The Duke Is Mine

The Duke Is Mine

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by Eloisa James
     
 

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“Eloisa James is extraordinary.”
 —Lisa Kleypas

In the capable hands of USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James, the fairy tales we loved as children take on vibrant—and sensuous—new life. With The Duke is Mine, the beloved author of A Kiss at Midnight and When

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“Eloisa James is extraordinary.”
 —Lisa Kleypas

In the capable hands of USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James, the fairy tales we loved as children take on vibrant—and sensuous—new life. With The Duke is Mine, the beloved author of A Kiss at Midnight and When Beauty Tamed the Beast gives the classic tale of the Princess and the Pea a delightfully romantic Regency spin. Fans of Victoria Alexander and Julia Quinn will simply adore this historical romance gem about a lady reluctantly betrothed to one duke but pursued by another; a tantalizing tale of love, lies, and one very uncomfortable mattress.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
James’s Regency-era rendition of “The Princess and the Pea” hits the trifecta of sizzling romance, engaging characters, and an enthralling, quick-moving story. Curvy, brash Olivia and slim, proper Georgiana are twins, raised by their social-climbing parents to be suitable brides for dukes. All seems assured until Olivia’s future husband, the dim-witted Rupert Blakemore, marquess of Montsurrey, turns 18 and declares that “he will not marry until he achieves military glory.” While he heads to war, Olivia accompanies Georgiana to meet Tarquin Brook-Chatfield, the widowed duke of Sconce and Georgiana’s possible suitor. But Tarquin becomes immediately enamored of Olivia, who must then decide whether to risk Georgiana and Rupert’s disappointment by returning Quin’s affections. Olivia is a notably affable female protagonist whose intellect and good humor make her stand apart from many of the meek women of her era. Only James’s weakness for modern colloquialisms (e.g. “wardrobe malfunction”) mars this endearing tale. Agent: Inkwell Management. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Engaged for family reasons to a sweet but mentally challenged ducal heir who is off fighting Napoléon, unconventional Olivia Lytton is sent with her lovely but deplorably "duchified" twin sister, Georgiana, to the home of the Duke of Sconce. Georgie will there be scrutinized and "tested" by the Dowager Duchess for her suitability to become her son's bride. The duke himself is more than willing to let his mother take care of such mundane details—until a storm-soaked, bedraggled Olivia arrives on his doorstep and assumes he's a servant. Hilarious references to the dowager's much-vaunted tome on proper aristocratic behavior and a cast of insightfully developed characters are highlights of this clever reimagining of The Princess and the Pea. From proper palatial English estates to wild adventure on the shores of France, this is a satisfying romantic charmer. VERDICT With rapier wit, bawdy wordplay, and a stinging sense of fun, James targets social rigidity, explores the meaning of perfection (and heroism), and catches readers off guard with any number of unexpected twists. A brilliant new spin on another classic tale; readers will never again look at peas, mattresses, or even heroes in the same way. James (When Beauty Tamed the Beast) lives in New York City. [Find the review of James's original e-novella Winning the Wallflower at reviews.libraryjournal.com/tag/xpress-reviews.]

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062021281
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/27/2011
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
740,913
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

