Desperate Duchesses

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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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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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Three Weeks with Lady X

I’ve admitted to having been underwhelmed by Eloisa James’ last two or three books, but she’s still an author whose books I’ve never been able to not read when they come out. I’m happy to report that she’s back on top form with Three Weeks with Lady X, a continuation of her Desperate Duc ...

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A Duke of Her Own

Undoubtedly, A Duke of Her Own by Eloisa James was one of the most highly anticipated novels this year for me, as it was for many other readers. The final volume of the Desperate Duchesses series, it was to contain the romance of the charismatic Duke of Villiers, who’d lost a fiancée to another m ...

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This Duchess of Mine

Man, I loved this book. Ms. James’s writing has gotten better and better, and this time she’s created a wistfully romantic story between an estranged married couple who overcome huge misunderstandings to find that they truly love each other after all. Jemma, the Duchess of Beaumont, has been ...

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When the Duke Returns

Eloisa James is normally a hit or miss author for me, and I’m happy to say that When the Duke Returns is one of her hits. The vivacious heroine, reserved hero, and sympathetic secondary characters ratchet up a familiar plot. Isidore married Simenon, Duke of Conway, by proxy when she was twelve. ...

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An Affair Before Christmas

Eloisa James writes ensemble romances, and her central characters always consist of a group of women whose stories are told sometimes one after another, sometimes simultaneously. In each volume you have one central story, but added to this are bits and pieces of other stories that are not concluded ...

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Desperate Duchesses

Eloisa James writes "Ensemble" novels, focusing on a set of people and with storylines which can span several books. It is a style that either resonates with you or doesn't. In general, while I prefer to read romances which focus primarily on the hero and heroine, I can enjoy James's style - depen ...