The Duke Is Mine

The Duke Is Mine

by Eloisa James

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Overview

“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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062021281
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/27/2011
Series: Fairy Tales Series , #3
Edition description: Original
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 205,211
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 www.eloisajames.com.

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The Duke Is Mine 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 206 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!!!!
bkluvr4evr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Duke is Mine is an extremely witty and entertaining novel. I loved it. I enjoyed Olivia's plays with speech, her puns, her sense of humor and the fact that she was not celery thin. Quin I simply fell in love with. Eloisa James, you have done it again and I will say even surpassed what I have come to expect when reading one of your novels. Thank you for sharing your gift with me, anxiously awaiting The Ugly Duchess.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loosely--very, very loosely--based on The Princess and the Pea. Olivia and her twin sister Georgiana have been raised to be perfect duchesses. Their father, although merely a gentleman, was boyhood friends with a duke, and their firstborns were promised to each other. Unfortunately, Olivia's prospective husband is an idiot, starved of oxygen at birth. He's a very genial fellow, who wants more than anything to be a hero, but he's hardly the stuff of girlish daydreams. Georgie, meanwhile, is being considered as the bride of another duke, one much more to Olivia's taste. Georgie's duke, meanwhile, falls madly in love with Olivia, who is much too loyal to her sister and her betrothed to even think of betraying either of them.What a tangle!The last bit is waaaaaay too implausible, but it's enjoyable all the same.
dianaleez on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eloisa James once again explores the world of fairy tales in `This Duke Is Mine,¿ her version of the princess and the pea.Unfortunately the romance is rather like the fairy tale and encounters a bump or two along the way.Briefly, Olivia Lytton, who has been reared by her parents to be a fitting duchess for the future Duke of Canterwick, leads a far from ideal life. She has been forced to fit an uncomfortable mold in order to marry a man incapable of an adult relationship. The initial chapters setting up this situation made uncomfortable reading. Great suspension of disbelief is required of the reader and, unfortunately, most of the supporting characters are more parodies than viable characters.The author seems to be combining both parody and romance, and it proves an unwieldy mix. Olivia finds a man worthy of her love and lust (this is, after all, a romance), but then he seems to have a mild form of Asperger¿s and he¿s grieving the loss of his family, and he has an unpleasant domineering mama, and, to be honest, there¿s just too many elements here and not enough fun.Then once the lovers have discovered their love and enjoyed their lust, there¿s a lengthy digression as our show hits the road to encounter yet more unbelievable characters.James says in her afterward that she had problems writing this novel; I agree. Perhaps the lesson to be learned is that when it¿s not working, it¿s not working.I wanted this novel to be as light and enjoyable as James is at her best; I¿m sure she wanted the same thing. My guess is that we¿re both disappointed, but I hope that neither one of us gives up. When she writes another romance, I¿ll be on hand.(publisher's review copy)
SharonR53 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Received egalley from Net GalleyThe 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 earlier ones in this series but I plan to do so now after reaading this one.
gincam on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the most freshly characterized romances that I have read in a long time, "The Duke is Mine" is a treat of a read for those who enjoy love stories with a different spin. First, let me say: Brava for the bodacious and curvy heroine! Olivia Lytton has real intelligence and real curves. No wonder "The Duke", Tarquin Brook-Chatfield, finds himself bewitched, bothered, and bewildered--and he wouldn't have it any other way! A widower who all too well serves the family duties his title entails, Quin is taken aback, and taken by storm, when he meets Olivia, the sister of the woman whom his mother has chosen as his perfect second wife. Olivia also is a dutiful daughter to her own family demands, and she places the happiness of her sister above her own needs and desires. However, Quin cannot resist Olivia's lively, lush beauty, and soon they are hopelessly involved and engaged in a reckless passion. Olivia has been promised since childhood to another titled heir, albeit a much younger and weaker man than Quin. How will these two lovers overcome family obligations and societal strictures and reach out to grab all the happiness life can offer? Olivia's combination of wit, warmth, and womanliness melt the frost with which Quin has guarded his heart, and his deep admiration and desire for her makes her feel truly beautiful and appreciated. No one in this story is exactly perfect or perfect-looking--they each have some distinct characteristics which make them appealingly flawed. Even the little dog in the story, Lucy, is no raving beauty, but she has the soul and loving heart of an angel--and she doesn't know how small she really is! "The Duke is Mine" should be yours--you deserve a wonderfully enjoyable romantic read. Review Copy Gratis Amazon Vine
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the characters in this book
ajenkins979 More than 1 year ago
ugh, finally finished. I really should have just given up. not interesting in the least. the main character, Olivia is already engaged to a Duke she then ends up falling in love with another Duke- who was actually supposed to be for her twin sister. I get the trying to go a little along the lines of the Princess and the Pea fairy tale. but it's just boring.
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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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it. The book didn't go the way I expected it to.