- 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: nº1.043.957 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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Other than that, I will probably continue to read her books...as a distraction to the humdrum of the daily routine, lol, but also because, like most little girls who have never really "grown up" I continue to dream that maybe (someday) I too could finally realize that dream of becoming a fairy tale princess (or in EJ's case, a duchess)......
The Duke of Villiers, whom we've read quite a bit about in the previous Duchesses novels, is looking for a wife. Specifically, he requires the daughter of a duke. His six illegitimate children need a mother, and Villiers is determined to marry a woman of the highest standing in the hopes that his children will be accepted into Society.
Eleanor Lindel is the daughter of a duke--and a beautiful one at that. Once spurned in love by her childhood sweetheart, she has declared that only a duke will do when it comes to marriage. Naturally, when she meets Villiers, he seems to be a practical solution.
But Eleanor has competition in the form of the angelically lovely Lisette. The only other available daughter of a duke in the ton, Lisette is widely believed to be mad. But Villiers ignores such rumors and chooses to forge ahead with his plan to choose between Eleanor and the lovely Lisette. While Lisette proves herself to be quite maternal at least superficially, Eleanor is the one who makes his heart race.
When Gideon--Eleanor's lost love--makes an appearance at the country house, Villiers realizes that the tables have turned and now he faces competition.
One of the things I enjoy most about James's novels is her significant research. I read mostly for entertainment, but I also love to learn along the way. I always come away from a James novel with a new tidbit of knowledge about Shakespeare or the Georgian era or what have you. Because of her efforts to be authentic, her novels are always believable. And because I've read the entire series up to this point--watching Villiers's character develop along the way--it was immensely gratifying to see Villiers finally open his heart to someone other than the Duchess of Beaumont.