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Desperate Duchesses

Desperate Duchesses

Escrito por Eloisa James

Narrado por Rosalyn Landor


Desperate Duchesses

Escrito por Eloisa James

Narrado por Rosalyn Landor

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3.5/5 (30 valoraciones)
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10 horas
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Publicado:
Jul 6, 2010
ISBN:
9780062025425
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Audiolibro

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Welcome to a world of reckless sensuality and glittering sophistication . . . of dangerously handsome gentlemen and young ladies longing to gain a title . . . of games played for high stakes, including-on occasion-a lady's virtue.

A marquess's sheltered only daughter, Lady Roberta St. Giles falls in love with a man she glimpses across a crowded ballroom: a duke, a game player of consummate skill, a notorious rakehell who shows no interest in marriage-until he lays eyes on Roberta.

Yet the Earl of Gryffyn knows too well that the price required to gain a coronet is often too high. Damon Reeve, the earl, is determined to protect the exquisite Roberta from chasing after the wrong destiny.

Can Damon entice her into a high-stakes game of his own, even if his heart is likely to be lost in the venture?

Editorial:
Publicado:
Jul 6, 2010
ISBN:
9780062025425
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Audiolibro


Sobre el autor

Eloisa James is a professor of English literature, specializing in Shakespeare. She teaches at Fordham University in New York City, and lives in New Jersey. Oxford University Press published her academic book in 2000.

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  • (3/5)
    I enjoyed this book. James has set up a number of interesting subplots that link to the other books in the series. Unfortunately, for Desperate Duchesses, I felt the heroine, Roberta, was a bit too flat as a character to allow this book to truly standout.
    However, I do look forward to reading some of the other titles in Desperate Duchesses series, and am overcome by a strange urge to learn how to play chess.
  • (5/5)
    I can say that time has changed, and women are more liberal with their bodies and take whomever they want now. Making the traditional values more of not the norm, but it did not give women the freedom as they have desired. However, it is the power of owning their body, mind and the use of their free will. It is incredible to learn and to remember that such a time is becoming a thing of the past. However, It is a very much better time, and I love the ending of the story. Both couples are meant for one another.
  • (2/5)
    eh, 2 1/2 stars really. the characters i like the most were not the main characters. the couples are all connected though. and they all flirt/make out/get engaged/or more with other folks than the one they will end up with which annoys me greatly. is skimmed the second one and the same thing happens and for some reason the main romance is not a couple from this book. sigh.
  • (3/5)
    Enjoyed the storyline and the characters, but the time period is a little too far back for me.. not sure if I will continue this series.
  • (1/5)
    Read this for the Vaginal Fantasy Hangout bookclub. This was my review for them...
    Well I finished it, but it took a great effort to "muscle past the gag reflex" to quote a great Pixar film. It never got any better. When I read in some of the reviews that it got better after the FIRST 20 CHAPTERS I knew I was in trouble, but when I got there, I realized they all lied(sorry ladies and gents, nothing personal)! There was a horrendous amount of build-up for a rather lack-luster ending (somewhat like the sexy-times in the book, if I am making comparisons), and I never felt like the characters were believable in their relationships. Okay, maybe in their familial relationships somewhat, but not the romantic ones. Overall, I give it a great, big meh.
  • (1/5)
    I legitimately thought I was never going to finish this story. There was something about it that just bugged me relentlessly. I didn't feel any emotional depth from any character. I always stick up for the female lead of a story, but Roberta was just --- not remotely likable.

    Then again, no one was particularly likable. The most interesting story was the side story about the cheating spouses. But even that was a bit of a farce. I had high hopes for my first Eloisa James book, but this was not a good jumping off point.
  • (3/5)
    As promised, I’m on an EJ kick ever since I loved the ‘Seven Minutes in Heaven’ so I’m plowing through all the desperate duchesses and this is the first one in the series. First, I must say that the author took a chance in giving us multiple points of view and some of you will like it and some of you will hate it. As for myself, I’m somewhere in between. I thought it was well done because it introduced us to the future main characters and their personalities and backgrounds, but at times it felt a bit confusing because of the multiple story lines happening all at once.

    Which brings me to the main characters of this book, Lady Roberta St. Giles and Damon Reeve, Earl of Gryffyn. I honestly think that the lack of chemistry between the two is due to their story being lost in the shuffle of everyone else vying for attention.

    I wished that the romance was moving a bit faster, but I did understand why it didn’t. Our heroine was “in love” for the most part of the book with Duke of Villiers and our poor hero kept chasing her around trying to talk her out of her “obsession” with the duke.

    However, regardless of all that, I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Duchess of Beaumont and her husband, Elijah and the Duke of Villier’s intrigued me to no end.

    In the end, this is more of an ensemble cast of characters that at times appear that they’re chasing the wrong love interest, and I do recommend it being read before you tackle the rest of the series. It will be less confusing. Trust me.

