Seven Minutes in Heaven

Seven Minutes in Heaven

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 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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062389459
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/31/2017
Series: Desperate Duchesses Series
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 204,977
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(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

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Seven Minutes in Heaven 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this book--but I always enjoy this author's work. BTW: ebook p 137-dialogue made me LOL. #half-mourning #howmanyshadesofgray
girlfromwva64 3 months ago
This is Desperate Duchesses by the Numbers #3; Desperate Duchesses #9. Eugenia Snowe is the owner of a registry office for governesses. She opened it after losing her husband in a terrible water accident 7 years earlier. Edward Reeve, Ward to his friends, is a brilliant inventor who is the son of an earl. He is used to charming his way into getting what he wants. Eugenia starts to have a problem as soon as Ward comes to her office without an appointment. He has been assigned a governess for his two young half siblings, but things don't work out. He is given the one he demands but he actually wants her. She refuses him, thinking another governess will put things right for his brother and sister. She enjoys Ward's company and talking with him but she will not do anything to tarnish her reputation. She knows he doesn't realize she is a lady, the daughter of a Marquis. Eugenia holds her ground, until Ward kidnaps her! He tries to convince her that an affair is just what they both need. He promises her that this reckless gamble will give her the sweetest pleasure she has ever had. After all, "all it will take is seven minutes". I really enjoyed Ward and Eugenia. I love their banter, their humor, the letters they write back and forth to each other and the big gesture he comes up with for her. I have to read more in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great way to end the trilogy. I loved the whole story line of this book. I loved that the heroine Eugenia was of high society but opened up her own business of governesses to the aristocratsy after the death of her husband. She was not afraid to be an entrepreneur of her time regardless of what others of the elite thought. She is strong, intelligent, and witty. Ward is not the usual male character that says he'll never fall in love, or have an heir, or one who never goes out into society. He is an engineer of sorts, worked at Oxford and dropped everything for his siblings. It is a nice change in the male role of historical romances, I appreciated that. I loved that Ward kidnapped her. It's not as bad as it sounds, actually a little romantic when you read the scenario. Lizzie and Otis were a great addition to the book. They were main characters that did not get in the way of the love story between Eugenia and Ward but aided in it because this book in essence is about four different people from different walks of life coming together to make a family. There is some tension and anxiety in the book that will keep you reading to find out the ending. This is a wonderful book, characters are well developed, likable, and a great love story that did not feel rushed. Highly recommend.
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nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book - it was fun and fast and I loved the characters. I will definitely read more books by this author.
AHopelessRomBooklandia More than 1 year ago
Seven Minutes in Heaven is the first book by Ms. James that I have read and all I have to say now is that I can't believe it took me so long to pick up one of her books! I have no good excuse for why it took me so long, but you can believe that I'll be making time for the stories that are already out and the ones to come in the future. Seven Minutes in Heaven was positively extraordinary and I wholeheartedly loved it! Eugenia is everything that I love my heroines to be. She's smart and passionate, classy but sassy, and she's kind and warm. Eugenia is strong, she's independent, she knows who she is and she won't let anybody try to change her. She's a true lady and can be prim and proper when she needs to be, but she knows how to be and have fun too. Eugenia is an amazing woman and there wasn't anything that I didn't love about her! And while there might be a few times when I wanted to shake or smack Ward, you can't help but love him either. He takes in his siblings, cares so much about them, and only wants the best for them. He's honorable and giving, thoughtful and compassionate, and protective and kind. Ward is charming and fun with Eugenia, he's possessive and it's not hard to see that he loves her, even if does bungle things up a little. Ward is wonderful and he stole my heart from the very beginning and I couldn't fall for him more than I already have! Despite never having read Ms. James before, I knew that Seven Minutes in Heaven was going to be good, but I had no idea how good! Historical romance is one of my favorite genres, but it's also one of the hardest genres to write, well, in my opinion it is, anyway. It's not always easy to connect to characters that exist in a very different time period with very different rules than the ones we live with today and it's sometimes hard to feel the full effect of the book. There was no such problem with this one though! It was easy to connect and get caught up in Ward and Eugenia's world and everything that comes along with it. It was seamlessly written, flowed beautifully, and burned brightly. It was entertaining, funny, heartwarming, a little heartbreaking, and so full of passion, love, and life. Seven Minutes in Heaven was truly a work of art and I can't tell you how much I loved and enjoyed it! Seven Minutes in Heaven can be read as a standalone, it's told from mostly Ward and Eugenia's POV, and they do get a happy ending that will leave a smile on your face! ~ Sonja, 5 Stars
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Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Ms. James always creates such colorful characters. Add in great dialog among them, and she delivers anorher great read. I can't wait for the her next book.
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stanhope3234 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.
Ariana1 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed every page. Worth the wait. Can' t wait for the next book.
janeeyre01 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual, Eloisa James doesn't disappoint!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great story! Loved how strong Eugenia was!! Plan on reading more Eloisa James
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eloisa hits it out of the park again. Loved it from first page to last?