Chick lit, historical, contemporary, fantasy, time-travel, paranormal romance
Feb 8th, 2011, 8:53 am
The Desperate Duchesses by Eloisa James
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Overview: Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. Her novels have been published to great acclaim. A reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa's very first book that she "found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar"; later People Magazine raved that "romance writing does not get much better than this." Her novels have repeatedly received starred reviews from Publishers' Weekly and Library Journal and regularly appear on the best-seller lists.

    It's love at first sight for the sheltered Lady Roberta St. Giles -- whose father is a poet known as the "Mad Marquess" -- when she spies the Duke of Villiers across a ballroom. Determined to marry him, she accepts an invitation to a party at the home of Jemma, the Duchess of Beaumont.
    The naughty, notorious duchess has just returned from France, ready to take on a new challenge. She finds it when she agrees to help a friend ruin Villiers. Jenna realizes Roberta is the perfect pawn to lure him into a chess tournament that would destroy him.
    But Jemma's brother, Lord Gryffyn, Damon Reeves, vows to protect Roberta from Villiers and falls in love with her himself. How to avenge a wrong and find true love; now that's the rub!

    It's a new season for the Desperate Duchesses, and of course there's a scandal -- a duel between Jemma's brother and the Duke of Villiers. But there's more. Jemma, the Duchess of Beaumont, is reunited with Poppy, the Duchess of Fletcher.
    Four years ago Fletch, the Duke of Fletcher, and Poppy fell in love in Paris, but that love appears to be lost. Poppy hopes to build a new life, and Fletch plans to woo her back, unwilling to lose the woman he still lusts after, the duke is determined to win back his beguiling brides delectable affections . . . and surpass the heady days of first love with a truly sinful seduction.. Meanwhile, Jemma and her husband live almost separate lives. Their only pleasure comes from their chess matches. And then there's the Duke of Villiers, who's healing from his wound and near death when Caroline helps his recovery by befriending him. Their companionship grows into something more.

    Harriet, Duchess of Berrow, is desperate to flee the sadness of being a widow. Whether presiding over the Shire Court of the Duchy of Berrow, or dressed as a prim Mother Goose at an extravagant masquerade ball thrown by one of her wicked friends, Harriet’s in a rut. And she’s beginning to long for something altogether different.
    It’s time for a complete change of pace – she will throw off her widow’s weeds and escape…to the famously dissolute house party held at Lord Strange’s country estate? But no duchess can appear at one of Strange’s parties without risking her reputation forever. So when the Duke of Villiers offers to accompany Harriet, she jumps at the chance – even if it means disguising herself as a young man.

    As a child, Lady Isidore was wed by proxy to Simeon Jermyn, the Duke of Cosway. Since then he's been in the Middle East, searching for personal peace. Desperate to be a wife, Isidore writes him, asking him to return and take on the duties of duke and husband.
    Simeon's stunned to find his wife surrounded by many men who admire her beauty and wit. He's trained his mind and body to be free of physical needs, yet the duke finds it hard to ignore his overwhelming desire for his wife. The struggle between his mind and body explodes as jealousy strikes and the couple begins to learn about one another and what it means to be given the gift of love.

    For nine years, Jemma, the Duchess of Beaumont, has lived a seemingly carefree existence on the continent while her husband, Elijah, builds his political career. Few know why she fled on her wedding night, and most believe the rumors of her scandalous affairs.
    Now, Elijah needs an heir and summons Jemma home to do her wifely duty. She's shocked by her immediate sensual reaction to Elijah and wonders what would happen if they were to rebuild their marriage. So Jemma sets out to seduce her husband, allowing their mature passions to lead them on a sensual journey to love. But there's a shadow over their happiness, and Jemma will have to work to keep Elijah -- and their newfound love -- alive.

    It's time for Villiers to wed. He's searched for, and found, his illegitimate children and now needs a woman who will love them. But she must also be his social equal. Eleanor, the Duke of Monague's daughter,
    is perfect: intelligent, beautiful and passionate. They appear well suited, and their heated kisses convince Villiers she's perfection.
    However, when the entire entourage goes to the Duke of Gilner's estate, Villiers meets the duke's fun-loving,
    capricious, quick-witted daughter Lisette. Suddenly he wonders who will make the better mother -- a woman who plays with his children or the one who teaches them control, gives them direction and disciplines them? It isn't until a former lover appears and Villiers is willing to fight a duel that he knows which woman is meant to be his forever.

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Feb 8th, 2011, 8:53 am
Last edited by Valie on Feb 7th, 2012, 6:52 pm, edited 7 times in total.
Feb 8th, 2011, 1:48 pm
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Feb 8th, 2011, 1:48 pm