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. 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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The Duke Is Mine 3.9 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 198 reviews.
SharonRedfern More than 1 year ago
The Duke is Mine is a book with many facets. Loosely based on the Princess and the Pea, the heroine, Olivia, has been engaged for years to the intellectually challenged Rupert. Olivia¿s mother, who is constantly quoting the Duchess of Scone, would marry Olivia to a warthog if it were a Duke. Olivia¿s sister, Georgina, is in the mix to become engaged to Tarquin, the Duke of Scone and son of the know- it- all Duchess. Olivia accompanies her sister on a visit to the Scone estate and when Olivia and Tarquin meet the sparks fly. There are several interesting aspects to this book. I was impressed with how Ms. James handled Rupert¿s condition. His portrayal was sympathetic, even when we knew Olivia¿s betrothal was not what she wanted. Rupert¿s father was also done very well. He and Olivia¿s mother were schemers but the Duke was all concern for his son and the future of the family and one felt sorry for him and his suffering over the son who would never measure up. This is a romance novel so it is never a surprise how it will end, but what is in doubt is how the eventual resolution will be handled. The story was masterfully played out in this case. I would have felt bad if anyone was left with a broken heart but that didn¿t happen. All of the protagonists were treated with dignity and it made the story so much more enjoyable. This book has it all-romance, pathos, snarky dialogue, steamy love scenes, action sequences, and all of it is wrapped up in a great story. I haven't read the other books in this series but I am going to do so after reading this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVED this book. I stayed up until dawn to finish it in one day. Eloisa wrote an almost perfect love story. I won't describe the story, because others have done so before me. I will share how it made me feel... I laughed, cried ove the Duke's loss, and felt redeemed at the end of the story. BRAVO Eloisa!
Drewfer More than 1 year ago
Eloisa James does a great job in this retelling of The Princess and the Pea. What I really like about her books is that the characters talk to each other. I love the banter between Olivia and Georgiana, and the whole issue with the mattress (oh, the mattress!) is hilarious. I've enjoyed every book in this series so far, and this latest installment is just as good, if not better, than When Beauty Tamed the Beast or A Kiss at Midnight. This goes in the "Read Again Soon" pile.
booksonmynook More than 1 year ago
such a beautiful book with a great story line and great ending. Eloisa James is a great author and one of the best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant even make it past chapter 1. I read the first book in the series and it was good, but this one is just awful i my opinion. Im glad i borrowed it from my library. Now i can return it without having wasted my money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have NEVER not been able to finish a book, but this one was beyond boring. The writing was horrible & repetative. Don't waste your time or money buying this book. Only reason i gave it a star is because i had to to post my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like Eloisa, but this was just ok.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! It was fun, adventurous and sexy. If you enjoy this book check out My Ruthless Prince, It's even better =)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this author but this was by far the worst i have read by her, i was greatly disappointed with the tedious repetition and the continous explanations that took away from the current story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have often liked Eloisa Jame's books. Not this one. While initially charmed that her heroine was overweight (and I don't mean chunky or heavy but morbidly obese), the fact that it came up in nearly EVERY scene of the whole book made me want to scream at the heroine "Stop whining and apologizing for it and accept who you are or lose the pounds!" I put it down and picked it up repeatedly, struggling to get through the story but it never improved. It was awful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will definitely read more books by this author. Love, love loved this book. Enjoyed the main characters!!!! Highly recommend!!!!
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AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
Book #3 in Eloisa James' sparkling and enjoyable Fairy Tales series is one of her best. Its well-endowed and outspoken heroine and the plot reminded me of Cleo from Caroline Linden’s beautiful short story, “When I Met My Duchess.” Olivia is a different sort of heroine. She’s voluptuous and plump; she calls herself fat but Tarquin (Quin) doesn’t see her that way at all. She has a zest for life. She says what she thinks, stands up for herself and those she loves, and she loves fully—her consideration of Quin’s mother, who despises her because she reminds her of Quin’s first wife, is admirable. But the last thing Olivia would ever do is cause a rift between mother and son. The sibling relationship between twins Georgiana (Georgie) and Olivia is very nicely portrayed. At first, I worried Georgie’s heart might be broken even though Olivia vowed not to succumb to Quin’s attractions. But I was happy to see that James didn’t write it that way at all. In fact, in the pivotal scene, we learn the truth about Georgie’s deepest desires despite her ladylike appearance and very proper manners. Quin’s mother, the formidable dowager duchess, wrote THE instruction book on being a duchess and how to comport oneself, The Mirror of Compliments, from which Olivia’s mother quotes often. Georgie and Olivia have been trained to become duchesses—they call it their “duchification”—but Georgie learns it all for sheer the love of learning while Olivia makes jokes about it but definitely takes it to heart. Rupert is a marquess, and he’s only 18 to Olivia’s 23. They have been promised to each other since birth by their fathers, who were old school chums. Poor Rupert is simple (having suffered a brain injury at birth), but he has a good and kind heart.  Olivia doesn’t wish to marry him but feels obligated to honor her parents’ wishes. She feels sorry for him but also defends him honorably. Their parents come up with the insane plan for Olivia to seduce Rupert to ensure he will marry her upon his return from the continent, where he is determined to earn his glory in war. Suffice it to say Rupert has some problems and they make a pact to keep what didn’t happen a secret. James makes this delicate scene both funny and touching. Brava. “In his how way, Rupert was admirable…He had his father’s strength of will, with an extra layer of honor that his father was conspicuously lacking.” (p53) Georgie is a candidate to marry the Duke of Sconce, Quin, and she travels with Olivia to their estate where Olivia and Quin form a love at first sight connection. Quin is logical, a mathematician whose first marriage was filled with overwrought emotion and histrionics that resulted in tragedy, something he hopes never to repeat. But Olivia makes him emotional and lusty, and she rocks his stable world, much like his first wife, but in a completely different and good way. The secondary characters are wonderful and memorable. Lady Cecily Bumtrinket; Quin’s adorable young cousin, Justin; Rupert, Olivia’s dim and adorable fiancé; and Rupert’s father, the formidable but devoted Duke of Candlewick. Even Lucy, Rupert’s loveable mongrel, is a dear. It’s refreshing to read that Georgie is no weak, shrinking violet. She’s a secret bluestocking who wants nothing more than to educate herself and her dearest wish is to attend university but, alas, as a woman in early nineteenth century England, she cannot. “Georgiana was an elegant piece of fine china, but in comparison Olivia beckoned like the promised land.” (p127) Lovers of literature will love the wordplay, poetry, and literary allusions, sprinkled throughout this lovely story. Justin, Quin, and Olivia enjoy a lively and provocative—let’s face it, hot—poetry conversation in one memorable scene. The romance between Quin and Olivia is joyful, funny, romantic, touching, and exciting. In short, it has it all, from Prologue to Epilogue and I thoroughly enjoyed it. One of the best in Eloisa James’ Fairy Tales series so far, though all have been wonderful and enchanting. “No prince is real if he obeys his mother.” (p289)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters are moronic and shallow and the story is slooow to start. Try one of her other books. They are much better.
GottaHaveBooksJF More than 1 year ago
Eloisa James' books are magical...and this was one of her best. I thoroughly enjoyed the action, crisp dialogue and plot. She's one of my 'auto-buy' authors. Give this book a try!
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I liked it. The book didn't go the way I expected it to.
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Good
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