This Duchess of Mine

This Duchess of Mine[Reading] ➶ This Duchess of Mine ➬ Eloisa James – Tbjewellers.co.uk No man can resist Jemma s sensuous allure Except her own husband Wedding bells celebrating the arranged marriage between the lovely Duchess of Beaumont and her staid, imperturbable duke had scarcely f No man can resist Jemma s sensuous allure Except her own husband Wedding bells celebrating the arranged marriage between the lovely Duchess of Beaumont and her staid, imperturbable duke had scarcely fallen silent This Duchess eBook ë when a shocking discovery sent Jemma running from the ducal mansion For the next nine years she cavorted abroad, creating one delicious scandal after another if one is to believe the rumorsElijah, Duke of Beaumont, did believe those rumorsBut the handsome duke needs an heir, so he summons his seductive wife home Jemma laughs at Elijah s cool eyes and icy heart but to her secret shock, she doesn t share his feelings In fact, she wants the impossible her husband s heart at her feetBut what manner of seduction will make a man fall desperately in love with his own wife.

New York Times bestselling author 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 This Duchess eBook ë 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 listsAfter graduating from Harvard University, Eloisa got an MPhil from Oxford University, a PhD from Yale and eventually became a Shakespeare professor, publishing an academic book with Oxford University Press Currently she is an associate professor and head of the Creative Writing program at Fordham University in New York City Her double life is a source of fascination to the media and her readers In her professorial guise, she s written a New York Times op ed defending romance, as well as articles published everywhere from women s magazines such as More to writers journals such as the Romance Writers ReportEloisaon her double life When I m not writing novels, I m a Shakespeare professor It s rather like having two lives The other day I bought a delicious pink suit to tape a television segment on romance I ll never wear that suit to teach in, nor even to give a paper at the Shakespeare Association of America conference It s like being Superman, with power suits for both lives Yet the literature professor in me certainly plays into my romances The Taming of the Duke April has obvious Shakespearean resonances, as do many of my novels I often weave early modern poetry into my work the same novel might contain bits of Catullus, Shakespeare and anonymous bawdy ballads from the th centuryWhen I rip off my power suit, whether it s academic or romantic, underneath is the rather tired, chocolate stained sweatshirt of a mom Just as I use Shakespeare in my romances, I almost always employ my experiences as a mother When I wrote about a miscarriage in Midnight Pleasures, I used my own fears of premature birth when the little girl in Fool For Love threw up and threw up, I described my own daughter, who had that unsavory habit for well over her first year of lifeSo I m a writer, a professor, a mother and a wife My husband Alessandro is Italian, born in Florence We spend the lazy summer months with his mother and sister in Italy It always strikes me as a huge irony that as a romance writer I find myself married to a knight, a cavaliere, as you say in ItalianOnethingI m a friend I have girlfriends who are writers and girlfriends who are Shakespeare professors And I have girlfriends who are romance readers In fact, we have something of a community going on my website Please stop by and join the conversation on my readers pages.

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 370 pages
  • This Duchess of Mine
  • Eloisa James
  • English
  • 20 March 2018
  • 0061626821

10 thoughts on “This Duchess of Mine

  1. says:

    Infidelity galore After his marriage, the hero continued daily trysts with his long time mistress supposedly because, he wanted to show his colleagues that he s not sexual deviant like his late father Yeah, right, as if jumping from the conjugal bed to the office desk waspalatable conduct than his deceased father s And then, for revenge, the heroine engaged in her own liaisons in Paris to shock husband into fetching her Not content with that, she further raised eyebrows upon arriving i Infidelity galore After his marriage, the hero continued daily trysts with his long time mistress supposedly because, he wanted to show his colleagues that he s not sexual deviant like his late father Yeah, right, as if jumping from the conjugal bed to the office desk waspalatable conduct than his deceased father s And then, for revenge, the heroine engaged in her own liaisons in Paris to shock husband into fetching her Not content with that, she further raised eyebrows upon arriving in London with her private chess matches with husband s friend Pathetic, much Marriage Counseling 101 Mature grown ups don t engage in these destructive games of tit for tat So much punches and counterpunches have been made that in the end, it no longer matters who started what or who caused the most damaged or why they re even fighting after nine years Both of them should be banished to their rooms without supper.It s fortunate that this isn t my first foray into EJ world otherwise, I would have missed her better books

