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Duchess By Night (Desperate Duchesses) Mass Market Paperback – June 24, 2008
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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.
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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!
The premis is far, far from realistic, but that is the contract the reader signs when they opt to read an historical romance--the premise is often far fetched and silly. This story, however, takes the far fetched and silly and uses it to showcase some of the more interesting character development and interaction. Granted, as usual, the "filler" characters (the ones that eat up paragraphs of description only to adorn the background as hazy additions to the drawing room) are interesting only as they pertain to whatever scene they happen to be in. It's Harry (nee Harriet) and Jem who are really interesting and their interactions are quite a nice change from some of Ms. James' other books (although the basis for them is far, far fetched!). It was refreshing to actually have a story be about the hero and heroine with only a little bit sidestory.
Although, I will say that I found the resolution to be a little quick, a little pat, a little jarring. Overall, I had so much fun in Harry's mind that I am willing to look past that harsh little turn.