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Your Wicked Ways (Duchess Quartet #4)

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,971 Ratings  ·  150 Reviews
Helene, the Countess Godwin, knows there is nothing more unbearably tedious than a virtuous woman. After all, she's been one for ten long years while her scoundrel of a husband lives with strumpets and causes scandal after scandal. So she decides it's time for a change -- she styles her hair in the newest, daring mode, puts on a shockingly transparent gown, and goes to a b ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 30th 2004 by Avon
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This book…ugh.


I do not think it would have been so horrible if the author made sense. But she did not. it felt like she made a lot of notes about the plot and then somebody else tried to patch it all together for a few bucks.
On the other hand when I think of Lina…maybe it would not have worked even if there was more of a back story.
Why? Well..I am a person who mostly hates eeeeevil mistresses. But this -good- mistress made me want to puke!
Her sweetness attacks and the way that the her
Stephanie D
Worst book I've ever read. Hello? It's supposed to come from Eloisa james, a rather safe book where you always expect to read a masterpiece. But no, this book is sooo bad. I stopped while reading it. Every time I turned a page, i'de scratch my head in pain. Hello?!?! Is anyone that desperate to live in a house with your husband's mistress?!?! And you just want to pay her off?? What kind of wife does that? She's supposed to fight for her right and kick the mistress's ass off the house. And to mak ...more
Apr 06, 2014 Anisashraf rated it really liked it
Your Wicked Ways, Eloisa James another story makes me excited. Although this novel not so interesting like her other novel, but it still can make me stole my time read it.

Helene , the heroin. I like Helene, I like her character and everything about her. But sometimes, I can't understand why she still accept what her husband doing to her. It is love? Yes, to her, her husband is her love that can't be denied. After 10 years part from Rees, she comes back. To claim her right.

Rees , the hero. I d
Ahhh. I liked this, although I feel like I wanted a little MORE in some ways. I feel like I wasn't QUITE there with the couple, although I certainly believed they were on their way to a happy life together. I just don't think they had quite earned it yet.

It's also a book where I would've loved flashbooks. You see, they were passionately in love with each other, eloped, had bad sex and couldn't figure out how to get past that. No, really, that seemed to basically be the root of the problems. Then
Apr 06, 2014 Daisy rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned

I made it through 40% before I decided I was kidding myself and just couldn’t read any further. Generally I’m quite patient with my books but this was just a frustrating read altogether and I feel the need to vent...

The plot was something that I’ve taken to reading recently – historical romances based on an estranged marriage where the two redeem themselves. But this, the basis around the estrangement (view spoiler)
Erica Chilson
Other than a few minor phrases of repetition, I loved the book (you see drove me insane)
I think Eloisa James will be a staple in my historical romance addiction. I found this book secondhand, not knowing it was the 4th in a series. I read it as a standalone without any issue, and will go back to book 1.
Many Historical Romance novels are too flowery, over descriptive, insta-love, and eye-roll worthy. They possess an excess of words that must be skimmed(like 3 pages to describe one action). I di
Lori McD
Last book in this particular series... I wasn't thinking about how these books interacted with the Essex sisters series. The names of some of the characters seemed familiar to me, and now I know why - duh!

The Earl of Mayne (Garret Langham) figures in this book; Lucius Felton in the novellette in this series. I'd forgotten that Mayne is half-French, and I was a bit thrown by his characterization as having a slight French accent for a bit. I had to re-read the 1st and last in the Essex sisters boo
Mar 22, 2009 Farrah rated it liked it
Shelves: library-book
Eloisa James brings us another sultry read about an estranged married couple who've been apart the past 10 years who end up reuniting and creating a spark when brought back together to produce an heir and a musical score. Helene, the countess of Godwin changes from the prudish woman to a more daring and beautiful woman who entices many men after her change including her rake of a husband, Reese, the Earl of Godwin. When she approaches him yet again for a child of her own. He agrees only if she'l ...more
Dec 04, 2010 Ilze rated it really liked it
Shelves: eloisa-james
Lovely! A story of forgiveness and reconciliation set within a lighter-than-air comedy of Regency manners. Very refreshing too to read a romance of a couple who had a really, really lousy sex life initially, due to their own ignorance and inexperience, which led to their living apart, and who were willing to let go of their preconceptions about each other and about sex and fall in love again.

