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Seven Minutes in Heaven

Seven Minutes in Heaven

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by Eloisa James

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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


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...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
James continues her long-running and multigenerational Desperate Duchesses series (Four Nights with the Duke) with an enjoyable romance set in early 18th-century London. Eugenia Snow, a viscount’s widow, is free to enjoy herself amid London’s social whirl, but she prefers to focus on running her agency for high-end governesses. When Theodore “Ward” Reeve strides into her office demanding a replacement governess for his orphaned half-siblings, she is tempted to be scandalous for the first time since her husband’s death seven years before. The attraction between Eugenia and Ward is instantaneous, and they leap into an enjoyable no-strings-attached affair. James avoids the cliché of a widow who didn’t find sexual satisfaction with her first lover; Eugenia talks frankly about enjoying the physical side of her marriage. Series fans who remember Ward and Eugenia as children will enjoy seeing them united as adults. Eugenia bonds with Ward’s kids and showers them with love, understanding, and laughter. She is honest about her feelings as Ward reassesses his prejudices and assumptions. Even though Eugenia forgives him far too easily for his mistakes, their romance is a fine addition to the series. Agent: Kimberly Witherspoon, Inkwell Management Literary. (Jan.)
Booklist (starred review)
“RITA Award-winner James (My American Duchess, 2016) woos readers with another irresistible liaison of lushly sensual romance and deliciously wicked wit, and her flair for crafting unforgettable, richly dimensional characters is the satisfying center of this scrumptious literary confection.”
Library Journal
Aristocratic Oxford don Edward Reeve, bastard son of an earl, has just sacked the governess and now needs a new one for his mischievous half-siblings. Naturally, Eugenia Snowe's agency, noted for its premier employees, is his preferred option, and since his former "unsatisfactory" governess was from Snowe's, he won't take no for an answer. But widowed Eugenia is the daughter of a marquis and not to be cowed, even by a man as appealing as Ward, who has no idea of her true social status. However, Ward is involved in a custody battle, so when Eugenia has problems finding a suitable replacement, he's not above whisking her away to his estate until a new governess arrives—in part for propriety's sake but also because he's always wanted to kidnap a woman. Although not directly aligned with earlier novels, this title features character links and a cameo appearance by the Duke of Villiers that are sure to delight James's fans. VERDICT Graced with stinging banter, delicious sensuality, and lively wit, James's latest Regency is pure magic. James (My American Duchess) lives in the New York City area.
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2016-10-19
When Eugenia Snowe, owner of the most renowned governess agency in England, meets Ward Reeve, a rich inventor and bastard son of an earl, he turns her life upside down.Ward needs a governess for his half siblings, and when even the elite Snowe agency fails him, he goes straight to the source—the owner, widow Eugenia. Ward's life is tumultuous. His long-estranged mother has died, leaving her two legitimate children in his care—one of them is also heir to a title—so he figures he needs a governess and a wife. Tackling the governess issue first, he enlists the aid of the venerable Mrs. Snowe, but when two of her governesses don't work out, he basically kidnaps her and takes her to his estate. Ward is the first man Eugenia has noticed since the death of her husband years ago, and she has never even considered marrying again. She enjoys her freedom and has no desire to put her wealth or the successful business she's built into a man's hands, as she'd legally be required to do if she remarried. But as she takes his household in hand and becomes entwined with the family, she begins to fall in love with all of them. Ward, who has lived abroad for years and not kept up with society, doesn't realize she's not simply a tradeswoman, but is in fact the daughter of a marquis herself. And while he's falling in love with her, too, he deems her unworthy as a wife despite her subtle hints to the contrary. Romance star James (My American Duchess, 2016, etc.) takes a complicated conflict and infuses it with emotional depth, then heightens it with sexual tension, loss, misunderstanding, pride, and class bias with an interesting twist. Any historical romance reader will enjoy this book, but James' fans will be especially pleased to revisit characters from the original Desperate Duchesses series titles—they'll recognize Eugenia as Strange's daughter from Duchess by Night (2008) and Ward (formerly known as Teddy) from Desperate Duchesses (2007). Another bright, delightful read from a queen of historical romance.

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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. She is the mother of two and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight. Visit her at www.eloisajames.com.

