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The Duke Is Mine (Fairy Tales #3)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  6,134 ratings  ·  627 reviews

This Duke is Mine
He is a duke in search of a perfect bride.

She is a lady—but a long way from perfect.

Tarquin, the powerful Duke of Sconce, knows perfectly well that the decorous and fashionably slender Georgiana Lytton will make him a proper duchess. So why can't he stop thinking about her twin sister, the curvy, headstrong, and altogether unconventional Olivia? Not
Mass Market Paperback, 367 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by Avon
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I ended up DNFing The Duke is Mine a quarter of the way through because of something I found disturbing in regards to how a character is portrayed and handled, including the insensitive comments and actions of the heroine toward this character. I’m actually shocked that Eloisa and Avon would allow this character and the way he’s treated as a form of comic relief. Because of this, The Duke is Mine is a big fail of a historical romance and one I wouldn’t recommend to any historical romance reader. ...more
Wicked Incognito Now
**note** a few other reviewers, who didn't read the book beyond a few first pages, suggest that EJ's MC treats a disabled character with a lack of respect. This is not how the novel shapes up. Actually, the MC is amazingly kind and respectful. I hope those of you contemplating reading this book don't give so much credence to those reviews that you end up missing out on an entirely lovely novel.***

I loved every second of this book (except for, perhaps, the ending which was an episode of over-the-
UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick

4 'loved it though parts of it gutted me' stars!

The Duke is Mine is the third in Eloisa James’ Fairy Tales series, re-tellings of the classic fairy tales we grew up with. I absolutely adore this series and am sorry I waited so long to read this “Princess and the Pea” installment.

He is a duke in search of a perfect bride.

She is a lady—but a long way from perfect.

Tarquin, the powerful Duke of Sconce, knows perfectly well that the decorous and fashionably slender Georgiana Lytton will m
Huma Rashid
*SPOILER* I criticized Eloisa James on Twitter for:

- having her heroine constantly mock a mentally disabled man (her fiance, later, ex-fiance)
- writing an almost-sex-scene between the heroine and the mentally disabled fiance that bordered on sexual abuse
- having the heroine be a spoiled fucking brat
- having her steal her sister's fiance
- having a hero that's a jackass
- having a hero that leads one woman on while trying to bang her sister
- having a character refer to an erection as "go diddly did
A bit much. I loved loved loved When Beauty Tamed the Beast, but this was more along the lines of A Kiss at Midnight. The heroine was relentlessly snarky. You know this person in real life: she is super annoying, because she NEVER takes a break and ALWAYS has to be the center of attention. There was no real connection between the leads beyond lust. I follow Eloisa on social, so I was not surprised by her homage to Justin Bieber, but all the silly names and pop culture references were exhausting. ...more
OK, again I'd like to reiterate that Ms. James does not, EVER, make light of her character with mental illness. In fact, by the end of the book, this character ends up being more of an actual "hero" than the other duke. Please don't stop reading only to post hateful comments that are ignorant of the actual book. Let me explain.

Olivia is betrothed to one duke and secretly yearns for another who is supposed to be checking out her sister for a wife. Blah, blah, the back.

This book is ac
Beanbag Love
Incoherent story, unlikable characters, absurd and forced climax ... this is a stinker for sure.

And the most egregious thing: (view spoiler)

Seriously disappointing and NOT recommended.
Olivia Lytton has been betrothed since before she was born to the also yet unborn son of a duke, Rupert. Thanks to a promise made between her father and Ruperts father when they were friends in Eton, she has been 'duchified' since she was a child, along with her twin sister Georgiana. Olivia knows all the proper rules and etiquette but it is just not her personality. Olivia is bawdy, sarcastic, and far too witty to truly be contained in a perfect duchess box. But as she was born seven minutes ea ...more
I did not like this book, which is disappointing since I absolutely loved When Beauty Tamed the Beast. I think the issue was I did not like the heroine, Olivia, at all. She was too brash and loved to make fun of everyone, mostly to annoy her mother. I actually liked, and identified, more with her sister Georgiana. Which is not good when the hero is deciding between Olivia and Georgiana as his next wife (I kept thinking "Pick Georgie!").