I only bought this one because I was interested in Mayne, one of the main characters in the Essex sisters
Classic Eloisa James!

Funny names? Check. (Miss Prunella Forbes-Shacklett, Mrs. Fishpole)

Shakespeare references? Check. (Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and a line of Edmund Spenser's poetry is misattributed to the Bard)

Multiple love stories? Check. (Helene and Rees, Lina and Tom)

Adorable plot moppet? Check. (Meggin)

Fabulous female friendships? Checkity-check-check! (Infamous Esme and Gina the Duchess are featured prominently, and help devise the scheme to get Helene out of a scandal)

Most re
"Aww. As much as I enjoy novels about new love, it's sometimes nice to read about a couple with more miles on the clock. Rees and Helene's estrangement has been a thread running through the series, and this is their book. It didn't completely knock my socks off but I enjoyed their gradual rapprochement, particularly because it required both of them to recognise their own culpability in the breakdown of their marriage. Rees was a beast, yes, but Helene caused some damage too. [return][return]I ap ...more
Jun 11, 2011 Lelyana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Okelah kalau perzinahan di halal kan di negara entah dimana...tapi tetap aja ngilu membaca kisah yang dimana sahabat terdekat mu menganjurkan perzinahan di luar pernikahan.
What the f***ing friends were you ladies???
Rumah tangga berantakan ala Helene dan Rees Holland sungguh luar biasa mempesona saya sejak awal.
Dengan alasan ingin mempunyai keturunan dan demi tercipta nya harmoni opera yang menakjubkan , Helene rela berbagi atap dengan Rees dan gundik nya....OMG !
Bukan alasan untuk pembenaran wa
Brenda (b)
This book wraps up the Duchess Quartet series. I liked it. Rees was so immersed in his music that he failed to pay attention to the feelings and emotions of those around him. Helene was quite naive concerning marital relations. They both like past hurts prevail and turned a blind eye to their true feeling for each other.

On a side note: I'm noticed that the Earl of Mayne, who plays a minor yet important role here, gets his own story in Pleasure for Pleasure .
Nov 27, 2015 Angela marked it as deals  ·  review of another edition
27 November 2015: $5.99 on Kindle
Innes Sabrina Husa
Dec 19, 2015 Innes Sabrina Husa rated it did not like it
Worst book i ever read!!
May 23, 2014 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Your Wicked Ways

Before reading this book I read the reviews of it, at first it was just to get an idea of how Helene's story would be. With the review of how Helene went back to her husband's house and how the reader was disappointed had me thinking that I would be agreeing with the reviewer.
Not so, Elosia covered each characters view to the situation and explained the scenery around each characters involvement,feelings, and how true friendships and true love is taken in context or in believing
Melody Black
Mar 03, 2016 Melody Black rated it did not like it
I hated this book. After six chapters I went to put it aside to stop reading but I still wanted to know how it ended and all it did was piss me off at the end of the story. It always annoys me when the woman just forgives the man for the things he does so easily. Ya I liked that she had been the first person he had slept with but she certainly wasn't his last even though it was that way for her. He cheated during the entire marriage and he was a complete asshole. I know she wasn't great either, ...more
Rachel Rogers
May 20, 2011 Rachel Rogers rated it did not like it
Another couldn't finish book. I normally enjoy James's work but this left me cold. Even when I learned it was Mayne's backstory it didn't do anything for me. Rees was about as unappealing a hero as I could imagine and Helene was so inconsistent, not a normal trait for James heroines. At times it reminded me of An Affair Before Christmas; another one that didn't do much for me. Not a good intro to Eloisa James for anyone.
Aug 18, 2015 Dayna rated it it was amazing
I thought Helene and Rees were both such interesting characters. Rees was probably a little more interesting to me because we hadn’t gotten to know him as much as Helene along the path of the series. He had such a black reputation and had done such outrageous things that you kind of expected someone that you never really got to meet with him.

Rees, despite the reputation, wasn’t charming, he was boorish, rude, focused, talented and interesting.

Helene in a lot of ways was his opposite, yet in a co
Kath S
Me gustó el principio pero después empezó a ir en picada para mí. Me salté un montón de páginas y no me arrepiento porque fue una historia pesada y cero llamativa.

Sigo intentando encontrarle el lado bueno a esta mujer por culpa de Julia Quinn, pero hasta ahora no me he encontrado con nada inolvidable. Una lástima.
Oct 23, 2011 Thenia rated it really liked it
Not what I expected but fun to read nonetheless.

Helene decides to change and let her hair down, Rees faces his problems after a long time and they both realize their past mistakes and manage to move on.

Mayne seems like an interesting character - I'm wondering if he's got his own book later on.
Jean Smith
Jun 17, 2016 Jean Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 09, 2011 Win rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical
bener2 suatu penderitaan buat baca buku ini...*mnrt saya*

gak bisa aja nerima pemikiran istri, suami dan simpanan tinggal satu rumah...n tambahin seorang pendeta yg jatuh cinta sama wanita simpanan abang ny...bener2 plot yg kacau bgt...
Dec 22, 2011 Kim_bab rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hadeh .... Ceritanya ga jelas... Jd kl ga dipinjemi novelnya sama temen, mending ga usah d baca deh =_='..intinya ga usah ngeluarin dana sepeserpun buat baca nih buku(gabungan antara miskin dan pelit :-D)-sumpah jelek bgt
Being Human
Nov 12, 2011 Being Human rated it did not like it
Oh this book is so annoying!!! Dialogues were repetitive and pointless and immature. The story itself was absurd. All in all a poorly written book!!
Asrina Maharani
note to self:
Do NOT ever again read EJ's book terutama yang terjemahan [^^]
Feb 28, 2016 Christine rated it it was ok
Ugh...another "romance" book that had me rooting for a divorce rather than a reconciliation. (The Ugly Duchess is another Eloisa James book in which I rooted for divorce.)


When adultery and live-in mistresses are involved, I expect serious groveling, major comeuppance, or a lot of heartache for the adulterer (Rees in this case) before the HEA. But there is no such satisfaction in this book. In this book, the mistress gets more romance than the heroine. In this book, insult after inj
Apr 16, 2015 Ballerina60 rated it really liked it
read several reviews before writing this - just out of curiosity. most people seem to love or hate it. i could see right-off that i was supposed to forgive Rees, and i knew that might be impossible. but since he made Helene happy, i could forgive him much. i have SO wanted Helene to find happiness. Rees is not your usual romantic "hero". but, he makes Helene happy eventually, so i gave him my forgiveness. liked his brother a lot. would have enjoyed more explicit sex than was there and would have ...more
Feb 17, 2015 Ally rated it did not like it
No, no, no.
Let me just say that I've read Eloisa James' work before and have generally enjoyed it. I absolutely LOVED Once Upon a Tower and it's one of the few regency books I've rated five stars. But this book? I'm sorry, but what a total disaster.

The premise seemed promising enough so I took a dive in without reading any reviews. What a huge mistake, because frankly the characters were some of the worst I have ever read. Both Rees and Helene were complete pricks and nearly as unlikeable as any
Mar 07, 2014 Dolly rated it liked it
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“The Earl of Mayne's kisses would never be called objectionable. They were so sophisticated and sleek, persuasive and delicate, that Helene didn't mind them - much. It was just that she really wanted to get back to Rees. She had a thought about the score he had given her.
"I must go," she said, pulling back. And then added, "alas.”
“There was some rustling as the gown was cast over the soprano's shoulders, or so Lina assumed, and then the alto and Madame Rocque started cooing.
But the soprano cut through it decisively. 'I look like an orange without its rind,' she said firmly.”
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