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A Wild Pursuit (Duchess Quartet #3)

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Could it be that she wanted his kiss as much as she longed to give hers?

It is whispered behind the fans of London's dowagers and in the corners of fashionable ballrooms that scandal follows willfully wild Lady Beatrix Lennox wherever she goes. Three years before, the debutante created a sensation by being found in a distinctly compromising position. Now, the ton has brande
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Mass Market Paperback, 381 pages
Published February 24th 2004 by Avon
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Lindsay
"The romance between Beatrix Lennox and Stephen Fairfax-Lacey was, to me, the least compelling of the plot strands in this novel. That isn't to say that I didn't enjoy it, just that I found the continuing story of Esme and Bonnington, and the dysfunctional relationship between Helene and Rees more interesting.

Once again James juggles a large cast of characters very well. A house party setting can seem a bit claustrophobic but after having read romances where the characters seem constantly to be
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Katie
So, this isn't really historical romance. It's historical chick lt. Which is pretty awesome! The romance in the blurb--Bea/Stephen--didn't feel like that large a part of the plot. Which I suppose is a flaw--I didn't think there was enough there for them to fall in loooove--but I enjoyed the book too much overall for that to bother me.

The friendships are great and there are cool self-realizations for the wonderful female characters and lots of fun schemes and plots, mostly centered around poor St
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Sue
Jun 14, 2013 Sue rated it it was ok
Shelves: regency, audio
Glad this was a library read, narrated by Justine Eyre. So slow, so lacking in gumption that the only reason why I continued was because I had already invested to much time into it and only my ears were involved. The Narration was actually quite good, but a good narrator can only take material so far.

This plot really had some decent opportunities that is squandered, if EJ ever considered a rewrite, which I know some authors have done for earlier works. I'd recommend a bit more scandal (just tigh
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Claire
Apr 04, 2011 Claire rated it did not like it
Vaguely reminds me of the Decameron, assorted people assembled in a country villa where they passed time exchanging tales of nonsense, in case of this book however, sampling lives of nonsense. Like, if author thought this out, there's nothing remotely romantic and everything absolutely insane, making love in the field where the goat, sheep and other farm animals gambol. (Think dung in the unmentionables.)

Too many secondary characters cluttering up the plot.
Felicia
Aug 08, 2009 Felicia rated it really liked it
I read this out of order. I wish Amazon would have series lists so I don't have to spend 15 minutes figuring out order and then blindly getting whatever. Suffice it to say this book is YUMMALICIOUS! I love loved it, I liked the characters, lots of plots going on and besides a slightly weak ending it was very enjoyable. Will be reading the other 3 around these characters ASAP!
Thenia
Jul 23, 2016 Thenia rated it liked it
I liked the book but Esme and her idiotic reactions got on my nerves. Sebastian is not stuck up anymore and I like his determination.

Bea and Stephen make a good couple, but for some reason their story didn't touch me that much.

Looking forward to Rees and Helene's story.
A.M.
Nov 09, 2015 A.M. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Esme Rawlings, the even more heavily pregnant and recently widowed duchess is holding another house party. Problem is, the Marquess of Bonnington is slumming it up pretending to be one of her gardeners. He’s got quite good at it and gained some muscle since the last book when she was in the early days of her pregnancy. The baby is due any day now and Sebastian is still hoping that the baby is his, not her dead husband’s. It’s a tricky situation; he grappled with the husband Miles, in Esme’s ...more
Lori McD
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Dayna
Aug 18, 2015 Dayna rated it really liked it
Beatrix and Stephen were two wonderfully rich characters and I loved getting to know them. They had great chemistry and still managed to have a wonderful romance despite the messiness of the whole situation they were thrust into.

I liked that Bea was in a lot of ways strong and wholly herself, yet was balanced by very relatable fears and experiences as well. Despite her experience she was also naïve and innocent in a lot of ways, and it was great to see Stephen bring those things out in her.

