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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.--This text refers to the mass_market edition.
- ASIN : B0010SKTOS
- Publisher : HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)
- Publication date : October 13, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 678 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 383 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #21,818 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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This is the story of a young woman who breaks out of the cage, and her friends that help her.
Typical of this author, the characters have the depth they need to draw you in. The scenes unfold briskly, but not too fast, with a firm helping of humor.
I really looked forward to various characters being let in on the rise - that was often an occasion for hilarity.
Once again, a beauty.
OPINION: I loved this book. Harriet has had a tragic story and it was wonderful to see her having a happy ending. She really blossoms in her disguise as it frees her from all the expectations of others and herself. For the first time, she is able to discover what she wants in life. Her relationship with Strange really begins as a friendship that quickly turns romantic. I really like how the two talk about things. Strange is a jerk in the crisis that ultimately leads to the happy ending, but it is short lived and the ending made me so happy that I forgave him.
WORTH MENTIONING: This book is the first in the series where the overlapping storylines were not as prominent because the book takes place away from London. There is more focus on the primary couple here.
FINAL DECISION: I keep liking this series more and more. This book is great.
CONNECTED BOOKS: This is the third book in the Desperate Duchesses series. This book can be read independent of the others in the series.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4.25 stars.
I don't see story about Eugenia? Is there one? I just know it will be great too.
This one is finding that Strange always had feelings for Harriet whether she was a man or woman. I love Strange's character. He wasn't brooding, he knew what he wanted but all of a sudden enters Harriet as Harry and everything goes downhill because he thinks he's lusting after a man. In the beginning Harriet was a little too sad for me but when she put on those breeches and she told Villiers she can "adjust" herself just as good as any man was the change she needed to feel free and I was so loving her. And Eugenia was a jem!
The scene where he wants to prove that she was a woman after their fencing practice was priceless. I was literally holding my breath because I was anticipating what he was going to do. The best scene ever. I love how Eloisa James kept to us in the dark where he found out. Maybe it was a given when Strange was speaking with Villiers but I didn't assume it and that was the fun of it.
I give this a 4 1/2 stars because towards the end Jem Strange sounded a little too desperate, just because I found it a little to hard for men to really beg on there knees, but overall I LOVE THIS BOOK!
Top reviews from other countries
Having said that, this tale of gender-swapping, scandal-brewing, game-playing fun is my favourite of the series so far. The brief glimpses of Harriet in the previous books did nothing to endear her to me, but here she is a pleasant surprise.
A quiet country widow who's tired of being pitied and blamed for her husband's suicide, Harriet is all too happy to assist her friend, Isidore - not-quite Duchess of Cosway - in creating a scandal to fetch her errant Duke home. But how can a virtuous duchess' reputation survive a visit to the licentious estate of Lord Strange?
With the help of the Duke of Villiers (becoming more and more likeable by the book), a new wardrobe and some creative tailoring Harry Cope is born, and Lord Strange is left battling a bewildering attraction to one of the prettiest men he's ever met.
Filled with James' glorious wit and keen eye for detail, Harriet and Jem's story is a delight, from the ridiculous - parrying Kitty's amorous advances, learning to ride astride, trying to assess her bottom in comparison to Strange's - to the delightful - anything with Eugenia, fencing lessons, Villiers - a wonderful romance is built between the two. And both characters learn to face up to the past, as well as regain hope for the future.
James' work just continues to get better and better, and this whole series is excellent.