This Duchess of Mine (Desperate Duchesses Series #5)

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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)....

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Overview

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?

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Editorial Reviews

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061626821
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/26/2009
  • Series: Desperate Duchesses Series, #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 170,961
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Eloisa James

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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  • Posted May 30, 2009

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    Elijah I Forgive You!

    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. :)

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2009

    Response to a little confused

    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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

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    Disappointed

    This book was disappointing. It was long and boring and the whole thing was about her freaking out because her husband was dying....not exactly romantic as much depressing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2009

    I love all of her books

    I just think she writes great books and anxiously await every one. I thoroughly enjoyed this one too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2009

    Another great book!!!

    As usual Eloisa James does not dissapoints. I waited for this book for a long time and read it in one day. Yes, I am done already... I love it, great story and great fun.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2015

    Note: review is based on an audio edition. I feel like this seri

    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

    Posted November 12, 2014

    Loved it.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2014

    I always love eloise

    It was nice to finally have a conclusion to Jemma's story. It was very pragmatic about love, which i found refreshing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    This book is wonderful.

    This book is wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Recommend

    Interesting and fast paced.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    Guilty

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    Boring

    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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  • Posted May 17, 2011

    incredibly disappointed..

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2011

    Very Good!!!

    I red just #3 and #4 before this book in this serie and this is far better than the others, although, still a little slow for me, but still very good romance, worthy read.

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  • Posted May 22, 2010

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    What Happened??!!

    Eliosa James was once one of my FAVORITE AUTHORS but her Desperate Duchesses Series is barely readable. What a shame!

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  • Posted November 30, 2009

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    Jemma finally gets everything!

    I had to read 4 books before this one to get to Jemma's story. And this is my fav. I love Jemma. I do believe that she is my favorite romantic heroine, out of all the books that I've read. Elijah is a very good opposite for her. And I loved how their story continued from the first book to their book. You got to learn a lot more about these two characters than you would from just reading this one book. All the struggles and the evasiveness really pays off. Well written and if you have read the 4 before this one you must read this book!

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

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    it was fine, nothing else

    this book lack substance, whenever you thought something good was going to happen, it turned out to be something simple.

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  • Posted August 3, 2009

    Eloisa James - This Duchess of Mine - has an eye catching title and book cover.

    The story was in line with the title and book cover. Gets a bit confusing at first, but then the plot and the outcome make sense at the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2009

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    Delightful

    No other romance writer is as good as Eloisa James. A reader becomes totally captivated by her characters. I have finished her Desperate Duchesses series now and almost feel like I'm in mourning because I don't have another one to look forward to.

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  • Posted July 27, 2009

    Love it!

    All of Eloisa James Desperate Duchesses books are great. Can't wait for the next one!

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