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Man, I loved this book.

Jemma, the Duchess of Beaumont, has been separated from her husband for nine years. She catches him with his mistress early in their marriage, and utterly distraught, leaves for Paris. Now, years later, she receives a summons from her fo to come home. He has decided he needs an heir, and he needs one now.

Being unfashionably in love with her husband, even after all this time, Jemma is determined to make him love her before she consents to sleep with him.

Little does she know that Elijah has been wanting to be with her for the past nine years, with only his crushing guilt stopping him. Before everyone starts groaning, let me assure you that this dying thing is handled excellently and is not contrived in the least.

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Although she tries hard to hide her feelings for her husband, she wears her heart on her sleeve and yhis the servants know how much she misses him. She is infuriated by the fact that he cares more about his position in the House than her.


Elijah was a little harder to like, but I enjoyed him all the same. My only problem is that I was really bugged by the fact that he waits so damn long to patch up their relationship. Still, I loved the story, and I was actually okay with the reasoning Elijah makes for having a mne.

This Duchess of Mine (Desperate Duchesses, book 5) by Eloisa James

And boy, does he learn his lesson the hard way. This plot is one of my favorites: There are no earth-shattering events in this story to make them fall in love; rather, they just spend a lot of time together doing everyday things and getting to know each other.

They realize that their memories of each other may not be as accurate as they thought, and see each other with new eyes.

I realize that infidelity is a big deal-breaker for many readers. Without revealing too much of the story, let me just say that his having a eliosa is an extremely logical step and is downright businesslike in nature, and not at mins forged through loyalty or love.

His is not an affair formed in betrayal or misplaced affection. Once Elijah realizes the effect it has on his wife and his marriage, he stops the relationship immediately.

I found it very romantic to know that Elijah is good enough to his wife and honest enough with himself to realize the truth of the matter. I loved the chess aspect of this book. I was a bit of a chess player in ruchess school, and I was delighted to find that Elijah and Jemma are so proficient at the game tuis they can actually play against each other on an imagined board in their minds.


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I thought cuchess was a little coincidental that Elijah might be on the brink of death right when they begin trying to find a cure for him, but besides that, everything is generally believable.

Let me tell you, if my husband were about to die from an unknown disease, I would react exactly the way Jemma does. Go read this book.

I loved the Georgian time period and all it encompasses, including powdered wigs, panniers and beauty patches. I enjoyed reading This Duchess of Mine so thoroughly that my husband even remarked that I had the goofiest smile on my face the entire time. Not the most flattering comment, but surely an honest one. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.

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