Steph
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Lelyana
May 21, 2011 Lelyana rated it really liked it
Awal nya agak lambat ya, samapai halaman 80an masih bete baca nya...
Stelah nya mulai bergerak juga, biar pun ternyata disini ada puisi (OMG !)...Menceritakan tentang Beatrix dan Stephen. Bea, gadis muda yg di cap slut di seluruh London (mirip2 Esme ya) bertemu Stephen yg di anggap orang suci anggota parlemen yg tdk pernah tersangkut skandal apapun selama 10 tahun terakhir. Sementara Bea di usir org tua nya krn tdk tahan dg "reputasi" nya, akhirnya tinggal dg Arabella, bibi nya Esme yg juga punya
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Vina Raintree
Nov 10, 2012 Vina Raintree rated it it was amazing
Lord Stephen Fairfax-Lacy bosan dengan kehidupannya sebagai politikus di majelis rendah. dia sudah berumur lebih dari 40 tahunan tapi belum punya istri dan berkeluarga. ia lalu diundang ke pestanya Lady Esme yang terkenal sebagai infamous esme. ia berpikkiran kalo disana dia akan menemukan wanita yang cocok sebagai wanita simpanan.

tidak sangka ia bertemu dengan Lady Beatrix Lennox yang berpakaian minim dan memakai kosmetik diwajahnya yang cantik. seketika stephen terpikat. ia mengetahui sisi la
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Melissa
Apr 13, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romantic-reads
As it turns out, Esme gets half a book to herself and her naughty gardener (she's been slumming a la DH Lawrence, though we are thankfully spared ridiculous sentiments about naming body parts). She and Bonnington provide half the romantic intrigue in the book while Bea and Stephen have the other half (and then the foursome becomes entangled due to everyone's inability to be honest about their feelings and Esme's mommy issues - her mother is dreadful).

I do have to agree with Bea on the subject of
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Linda
Jul 11, 2016 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Bea lost her reputation during a scandalous scene at a ball, so with nothing to lose, shes ready and willing to take part of everything she wants. When shes invited to a house party and meets a man she wants, shell try her best seduction and hope for the best.
Stephen didnt know what he was in for when he accepted the invitation to Infamous Esmes house party, but the ladies seem to have more than one plan including him in the works. Will he return to London unscathed?
Historical romance, feelings
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Gail
Nov 12, 2011 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kind of a double story going on here. A Member of Parliament who’s spent his whole life concentrating on politics is burning out and accepts an invitation to a house party in the country. There, he encounters a heavily pregnant widow, still one of the beauties of the land; her friend the wife of one of the most scandalous noblemen in the country; and the disgraced daughter of a duke who is acting as companion to the widow’s aunt. Things get really complicated, and this MP winds up the “lover” of ...more
Pam
Jan 12, 2013 Pam rated it liked it
I really enjoy Eloisa James' books, and didn't mind this one, but I did find it a bit slow at times. I like the characters and enjoyed reading the next installment in the lives of these duchesses, but did find that I skipped a few pages here and there to get to "the good parts".
Jan
Jan 18, 2016 Jan rated it it was amazing
Great book!!!!!
Angela
Nov 27, 2015 Angela marked it as deals  ·  review of another edition
27 November 2015: $5.99 on Kindle
Soteria
May 21, 2011 Soteria rated it it was ok
Hmmm..
Aku baru menyelesaikan bacaan ini tengah malam kemarin.
Sejujurnya agak berharap banyak pas membaca buku ini, karena aku baca ringkasan di belakang bukunya kelihatannya OK banget. Tapi ceritanya sendiri menurutku seh datar-datar aja. Mungkin karena bagiku chemistry antara Stephen dan Bea kurang terasa dan kisah mereka juga kurang digali secara mendalam. Ini bisa terjadi karena dalam cerita ini sendiri ada 3 kisah cinta dari 3 pasangan berbeda yaitu :
Stephen x Bea, Sebastian x Emme dan Rees
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Ilze
Jul 12, 2011 Ilze rated it liked it
Shelves: eloisa-james
Hard to rate this book - I'll probably have to give it a re-read to answer some of the questions and loose ends that I felt after the first reading.

The story actually has 2 couples - Bea-Stephen, and Esme-Sebastian. Bea I don't understand at all - she's very immature and insincere, and I don't understand what Stephen, who is almost twice her age, sees in her. Lust seems to be the only motivation there, on both sides. Esme and Sebastian's story is mostly lovely, except for the fact that Esme is
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Tanya
Sep 30, 2016 Tanya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boring!

The best part of this book was Esme and Sebastian's story line. She could have left Bea and Fairfax-Lacy out all together.
Cheryl
Sep 19, 2012 Cheryl rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
This is book #3 of the Duchess Quartet, and it was a decent enough book. I think the only reason I didn't rate it higher was because I really didn't like the heroine.

First off, I didn't read the back of the book. With romance novels, it really gives too much away. If you immediately know who the hero and heroine are, you basically can work out the plot. In this case, I was disappointed that I didn't know.

