Duchess by Night (Desperate Duchesses Series #3)

Duchess by Night (Desperate Duchesses Series #3)

by Eloisa James
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Duchess by Night (Desperate Duchesses Series #3) by Eloisa James

A Mischievous Charade . . .

Harriet, Duchess of Berrow, is tired of her title and the responsibilities that come along with it. Enough with proper tea parties and elegant balls; what Harriet really wants is to attend an outrageous soiree where she can unleash her wildest whims and desires. But to attend such an event—especially if the event in question is Lord Justinian Strange's rollicking fete, filled with noble rogues and rotters, risqué ladies and illicit lovers—would be certain scandal. That's why she must disguise herself . . .

Looking forward to a night of uninhibited pleasure, Lord Strange is shocked to discover that beneath the clothes of a no-good rake is the most beautiful woman in the room. Why is a woman like her risking her reputation at his notorious affair? And can he possibly entice her to stay . . . forever?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061245572
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/24/2008
Series: Desperate Duchesses Series , #3
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 258,619
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.40(d)

About 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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Duchess by Night (Desperate Duchesses Series #3) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Solstice-Ballad1 More than 1 year ago
Harriet--an adventure seeking woman who disguises herself as a man--well there's definitely some amusing drama here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eloisa James is one of my favorite historical romance writers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh! This is my favorite of the series! Harriet and Strange.... lol...I am only on page 88 and captivated by it...can't wait to see what happens...stay tuned
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got so caught up in the book I forgot to feed myself. Too good to put down
AnnBKeller More than 1 year ago
Harriet, the Duchess of Berrow, is bored with her privileged life. She needs a challenge. Thus begins her elaborate plan to disguise herself as a notorious rake at one of Justinian Strange¿s unique parties. Lord Strange entertains actors and actresses, rakes, scoundrels and ladies of questionable character. His parties are lively, scandalous and the talk of the town. Harriet is both shocked and intrigued. Jem Strange watches his new arrival with curious interest. Although the gentleman seems but a pretty youth, he is unaccountably attracted to him. Steeling himself against the young man¿s charms, he tries to distance himself, but is thrown together with Harriet repeatedly. How long can Harriet maintain her disguise before Jem¿s probing eyes?
Lynz_in_Love More than 1 year ago
I found this story to be very entertaining and endearing. Essentially, you have a bored female socialite who decides along with her friend to cause a bit of a scandal by going to a notorious rake's home for a few weeks. Between the overly touchy actresses taking up residence in the home, one stubborn male, and the sweetest little girl on earth, you have strength, passion, and the protection of love. It was a quick read for a Sunday afternoon and one that I will probably repeat again in the future. If you're looking for other interesting historicals, check out some of my recommendations.
curlyloulou More than 1 year ago
I really liked this story. Harriet and Jem were a great couple of characters. I also like how the author doesn't drag out her sickbed/deathbed scenes too long.
Daphsmomma More than 1 year ago
To really have never known your husband but you thought you did. Oh this was sad at the beginning when she found out stuff that she did not know. An for Harriet to dress up as a guy. WOW that was wild. Strange and Harriet are a well matched pair in this book. I enjoyed reading about his daughter and how he tried everything in his power to keep her safe. They go through an awful lot in this book. But in the end it pays off and this is my third fav book out of this series. I enjoyed reading their story and will likely just pick this book up again without reading the 2 in front of it..
duchessbyday More than 1 year ago
I love romances and for years I made fun of my mother for reading historical romances. When she gave me this book I laughed at her and told her there was no way I was actually going to enjoy this. I was WRONG! This is one of my favorite books of all time. I love the secrets and the lies. It's a great read. More Eloisa James!!!
