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A Duke of Her Own (Desperate Duchesses) Mass Market Paperback – July 28, 2009
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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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Top Customer Reviews
A Duke of Her own was a pleasant surprise. The book is extremely well-paced and focused on the couple at hand. Although Villiers feels confusion, his confusion is paced on his sense of duty and honor, not on his feelings. Our heroine is amazing, and realistic. The book really explores love, and what it means to have a broken heart, in a way that is intimate and realistic. This is a romance novel in the best possible sense. It's one of those books that reminds you of your first love, and may help you realize that first love doesn't always mean best.
This is a book for your keeper shelf. The romance isn't scorching, but its heat will keep you warm for days, and the insights into love will last with you much longer.
P.S. Although the back of the book doesn't make it clear who Villiers belongs with, YOU will know within the first few chapters.
The whole Cinderella theme can only be played out so much.
A lot of reviewers did not want to disclose who the true female lead is, I wish they had. I started reading this book feeling as if Lissette would be the lead not Eleanor, which spoiled it even more for me, this constant anticipation -who will be the main female protagonist?
But the worst part was the competition for the male protagonist. May be I am getting old fashioned in my early thirties; however, I just do not like women competing for a man; it is not a representation of the romance genre for me. I read romances to feel chased (you know - escapism); I do not read them to want to chase a man.
Eleanor changed her dressing style - went out of her comfort zone to gain this man's affection. That is something I do not condone. It borders on desperation (and she pining away for a long lost love, determined never to marry - now after 10 min of conversation with the Duke, she is determined to change). Not my cup of tea!
If you are considering buying this book, the best advice I can give you is to ask yourself what appeals to you in a romance. Lightheartedness? O.K. you have it here. But if you like the more traditional novel where women do not compete for one man's affection, then this is not for you.
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I really enjoyed this book, i normally like to spread out my reading over a week or so but with this book I had to know WHO HE CHOSE. Read morePublished 5 days ago by MALIAOLIVE
This series is absolutely beautifully and exquisitely written full of love, laughter, pain and forgiveness. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
This was a good well written novel but I just felt the men were too aristocratic. Seemed like wuss' s. They were hum drum. Could have done better if the men were more virile.Published 13 days ago by Kindle Customer
I was sorely disappointed by this book! I have loved Eloisa James and was excited to read this highly rated book! Read morePublished 21 days ago by Katie Wentworth
Eloisa James is a delightful author if you like this particular genre - English, historical romance, some whimsical , some bringing out right laughs - it depends on the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by B. L.
A protagonist duke - Leopold - with at least 5 illegitimate children, three of whom he has found and live with him. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tearose
Love this book so much! Must read. At first i thought i don't like the story when reading the sypnosis but when i actually reading it, i love the story so much and how it was... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer