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A Duke of Her Own (Desperate Duchesses #6)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  5,577 ratings  ·  360 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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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
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
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
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
Jun 02, 2010 kari rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
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
Bastards! Bastards all over the place!
I hate heroes with bastards.
Aug 17, 2011 Jan rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
May 22, 2010 Jacqueline rated it 1 of 5 stars
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
Sharon Chance
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
Ana T.
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
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
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
Jessica Weissenburger
May 09, 2011 Jessica Weissenburger rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who love Villiers
Couldn't finish it. I was disappointed with who Villiers wound up marrying (I skipped ahead after about 100 pages) as I'd expected him to marry the other one, but I suppose I shouldn't have been too surprised. I like Villiers, in spite of his wicked ways and his 6 illegitament children, and was really looking forward to this being a great book. It fell short rather quickly for me. I came to hate Eleanor and was flat out confused by Lisette, the only sane ordinary character in the entire story wa ...more
Jill Dunlop
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
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 1 of 5 stars
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
Rose Lerner
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!
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.
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!
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!
Manda Collins
Fabulous. Read it in one sitting. Stayed up waaaaaaaaay past my bedtime. But worth it:)
♡Karlyn P♡
4.5 stars. Started a bit slow, but ended strong. Hard to put down!
Lisa Creane
It would be hard to get this conclusion of the Georgian Desperate Duchesses series without loving Villiers' sardonic, deeply flawed self because if you didn't like him, you wouldn't like the the first five books where he's a central character. The series starts with him in the first scene, and every book twists on his cool, unpredictable brilliance. Thus the build-up to this love story is almost 2000 pages long. I'm grateful I didn't have to wait the year for the story to come out originally bec ...more
Finally. How great it has been to watch Villiers transformation throughout this entire series. I was glad that his suddenly becoming responsible, taking in his children, and finding a wife he LOVED did not all happen in the blink of an eye. It was a long process that we slowly saw pieces of throughout the entire series. I grew to love Villiers even through a brilliant man's idiocy. He was obviously very intelligent even with his foolish engagement in the first book in this series Desperate Duche ...more
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A Duke of her own ของเอลอยซา เจมส

หนังสือเลมนีเปนเลมทีหก และเลมสุดทาย (เทาทีเขียน) ในชุด Desperate Duchesses เรืองราวความวุนวายของเหลาดยุค และดัชเชสในยุคจอรเจียน ซึงเราคงตองบอกวา ไมจำเปนตองอานเรียงเลมกันหรอกนะคะ แตถาใครอานมาตลอดทังชุด กคงตองบอกวา เลมนีนาจะเปนหนึงในเรืองทีรอคอยกันเลยละ เพราะเปนเรืองราวของดยุคแหงวิลิเยร คาแรคเตอรทีมีบทบาทมาตังแตเลมแรกในชุด

และในเลมนีคนอานจะไดเหนการเปลียนแปลงของเขา ซึงคงตองบอกวา คนแตงเกงมาก ๆ ทีเขียนจนคนอานเชือในความเปลียนแปลงนัน (คนทีไมไดอานเรียงกันมา กจะไมเหนจุดนีน
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Aug 04, 2011 Anzu The Great Destroyer rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
Secara menakjubkan saya mulai suka sama series ini, buku satu bikin saya puyeng karena khas Eloisa yang menyajikan sesuatu yang bener-bener nyata dan gak dongeng. Tapi setelah baca Ugly Duchess (Fairy Tale series) saya mulai mencomoti satu per satu series Duchess ini dannnn saya jatuh cinta sama Leopold. Hahahahha. Eloisa juga keren abissss, aduh gak tahu deh suka bangt sama sikap dia yang kuat dan teguh, walau kesanya bodoh, tapi dia benar-benar mempertahankan cintanya dengan sang 'Duke' yang m ...more
I really enjoyed this historical romance. It's part of a series but I didn't feel as though I were missing anything critical by not having read the other books. Leopold Dautry, Duke of Villiers, needs to marry. He is the father of not 1, not 2 but 6 illegitimate children and has decided that it's time he took parenting seriously. There are not a lot women of his station who would be willing to take on this task, and he never counted on meeting Eleanor. She's the daughter of a Duke, they strike s ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 09, 2015 09:18AM  
  • Like No Other Lover (Pennyroyal Green, #2)
  • To Beguile a Beast (Legend of the Four Soldiers, #3)
  • Don't Tempt Me (Fallen Women, #2)
  • Surrender to the Devil (Scoundrels of St. James, #3)
  • Goddess of the Hunt (The Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy, #1)
  • Unclaimed (Turner, #2)
  • My Lord and Spymaster (Spymasters, #2)
  • Wed Him Before You Bed Him (School For Heiresses, Book 6)
  • His at Night
  • How to Marry a Duke (How To Series #1)
  • At Last Comes Love (Huxtable Quintet, #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 by the Numbers, #2; Desperate Duchesses, #8)
  • Seven Minutes in Heaven  (Desperate Duchesses by the Numbers, #3; Desperate Duchesses, #9)
When Beauty Tamed the Beast (Fairy Tales, #2) A Kiss at Midnight (Fairy Tales, #1) Paris in Love The Ugly Duchess (Fairy Tales, #4) Much Ado About You (Essex Sisters, #1)

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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.” 15 likes
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