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A Duke of Her Own (Desperate Duchesses #6)

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,920 Ratings  ·  444 Reviews

Leopold Dautry, the notorious Duke of Villiers, must wed quickly and nobly—and his choices, alas, are few. The Duke of Montague's daughter, Eleanor, is exquisitely beautiful and fiercely intelligent. Villiers betroths himself to her without further ado.

After all, no other woman really qualifies. Lisette, the outspoken daughter of the Duke of Gil
Mass Market Paperback, 386 pages
Published July 28th 2009 by Avon
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Written October 20, 2015

3.8 Stars - Well made, entertaining audiobook HR with a light comic touch

A Duke of Her Own, a since a few weeks downloaded pretty cheap "Whispersync for Voice" audiobook, and also my very first historical by Eloisa James pen. — 11:30 hrs narrated by Susan Duerden in a splendid good way (she was simply great).

And? ~ Was it worth the time and money?
Oh yes, absolutely nothing to complain about. This is just good HR in a old-school, adorable steamy, funny romantic style. It
Well, I just finished this book and maybe I should take a few days off to think things through. It's made me come to this conclusion: Men are idiots. Completely. Totally. All of them. Especially Villiers. I've read the entire series and really thought I got to know and understand him. But he's not as smart in life as he is at playing chess. Too bad.

All I can say is, Eleanor is a much more patient and forgiving person than I am. She's a great heroine despite the mistakes she's made. She has an i
Penny Watson
Oct 02, 2009 Penny Watson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cool-dogs
A Duke of Her Own by Eloisa James

I am seriously going to have to enter a 12-step program to get over my addiction to A Duke of Her Own. I cannot stop re-reading this sucker. I just re-read it for the third time in a matter of weeks.

It doesn't look like anything special (cheesy pastel romance cover).

It doesn't sound like anything special (book blurb on the back turned me off--I hate books where the hero is trying to choose between 2 women, and the whole duel thing sounds trite).

But Holy Christ On
The “Desperate Duchesses” series was very up and down for me and this last book was the most up and down of all; one minute I enjoyed it, the next I was bored, the next I wanted to throw it against the wall.

The book starts off with a bang, a dramatic, sensual moment between the Duke of Villiers, who is looking for a mother for his numerous illegitimate children, and Eleanor, a spinster who has never recovered from her first love marrying another woman. This mislead me about how the rest of the b
Kim H
Aug 11, 2009 Kim H rated it liked it
A decent and ultimately satisfying wrap to EJ's Desperate Duchesses series, but like the rest of this series (& everything James in general) I found it a little windy. I appreciate the rich detail and strong sense of time & place that EJ puts into her stories, but there are times when I feel like she's talking over my head. IMO, it's tedious to have to stop & think about every subtle nuance of character dialogue and interaction, especially when she's going to rehash all of it two or ...more
Jun 11, 2011 KatLynne rated it really liked it
Recommended to KatLynne by: Penny Watson
The last book in the Desperate Dutchess Series. Something I very rarely do is read a book out of order. But I found myself doing so with this one. This is the only book I've read from this series and it can easily be read as a stand alone.

Lady Eleanor is certainly an intelligent beauty and I enjoyed the banter between her and the oh-so-sexy Duke of Villiers. There is no deep, dark torment involved with either the hero or heroine. Rather, a perfect mix for a truly delightful romance. There is ang
Rose Lerner
Oct 25, 2013 Rose Lerner rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, especially Villiers's children. So adorable! I think my favorite thing about Eloisa James is how every character, even the small ones, even the nasty ones, feels like a person with their own point of view and their own complete life, even if we only get to see the edges of it. This book had a fabulous cast, and I loved Eleanor and her insecurities. When she told Villiers she deserved more I cheered!
Aug 11, 2009 Felicia rated it really liked it
Pretttty good! I love her characters, I really do. She makes all the tropes fresh with wit and humanity. Definitely a fan and was happy to see Villers in a more "humane" role, he's had quite the arc throughout these books. I enjoyed the ride!
Sharon Chance
Aug 10, 2009 Sharon Chance rated it it was amazing
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 lates
Jun 02, 2010 kari rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010
This book fell very flat for me. It seemed to plod along at a snail's pace until the final few chapters. It started out well, with snappy dialogue, but when they all trooped off to Lisette's country home, the plot s l o w e d way down and it seemd like not much happened, other than the trip to the orphanage.
I didn't like the hero, Leopold. At all. And I didn't like his behavior. At all. Tough for me to want him to end up with the heroine, whom I wasn't all that crazy about either, when I simply
Oct 08, 2009 Tina rated it really liked it
I have never read an Eloisa James book before. My preferred romance category is the contemporary. ButLynne Connolly's Richard and Rose series has whetted my appetite again for historical romance and I had read a pretty good review of this book.

