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Saturday, August 8, 2009

My Guilty Pleasure!

A Duke of Her Own
By Eloisa James
Avon Books; $7.99

As a book reviewer, I read a lot, A LOT, of books. From women’s fiction to mysteries to biographies, I’ve read nearly every genre there is, even science fiction. But my guilty pleasure, when I want to just relax and read something fun …is a good ol’ bodice ripping historical romance.
Yep, I want all the steamy, frisky, good-time loving that can be found in the pages of a delightfully indulgent romance novel.

And one of the best authors of the historical romance genre is Eloisa James. In her latest book, “A Duke of Her Own,” James touches on all the points that make a romance a pleasure to read.
There is illicit love, virginal maidens, a duel or two and a happy-ever-after ending.
Lady Eleanor has made a vow to herself. She will only marry a duke. And since the duke she loves has married someone else, she despairs of finding another. In steps Leopold, Duke of Villiers – a man with a reputation of lust and ill repute that proceeds him. But he is a Duke, and he has a proposition for Eleanor that might solve a lot of problems for both of them.
And so begins the merry dance of uneasy courtship between Eleanor and Villiers. She feels he must compare her to the only other Duchess available – the looney Lisette who lives in her own fantasy world in the country. Villiers agrees to visit the lovable lass, as he has business in the area as well. But when Eleanor and Villiers find that their visit to the peaceful country is not to be very peaceful at all, the journey seems to have been useful in many different ways, including the two of them falling head over heels for each other, much to the chagrin of others.
James is a delightful storyteller, capturing the very essence of the rigid English society of the time. The inclusion of Villier’s lovable but illegitimate children adds just the right touch of spice to the story, and it’s admirable the way the Duke steps up to claim the children as his own, The antics of the crazy Lizette are hilarious, to a point, and then she is more than slightly sad.
“A Duke of Her Own” is the sixth and final book in the “Desperate Duchesses” series, and it is the perfect ending for a wonderful sequence of books. I can’t wait to see what James comes up with next.

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