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This Duchess of Mine (Desperate Duchesses #5)
No man can resist Jemma's sensuous allure . . . Except her own husband!
Wedding bells celebrating the arranged marriage between the lovely Duchess of Beaumont and her staid, imperturbable duke had scarcely fallen silent when a shocking discovery sent Jemma running from the ducal mansion. For the next nine years she cavorted abroad, creating one delicious scandal after anoth...more
First of all, let me say that this is a charming story. EJ has a witty, amusing style and the book proceeds at a steady pace with no noticable lull. I liked it but ultimately, I was not fully satisfied with the story she told here. It's all about expectations.
This book cann ...more
After his marriage, the hero continued daily trysts with his long-time mistress supposedly because, he wanted to show his colleagues that he's not sexual deviant like his late father. Yeah, right, as if jumping from the conjugal bed to the office desk was more palatable conduct than his deceased father's.
And then, for revenge, the heroine engaged in her own liaisons in Paris to shock husband into fetching her. Not content with that, she further raised eyebrows upon arriving i ...more
This story had a bad start from many points of view. First of all we knew that Jemma and Elijah’s situation was bad from the start. He cheated on her, she caught them, he told her that he loved his mistress and she left him. Nine years of failed marriage are difficult to overcome. The second problem is Elijah’s heart. He knows he is going to die soon and his situation is getting worse by each passing day. The story started when Elijah wants to ...more
This is a rather odd reunion romance about a married couple who've been separated for 9 years due to immaturity, ego, lies, infidelity, misunderstandings, pride, jealousy, and betrayals but suddenly find themselves obsessed and in love with each other like a couple of giddy, infatuated teenagers. Most of the book is a long-drawn-out build-up to their first reunion love scene, a chess game played in bed, that's one of the most unusual of any romance book that I've read ...more
But, I must say that it was remarkably good idea, to decide to read this story after all. Because it was gooood!!! Romantic, sad, hot etc. And I loved Villiers :D
I would like to see, who became his duchess ;)
Recommendations for this book ;)
Even though Jemma and Elijah have been married for almost 10 years, they've li ...more
She blinked: "For what?"
"For not being able to stay with you forever. Because I would, Jemma. I promise I would."
"I know," she whispered, brushing his lips with her own. "I know."
This is a perfect book. Honestly, I could just leave my review at that one sentence and it would be complete. It is perfect. I read it in one sitting, not able to believe that Elo ...more
Jemma and Elijah had an arranged marriage over eight years ago, but when Jemma walked in on her husband and his mistress, she took off for France, where she lived scandalously and extravagantly for the next eight ...more
First, I found the illness plot to be ridiculous - there's no way in this genre that the hero and heroine are not allowed to live happily-ever-after. James should have cured Elijah in the first chapter and found an ...more
What a piece of crap it was! Let me start with saying, that's not quite what I expected, although I wasn't expecting much. This book is part of the series Duchesses-themed. It turned out that duchess as book's heroine isn't the only thing the series have in common, but the heroes as well. It would be fine if other characters would get only a mention. Instead, what I read in this book seemed to be written a ...more
(view spoiler)[It also did a pretty good job of making me worried about Elijah! Not always . . . but the beginning especially shut off that part of my br ...more
My review cross-posted from Joyfully Reviewed: http://www.joyfullyreviewed.com/revie...
As a newlywed, Jemma, the Duchess of Beaumont, had her heart broken when she discovered her husband had a mistress. Having fled to France, Jemma set herself up as the fashionable, scandalous duchess everyone now talks about. But when her husband, Elijah, collapses in the House of Lords, Jemma returns to England. The duke and duchess may need to create an heir, but what each truly desires is for ...more
It took ...more
Jemma had been betrayed since she found her husband with his mistress, and then she fled to Paris for nine years leaving her husband. And now, Elijah called upon Jemma since he needed a heir after suffering mild heart attack (Well, what else do you expect from those log heads??)
I wanted to slap both of them because being log heads and illogical in reasoning when it cam ...more
I don't blindly love all her books. But this one is different. From so many books by her I read, this is the best. I'm moved by reading it. The story was so powerfully moving! It's her masterpiece, if I may say. I enjoyed the story so much that I didn't want it to end. The understanding between Jemma and Elijah was touching, although they had been fighting on ...more
Shortly after their arranged marriage Jemma finds her husband and his mistress on the desk of his office at Parliament. When Elijah, who she has fallen in love with, tells her that he loves his mistress she is devastated and runs off to Paris, where, after waiting sever ...more
On the whole, though, I found myself far more interested in the Duke of Villiers' c ...more
This book was a pretty boring mess, really. :/
And i 100% did not understand why he cheated 10 years back. It was such stupid reason, I would have felt better if he was just a moron that wanted to cheat.
I feel like this book was missing a vital part of the story. The beginning was very jarring and haphazardly set up. I felt like I was walking straight into the middle of the story rather than the beginning. I just failed to understand how the estranged couple Jemma and Elijah, Duke and Duchess of Beaumont, who’ve been apart for 9 years go from almost strangers to a gaspy blushing lusty couple who can’t *wait* to jump into bed and get their swerve on in the very first chapter. Help me ...more
It was even worth slogging through the 4th book, which I didn't particularly care for. Some historical-background elements of the story carried over from then and informed the political plot. I'm also very curious to read the next book, as a particular character has undergone quite a transformation over the series and I look for ...more
Backstory: They married young, and Jemma (said duchess) was falling deeply in love with her husband. Until one day she dropped by his office at Parliament, and found him tupping his mistress. Worse, when she asked if he loved the mistress, he said yes.
Hmm… Politician, caught with mistress…
Jemma isn't a "stand by your man" kinda gal--she fl ...more
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Jemma sniffed and turned up her nose. “Pride goeth before a fall, Duke.”
“You will fall before me,” he said, his smile a blatant challenge. “Backwards.”