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The Duke is Mine: Number 3 in series (Fairy Tales) by [James, Eloisa]
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Eloisa James writes with a captivating blend of charm, style, and grace that never fails to leave the reader sighing and smiling and falling in love (Julia Quinn, New York Times bestselling author)

A brilliant new spin on another classic tale; readers will never again look at peas, mattresses, or even heroes in the same way (Library Journal)

James's Regency-era rendition of "The Princess and the Pea" hits the trifecta of sizzling romance, engaging characters, and an enthralling, quick-moving story (Publishers Weekly)

Her empowered and unconventional heroines, her intelligent heroes and her witty dialogue merge perfectly with modern themes, enthralling readers (Romantic Times BOOKClub)

Eloisa James's writing is absolutely exquisite (Teresa Medeiros)

A breathtaking addition to James's series of reimagined fairy tales... [A] funny, offbeat, deliciously sensual story that takes the famed fairy tale to a new level with its vivid description and exquisite writing (Library Journal on When Beauty Tamed the Beast)

Treat yourself to a fairy tale that will keep you enchanted from 'once upon a time' til 'they lived happily ever after' (The Romance Dish on A Kiss At Midnight)

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The third in a sparkling series of Regency fiction with a fairytale twist by New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James. Destiny will be decided between the sheets in this all-new tale of The Princess and the Pea.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1257 KB
  • Print Length: 399 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062021281
  • Publisher: Piatkus (29 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006L9G94K
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,751 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Starfish HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Jan. 2012
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Olivia Lytton, not titled but of 'good stock' has been engaged to be married to a future duke, the son of her father's best friend, from the time she was 5. She cares a great deal for Rupert. He's a sweet, good-natured man, even if he isn't all that he could be mentally-speaking. Which makes her attraction to Tarquin ('Quin'), the Duke of Sconce problematic. The fact that he is the suitor her parents wish for her sister, Georgiana, is even more problematic. But worst of all is the fact that the attraction doesn't seem to be one-sided...

Eloisa James's novels are extremely well-written, engaging, and provide a wealth of accurate and fascinating historical detail. They're romances, but fresh, intelligently written, articulate romances whose author isn't afraid of dealing with some difficult issues... and all without becoming smug/preachy. So for me to find myself not thoroughly enjoying one of these books was a big disappointment.

The fairytale theme as a plot device almost seems tacked on as an afterthought, instead of providing the promised reworking of a classic tale. Indeed, the book seems to be suffering from a bit of an identity crisis, including a departure into romantic adventure territory (in the fashion of The Scarlet Pimpernal) towards the end - a change of scene and pacing which sees some interesting characters and plot lines being thrown by the wayside. A real shame as in earlier novels, such as the Duchess sequence and the Essex sisters novels, an array of secondary characters got to play out various aspects of their stories (e.g. Rafe's alcoholism; Esme and Sebastian's relationship; Tuppy and Carola's revived marriage). To me, this felt as though two novels had been awkwardly and belatedly spliced together and forced. Either had potential if properly seen to fruition - but neither had time to properly play out.

It's not a bad novel, but it's a long way from the best by this writer.
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I absolutely love these novels I am really enjoying the Authors interpretation of the old fairytales and her development of characters is brilliant. In this book our heroine Kate is engaged to be married to a man she barely knows and is barely into adulthood. He is however a Duke! She is introduced to our hero when her sister is invited to interview to be his wife. The story is excellently written and will keep you well entertained throughout.
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This is rather a weird read. It has the bawdiness of an eighteenth century novel. All the characters have comic names, and it often decends into farce. I suppose the best description of it would be a romp. I think the author is trying too hard, most of the characters are deliberate caricatures and it is difficult to get engaged in the book. In fact it all very silly and tiresome.
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By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Jan. 2012
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From the minute she was born it has been Olivia's destiny to become a duchess - she has been promised by her parents to marry Rupert, the future Duke of Canterwick. Alongside her twin sister Georgiana she has been trained to be the perfect duchess but it was always Georgiana who excelled in their classes. Olivia is too loud, too crass and too curvy to be a "proper" lady. She isn't thrilled about being promised to Rupert, he is 5 years younger than her and due to a lack of oxygen at his birth he acts even younger than his age, but he is a nice boy and she does care for him.

Quin is looking for a wife who will be the perfect duchess, after marrying once for love only to have it end in disaster he is now determined to marry for more practical reasons. In fact he is happy to let his mother chose his new wife to make sure he doesn't make the same mistake again. When Georgiana is selected as one of his potential brides and Olivia accompanies her to stay with Quin and his mother things get rather complicated. After all Georgiana is most suited to become his duchess but for some reason Quin can't take his eyes off of Olivia and the attraction definitely isn't one sided.

I never normally read reviews for books that I have on my to read pile but I made a mistake and stumbled across a couple of pretty negative reviews for The Duke is Mine. So Despite the fact that I really loved the first two books in the Happily Ever After series I was wary about even picking this one up. I'm glad I put my reservations to one side though because I did really enjoy the story, I loved the relationship between Olivia and Quin and would have missed out on a treat if I hadn't given it a try.
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By Book Gannet TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Feb. 2012
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Olivia Lytton's whole life has been tailored to one goal - marriage to a duke. She's always known that one day she will be the Duchess of Canterwick. Except her bridegroom is five years younger than her, and sadly not right in the head. But if he'll make a bad duke, Olivia knows she'll be a worse duchess. She's too buxom, intelligence and witty, not to mention fascinated by bawdy jests. Positively vulgar!

Thankfully her twin sister Georgiana is every inch the lady. Which will make her the perfect match for the Duke of Sconce. Except this cold, intelligent duke can't take his eyes off Olivia - and she feels just the same. But with the duke's mother picking out his bride and Georgie claiming Sconce is perfect, how will Olivia ever find her own happy ending?

Thank goodness! Eloisa James has finally returned to heroes who respect their heroines. I've always loved how EJ's different heroes handled falling in love, until her last three, who all slept with a gently bred, unmarried girl and then refused to marry her. Not so with Quin. True, he spends plenty of time fighting his attraction - with good reason - but once he succumbs, he goes all the way. What a relief.

Elsewhere Olivia is an interesting heroine. I'll admit I found her constant wit pretty boring to begin with. The way she treats Rupert (to his face, at least) made me think differently, and I liked her best when she was defending him to others (less so when she's talking about him with Georgie). I also liked how she brought out a different side in Quin. I didn't like him much at first either, but he definitely grew on me. I loved how his and Olivia's relationship developed.

However, the start is a bit shaky and the end turned into a bit of a farce.
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