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Your Wicked Ways, Vol. 7 (Duchess Quartet #4)

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A New York Times BestsellerHelene, 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 transpar ...more
Hardcover, 580 pages
Published July 9th 2004 by Gale Group (first published March 30th 2004)
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Anisashraf
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 dis
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Dinjolina
This book…ugh.

Just...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
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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
Daisy
DNF

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)
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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
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Farrah
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
Lindsay
"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
Lelyana Taufik
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
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Ilze
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
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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 .
Kathy
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
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Allison
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
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Rachel Rogers
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.
Yun Merripen
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...
Kim_bab
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
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 [^^]
Dolly
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Cheryl
This was definitely my favorite of the Duchess Quartet. In this one, we wrap of the last of the estranged marriages, Helene and Rees.

I think what made it so enjoyable was the fact that their marriage and its failing was because of their youth and innocence. They didn't know any better, and once they finally matured and settled into their skins, they were able to open themselves up to loving each other and learning to love each other. *wipes away tear* Alright, maybe it wasn't that sentimental, b
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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
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Lover of Romance
Helene, the Countess of Godwin, has been married to her husband for over ten years. When she met him she was young and believed herself in love with him. They eloped knowing it would be against her parents wishes. It seemed to Helene that their marriage was doomed from the start. Since she found no pleasure in sexual encounters with her husband at the beginning only found pain, they started to drift apart. Now ten years later, Helene wants something she yearns for, a child. However when she goes ...more
Sakura
Seeing all her friends with babies, Helene is determined to have an infant of her own but she can't stand being in the same room with her husband! The two met and fell in love years before, tied together by their love of music, they eloped and got married. The marriage broke apart because of a number of small but significant incidents that finally drove the two to a bitter end.

Helene tries to get a divorce with Rees but after he refuses, she gets a new wardrobe and hairstyle and waltzes off to f
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Lea's Audiobooks Hensley
Narrated by Justine Eyre
Earlier this year, I listened to my first Eloisa James book, When Beauty Tamed the Beast, and vastly enjoyed the experience. I hadn’t read James in print either so I was quite enthused with her extensive audio backlist and eagerly delved in. My second James was sadly a failure so I picked my third try, Your Wicked Ways carefully. Okay – it didn’t have the best reviews in print but I’ve always liked the whole mistress angle and the super-challenging hero sounded like fun a
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Kagama-the Literaturevixen
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Suz
3 to 3.5 stars.

This is the first Eloisa James I've read. I was importing this series into my calibre collection in the hopes of reading it from the beginning and I got side tracked by this, the currently last book in the series, while doing some routine formatting.

My first impressions are that Eloisa James' writing is well above technical standard for the genre and historically quite interesting. I think it's just unfortunate that, with my first sampling of James' work, I found the primary prota
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Xendula
One of the worst books I have read this year, if not the very worst. I hate reding about masochistic doormat protagonists.
While I like the author's writing style in general, and can try to forgive the asshole husbands most of the time, if the author manages to give them SOME redeeming quality, there was just none in this book.
Disgusting.
BookMaven
Griselda is saying to her brother, Lord Mayne, and describing the main character of this book, Helene, Countess Godwin: ". . . Though I must say, darling, that I begin to wonder at your taste. All this enthusiasm for Helene Godwin? I remember her in school as being just too, too tedious." Well, this just about sums it up for me, too. These characters are flat, cardboard people. No depth. Depravity has never been so boring!!! I cannot believe I finished it. This series is being replicated by Ms. ...more
P.
By and large this was a funny, charming read. I liked the characters, the country house setting was well done and there was no end of things happening between couples. It did get a bit bogged down in seemingly endless loops of 'I loooove him/her...but'. You'll be glad to know it all turns out well.
Rebecca
Reading some of the comments about this book I was at first dubious that I wasn't going to enjoy this book. But after reading the first three books in this series i wanted to know what became of Helene although I could have probably guessed it's a good read. I did feel as if it just finished though and that was it. Would have been nice to see how all the marriages were getting on to conclude this book. All in all a good read and a definite to finish the series.
Elizabeth
Very happy that Helene and Rees finally got together! The other books were leading up to it, and the reader knew that they were still attracted to one another. However, Lina was, yet again, an annoying character that I couldn't get myself to like. Much like Beatrice from the previous book, Lina had daddy issues. Oh how sad, poor Lina had a dad that was a little harsh...so she proceeded to sleep with a random guy and run off to London. She kept talking about how she was soooo bored living with Re ...more
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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.”
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“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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