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A Duke in Retreat

Gina was forced into marriage with the Duke of Girton at an age when she'd have been better off in a schoolroom than a ballroom. Directly after the ceremony her handsome spouse promptly fled to the continent, leaving the marriage unconsummated and Gina quite indignant.

A Lady In the Middle

Now, she is one of the most well-known ladies in London ... living on the edge of scandal—desired by many men, but resisting giving herself to any one.

A Duchess in Love

Finally, Camden, the Duke of Girton, has returned home, to discover that his naïve bride has blossomed into the toast of the town. Which leaves Cam in the most uncomfortable position of discovering that he has the bad manners to be falling in love—with his own wife!

Topics: England, First in a Series, Love Triangle, Social Class, Love, and Marriage

Published: HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780061794995
List price: $5.99
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Duchess in Love is advertised as classic historical romance, but I must admit that it delivered more than I expected. We get not only the romance between duchess Gina and her not-quite-husband Camden but also we get a glimpse into a structure of a society in historical England and it's attitude towards marriage and relationships.
The plot revolves around Gina and her circle of friends - and surprise surprise none of them has a conventional marriage. Although the focus is on a development (and of course finally HEA) between Gina and her love interests, we also get an intro into lives of her friends. I am guessing that they will be featured in the next books in this series and frankly I can't wait. I liked them - they were unorthodox and flaunting the conventions. Very refreshing instead of the usual shy and naive heroines in historical romance novels.
So why the low rating then? Because, I don't know who annoyed me more - Gina or her husband. They were both pigheaded and stubborn and could not see the obvious things...
But I love Eloisa James's writing style and her side characters, so I will get back fore more. ;)
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So much better than the last couple of romances I read, although James does not even seem to be attempting to be historically accurate. Still, it was funny with good dialogue and likeable characters.more
A nice light, fast read for a Sunday morning. There are lots of characters, one or two who look likely to have interesting stories in the later books in the series. Passed the time very nicely.more
I really enjoyed Duchess in Love. It is true that there was quite a cast of characters and it got a little complicated at times. I will also admit that it took reading the second book in the series (Fool in Love) to completely warm up to some of the characters. However, I enjoyed Gina and Cam and all the adventures.more
Gina was married too young and her husband ran away to the continent. Now she's older but she'd like a life, a romance, something. Her wanting something has lead her almost to scandal. Now her husband is back and they have to deal with their feelings and whether or not they want to actually stay together.It's pretty predictable but fun.more
This was a complicated plot with a lot of relationships. I liked it but I felt it wrapped up a little too quickly. When and why did Gina decide to follow Cam? I did enjoy what I would consider a triple epilogue. Happily-ever-after does take a little bit of adjustment.more
This novel simply wasn't up to the standards that exist in my mind for James. It wasn't as witty or snappy as her earlier works are. The plot was so convoluted, and I found several of the characters to be hard to sympathize with. Their reasoning simply made no sense, or they were ninnies. I have no real desire to read about any of the other characters save one, which is surprising given that I usually am driven to know all about the various characters. Maybe I am simply becoming a more discerning reader. I'm fairly certain that I will be tossing this one back to the used bookstore. There are other books she's written that are good; this simply wasn't one of them.more
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Duchess in Love is advertised as classic historical romance, but I must admit that it delivered more than I expected. We get not only the romance between duchess Gina and her not-quite-husband Camden but also we get a glimpse into a structure of a society in historical England and it's attitude towards marriage and relationships.
The plot revolves around Gina and her circle of friends - and surprise surprise none of them has a conventional marriage. Although the focus is on a development (and of course finally HEA) between Gina and her love interests, we also get an intro into lives of her friends. I am guessing that they will be featured in the next books in this series and frankly I can't wait. I liked them - they were unorthodox and flaunting the conventions. Very refreshing instead of the usual shy and naive heroines in historical romance novels.
So why the low rating then? Because, I don't know who annoyed me more - Gina or her husband. They were both pigheaded and stubborn and could not see the obvious things...
But I love Eloisa James's writing style and her side characters, so I will get back fore more. ;)
more
So much better than the last couple of romances I read, although James does not even seem to be attempting to be historically accurate. Still, it was funny with good dialogue and likeable characters.more
A nice light, fast read for a Sunday morning. There are lots of characters, one or two who look likely to have interesting stories in the later books in the series. Passed the time very nicely.more
I really enjoyed Duchess in Love. It is true that there was quite a cast of characters and it got a little complicated at times. I will also admit that it took reading the second book in the series (Fool in Love) to completely warm up to some of the characters. However, I enjoyed Gina and Cam and all the adventures.more
Gina was married too young and her husband ran away to the continent. Now she's older but she'd like a life, a romance, something. Her wanting something has lead her almost to scandal. Now her husband is back and they have to deal with their feelings and whether or not they want to actually stay together.It's pretty predictable but fun.more
This was a complicated plot with a lot of relationships. I liked it but I felt it wrapped up a little too quickly. When and why did Gina decide to follow Cam? I did enjoy what I would consider a triple epilogue. Happily-ever-after does take a little bit of adjustment.more
This novel simply wasn't up to the standards that exist in my mind for James. It wasn't as witty or snappy as her earlier works are. The plot was so convoluted, and I found several of the characters to be hard to sympathize with. Their reasoning simply made no sense, or they were ninnies. I have no real desire to read about any of the other characters save one, which is surprising given that I usually am driven to know all about the various characters. Maybe I am simply becoming a more discerning reader. I'm fairly certain that I will be tossing this one back to the used bookstore. There are other books she's written that are good; this simply wasn't one of them.more
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