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A Duke of Her Own
6th and last release in the Desperate Duchesses series

by Eloisa James

     

Lady Eleanor Lindel gave herself to her first love, Gideon, the Duke of Ashley, only to have him marry another. Since no eligible duke was available, Eleanor†swore she would only marry a duke, secretly sending a message to Gideon that she would always love him.

Years later, Leopold Dautry, the eligible Duke of Villiers, returns home to discover the solicitors to whom he sent funds to provide for his six illegitimate children has absconded with the money. Heís been able to locate three of his offspring, who now live with him,†and seeks the rest. He also seeks a wife who will take care of his children and eventually introduce them to society.

When Villiers meets Eleanor, he reveals why he seeks a wife, and that he also desires a son to carry on the title. Eleanor realizes her hope for love with Gideon is fruitless and accepts his suit, since she also wants children of her own.

But there is another possibility for Leopold: the charming Lisette, the daughter of the Duke of Gilner,†whose oddball notions†make many believe she is mad. Though drawn to Eleanor, whom he learns has a passionate nature, it is apparent to him that Lisette loves children and might make a better mother for his offspring. Despite the passion Eleanor and Villiers share, Eleanor believes that he will choose Lisette to be his wife.

After Gideonís wife dies, he returns to pursue Eleanor. But Eleanor realizes sheís fallen in love with Villiers and fears that, once again, the man she loves will choose another to wed.

A Duke of Her Own is an outstanding romance, with a solid, believable plot, tense emotional conflict, humorous dialogue (which had me laughing out loud), and love scenes that sizzled, especially the balcony scenes. The touching interchanges between Villiers and his son show that every dark hero has a soft spot in his heart, and Eleanorís emotional growth and realization of her love had me rooting for her. While I havenít read the previous releases in Eloisa Jamesí series, I will definitely do so. This poignant, sexy and engrossing romance stands on its own as an exceptional read.

The Book

Avon / Harpercollins
July 28, 2009
Paperback
006162683X / 978-0061626838
Historical romance, 1784 England
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The Reviewer

Linda Morelli
Reviewed 2009
NOTE: Reviewer Linda Morelli is the award-winning author of Lani's Challenge, Shadow of Doubt and Fiery Surrender.
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