- Libro de bolsillo: 388 páginas
- Editor: Avon Books Usa; Edición: First THUS (24 de julio de 2009)
- Colección: Avon Historical Romance
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 006162683X
- ISBN-13: 978-0061626838
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº895.890 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
A Duke of Her Own (Avon Historical Romance) (Inglés) Libro de bolsillo – 24 jul 2009
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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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Eloisa James is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author and professor of English literature, who lives with her family in New York, but can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. She is the mother of two and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight. Visit her at www.eloisajames.com.
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A Duke of Her own was a pleasant surprise. The book is extremely well-paced and focused on the couple at hand. Although Villiers feels confusion, his confusion is paced on his sense of duty and honor, not on his feelings. Our heroine is amazing, and realistic. The book really explores love, and what it means to have a broken heart, in a way that is intimate and realistic. This is a romance novel in the best possible sense. It's one of those books that reminds you of your first love, and may help you realize that first love doesn't always mean best.
This is a book for your keeper shelf. The romance isn't scorching, but its heat will keep you warm for days, and the insights into love will last with you much longer.
P.S. Although the back of the book doesn't make it clear who Villiers belongs with, YOU will know within the first few chapters.
The whole Cinderella theme can only be played out so much.
A lot of reviewers did not want to disclose who the true female lead is, I wish they had. I started reading this book feeling as if Lissette would be the lead not Eleanor, which spoiled it even more for me, this constant anticipation -who will be the main female protagonist?
But the worst part was the competition for the male protagonist. May be I am getting old fashioned in my early thirties; however, I just do not like women competing for a man; it is not a representation of the romance genre for me. I read romances to feel chased (you know - escapism); I do not read them to want to chase a man.
Eleanor changed her dressing style - went out of her comfort zone to gain this man's affection. That is something I do not condone. It borders on desperation (and she pining away for a long lost love, determined never to marry - now after 10 min of conversation with the Duke, she is determined to change). Not my cup of tea!
If you are considering buying this book, the best advice I can give you is to ask yourself what appeals to you in a romance. Lightheartedness? O.K. you have it here. But if you like the more traditional novel where women do not compete for one man's affection, then this is not for you.
Readers are supposed to suspend disbelief in regencies, but even so some of the characters' behavior in this book is implausible even by today's standards. I read another book from this series, When the Duke Returns, which I enjoyed. I abandoned another one, This Duchess of Mine, after reading the sample and did not bother to download. I think I am done with this series.