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Seven Minutes in Heaven 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Excellent read.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this book--but I always enjoy this author's work. BTW: ebook p 137-dialogue made me LOL. #half-mourning #howmanyshadesofgray
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Anonymous 3 months ago
The best romances seem to introduce new situations, and this one definitely does. A Lady who has the best governess business in London is kidnapped by an arrogant gentleman who believes she was a governess and can therefore handle his new charges. Needing some time away from her business, she decides to go along with him until a replacement governess can arrive. As a Lady involved in trade, her reputation in the ton has suffered, so it doesn't occur to him that she is anything but a governess, let alone a Lady.
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stanhope3234 3 months ago
I loved this book. Eugenia and award are a perfect match and their chemistry was off the charts. One of the best parts of this book was when I realized that I was introduced to Eugenia in a past book that I loved of Ms. James. I had to laugh when it took the mention of her stepmother and britches to bring it all back. Thank you Eloisa James for writing Eugenia's HEA!
grandmareads102 4 months ago
Eugenia Snowe is a resourceful woman who had the intelligence to start a successful Registry for Governesses. This is an unheard of accomplishment for a woman of nobility. After seven years of widowhood, Eugenia is restless and seeking a new challenge. She's never moved past the death of her husband. That is until Ward Reeve comes to ask for her assistance after his first Snowe's governess leaves in tears. He needs to care of his half siblings who are recently orphaned. To remain their guardian, he has to make sure they are well schooled in the social graces. Eugenia and Ward make an amazing couple. I loved the attraction and flirty dialogue that's constantly in play when they are together. The children, Lizzie and Otis, are vulnerable, afraid and very unconventional. Ward helps them feel safe and secure. Eugenia's loving nature, also, helps the children. She understands that they need to be true to themselves. I smiled when Eugenia made friends with Otis's pet rat, Jarvis, in spite of her fears. Eloisa James has a special talent that makes me love her characters. They are charismatic and full of life. This story was satisfying and pulled me into their romance. It's filled with passion, loss and humor. I enjoyed catching up with characters from previous books. It added to my enjoyment. This story came full circle and left me feeling contented. I loved reading about strong women who with spunk make the most of their life. Seven Minutes in Heaven is a special treat.
Anonymous 4 months ago
What a great story! Loved how strong Eugenia was!! Plan on reading more Eloisa James
Ariana1 4 months ago
If Eloisa James were alcohol she would be top shelf quality. I've been anticipating the release of Seven Minutes in Heaven since before the release of My American Duchess (I received an early copy of Duchess as a member of Avons Addicts). So, I've had a few extra months to think about, disire, and yearn for this novel. I can honestly say this book did not disappoint. Eugenia is my favorite type of heroine. I loved her personality to enjoy and appriciate the humor and outrageousness that is life, obviously owing to her unconventional upbringing. I also loved how she didn't lie to herself. While she was hesitant at times, she fully embraced what she wanted and didn't apologize for it. Ward, while I loved as well, irritated me on several occasions. I understood his reasoning for the decisions he felt he had to make, but he didn't handle it properly and was willfully blind to the obvious. Ward and Eugenia were so great together. They definitely matched and complimented each other in several ways. I think they made each other better. Ward reminded Eugenia to be herself and she helped Ward see that he was enough, illigitimacy or no. One thing I especially loved was when Eugenia stood her ground when he realized the error of his way. In a lot of books I always feel that the hero is forgiven way too easily for his words or actions. I think Eugenia did very well in this situation and I was nodding along say, "That's right!" I think the one thing that solidified a five star review were Lizzie and Otis. They were so funny, sweet, and tragic all at once. I was in love with them and I'm hoping that they find themselves with books of their own someday. This was such a great read. I love Eloisa James, I've read all of her books and can say that I have never been disappointed. She tells an incredible story that is humorous, tragic, outrageous, and filled with so much love. I believe her HEA and I always look forward to the next. Read this book.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Enjoyed every page. Worth the wait. Can' t wait for the next book.
janeeyre01 5 months ago
I loved this book so much. I enjoyed seeing characters from previous books all grown up. Love quirky characters. Teddy and Eugenia were awesome, as were the kids and rat. Seeing into the lives of previous characters made me smile.
HOTandSTEAMYaficionado 5 months ago
An excellent addition to the "Desperate Duchess" series. Definitely worth the time and $. Now I just have to wait for the next one...
MADreaderMD 5 months ago
I love that most of the Desperate Duchesses series have featured children and that the love for children (whether their own or not) has been a motivating factor with many of the heroes and heroines. Edward Reeve has just inherited a half-sister and brother he knew nothing about. He's got to find a way to bring respectability to his unconventional household and prepare his brother and sister for a life in Society. And he's got to do it in a hurry because his grandmother, the dowager duchess, is threatening to take the children away and raise them herself, even though their parents entrusted them to his care. Not just any governess will do, so Ward goes to the best registry in London, run by the lovely young widow Mrs. Eugenia Snowe. After even a Snowe's governess fails, he decides to go right to the top and engage Eugenia's help with the children. He assumes she must be a former governess and will be able to get the children over their bizarre behavior and begin their education. He doesn't count on her being a lively, beautiful, witty businesswoman who stirs his romantic interest and even his heart. Eugenia has always been determined to be the perfect lady with nary a controversy after growing up in an unconventional household herself. However, she's also always been an independent, strong-willed woman, so she didn't let the Society matrons and their vicious gossip stop her when she opened her registry service. Now it's the best in the city, possibly the country, and she's quite well off. Even though she still can't move on from her husband's death seven years ago. He was the love of her life, and she can't imagine finding anyone else who makes her feel as he did. However, she's recently begun to think maybe she needs a little excitement in her life, and a fling with a strong, handsome, brash inventor might be just the thing. The children are lovable, and their escapades are entertaining. They've been through a lot, and the love that Ward and Eugenia give them is really heartwarming. The romance is steamy, and the inevitable "dark moment" is heartbreaking. But a cast of familiar characters from previous Desperate Duchesses books is on hand to lend advice. You know it's going to be good when the Duke of Villiers shows up! I highly recommend this book for anyone who has read the other books in the series. And if you haven't read any of the others, you can enjoy this book on it's own, but it will make you want to read all the others too.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Eloisa hits it out of the park again. Loved it from first page to last?
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