  2. says:

    Eloisa James writes light historicals often featuring multiple and ongoing storylines She is not your typical Avon historical author She has an unpredictable disposition as a writer and marches to her own drum, so to speak First of all, let me say that this is a charming story EJ has a witty, amusing style and the book proceeds at a steady pace with no noticable lull I liked it but ultimately, I was not fully satisfied with the story she told here It s all about expectations.This book cann Eloisa James writes light historicals often featuring multiple and ongoing storylines She is not your typical Avon historical author She has an unpredictable disposition as a writer and marches to her own drum, so to speak First of all, let me say that this is a charming story EJ has a witty, amusing style and the book proceeds at a steady pace with no noticable lull I liked it but ultimately, I was not fully satisfied with the story she told here It s all about expectations.This book cannot be read as a stand alone book it s the fifth book in the Desperate Duchesses Series Elijah and Jemma were introduced in the very first book and their meandering journey back into each other s lives after Eli s betrayal of Jemma and a nine year estrangement was an on going storyline throughout the series In the 4th book WHEN THE DUKE RETURNS both Eli and Jemma had already decided on each end that they want to be together and I was left wondering just what is really left to talk about and what kind of story is left to be told in THIS DUCHESS OF MINE My fears turned out to be well founded.The story EJ decides to tell here is one of flirtation A loooooooooong flirtation Between a MARRIED couple Their marriage might have been arranged but I would think a married couple would be beyond this coyness It came across as one long STALLING tactic as I waited impatiently for them to have The Talk You know, the one about why WHY did Eli keep a mistress WHY did he tell Jemma that he loved his mistress when she caught them literally in the act EJ answers the former but not the latter Where is the payoff But this is a charming book, right Jemma Eli are well matched and the first time they make love again after so many years while blindfolded and playing a chess match visible only on a mental plane is one of the most ununusal and memorable love scenes I have ever come across It s probably the highpoint of the book However, it s not the most unusual love scene ever I leave the superlatives to EJ who used an excessive and annoying amount of them throughout the book Eli is the most beautiful man in all of bloody England Jemma was the most clever English Duchess in Paris Her skin tasted like the most delicious food the world has to offer And on it went I just hope she cuts excessive superlatives out for the next book but it s too late for her to tell the Jeli story she should have told here.Ten novels ago, EJ wrote another book about a different estranged married couple in YOUR WICKED WAYS The hero, Rhys, in that, was a selfish clod and the heroine, Helene, was a rigid, needy woman Neither were as beautiful and witty as Jemma Eli but their reconciliation was handledresponsibly and it was the better book because of it.Grade B

  3. says:

    A girl s guide to saving her train wrecked marriage.This story had a bad start from many points of view First of all we knew that Jemma and Elijah s situation was bad from the start He cheated on her, she caught them, he told her that he loved his mistress and she left him Nine years of failed marriage are difficult to overcome The second problem is Elijah s heart He knows he is going to die soon and his situation is getting worse by each passing day The story started when Elijah wants to A girl s guide to saving her train wrecked marriage.This story had a bad start from many points of view First of all we knew that Jemma and Elijah s situation was bad from the start He cheated on her, she caught them, he told her that he loved his mistress and she left him Nine years of failed marriage are difficult to overcome The second problem is Elijah s heart He knows he is going to die soon and his situation is getting worse by each passing day The story started when Elijah wants to win back Jemma Tough luck there son Nine years too late don t you think I actually feel bad for Jemma and I blame all their problems on Elijah He s the one who cheated he s the one who let things go downhill His reason was doing the right thing but it only made things worse The whole beginning of the book is strange because things are bad between them and yet they both have feelings for each other The amount of years they wasted might be too much to allow things to get fixed between them Now my question was how the hell will Eloisa James fix all this And how come they still have feelings for each other after all this time And last but not least, why now Why the sudden change of feelings in both of them I was thinking about what might have been Elijah s catalyst for his change of feelings towards his wife Thinking that he s going to die made him want to set things right Earn his place in heaven Doing, as always, what s right Since we re speaking of what is right , his selfishness bothered me Even though he s sick and probably dying soon he still doesn t want to leave his seat in the House of Lords He could spend the last days of his life with his wife After nine years of not doing anything right this is the least he could do.I may be a selfish person but I wouldn t want my husband to choose politics over me Same goes with the cheating part I get that Elijah used the old if you love something let it go, if it belongs to you it will come back gig A two edged knife I may say especially since he waited for so long and did nothing to patch things up Personally, I hate cheaters I don t think I would give a second chance after an accident similar to theirs And to make things worse he also abandoned her, or gave her space as he puts it This was just stupid but alas I m not Jemma and Jemma is not me I m a cruel bastard Booyah I liked the story overall but there were some points that I found stupid For example when Jemma wanted to spice up her husband s life Her idea Hook him up with her rival and then try her best to win him back WTF Sadistic much I really found this unnecessary and immature And eventually this lead to nothing, thus becoming a waste of time And paper We should save the trees Awwww tree hugger and bunny Too much cuteness Villiers is damn funny in this book Even though the things he does i.e gathering his illegitimate children like they are lost chickens tend to be a bit dramatic WTF is he going to do with so many kids Does he want to form a junior football team or what I m cold hearted I know but I can t help from laughing at this I actually feel bad for Villiers He is by far my favorite character in the series and I feel bad for him when I see how many women use him, or dump him, or use him and then dump him It fits that he should have the spotlight when this series ends Aaand I will enjoy seeing him be a father I bet he ll make a damn good one Seeing his stuck up self ordering the little devils around, getting dirt on his immaculate clothing and maybe grow a few white hairs It will be better than watching TV.And speaking of Villiers was I the only one who thought he was a true hero when he was using his sword steel sword you perverts to defend the children New Fruit Ninja record I bet I can beat his highscore A thing I liked about this book is the unexpected twist in the story At the beginning it was tense and sad and then BOOM It got sexy all of the sudden Elijah seemed like a cold boring man and when he pulled down the curtains and showed his real self does that sound wrong only to me I was pleasantly surprised It made me give a bitcredibility to the whole nine year old f ckup problem Pop quiz In a match of chess who do you think would win Jemma or Elijah view spoiler This is only my opinion thus not really a spoiler Elijah cause he s a boss hide spoiler Another thing that I liked was the fact that Elijah might or will die I m not sadistic or anything or maybe I am just a lil bit but it kept me on the edge I kept on thinking of how he ll get out of it, about the logical explanation for his heart behaving like that Surely Eloisa James won t kill her hero Or will she dramatic music To lose the person you love is one of the toughest tests we encounter in life I like the way Eloisa James expressed Jemma and Elijah s feelings, the way this particular tragedy managed not to separate them but quite the opposite They made peace with each other they gave forgiveness and love and received a bit of happiness Now, cause I m mean I won t tell you whether Elijah lives or dies You have to read to find out.B t dub are you angry with me yet No Are you sure Later then Aaaaand in the end Mrs James pulled off the whole heart problem thing I have to admit that it was too easy for my taste You must know by now that I don t get happy with easy things, I prefer twisted and weird To my complete disappointment Elijah didn t turn into a zombie disappointment noises made by the crowd in the background I know right Again they failed to bring in the zombies Gah What are these books nowadays Top 5 quotes 5He was the man she loved The man who loved honorthan his life, and certainlythan his wife There was nothing she could do but allow him to revel in his conquest. 4I love you, he said, the words rising from his heart naturally I love you, Jemma I love you The joy in her face shamed him To find all this bliss, at the end, he said, holding her tightly I don t deserve it, Jemma God knows, I don t deserve you3He lifted his hands, and her fingers fell from his wrists She was kneeling by his chair, just where she must have thrown herself Elijah put a hand on her hair and a small rose tumbled into his lap Like the roses one throws into the grave at funerals, he thought with a wrenching twist of self pity. 2Life should not be measured by time The only thing that counts is how one uses the time one has1Will you forgive me She blinked For what For not being able to stay with you forever Because I would, Jemma I promise I would I know, she whispered, brushing his lips with her own I know Read the review on ZombieHazard

