This Duchess of Mine (Desperate Duchesses Series #5)

This Duchess of Mine (Desperate Duchesses Series #5)

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by Eloisa James
     
 

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Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling romance author of When Beauty Tamed the Beast, puts a chilly, powerful duke in bed with an intelligent, beautiful woman…his wife. In name, anyway.

No man can resist Jemma's sensuous allure . . . Except her own husband!

Wedding bells celebrating the arranged marriage

Overview

Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling romance author of When Beauty Tamed the Beast, puts a chilly, powerful duke in bed with an intelligent, beautiful woman…his wife. In name, anyway.

No man can resist Jemma's sensuous allure . . . Except her own husband!

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. Jemma laughs at Elijah's cool eyes and icy heart—but to her secret shock, she doesn't share his feelings. In fact, she wants the impossible: her husband's heart at her feet.

But what manner of seduction will make a man fall desperately in love . . . with his own wife?

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

For the first four books in James's "Desperate Duchesses" series, Jemma and Elijah, the Duke and Duchess of Beaumont, uneasily sharing a home after living apart for years, have been key players in the romances of others. In this, the penultimate book in the series, the time has come for them to produce an heir and, if Jemma has her way, rediscover passion and fall in love once more. Jemma is not a chess master for nothing, and this fun-living duchess is determined to win the heart (and heal it, if she can) of her proper, straitlaced duke by making him choose her in the most critical game of her life. VERDICT Clever plotting, luscious sensuality, and witty, intelligent banter are the hallmarks of this scandalously entertaining book, which nicely sets the stage for A Duke of Her Own(coming in August), the story of the wickedly charismatic Duke of Villiers. James (When the Duke Returns) lives in the New York City area.


—Kristin Ramsdell

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061626821
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/26/2009
Series:
Desperate Duchesses Series, #5
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
244,191
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.82(h) x 1.07(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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This Duchess of Mine 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
Maggie7 More than 1 year ago
When I began the series of the Desperate Duchesses and was introduced to Elijah and Jemma's story I thought, "Oh God what a jerk". Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought Mrs. James would write a story about them but I must say I am so glad she did. I cried a few times and Eloisa did a brilliant job of explaining Elijah's background and flaws that there was no way the man couldn't redeem himself in my eyes. I have been a faithful fan throughout the series and glad that I was. Can't wait for Villier's story. His character has been interesting throughtout the series and I am his number one fan. :)
anoynmous More than 1 year ago
the characters have appeared before in other eloisa james novels. they are all part of a series so i doubt you actually did read this story before. gemma and villiers have had minor side plots in her other novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just think she writes great books and anxiously await every one. I thoroughly enjoyed this one too.
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
Note: review is based on an audio edition. I feel like this series is building up to the one story I really want to hear. With every book, my interest piques ever higher. I want the happy ending for the sexy and mysterious Duke of Villiers! Eloisa James’ Desperate Duchess series is best listened to on audio, at least in my opinion. Narrator Susan Duerden makes each character come alive with an infectious vivacity that is so charming to listen to. Unfortunately, Villiers’ story is not available to me on audio. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this installment, but it is a poignant and bittersweet story. It’s the story of second chances, of a long-standing marriage between virtual strangers who come to love and forgive each other for past hurts and transgressions. Unfortunately, I feel that the way these two fall in love is more due to circumstances rather than a true desire for reconciliation. But it works and it’s an interesting educational journey into the history of modern medicine. James’ research into treatments and conditions is fascinating to read and makes me grateful to live in the twenty-first century! Jemma is a likable and confident young woman and I like her rapport and assertiveness when dealing with peers and commoners alike. And Elijah is a kind man who once broke Jemma’s heart; his reclamation is believable and sincere and works well in the novel. But to me, the most enigmatic character is the Duke of Villiers, Jemma and Elijah’s close friend. He is quite the character and each book makes him all the more intriguing. Kind of like the sexy Duke of Castleford in Madeline Hunter’s Rarest Blooms series. I wonder what lovely heroine James has selected for him…
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like how they made their relationship fail, admit where they went wrong, apologize, and move on. I truly loved how fierce Jemma was to save him. My ONLY complaint is. I think I read about a grown Tobias in another book, but I cannot find nor do I remember the name of the book to remember what happened to him. However I have developed quite a liking of Ms. James wlrk of art.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was nice to finally have a conclusion to Jemma's story. It was very pragmatic about love, which i found refreshing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting and fast paced.
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I feel guilty but at page 111 I finally skipped to the end. This will go on my "Not Read" shelf. Ive read 3 other Eloisa James books and I loved them. This one will have to be revisited at a later time.... just couldnt get into it.
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I couldn't get into this book at all. Normaly I love her books, but one dragged on and on. I flipped threw and skipped pages thinking it would get better, but it was the same tone the whole way threw. It just lacks the personality of her other books.
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Gisele-Rossi More than 1 year ago
I have been reading all of the Desperate Duchesses series and I must say that of all the books, this should have been the most captivating and climatic of all. Yet to my utter disappointment, it was so flat. I agree with another review that the way Elijah's upcoming demise and the way it was handled was totally depressing. In words I cannot fully express how unsatisfied I am in this of the series. I can only say I wish I could get a refund. Alas, it cannot be. I must say that the book following this one is AMAZING! I loved it.
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