daisy66 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. All of the Duchess series has been wonderful. My first Duchess book was in the middle and I had to go back and then forward to make sure I got all the books. Absolutely wonderful! It would be great to have more of the Duchess series. I recommend all of Eloisa James' books, especially this series. She is a wonderful writer and had me engrossed in her books just by the cover and her name.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A little slow moving in the very beginning, but once the characters have been established and story line set: EXCELLENT. I giggled through most of the chapters where Jem attempts to make a man out of Harry. I'm anticipating the next release.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is my favorite book so far in the Duchess Series. I loved Jem and Harriet two fun characters that you can't help but love. This book is a great summer reading.
Anonymous 24 days ago
This was a fun book to read! I am looking forward to the rest in this series!
Anonymous 10 months ago
Great book lots of fun
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AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
Well. I should have been listening to Eloisa James’ Desperate Duchesses series on audio all along because Susan Duerden is a fabulous narrator and makes this, the third book in the series, come alive with energy, seduction, and wit. She reads both the languid Duke of Villiers as well as the intelligent and sexy Jem with a husky, breathy, and intoxicating voice that just curls your toes. As I’ve written before about this series, it isn’t a true historical romance, but this one does have a central romance that dominates the story. And it’s a breathlessly romantic love story. Harriet, the Duchess of Berrow, is the plain and lonely widow of a man who committed suicide. She lacks self confidence and has an air of sadness about her, but she has a good and kind heart, as evidenced by her presiding as a sort of pseudo-judge in lieu of her local and often drunk magistrate. She has a reputation for fairness and openness and brings justice to all her decisions. When an opportunity for something different comes along, however, Harriet jumps at the chance. She will impersonate a young man to accompany her restless Italian friend Isidore, the Duchess of Cosway, who wants to make her long-absent husband jealous and bring him back home. Along with the dissolute Duke of Villiers (who is recovering from a duel suffered in book one), they will attend one of the notorious Lord Strange’s infamous country house parties at Fonthill. Orgies and all manner of debauched behavior are rumored and Isidore thinks it will the perfect venue for her scheme to lure her husband back to her. To preserve her reputation as a duchess, however, Harriet becomes Harry Cope, a very pretty young man. And to Jem’s horror, he finds himself wildly attracted to Cope. Villiers reassures Jem that Cope is merely a green young buck who wants to gain experience in the world. And so the game begins. I love the scenes where Jem teaches Harry to fence and ride a horse properly; her aches and pains contribute much to the humor here. But so do their lively and provocative conversations as they slowly get to know one another. I also enjoy Jem’s expressed love for his bright young daughter, Eugenia, a sweet child. The love between father and daughter is lovely to read and evident on the page. Harry can’t help but fall in love with both of them. Harriet is a wonderful heroine. Being at Strange’s house opens up a whole new world for this sheltered young woman. Her transformation is a joy to read as she enjoys herself for the first time in her life, meeting exciting new people and pretending to be a man as she engages in forbidden male discussions of science and politics. Jem is a complex hero. A widow who is caring for a young daughter, he surrounds himself with people of questionable character to fill his days and nights. And it was a fine life, until Harriet turns his world upside down. The romance between Harriet and Jem is exciting to read. Their love scenes are very erotic and playful, joyful and poignant. It is so beautiful and romantic, it often made me weepy. The Duke of Villiers becomes even more likable here and I look forward to eventually reading his story in A Duke of Her Own. As in all her stories, Eloisa James’ writing snaps and sparkles as she describes the Georgian period in its rich, crude, and ostentatious details of fashion and manners (panniers for example, and public urination). With each book, this series keeps getting better and even more so now that I’ve discovered Susan Duerden. Her slight Italian accent for Isidore perfectly masks Isidore’s self-consciousness while her reading of Eugenia is both charming and just child-like enough without being cloying. Bloody brilliant when listened to on audio. I laughed, I cried. I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took awhile to get into and then slowed down in the middle. It was hard to care about the main characters!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this series, and this book is a good entry. Liked the main characters, liked the peripheral characters, good storyline. I'm looking forward to the next one in the series!
cecirubo6723 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it
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Again i enjoy this author.
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