world but who has managed very well. But this is late eighteenth-century England and she still needs the name and protection of a good man. Their love is fiery and passionate and Eloisa James writes with sparkle and life. Her characters and dialogue leap off the page and Susan Duerden brings them to life. For the rest of this review: http://bit.ly/1NoyqCN
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the characters . The love scenes were great and I didn't want it to end...I will read more from this author .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like her writing style, its a nice easy read and i wish there was more. I love forbidden love stories!
SummerSnowFalls More than 1 year ago
As a girl, Emilia Carrington was forced to endue quite a lot for someone so small - among other things, a father carrying on an adulterous relationship with the object of Mia's affection and giving one of Mia's love poems about said boy to the boy's mother as a joke. As a result, Mia was humiliated and swore she would never want anything to do with Evander Septimus Brody. Fast forward a fifteen years and Mia is blackmailing Vander into marrying her. Temporarily, of course. Just until Mia can gain parental rights over her disabled nephew Charlie. But Vander has his own reasons for remaining married to Mia and instead offers what he believes she wants - Him. But only for four nights of the year. The tables turn when Vander finds himself falling for his enchanting wife and precocious young nephew. Now Vander must seduce his own wife into staying married to him! I honestly did not anticipate liking Vander. At first (and through much of the first half), he was a bit pompous, uptight, and incredibly arrogant. But thankfully his character began to grow into a much better person as he spends more time around Mia and her nephew - they truly bring out his better qualities. Mia herself is an intelligent, self-sacrificing woman who writes popular novels under a pseudonym to support herself and Charlie. As a couple, they are perfect for each other. Mia and Charlie's influence humbles Vander as he is given an opportunity to care for someone other than himself. He teaches Mia not to coddle Charlie so much and we get glimpses of what a fantastic father he will be one day. Although she fights it at first, Mia eventually recognizes that she is and always has been in love with Vander. Her marriage to him teaches her that she can rely on others for support and won't be let down as her father always did. This book runs the gamut of emotions - you'll laugh at the many humorous parts, sigh with pleasure at the romantic moments, gasp with fear during the more dramatic and intense scenes, and probably shed more than a tear or two for many reasons. As an aside, I would love to see Charlie get his own novel one day. He is absolutely precious and I'd like to read a novel about a disabled hero overcoming society's expectations. I highly recommend picking up FOUR NIGHTS WITH THE DUKE. I loved the characters and the plot was fresh and well-written. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audiobook! This is part of a series, but you do not need to read the others to enjoy this stand-alone novel. Originally posted at Plot Twist Reviews [dot] Com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm just in love with it!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another winner from Eloisa James. She never fails to deliver exceptional romance novels with excellent plots, great character development and humor. This book kept me engaged from beginning to end, and I can't wait for her next installment in this series.
KYRA14 More than 1 year ago
this book had me hooked with in the first paragraph. though her situation was less then desirable she kept on. Whatever it took as long as Charles was ok. this book has it all. passion, thrill's and plenty of humor. WAY TO GO ELOIS JAMES
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of the Desperate Duchess books, and this one did not disappoint.  Eloisa's writing style and sense of humor keep me from ever putting the book down until I'm finished. I read some of the negative reviews, and think that some of the difficulties come from not knowing the characters from the other books. It was helpful to have some idea of Vander outside of this story. I do wish that Vander was kinder to Mia, as it is true, he was a bit too cruel for my taste. And it would have been nice to read more of their relationship itself. But no matter, I enjoyed this book thoroughly! Thank you, Eloisa!
skelley55 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book.  Mia is a wonderful heroine.  She is exactly what Vander needs - someone that challenges him.   A wonderful Story!!!!!!!!!!!
ArizonaSunshine More than 1 year ago
Witty Banter. Likable hero (Vander,) and heroine (Mia). Not as rich or as long as Three Weeks with Lady X (first book in the series,) which I absolutely loved. That one introduced us to Vander. Even so, this is a solid four star read and not to be missed. Final comments; * I was pleased that Vander got his "own" book. * It was interesting that even though Mia was a successful romance author and independently wealthy, because of her gender, she needed to be married "to a man of substance" in order to become the guardian of her orphaned nephew. Interesting to read about the social restraints of that time and the limited options for woman. * The insider reference to Julia Quinn and Lisa Kleypas was great. Eloisa gave a subtle shout out to those two writers of historical romance!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eloise James writes another book that has an interesting plot and so enjoyable to read. I started reading and did not put it down until the final page. I cannot wait until her next book.
julieford More than 1 year ago
You can always count on Eloisa James to write a fabulous story and she has not let you down with this one. I absolutely loved this story. This is the story of Emilia Carrington who at 15 wrote a poem to the Vander Brody, future duke of Pindar. When Vander and his friends made fun of the poem and Emilia's appearance, she swore that she wouldn't marry him if he were the last man. Years later, Emilia is stood up at the altar but must marry quickly, so she blackmails Vander into marriage and he counters with his own rules which state he will only sleep with her 4 nights and only if she begs. Emilia swears she will never beg. What follows is a wonderful tale that leads to a fantastic love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago