This Duchess of Mine (Desperate Duchesses) [Eloisa James] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling. Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling romance author of When Beauty Tamed the Beast, puts a chilly, powerful duke in bed with an intelligent, beautiful. . This Duchess of Mine. Eloisa James. Buy This Book. Man, I loved this book. Ms. James’s writing has gotten better and better, and this time she’s.

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She is infuriated by the fact that he cares more about his position in the House than her. Jemma is frustrated that Elijah loves his work in parliament and his noble ideals more than he loves her or himself.

So, why do I love this book? Each has made huge mistakes in the past and must work to forgive each other and overcome past hurts. For one thing, I suspect that it takes him longer to dress than it takes me. Most of the book is a long-drawn-out build-up to their first reunion love scene, a chess game played in bed, that’s one of the most unusual of any romance book that I’ve read. If only Villiers were here.

This Duchess of Mine

Aside from that, I really feel like EJ is a genius for being able to capture the 18th century the way she did. I don’t know whether I would have enjoyed this book quite so much if I’d read it at a different point in my life. Names remember loving everything about this book, and read it a few times! If you’ve never read Eloisa James before, don’t start with this one – I think it’s her weakest so far. Elijah, in turn, has become one of if not my absolute favorite hero of Ms.


They made peace with each other; they gave forgiveness and love and received a bit of happiness. Wicked and the Wallflower. Let me tell you, if my husband were about to die from an unknown disease, I would react exactly the way Jemma does.

Not content with that, she further raised eyebrows upon arriving in London with her private chess matches with husband’s friend. My problem with this story is that it seems that past became unimportant. They had scenes which made me glad my family was off somewhere else because I would have been embarrassed to be reading them knowing my younger brothers could have peeked over my shoulder and seen an errant, highly suggestive word.

She is still flirting with Villiers, but they have both come to terms with the fact that they cannot have each other.

European Historical Romance Review Tags: And then, for revenge, the heroine engaged in her own liaisons in Paris to shock husband into fetching her. Oct 29, willaful rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Jemma and Elijah have decided to finally consummate their marriage – again – after nine years tje separation.

Romance Reviews by Alice: This Duchess of Mine

So no way in hell am I complaining! To her mind, nothing suited her quite as much as dishabille, to be with her face kf, but her hair unpowdered, her legs showing through the frail lawn of her chemise. She also sometimes feels unworthy and frivolous compared to his important work, even though she’s a chess master and otherwise quite dkchess of herself.

I went into this thinking I had the overall back story of Jemma and Elijah based on the other books I read in this series, their story started to unfold in the side stories of the previous books. Delacroix and Lord Piddleton. He was too happy for tears. She is not your typical Avon historical author. Lol yes I know Eloisa has rendered me a man woman. Do You Want to Start a Udchess. I would have been rolling my eyes instead of patting his chest.


I still liked it though?

Go read this book. I finished this a few days ago, so this won’t be the best review, but this was another good one! Jun 13, Lindsay Allison rated it it was amazing Shelves: They swiveled before her to display a powerful thigh, flaunt an embroidered coat or an enameled snuff box, drop roses, plums and poems at her doorstep. At the beginning it was tense and sad and then BOOM!

Still, I loved the story, and I was actually okay with the reasoning Elijah makes for having a mistress. She dressed to amuse herself, thf to dazzle the court. One of the things I loved about the book is that he softens around the edges about being a workaholic trying to save the world but he never does give it up – and Jemma accepts it about him, just as he accepts her impulses, her fashions, and her temper.

And boy, does he learn his lesson the hard way. My fears turned out to be well-founded. Tough luck there son! Romantic, sad, hot etc.

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