    Melanie for b2b
  • (3/5)
    OK, a bit more saucy than I expected. Perfectly acceptable, even enjoyable, fun read.
  • (4/5)
    I love, love, love Eloisa James! (If a Shakespearean professor can write Regency romances, then it's okay for a lowly junior high English teacher to read them voraciously, right? That's my story, and I'm stickin' to it!) This is the first in her Desperate Duchesses series, and it's definitely setting the stage for the rest of the books to come (I'm not sure I'm going to be able to stick to the chronological order, though, because after this one I *really* want to see Jemma and Elijah's story! I'm going to attempt to be good, though.); even though this is Roberta and Damon's story, James gives you a wealth of other characters to enjoy and look forward to reading more about. As usual, her research really shines through in this book without it reading like a textbook, and the numerous allusions to Shakespeare and other literary personages just make it even more fun. I can't wait to continue on with the rest of the series...good thing I'm on break!
  • (2/5)
    This book started off really badly and I almost didn't finish it. It felt like all the duchesses were whining brats that were married but had affairs that weren't even secret from their husbands. In fact is was like it was expected! It felt like it was a Victorian age Melrose Place and it was a giant soap opera. Not really my thing. I would have given it one star but it did get a little better in the end and I was happy with the ending. I don't think I will be reading the rest of this series though.
  • (4/5)
    I like the central conceit of this book, that an unhappily married Duchess, Jemma, who's returned to London to do her duty and provide an heir, introduces her country cousin to society in order to help her snag her own Duke. This is a fun fast read.
  • (4/5)
    I really enjoyed this book. I had not previously read anything by this author and mow I'm going to make up for that and try to get hold of most of her backlist. There's lots of humor but what is even more important to me is that there was no jarring historical inaccuracy and the prose was very readable. The two main characters, Damon and Roberta, were both charming without BEING FOOLISH. The other characters were also important and feel like a tapestry rather than chess pieces (although chess plays a large role in this book).
  • (5/5)
    I loved this! Roberta is a smart character, and though she is a bit naive, she's also refreshingly forthright, and the reader will be almost as charmed by her as is Damon, her very distant cousin, and the man who decides he'll marry, while trying to help her catch the attention of the notorious duke Roberta is in love with.Great characters, sexy and romantic and witty - I plan to read my way through as many of James' romances as I can!
  • (4/5)
    Lady Roberta St Giles is a woman who has lived with the fact that her family isn't in any way normal or ordinary. Her father is a poet who lives with women openly in a way that makes people ask questions about his family. She calls on a relative to try to get herself on the market. When she sees the Duke of Villiers, a notorious rakehell, she decides he is to be hers.Damon Reeve, the Earl of Gryffyn thinks differently, but can he win?It's fun, full of complicated relationships, chess and duels. It was a fun, light read.
  • (3/5)
    After reading any number of comments about this author on the Regency list I finally decided to give James a try. I've read that she's a 'love her or hate her' kind author so I started the first chapter with as open a mind as I could. I'm not into chess so I was bored with that aspect, actually couldn't see WHY James decided on that particular thing as the kernel of the story but trudged on. While the actual story covered a very short period of time it felt like I was reading the book for a very long period of time, not a good sign at all, especially since I have the 2nd and 3rd books in this series on loan from the library and will have to renew them. Sometimes an author's voice and I just don't blend very well but I'm hoping the 2nd book will appeal to me more. What started me on this journey is a co-worker gave me one of James' books and it turned out to to be the 4th book in this quartet, so what else could a reader do but start with the first book. I'm just glad I didn't spend money on these books - bless our libraries.
  • (4/5)
    As a general rule of thumb, I greatly enjoy Eloisa James. She has a fun, snappy style of writing, her dialogue is great, and she has plots that aren't the norm. Those three things automatically garner my attention and repeat reading. This book, while I enjoyed it, wasn't quite up to James' standards, I feel. There were a couple of times when she almost immediately contradicted herself (at one point Roberta says that thinking about her prospective fiance's debauched life makes her wince, and at the beginning of the next chapter, she says it doesn't bother her a bit because his indiscretions are nothing compared to the craziness of her father). Things were occasionally confusing, as there were a lot of peripheral characters that only marginally touched on the plot itself. But it was a decent plot, and I enjoyed reading it. It was everything I look for in a romance novel (taking my mind away from this world into a different one and keeping me amused), but it also wasn't as well written as some others.
  • (4/5)
    This is one of my favorite of Eloisa James's books. Set in the Georgian period instead of the Regency like most of James's books, this book has a charming story, memorable characters, and a touching love story. Damon is one of my favorite of James's heroes, and Villiers is a fascinating character as well. While James does fall into her traditional trap of not concentrating enough on the main story, it's not as destructive here as usual - probably because the other characters are interesting as well. A good book!
  • (3/5)
    This was a story that dragged at times, but for the most part it flowed decently. I wouldn't say that it was a page turner, because it was rather...annoying at times. A girl falls in love with a duke at a ball while at home in the courntry and then goes to London in hopes of snaring the duke. Her father has money, she has intelligence, but her father has sheltered her from the world and refused to let her live fashionably- even letting his mistresses raise her. The story has 2 parts, one of which bored me to tears about how chess was such a rage and her relation, the duchess, who puts her up in London is having a chess match with the duke that is the heroine's love and the duke that is the duchess's husband. The other story is how the girl wants to marry the duke but is being seduced into loving the duchess's brother, an earl. It's ok, but not worth rereading. The second in the series, An Affair Before Christmas, was MUCH better.
  • (5/5)
    Taken from the back cover: A marquess's sheltered only daughter, Lady Roberta St. Giles falls in love with a man she glimpses across a crowded ballroom: a duke, a game player of consummate skill, a notorious rakehell who shows no interest in marriage. The Earl of Gryffyn,Damon Reeve, is determined to protect Roberta from chasing after the wrong destiny.From me: As befitting the title, the dukes and duchesses are more interesting than our lead romance most of the way through the book. This book is funny, witty, charming, fun, full of great characters and obviously the setup for the forthcoming series. I can't wait to see how the Duke and Duchess of Beaumont work out their miscommunication. And I am rooting for Villiers (our sort of villian) to make a happy match (male or female I'm not sure). I really enjoyed the book, but do wish I felt more interest in Roberta and Damon.