I was pleasantly surprised by it. I do think there were a couple of situations that strained credibility a bit, but over all this was a really nicely written book with great characters and excellent dialogue.

In this story the hero is a Duke, Villiers, who
Jun 07, 2011 Dinjolina rated it did not like it
Bastards! Bastards all over the place!
I hate heroes with bastards.
4 Reformed Rakish Stars

“Oh, I have felt lust. And I've indulged lust. But no other woman has turned me into another person.”

A Duke with six bastard children is looking for a woman to be a mother to his children. Someone who will overlook their questionable birth and help them grow up to face the scorn of society. Villiers’ quest seems almost impossible, but he has found two choices, a woman who is in love with another man, and one who is reputed to be quite mad.

A very entertaining book about Vi
Aug 17, 2011 Jan rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jan by: Moss
Moss had been raving about Eloisa James, so I decided to try her out. I picked up the first of this series, read the sample, encountered Villiers, and decided to jump ahead to the last book. Mostly because the plot of the other books didn't really appeal to me.

Alas. I misunderstood the blurb and believed Lisette was going to be the heroine until we actually met her. So for the first quarter of the book I kept waiting for the heroine to show up. Sigh. Sometimes, I'm slow. Anyway I imagined Villie
Feb 20, 2012 Letitia rated it it was amazing
Rating: A ... Heat: Hot

This was book was... fantastic. And so different from the usual HR. So different.

For starters, the hero has six illegitimate children. And he is no longer content to let them be raised in orphanages or suffer on the streets. So Leopold, the Duke of Villiers, is finding his children, one by one, and bringing them home with him. To be raised properly and eventually introduced into society... Which is why he needs a wife. And not just any wife will do; he needs one who 1) is
May 22, 2010 Jacqueline rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one- it was an irritating read
Recommended to Jacqueline by: Impulse buy
Pages Survived: 34

So I may or may not be jumping the gun on this one, but alas, this book just wasn't cutting it for me.

In truth, there is not that much to say as to why I didn't like it. I suppose the reality is that the novel was a bit abrasive to me. One, I found the dialogue a bit spastic. I despise when authors write the spoken word of the characters without adding any descriptions to tone, inflection, and thoughts. I also thought the dialogue was a tad bit spastic, as well. One point would
Ana T.
Sep 03, 2009 Ana T. rated it really liked it
After a few "so so" reads Eloisa James has finally delivered a book that I love. For the whole series of The Desperate Duchesses, Villiers has been a secondary character that intrigued me the most. We have seen him change from a jaded rake only interested in chess to a man decided to take responsibility of his 6 bastard children to the point that he will marry the woman who better fits the role of a mother.

With no clue where to start he follows the advice of dear friends, a former h/h, the Duke
May 20, 2015 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Empowerment is a heady and potent thing and, once realized, you won’t settle for anything less. To be desired, loved, and cherished above all others for being one’s self is wonderful and blissful, and perhaps only those who have been hurt in the past can truly understand its power. The very talented and eloquent Eloisa James explores this theme in her sixth charming and very entertaining Desperate Duchesses novel, and the charismatic and sexy Duke of Villiers learns a hard lesson on the road to ...more
Sep 03, 2015 Choko rated it really liked it
The best one of the lot yet! Fun, pleasant read, comfortable and comforting. Comfort food for the soul :-)
Mar 18, 2011 Kit★ rated it really liked it
I dove immediately into this book after recently finishing Duchess By Night. I've read most of this series out of order, but I have to admit that this is the one I was most anticipating. Villiers is my favorite of all the men in this series, and I couldn't wait for his story. At first, I wasn't sure if I was going to like Eleanor, especially since her desires seemed to be so focused on Gideon, Duke of Astley. At first, oddly enough, I was sort of liking Lisette better, she seemed good, but then ...more
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Aug 04, 2011 Anzu The Great Destroyer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the genre, series, author, etc
Recommended to Anzu by: Aly is so frigging bored
So I started the book thinking: OMG finally a book about Villiers!!! He’s like Batman of the 1700s or something! The previous book showed him being all superhero on the dudes who used the orphans and stuff. I can see a comic book coming out of this:

So after this I start the book. And I stare…. And keep on staring…. And final I ask the big question: where is the true Villiers? This one is a fake!

