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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I really loved the hero
I have read most of Ms James books and generally believe her writing style is descriptive and rich in exploring human emotions. In this particular novel I loved the hero.He was uncomplicated and very sure of himself ,his identity ,sexy,down to earth and very human.I liked the fact that he was sure of his feelings and love for poppy and never wavered from them.It was the...
Published on 16 Nov 2008 by Persephone

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2.0 out of 5 stars Truly disappointing
Eloisa James claims a degree from Oxford University, but has she ever read any Regency literature or novels written in the England of the time. The list of historical inaccuracies is endless, and her writing is unbelievably poor in terms of the language used by the characters and her descriptions of the manners and mores of the time. Surely if you are writing a story set...
Published on 19 Nov 2009 by Amazon Customer


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Truly disappointing, 19 Nov 2009
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Eloisa James claims a degree from Oxford University, but has she ever read any Regency literature or novels written in the England of the time. The list of historical inaccuracies is endless, and her writing is unbelievably poor in terms of the language used by the characters and her descriptions of the manners and mores of the time. Surely if you are writing a story set in a particular period you should try to give a sense of time and place!
Can you imagine a sentence where one character says " Oh Duke, do you have ...." it reads more like a John Wayne script! I find it hard to believe that an editor was paid to approve this book. No more of this rubbish please
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really loved the hero, 16 Nov 2008
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Persephone (Athens/sydney) - See all my reviews
I have read most of Ms James books and generally believe her writing style is descriptive and rich in exploring human emotions. In this particular novel I loved the hero.He was uncomplicated and very sure of himself ,his identity ,sexy,down to earth and very human.I liked the fact that he was sure of his feelings and love for poppy and never wavered from them.It was the heroine who had to undergo self-exploration and change to overcome all the sexual complexes her horrible bitter mother had instilled in her and to finally free herself to demostrate her love to Fletcher. The supporting cast of relationships within this circle of Desperate duchesses and their men is very interesting filled with humor and impending intrigue.
The intensity of feeling between the heroine and hero and the cademerie between them was very well executed and realistic.
A truly enjoyable read-I finihed it in one sitting ,looking forward to what happens to the Duke Villiers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd book in the series, 28 Nov 2007
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This is the second in this new Duchesses series. Like the first book it carries on the story of Jemma and Beaumont and the chess match with Villiers.

In this story the duchess in the main story frame is Poppy, the very young wife of the Duke of Fletcher. Fletch and Poppy meet and fall in love in Paris, the Christmas of 1778 and marry. Then the problems start. Deeply in love with his young wife Fletch has been looking forward to his marriage night, however even before they are married Poppy seems strangly repulsed by an intimacies such as kissing. She keeps telling him that her Mama says that ladies of quality don't do that sort of thing. This does not bode well for the wedding night.

Four years later things have not progressed very far in the bedchamber and Fletch is fed-up and deeply hurt that his beautiful wife does not seem to want him. So he decides to take a mistress. Their story progresses from there.

Meanwhile, Villiers has been injured in a duel by Jemma's brother (from the previous book). His health seems to deteriorate over the months to death's door, so of course the chess match has to be postponed. Meanwhile Villiers decides to play matchmaker with Charlotte Tatlock who is half in love with the Duke of Beaumont, Jemma's husband.

A light, frothy, fun read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Read in the Desperate Duchess Series, 30 Sep 2013
This review is from: An Affair Before Christmas (Kindle Edition)
Miss Poppy (Perdita) Selby met the man she thought she would love forever one magical Christmas in Paris, the Duke of Fletcher.

He was marvellously handsome, rich and in love with her to apparently.

Unfortunately, nobody had prepared Poppy for the marriage bed, and that is where it all went wrong.

Four years later, having been horribly and publicly rude to Poppy he is determined to take a mistress and she is determined to leave him.

Her mother moves in, she moves out and chaos begins.

Another sparkling and refreshing 5+ star read, with a lot of the other "Desparate Duchesses" characters ..... what happend to Miss Charlotte Tatlock .... I can't wait to find out in the coming books....but if you feel inclined to find out Fletch and Poppy you will need to read this.

You can also see the Review on my Blog #155 in August 2011.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Duchess Lessons in Love, 24 May 2009
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The `Desperate Duchesses' series continues with the Duke and Duchess of Fletcher. They married young and were helplessly in love, but after four years things are less than perfect.

In Fletch James portrays a truly sympathetic hero, frustrated by his wife's lack of interest in him, despite the love and loyalty to her he maintains. The lengths he goes to while trying to gain her attention are really quite sweet. In contrast Poppy is nave and feeble, which might have made her quite unlikeable if not for her mother: Lady Flora.

James outdoes herself with Lady Flora - a purely selfish woman who has belittled, manipulated and dominated her daughter her entire life. Whenever she appears it's all too easy to feel sorry for Poppy (not to mention Fletch and his poor staff) and understand how she became the woman she is.

But thanks to time on her own - and a little help from Jemma, Duchess of Beaumont - Poppy is given a chance to grow up and learn to appreciate things for herself. Including her husband.

But, as always with Eloisa James, this book is not just about Poppy and Fletch. Several characters from Desperate Duchesses return, not least the Beaumonts and Villiers. In fact the story thread with Villiers adds some of the funniest and sweetest moment in the book. His valet, Finchley, is a gem.

A sumptuously crafted tale about seizing control of your life, growing up and appreciating the things you've got, James adds plenty of wit and intelligence to the mis. With a touch of love, several sensual moments and the glorious Georgian decadence this is a tale to savour.

(Oh, and for those who want to know the conclusion to Charlotte Tatlock's tale, check out Eloisa James' website for the bonus chapters. I doubt you'll be disappointed.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars took awhile to get going ....., 18 May 2009
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took a while for it to get going so when i got about half way through i kinda of gave up for a while but one lazy afternoon decided to pick it up again. got much better as this is the more sexy part of the story. poppy and fletch have been married for 4 years and it hasnt been easy for them to connect on sexual level. so they decide to do something about it and after it all they find that spark between them which makes the story get more interesting. love the characters in this book which have discovered is a series so will be looking for the others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, 29 July 2013
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A fantastic story with lots of humour. The characters are well developed and the story moves at a brisk pace. Really want to know what happens to the other characters in the follow-up book
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5.0 out of 5 stars love this, 9 Mar 2013
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as with all her books, just fabulous! well rounded characters, good storyline. I have loved everthing so far she has written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars worth it!!, 18 Dec 2012
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loved the book couldn't put it down. i have now read all of the books in the series and even though this one isn't my favorite its definitely in the top 3.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read by Eloisa James, 5 Dec 2012
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I am in the throes of reading all of Eloisa James' Desperate Duchesses series and have greatly enjoyed envy one so far.
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