This Duchess of Mine (Desperate Duchesses Series #5)

This Duchess of Mine (Desperate Duchesses Series #5)

by Eloisa James

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ISBN-13: 9780061626821
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/26/2009
Series: Desperate Duchesses Series , #5
Edition description: Original
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 114,424
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.82(h) x 1.07(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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This Duchess of Mine 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 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.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing 10 months ago
When Jemma and Elijah married things didn't stay staid for long. Jemma ran away to France to be feted by the French court and Elijah burried himself in politics. However he's approaching the age his father was when he died and Elijah needs an heir, the fainting spells and racing heart are reminders of his mortality.Jemma returns determined to woo him.Today we can tell that he has high blood-pressure and he needs medication but then there wasn't much medication that would work for them. They're at the cutting edge here of stuff that was little understood. Their issues and problems are interesting and it was interesting to see the two of them fall in love with each other. An enjoyable instalment in the series.
reneebooks on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is the fifth book in the Desperate Duchesses series and I haven't read any of the previous books. I haven't read many books by James (only 2) but I really must go find some of her backlist because I enjoyed this book. This is a troubled marriage plot which is one of my favorites. As the story begins Jemma and Elijah are reunited after a 9 year separation after she catches him in the act with his mistress. Now he wants an heir and Jemma has reluctantly returned from Paris to do her "duty". The beginning of the book felt like I had jumped into the middle of the story so I have a feeling I should have read the previous books, but I did enjoy the story anyway. There is lots of sexual tension and the plot involves chess (Jemma & Elijah are both chess masters) and some issues with Elijah's heart condition which was all expertly handled in both pacing and dialogue. A thoroughly enjoyable book. A secondary character, the Duke of Villiers, has an interesting storyline involving his illegitimate children and I look forward to his book, A Duke of Her Own, which was recently released. I'm also intrigued enough to checkout the previous books in this series. (Grade: B)
kayceel on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A charming addition to the series. Jemma and Elijah finally have their book! Married for several years, estranged for most of them, Jemma returns to her politician husband when he asks her for an heir. Despite the pain his long ago affair caused her, she's determined for them to mend fences, but when she discovers herself falling in love with him again, she fears for her heart.Sweet and definitely sexy - recommended.
dianaleez on LibraryThing 10 months ago
is Duchess of Mine' reminded me why I gave up on most romance novels. It reads as though it were outlined long ago when the series was conceived and then written quickly at a much later date. It begins in media res - which works only if one has been reading the series. I haven't. James could easily have written a prologue catching up new readers - and perhaps she would have kept them. The story doesn't go anywhere much, just fills the pages. Jemma and Elijah, the Duke and Duchess of Beaumont, have decided to have sex after a nine year hiatus, and James attempts to make them (and the reader) anticipate the event for a long boring while. Elijah has a fatal heart condition, but the reader who knows James knows that he may Just Manage To Live, so the suspense generated by this is limited. This felt like the prelude to a far more interesting story - Villiers is a much more compelling character - and I sincerely hope that James takes the time to frame his story in a way that new readers can catch up. Someone will have to kindly drop me a note and tell me how things go, because I won't be taking this path in the future.
phyllisd on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This Duchess of Mine is the fifth installment in Eloisa James' Desperate Duchesses series. When I read book one I was wondering where this relationship could possibly go. Elijah and Jemma seemed so far apart but over the next three books they came closer together. I thought some of Jemma's fears about where she stood with Elijah were tied up too quickly. In some ways the book was a little morbid, but I was pulling for the couple and enjoyed the read.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Elijah and Jemma, the Duke and Duchess of Beaumont, were estranged for many years, but now they are back together and determined to make an heir before his bad heart fails him. But there are many things standing between them, including their past mistakes, his crusading spirit, the Duke of Villiers, and various chess games. Can they heal their hearts, both metaphorically and literally?Another affecting, sexy romance from Eloisa James.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this Duke and Duchess series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of fun
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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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.
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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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