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A Mischievous Charade …

Harriet, Duchess of Berrow, is tired of her title and the responsibilities that come along with it. Enough with proper tea parties and elegant balls; what Harriet really wants is to attend an outrageous soiree where she can unleash her wildest whims and desires. But to attend such an event—especially if the event in question is Lord Justinian Strange's rollicking fete, filled with noble rogues and rotters, risqué ladies and illicit lovers—would be certain scandal. That's why she must disguise herself …

Looking forward to a night of uninhibited pleasure, Lord Strange is shocked to discover that beneath the clothes of a no-good rake is the most beautiful woman in the room. Why is a woman like her risking her reputation at his notorious affair? And can he possibly entice her to stay … forever?

Topics: England, London, Widows, Crossdressing, Disguises, and Social Status

Published: HarperCollins on Oct 13, 2009
ISBN: 9780061793684
List price: $6.99
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Eloisa James is hit or miss with me, I don't like all her books. This one worked for me, I liked how Jem floundered, wondering how he could be so interested in the very young Harry. I enjoyed Jem and Harry a lot. What I didn't like was the forced fight at the end, I felt like the last 50 or so pages were only there because the book had to be X pages long. I was really disappointed with them and actually didn't need the daughter (Eugenia? something like that) to fall dramatically ill at all. Jem felt wretched enough and had learnt his lesson, it felt like over kill to me. I also hated the epilogue which made no sense either. So bulk of the book worked well, ending, not so much.read more
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This was interesting - Harriet, a widowed duchess, agrees to go to a notorious lord's house with a friend, but in order to fit in, Harriet disguises herself as a man. Delighted with the freedom she has dressed as such, Harriet gives herself over to riding, fencing, and discussions over port. But when the man of the house, Lord Strange, shows an interest in "Harry," as unsettling as it is for Lord Strange, Harriet soon finds herself in a tricky situation...This was VERY steamy - not for the shy. The characters are intriguing ( both main characters and supporting) and are well-developed. The insight Harriet gains into the differences between rules for women and for men was fascinating both for her and for me as the reader.Recommended.read more
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Another of James's fun, sexy Georgian romances. Harriet is tired of being a widow. For reasons of friendship, she winds up at one of Lord Strange's disreputable houseparties, disguised as a man. She loves the freedom it gives her. Meanwhile, Lord Strange is trying to figure out why he's so attracted to his new male guest. Hijinks ensue.read more
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Eloisa James is hit or miss with me, I don't like all her books. This one worked for me, I liked how Jem floundered, wondering how he could be so interested in the very young Harry. I enjoyed Jem and Harry a lot. What I didn't like was the forced fight at the end, I felt like the last 50 or so pages were only there because the book had to be X pages long. I was really disappointed with them and actually didn't need the daughter (Eugenia? something like that) to fall dramatically ill at all. Jem felt wretched enough and had learnt his lesson, it felt like over kill to me. I also hated the epilogue which made no sense either. So bulk of the book worked well, ending, not so much.
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This was interesting - Harriet, a widowed duchess, agrees to go to a notorious lord's house with a friend, but in order to fit in, Harriet disguises herself as a man. Delighted with the freedom she has dressed as such, Harriet gives herself over to riding, fencing, and discussions over port. But when the man of the house, Lord Strange, shows an interest in "Harry," as unsettling as it is for Lord Strange, Harriet soon finds herself in a tricky situation...This was VERY steamy - not for the shy. The characters are intriguing ( both main characters and supporting) and are well-developed. The insight Harriet gains into the differences between rules for women and for men was fascinating both for her and for me as the reader.Recommended.
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Another of James's fun, sexy Georgian romances. Harriet is tired of being a widow. For reasons of friendship, she winds up at one of Lord Strange's disreputable houseparties, disguised as a man. She loves the freedom it gives her. Meanwhile, Lord Strange is trying to figure out why he's so attracted to his new male guest. Hijinks ensue.
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The only reason I'm torturing myself by reading this series is someone gave me the 4th book and there's always a notorious backstory to everyone who keeps showing up in subsequent books. While I'm not against chick-in-pants stories (and we've often discussed them on the Regency list at YahooGroups) this one didn't do it for me. Firrst off: way too wordy. Maybe James was committed to x-number word count but there was a lot of repetitious stuff I skimmed. Secondly, where does she come up with the weird names for some of her characters. Eloisa James and I just don't meld well; thankfully I've been reading library books so have not had to shell out cash for them. Once this series is read I'm washing my hands of her. Too many other books in my TBR to waste time on hers.
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Eloisa James has the best characters and this is no exception. I especially enjoyed the daughter Eugenia. This book is comedic with the heroine dressing as a man to attend a house party without scandal. This book in the series had a better balance of main story plot line versus series plot line. Great tease for book 4 though.
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This time the desperate Duchess is Harriet, widowed when her husband committed suicide after losing a chess match. Tired of feeling inadequate and boring she ends up masquerading as a man at one of Lord Strange's notorious house parties. Despite his best efforts Strange finds himself attracted to Harry. The fun ensues as they try and work this out, a fast and funny read.
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