Yep! It seemed to me like that. Like the character I so far admired disappeared and left this little m
Jill Dunlop
Jun 10, 2010 Jill Dunlop rated it it was amazing
A Duke of Her Own is the 6th book in Eloisa James' Desperate Duchesses series. Lady Eleanor finds herself as one of the two women the Duke of Villiers is considering for his bride. The Duke has six illegitimate children who he plans to openly accept into society and he needs an appropriate Duchess who would be able to easy their way. Eleanor had her heart broken when her childhood love, The Duke of Astley was forced to wed another. Eleanor hasn't been able get over him and deep within her heart ...more
Aug 03, 2009 Anna rated it it was amazing
This book would be better titled A Duchess of His Own, as it is really the story of the how Leopold, the Duke of Villiers finally finds love. He has been one of my favorite characters through out the Desperate Duchess series and to finally have a whole book devoted to him is well worth the wait. This is a perfect book for those last days of summer vacation as it is a fast, engaging read. While this is a romance, James does such a wonderful job of adding some meat to the sauce. The characters are ...more
Jul 11, 2011 Quinn rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody
I'm sorry, Eloisa, but I just didn't care for the book. Some of the dialogue was hysterical, but the characters just didn't do it for me.

I can't get into a hero who has "6 pieces of accidental baggage" and not even the same quantity in ounces of personality. I like reading men I myself would be in a danger of falling for, and he was SO not that!

I didn't know it until now, but I much prefer stories that revolve around one man and one woman. Not a weird triangle like this had. I read to escape f
Aug 15, 2015 Whitney rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I liked the characters but I wasn't really liking the love triangle(s). I can understand a little romance angst but this one didn't let up. The last 8% was kind of weird. It didn't flow with the story. But, I really did like Leopold and Eleanor. The number of illegitimate children though.... didn't that number just seem a bit much? I mean, unless it's related to another story, I couldn't figure out why there was such a high number especially since we don't "meet" all of them in this par
Jan 14, 2016 Katie rated it it was ok
Okay . . . this is another partially emotional low rating. (view spoiler)

But also I was really looking forward to Villier's story and this just didn't live up to
Quirky Omega
I am a romance addict and can just keep on reading romances continuously. Unfortunately this obsession leads to boredom and I start moving on to greener pastures of new genres.

Suddenly out of nowhere, books like this one come along and I am completely swept away.

Lady Eleanor exudes a strength of personality that is seldom seen in heroines. She takes charge of her life and decides to liver her life according to her own principles. It was only my cynicism that led me to question the idyllic life
Jan 04, 2015 Ririn rated it it was amazing
i really liked this book. i think its enchanting. i can't put it down from the moment i start to read until i finished it (which is something to say as i can't even finished the second chapter of some books, even by the author that i like!). and i really appreciated the ending, it satisfies my need for happy ending.
Susan (susayq ~)
I absolutely loved this! Villiers has appeared in all the books in this series and I have to admit, I found him not very interesting. However, he totally win my heart in here :) I'll gladly read this one again!
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 3 Mar 09, 2015 09:18AM  
  • Last Night's Scandal (Carsington Brothers #5)
  • Notorious Pleasures (Maiden Lane, #2)
  • Trial by Desire (Carhart, #2)
  • Goddess of the Hunt (The Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy, #1)
  • What I Did For a Duke (Pennyroyal Green, #5)
  • His at Night
  • Surrender to the Devil (Scoundrels of St. James, #3)
  • At Last Comes Love (Huxtable Quintet, #3)
  • The Secret Wedding (Malloren, #9)
  • Always a Scoundrel (Notorious Gentlemen, #3)
  • Ten Things I Love About You (Bevelstoke, #3)
New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. Her novels have been published to great acclaim. A reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa's very first book that she "found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar"; later People Magazine raved that "romance writing does not get much better than this." Her novels have repeat ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Desperate Duchesses (9 books)
  • Desperate Duchesses (Desperate Duchesses, #1)
  • An Affair Before Christmas (Desperate Duchesses, #2)
  • Duchess By Night (Desperate Duchesses, #3)
  • When the Duke Returns (Desperate Duchesses, #4)
  • This Duchess of Mine (Desperate Duchesses, #5)
  • Three Weeks With Lady X (Desperate Duchesses by the Numbers, #1; Desperate Duchesses, #7)
  • Four Nights With the Duke (Desperate Duchesses, #8)
  • Seven Minutes in Heaven  (Desperate Duchesses by the Numbers, #3; Desperate Duchesses, #9)

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“Yes Leopold," Eleanor said in a low, mocking voice. "Do start to shine, please. I think I saw the rising, but I definitely missed the shining.” 18 likes
“Life does not always gives us the choices that we want” 18 likes
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