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A Duke of Her Own (Desperate Duchesses Book 6) [Kindle Edition]

Eloisa James
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A duke must choose wisely . . .

Leopold Dautry, the notorious Duke of Villiers, must wed quickly and nobly—and his choices, alas, are few. The Duke of Montague's daughter, Eleanor, is exquisitely beautiful and fiercely intelligent. Villiers betroths himself to her without further ado.

After all, no other woman really qualifies. Lisette, the outspoken daughter of the Duke of Gilner, cares nothing for clothing or decorum. She's engaged to another man, and doesn't give a fig for status or title. Half the ton believes Lisette mad—and Villiers is inclined to agree.

Torn between logic and passion, between intelligence and imagination, Villiers finds himself drawn to the very edge of impropriety. But it is not until he's in a duel to the death, fighting for the reputation of the woman he loves, that Villiers finally realizes that the greatest risk may not be in the dueling field . . .

But in the bedroom. And the heart.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 801 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 006162683X
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous End to a Brilliant Series 4 Aug. 2009
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Leopold Dautry, Duke of Villiers, has decided to marry. He has to. After a deathbed promise to look after his illegitimate children, he knows he needs a wife. The problem is that with six children, she can't be just anyone. On the advice of his friends he realises that only the daughter of a duke will do.

Fortunately for Villiers he has two to choose from - Eleanor and Lisette. Unfortunately for him Eleanor has a reputation as a dowdy snob, and Lisette is plain mad.

But the duke needs a mother for his children, so one of them will have to do. Both are beautiful, and during a trip to the country Villiers soon gets to know both of his potential brides better, and realise neither is quite as they seem. Before too long the notorious Villiers is torn, for once in his ducal life, between his own wants and the needs of others.

If only they were the same thing...

The Desperate Duchesses series (Desperate Duchesses,An Affair Before Christmas,Duchess by Night,When the Duke Returns (Desperate Duchesses),This Duchess of Mine) ends on a high, with the decadent Villiers finally getting his turn. More than any other character he has grown and changed through this series. The cold, unpleasant man engaged to Roberta in 'Desperate Duchesses' couldn't be more different now.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Last in Desperate Duchesses series 11 Sept. 2009
By Helen Hancox TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Eloisa James is, in my opinion, one of the better current writers of historical romances. Although her books do contain some historical inaccuracies and some Americanisms, and this is no different, they still read as an enjoyable historical romance. She works hard at characterisation and providing three-dimensional heroes and heroines in her stories.

The Duke of Villiers has appeared in several of her previous books as a mysterious, chess-playing duke. In this story he is still mysterious but his nature is slowly unravelled as we see him interact with his children - he has six illegitimate children. Also observing is Eleanor, daughter of the Duke of Montague, a woman who said she would only marry a duke - when the duke that she loved and wanted to marry married another. Vowing to only marry a duke when there are so few leaves her pretty safe from having to marry someone else that she doesn't love.

But now there is a duke on the market, the Duke of Villiers. And he needs a woman from a good family who will have the status to bring up his bastard children. He has two possibles for the role, Eleanor and another duke's daughter, Lisette, and so he spends some time with both of them at a house party at Lisette's father's house. Villiers has a particular requirement in his bride, and Eleanor's heart is someone else's, but can they both change their minds?

What I liked about this book was the characterisation - the slow way in which we learned about Eleanor and watched her understand the nature of her feelings to the two dukes in her life. Villiers was always rather remote in the previous books and he was still a little such in this, but it was good to see some humour and warmth in him.

Overall this was a very good read.
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This has turned out to be my favourite of the Duchess series.

Leopold, Duke of Villiers, is a haughty, self assured, self-absorbed and 'seemingly' invulnerable man. But a fairly recent serious injury leaving him a Death's Door (that's a whole other story you can catch up on in a previous book if you find you enjoy this book) now finds him collecting together under his own roof the six children he sired with a variety of women. Children he had believed were being brought up with foster families and paid for by himself. Villiers decision to personally take care of his 'bastards' was a rash deathbed promise he made when he thought his end was nigh... little realising he'd recover and now his damned sense of honour won't let him rescind. All he has to do now is find a wife of equal status to himself who will not only love his children, but be willing and able to face the social consequences that will inevitably follow.

There are only two Duchesses available... Villiers makes no pretense of what he's after and the two Duchesses, who are very different sorts of women, find his requirements acceptable (for differing reasons) and neither is averse to a wedded alliance. And so the scene is set.

The intrigue is in the development and subsequent interplay of the characters, who are very slickly supported by a colourful cast that ranges from vain mothers, scheming sisters, illegitimate sons, pugs and the inevitable evil children's home matron.

But, the real magnetism of this story centres on the two very unique yet equally intelligent lead characters.

Eloisa James never fails to deliver wit as well as romance and an undercurrent of plot.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and enjoyable
I read this book very quickly because I loved it, having met Villiers in earlier stories I was keen to know his story. Read more
Published 6 months ago by alison
5.0 out of 5 stars ... all 6 in this series and this is the best of all
I have read all 6 in this series and this is the best of all. Without a shadow of a doubt. If, as you should, you have been reading them in order, then this will be a fitting... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Olly
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good. The best part is the first chapter with ...
Very good.
The best part is the first chapter with the conversation between the two sisters and followed by the first meeting between the H&H. Some parts are hilarious.
Published 7 months ago by Katya Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah! So fantastic
Loved the Duke of Villiers from previous novels, and the rendering of this hero was so, so well done here. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Reader, I Read It
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality writing, good characters
Strong personalities throughout, and well rounded too - it's a good, easy read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Will read more of Ms James.
Published 12 months ago by Fiona
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Beautifully written and very funny with just the right amounts of passion romance and desire. I loved this book and have read it twice now and I may just read it again soon !! Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mnrigb
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and frisky
One of her best, with likeable interesting characters, amusing dialogue and great relationship between the two central characters. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Flickx
5.0 out of 5 stars love this
as with all EJ books, just fabulous! well rounded characters, good storyline. I have loved everthing so far EJ has written.
Published 24 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
Excellent story, really enjoyed this book. For anyone who has read the Duchess books this is a MUST read. Read more
Published on 10 Jan. 2013 by luckyme
5.0 out of 5 stars Eloisa James is always a good read!
Difficult to put these books down. Eloisa James is a great writer of this genre. She certainly is Georgette Heyer with voluptuous extras!!!!
Published on 5 Dec. 2012 by JinnyG
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