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review; this duchess of mine

Title: This Duchess Of Mine
Series: Desperate Duchesses
Author: Eloisa James
Genre: Adult, Romance
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Avon

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 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 love… with his own wife?

I haven’t read a historical romance in a while, but I started and finished this in a night because it was a little emotional, yes – I definitely loved the little bit of angst, but could have done with more of it – and steamy, and I am back in a romance mood. I go through phases when it comes with romance like this, and it’s been a while since I’ve wanted to read one.

The characters really jumped off the page the best when they were together – at other times, I felt like they were a little bit superficial and arrogant. Maybe it was the setting, maybe I’ve been reading more diverse books so I was hoping for a little more depth, but as far as a steamy romance goes, it delivered.

It could be a little annoying, because I could not click fully with any of the characters. Their relationship was fun to read, the way they both did care for one another but were misconstruing the other’s feelings. Miscommunication and obliviousness, when done well, is always fun to read in a romance, and the author did not push it to an extent where it felt contrived.

The highlight of the novel were definitely the steamy scenes though. And I’ve never usually been one for those, but I guess it shows how tastes can change, and how, when it is done well, with a good deal of emotion and well-written turns of phrase thrown in, one can be pleasantly surprised.

I’m Ara, a Southeast Asian writer who someday hopes to have published a novel, and who is currently losing herself in the worlds created by others. I love books and food and television and blogging and I get distracted and sidetracked easily.

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