Books by Eloisa James

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My Last Duchess

My Last Duchess is a wonderful, engaging story about finding new love after heartbreak, and taking a risk on happiness instead of contentment. It is a sweet, hopeful book that shows that love comes around more than once. Lady Ophelia Astley is a respectable widow, raising her daughter alone after ...

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Say Yes to the Duke

I’ve read most of the ‘big’ names in historical romance, but somehow I hadn’t read an Eloisa James novel before Say Yes to the Duke.  My romance reader friends are evenly split between those who read her and those who skip her newest releases, and I thought it was time I formed my own opini ...

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Too Wilde to Wed

Since I was first introduced to it, I’ve always loved Eloisa James’ characteristic mix of historical detail and humor. Too Wilde to Wed felt skewed a bit more toward humor than reality, but I enjoyed it nonetheless as an escape from ordinary life. Although it is by no means necessary to read ...

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When Beauty Tamed the Beast (#63 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on February 17, 2011 In When Beauty Tamed the Beast, Eloisa James’ second fairy tale based novel, our hero is Dr. Gregory House, the TV doctor with the crotchety brilliant medical mind. OK, so our hero isn’t actually Gregory House. He’s Piers Yelve ...

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Wilde in Love

When I saw that Eloisa James planned to start a new series this fall, I was immediately intrigued. Once I managed to get my hands on a copy of Wilde in Love, I started reading and found myself instantly charmed. I loved the universe of characters introduced in this novel and finished reading with a ...

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Seven Minutes in Heaven

Seven Minutes in Heaven is the third in Eloisa James’  Desperate Duchess by the Numbers series which is a kind of Desperate Duchesses TNG – the heroes and heroines featured in these books appeared as children in some of the earlier stories and are now grown up and getting their own.  This mean ...

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A Gentleman Never Tells

In this deftly crafted and expertly plotted novella, Eloisa James demonstrates her ability to know her characters and build them quickly. This particular tale involves Oliver, a gentleman who lives with regret over a youthful indiscretion, and Lizzie, who lives with shame regarding her first marriag ...

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My American Duchess

The repartée at the beginning of My American Duchess is some of the most witty and snappy dialogue I have ever read in a historical romance. So much so, it may have been hard for the author to go anywhere but down from there. As I settled into the middle of the book there was just the slightest let ...

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Four Nights With the Duke

Eloisa James returns to her Desperate Duchesses universe for Four Nights With the Duke, the second in the series to feature characters we met as children in the earlier books. Emilia Carrington – known as Mia – is, at fifteen, infatuated with the handsome young Septimus Evander Brody, heir to th ...

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Potent Pleasures

Narrated by Susan Duerden I remember reading the other two books in this trilogy several years ago, but for some reason hadn’t read the first, Potent Pleasures, so listening to this new audiobook version seemed like a good idea. Unfortunately, it proved to be a disappointing experience overall, ...