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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 : B001652I3A
- Publisher : Avon (October 6, 2009)
- Publication date : October 6, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 581 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 386 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #26,476 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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So, add in some friends who truly want to help, an overbearing mother, and a lot of humorous misunderstanding, and you have, once again, a triumph.
The best way to read this author is to get her first book, go ahead and binge read until, alas! There are no books left, and all you can do is join the rest of us, waiting anxiously for the next epic love story to tell from her pen.
The hero and heroine in this story have been married by proxy for many years while the hero (the Duke of Cosway) is traveling abroad. The heroine is 23 years old and is tired of being a married virgin so she forces the return of her husband, who turns out to be a virgin as well. He has found peace in his life (after a tumultuous childhood)and does everything he can to avoid any form of chaos. This includes abstaining from sexual encounters, even with his wife for the time. They go back and forth in determining whether they are meant to be together and whether they should stay married or should follow through with an annulment. There are moments that are a bit silly, but the strength of the book overall outweighs them. The eccentric hero and the impulsive heroine are charming in their attempts to learn how to properly love one another. I would have liked to have seen a little more of the growth of the emotional love between the two but it was still pleasurable.
Very enjoyable in the book as well is the interplay between the Duke and Duchess of Beaumont. I enjoyed their interactions and found them as entertaining as those between the hero and heroine. I can't wait to read their story and Villers' as well (This Duchess of Mine, out in May, 2009 and A Duke of Her Own out in July, 2009). It definitely leaves you wanting more.
Top reviews from other countries
The story was about what happened when the Duke returned, after thirteen years away, to meet the girl he had married by proxy. She, of course, was now twenty-three and totally frustrated that her husband had never bothered to return to England to visit her during this time.
If you are a fan of Eloisa James, I am sure you will not wish to miss this book. If you are not already a reader of Ms James' books, I would suggest that there are very many other books by her that you should start off with.
I can't help it though, I confess that in all the books so far I have been distracted by the parts featuring Jemma Beaumont and her husband Elijah. It is very tantalising - I want to read their story and because of the way it's been set up I'm guessing theirs will be one of the darkest books of the series. I'm also looking forward to finding out what happens to the Duke of Villiers.
I do like how Eloisa James writes and "When the Duke Returns" is definitely better than the last two in this series.
THE BOOK ARRIVED THE DAY AFTER ORDERING (WITH PRIME DELIVERY) AND CAME WELL PACKAGED.
THE CHARACTERS MAINLY ALL FEATURE IN THE SET, BUT EACH BOOK CAN BE READ AS STANDALONE BOOKS. THE STORY IS VERY ENTERTAINING, WITH A PLOT THAT KEEPS YOU ENGROSSED FROM BEGINNING TO END. THE CHARACTERS ARE INTERESTING AND I ABSOLUTELY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AND THE REST OF THE SET!