  4. says:

    3 stars Historical RomanceThis is a rather odd reunion romance about a married couple who ve been separated for 9 years due to immaturity, ego, lies, infidelity, misunderstandings, pride, jealousy, and betrayals but suddenly find themselves obsessed and in love with each other like a couple of giddy, infatuated teenagers Most of the book is a long drawn out build up to their first reunion love scene, a chess game played in bed, that s one of the most unusual of any romance book that I ve read 3 stars Historical RomanceThis is a rather odd reunion romance about a married couple who ve been separated for 9 years due to immaturity, ego, lies, infidelity, misunderstandings, pride, jealousy, and betrayals but suddenly find themselves obsessed and in love with each other like a couple of giddy, infatuated teenagers Most of the book is a long drawn out build up to their first reunion love scene, a chess game played in bed, that s one of the most unusual of any romance book that I ve read Unfortunately, although it deserves credit for uniqueness and creativity, it was overly flowery and a tad boring, and I found myself skimming the pages Overall, it s a fairly good historical romance and definitely original, but this is the second book in the series that I ve read and so far, they just haven t satisfied my expectations based on all the positive praise I d heard regarding this series

  5. says:

    I have waited a long time to read this book And I m not just talking about the actual time between the reading of this and when I read the last one in the series I m talking about the fact that I ve been waiting for Jemma s story from the VERY BEGINNING of the series when she stole the show in the first book The wait is over and I m here to tell you, it was worth the wait and it was everything I expected andEven though Jemma and Elijah have been married for almost 10 years, they ve li I have waited a long time to read this book And I m not just talking about the actual time between the reading of this and when I read the last one in the series I m talking about the fact that I ve been waiting for Jemma s story from the VERY BEGINNING of the series when she stole the show in the first book The wait is over and I m here to tell you, it was worth the wait and it was everything I expected andEven though Jemma and Elijah have been married for almost 10 years, they ve lived apart for the majority of them due to an ugly scene during the first weeks of their marriage I won t go into detail here, if you ve read any of this series, you know exactly what happened and this book doesn t scrimp on the details Anyway.in this book we got to see them fall in love It was wonderful and romantic and put a silly smile on my face It was just what I wanted for Jemma But at the same time, I sobbed real live tears because just when Jemma and Elijah were falling in love and were happy, their time was limited due to Elijah s heart problems which are not a secret if you ve read any other books in the series LOL Without saying too much and spoiling it for you, I ll just say that I ended the book with a smile Now, on to Villiers book without waiting what seems like 24185266 months between

  6. says:

    Actually, I neededtime then it should to read this story Beginning was little boring, so I left this book to stand at my currently reading shelf for too long.But, I must say that it was remarkably good idea, to decide to read this story after all Because it was gooood Romantic, sad, hot etc And I loved Villiers DI would like to see, who became his duchess Recommendations for this book

  7. says:

    . This Duchess of Mine is the fifth installment of the Desperate Duchesses written by Eloisa James.Lady Isidore, the Duchess of Cosway, was ordered by her husband, Elijah, Duke of Beaumont, to return to his home and country in order to produce an heir Bad memories from the early months of their marriage had caused an enormous chasm between this couple She had suffered a grievous disappointment early in their marriage had instilled fear and doubts in her mind Her broken heart bubbled over wit This Duchess of Mine is the fifth installment of the Desperate Duchesses written by Eloisa James.Lady Isidore, the Duchess of Cosway, was ordered by her husband, Elijah, Duke of Beaumont, to return to his home and country in order to produce an heir Bad memories from the early months of their marriage had caused an enormous chasm between this couple She had suffered a grievous disappointment early in their marriage had instilled fear and doubts in her mind Her broken heart bubbled over with anxiety and trepidation Bad memories from the early months of their marriage had caused an enormous chasm between this couple Neither had been faithful to their marriage up to this point and he fears his wife will stray again, even while residing in his own home.This series is suitable forMATURE AUDIENCES ONLY BOOK DESCRIPTION No man can resist Jemma s sensuous allureExcept for her own husband Wedding bells celebrating the arranged marriage between the lovely Duchess of Beaumont and her staid, imperturbable duke had scarcely fallen silent when a shocking discovery sent Jemma running from the ducal mansion For the next nine years, she cavorted abroad, creating one delicious scandal after another if one is to believe the rumors.Elijah, Duke of Beaumont, did believe those rumors.But the handsome duke needs an heir, so he summons his seductive wife home Jemma laughs at Elijah s cool eyes and icy heart but to her secret shock, she doesn t share his feelings In fact, she wants the impossible her husband s heart at her feet.But what manner of seduction will make a man fall desperately in lovewith his own wife After Elijah, Duke of Beaumont experienced a stressful medical dilemma that fills him with fear, he is fully convinced that he does not have long to live and will die young as his father had before him Based on this assumption, Jemma, the Duchess of Beaumont was encouraged to reunite with him in London, after being estranged for several years To ensure the family line carries on, an heir must be conceived before the Duke expires from this earth.Then came the chess matches that consumed everyone, including all the members of the ton There were rumors flying in every direction about Jemma s match with another man because of the rumors and bets flying around regarding the speculation of an affair if the other man won the match Needless, Elijah and Jemma have an opportunity to repair their relationship Readers will journey with them through all the ups and downs they experience This is NOT a clean series Those who actually prefer steamy to clean and sweet might not view it as flawed Due to this aspect, I recommend it with reservations If you prefer clean and sweet reads, avoid this book It is not fair to an author when readers provide bad reviews about steamy scenes if they know they are included in advance I have been guilty of this offense myself It takes a lot of time and effort for an author to research and write each book And there are readers who prefer the material included in this one to a clean and wholesome read However, I actually prefer the latter This does have steamy sex scenes, so if you like a sex free book this is not it If you enjoy steamy reads, jump into this book looking forward to plenty This book is able to stand on its own, but if you read them in order, you will befamiliar with some of the characters that carry over Each story does include its own H.E.A., which is always a good way to conclude the adventure he reader entrusts their time to and have chosen to become involved with This Duchess of Mine Desperate Duchesses Book 5 Kindle Editionby Eloisa James Author Kindle EditionPrint Length 386 pages Shawna s ReviewThis is a rather odd reunion romance about a married couple who ve been separated for 9 years due to immaturity, ego, lies, infidelity, misunderstandings, pride, jealousy, and betrayals but suddenly find themselves obsessed and in love with each other like a couple of giddy, infatuated teenagers Most of the book is a long drawn out build up to their first reunion love scene, a chess game played in bed, that s one of the most unusual of any romance book that I ve read .

  8. says:

    But there was one thing he had to know He cupped her face in his hands, noting absently that his fingers were shaking Will you forgive me She blinked For what For not being able to stay with you forever Because I would, Jemma I promise I would I know, she whispered, brushing his lips with her own I know This is a perfect book Honestly, I could just leave my review at that one sentence and it would be complete It is perfect I read it in one sitting, not able to believe that Elo But there was one thing he had to know He cupped her face in his hands, noting absently that his fingers were shaking Will you forgive me She blinked For what For not being able to stay with you forever Because I would, Jemma I promise I would I know, she whispered, brushing his lips with her own I know This is a perfect book Honestly, I could just leave my review at that one sentence and it would be complete It is perfect I read it in one sitting, not able to believe that Eloisa James, who writes charming, quirky trifles, books that make me smile and that I forget almost as soon as I finish, wrote a book like this I spent chunks of this book ugly sobbing, I spent the others positively giddy, and I felt so ridiculously deeply for Jemma and Elijah that it might have been a tad unhealthy.The story of the Duke of Beaumont and his Duchess trying a cautious rapprochement in their broken marriage has been woven through the previous 4 books in the series some of which, I confess, I only read for their parts but honestly, reading the other books is not even necessary to get the emotional heft of this one Elijah and Jemma were married very young and it was an arranged marriage Jemma was infatuated with her handsome young husband, but Elijah wasinterested in his rising career in the House of Lords than his young wife Discovering him with a mistress a few weeks into the marriage, Jemma left him and went to France, where she eventually had some affairs of her own And now it s years later and the two of them have decided to try to give their marriage another chance for the sake of an heir, if nothing else So, why do I love this book In part, it s because Elijah and Jemma are both fiercely intelligent and Eloisa James writes them as such there is nothingannoying than a character who is supposed to be clever but who the author is incapable of writing that way They seduce each other as much through their brains as through their passion Then there is the fact that this book is a cornucopia of angst Elijah has a heart ailment which is about to kill him a major reason for the attempted reconciliation and, as I said, I spent chunks of the book ugly crying There is also the fact that Elijah is a type of hero romance novels do not do often enough he is neither a rake nor a manchild nor a witty wastrel He is someone who is driven almost too much by honor whether in politics or in accepting his guilt for his marriage falling apart One of the things I loved about the book is that he softens around the edges about being a workaholic trying to save the world but he never does give it up and Jemma accepts it about him, just as he accepts her impulses, her fashions, and her temper But ultimately, the reason I loved this book so much because it was such a complex portrayal of marriage Elijah and Jemma have both been sinned against and sinning, and the reasons for their initial break, their subsequent conduct through separate years, and their rediscovery of each other and falling in love with the person the other has become are just such a joy to read and not something I ve seen romance novels tackle much, and certainly not with such nuance and emotion view spoiler For example, the fact that after she left him, she kept hoping he d chase after her, but he wouldn t until after she took a lover, because he thought he owed her that and then got irrationally angry, while knowing how irrational it was is not neat or clean but feels perversely real As do his reasons for having a mistress he did not even like Or her taking her two lovers, and them being the men they were hide spoiler And then the two of them meeting again with a slate balanced, and discovering the person the other became and being drawn together not due to anger or guilt or one upsmanship but deep passion and compatibility.Everything just makes sense This isn t a sugary happily ever after but one deeply earned OK, I better stop ravingI love you, he said huskily You ve given me my life, Jemmatwice over In the end she cried.He was too happy for tears.

  9. says:

    Elijah and Jemma suck at marriage until they SURPRISE COMMUNICATE and suddenly everything is boners and emotions 1 I just need to comment on James s use of sweetheart as everyone s nickname once Feelings are afoot 2 I did like this, although I m struggling to really articulate what and why Partially, I think I m frustrated because some of the things that needed to be communicated Jemma s growing affection for Elijah Elijah s immense and abject regret explanations for why he claimed to Elijah and Jemma suck at marriage until they SURPRISE COMMUNICATE and suddenly everything is boners and emotions 1 I just need to comment on James s use of sweetheart as everyone s nickname once Feelings are afoot 2 I did like this, although I m struggling to really articulate what and why Partially, I think I m frustrated because some of the things that needed to be communicated Jemma s growing affection for Elijah Elijah s immense and abject regret explanations for why he claimed to have loved his mistress in the first place Jemma s reasoning for flirting with Villiers weren t, and things that had already been discussed were dissected again and again 3 I still liked it though 4 I also thought Elijah needed a bitdevelopment he was lusting Man Beast and Jealous Husband, but I wanted a bitto ground him in the world 5 BUT I STILL LIKED IT THOUGH 6 3.5 stars

  10. says:

    It perhaps would ve been a four stars read if it wasn t for that fairly quick and easy not to mention inaccurate since I happen to know a thing or two about heart diseases and usage of Digitalis in modern medicine solution at the end But I ve always been a little in love with Jemma and Elijah despite hard and awful start of their marriage I m not sure I would be quite as forgiving as Jemma was but I was satisfied with the story nonetheless.

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