I got way to attached to the girl I decided was the heroine. So, with that understanding, I'
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Laura de Leon
This one didn't work all that well for me. Eloisa James is an excellent writer, but I just didn't like the characters, and I didn't find their antics entertaining.

I'll start out by saying this: The complexity of the relationships in this book were fun to follow-- there was a lot going on, and the intricacies were well constructed. I loved Arabella, even if I didn't agree with, well pretty much anything she did. I hated Esme's mother exactly as much as was intended. The writing was fantastic, as
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Janice Karr
Sep 13, 2016 Janice Karr rated it liked it
I really like books 1 and 2 of this series, but this book isn't quite as good. Esme's story starts to feel too drawn out. Bea is a compelling character, though her fallen woman/puratian storyline felt repetitive (Bea and Stephen and Esme and Sebastien). Honestly, I felt like there was too much "hooking up" in this book. There are a lot of romantic encounters, and the females keep reiterating the same lame reasons they should be avoiding them after every time. Very tiresome.
Betsy
My gosh, this was a fun and frothy read! Emphasis on frothy. There's little of substance here, but the story is so delightfully witty and silly and amusing I could not bring myself to care. A formally scandalous widow is about to give birth. To keep her entertained during her confinement in the English countryside (where she's joined the sewing circle and is trying, oh so desperately, to erase her scandalous past) her scandalous aunt arrives and decides to throw a house party. Included are the ...more
Tirza Horvath


It was terrible, I hated the book and almost every character! I really didn't like Esme and I have to say that I was hoping that she would not be in this book like in the previous two. Unfortunatelly, my wish did not come true because this book was about her! She was the main character!!!!! And the supposed main characters was exactly like her!




Not to mention that the romance was so bad, one could say that there was no romanc at all. There was a quote at the front of the book wich said that; "
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Dragana
Mar 12, 2013 Dragana rated it liked it
Another book in Duchess Quartet series that takes place on Esme's estate. Aunt Arabella comes to take care of Esme who is 9-months pregnant and brings'a couple' of friends. And that's how the party started... :)
This book has too many romance plots happening all at once, I think if we count fake engagements and affairs that there was 10 or more at the same time in one house. Very chaotic and of course funny situation happens as plot complicates...
I don't know but I really was not much invested in
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Perdani Budiarti
Buku ketiga yang kubaca dari 4 buku serial ini. Ternyata di buku ini muncul kembali tokoh baru, Beatrix dan Stephen. Well, Esme dan Sebastian kembali muncul sebagai cerita kedua karena konflik mereka di buku kedua belum berakhir dan bayi Esme belum lahir :D

Jujur, aku tidak merasakan chemistry antara Stephen dan Beatrix sama sekali. Mungkin karena awalnya Stephen awalnya mendekati Helene, istri Rees yang berpisah rumah karena suaminya tersebut tinggal bersama penyanyi opera di rumah mereka (?!),
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Jenn
Jun 02, 2013 Jenn rated it really liked it
I ended up skipping around in this series, so this is the last one for me. I hate to do that, but there ya go. I enjoyed that these romances weren't quite typical for the genre. Rarely do you have a pregnant woman for the love interest. You also rarely have a non-virgin woman, unless she's a widow. I also enjoyed how there were several romances going on at the same time through this series and they kind of wove in and out of each other. The beginning of this one would have been better to me had ...more
Theresa
May 26, 2016 Theresa rated it it was amazing
I did enjoy this book, but not quite as much as the last 2 in the series. The main love between Stephen and Bea was beautiful. The introduction of Helene's story makes me want to read the next book now! When we met Stephen in book 1, I was very excited to see him again as a more prominent character and finding a love interest. The winners of the book are really Esme and Sebastian. It was a great relief and I didn't want to go through another book of heartbreak for them.

While trying not to give
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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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“In fact, you should take a nap this afternoon, because there won't be much sleep tonight. I
mean to have you every way I can. I mean to intoxicate you and torment you so that you know precisely
how I feel about you." His finger trailed down her cheek and tipped up her chin.
"Don't mistake what is going to happen tonight." His voice was sinful, dark and hoarse. "You will never
forget the imprint of my skin after tonight, Esme. Waste your life chitchatting with ladies in lace caps.
Raise your child with the help of your precious Sewing Circle. But in the middle of all those lonely nights,
you will never, ever, forget the night that lies ahead of us.”
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“That sleepy, sensual smile of hers ought to be outlawed. It said
everything, without saying anything.”
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