Also, Olivia has been promised to Rupert, a mentally challe
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Dec 31, 2011 Nikki rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Eloisa James fans.
4 stars.

This started out so promising and was heavily laden with all the fabulous tongue-in-cheek humour that EJ does so well. It was a good read, great story, gorgeous H/h but it just didn't hit the spot completely for me.

I can't describe exactly why it left me slightly bemused; perhaps because there seemed to be a lot of nonsensical goings on in the latter part of the book and it really wasn't needed.

As per the blurb, Olivia Lytton has been betrothed to the son of a duke since before birth - n
I was so excited when the UPS guy dropped off my package of new release books. This is the first book I grabbed for. My excitement was short lived. What the hell happened here? Did Eloisa James really write this? Really?

In the dedication section she writes of having to throw out 175 pages and having to "start over". I wonder where she started over because it can't be at the beginning of the book, which is a total cluster.

I had hoped there might be some redemption as far as what I was reading.
After reading the stunning and hugely memorable When Beauty Tamed the Beast , I couldn't wait to read this book. I've always loved fairy tales, and Eloisa James's series that is loosely based on fairy tales has been incredible...up till this book.

This Duke is Mine missed on many levels. It didn't sit right...almost from the opening chapter, and it never really improved.

Olivia Lytton was my problem. She is described as a plump, loud, and somewhat crass lady. Although I believe her character was m
Manda Collins
Dec 11, 2011 Manda Collins rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Fairy-Tale Retellings, fans of Loretta Chase
Recommended to Manda by: NetGalley
At times poignant, at times laugh-out-loud hilarious this is Eloisa James at her playful best. The voluptuous heroine, Olivia, with her penchant for limericks and bawdy jokes is the perfect foil for the serious-minded, yummy mathematician, Tarquin. I especially loved how Quin broke down Olivia's defenses about her body, helping her see how much he appreciated her curves. And how Olivia helped him come to terms with his past. Intertwined with the romance was a colorful cast of characters, includi ...more
All my feels:



This is probably the worst book I have ever read in my life. I had low expectations at the start since Eloisa James has always been a hit-or-miss for me BUT DAMN I NEVER EXPECTED IT TO BE THIS BAD. GOD I CANT BELIEVE THIS GOT PUBLISHED. Any sane person would be offended by the characters' (especially the heroine's) offensive remarks!

So for all you sane persons out there: STEER CLEAR OF THIS BOOK. ASDGHJLFL
Dear Eloisa James,

What the hell were you thinking? You start your story by having the "heroine" ruthlessly mock her fiancee who turns out to be mentally handicapped. You then proceed to place these individuals in a situation that boarders on sexual abuse, as the man in question is barely 18 and clearly has the mental capacity of a much younger person. It's clear that you see his lack of understanding of sex as funny and the scene as comedic, but it's sad and horrifically cruel on your part. The
Jacob Proffitt
This book had some problematical elements and I can see why it's the ugly duckling in the series. Both the beginning and end work to undermine the main characters in some crucial ways that left me wondering what to think.

First off, Rupert. This marred the beginning as it's hard to tell what you're supposed to think about both him and Olivia's attitude towards him. We start off with Olivia and Georgiana saying some unkind things about him, but only to one another. That's a bad first impression of
Ruthie Knox
The blurb and cover don't do this novel justice. Here's my rewrite:

Olivia has been engaged since birth to Rupert, an affable dolt who will make a terrible husband — but who will also make her a duchess. Her twin sister, Georgiana, was made to suffer through childhood “duchification” lessons alongside Olivia, and she’s grown up to be perfect duchess material: thin, elegant, refined, and a dab hand at the harpsichord. Olivia, on the other hand, is fat, bawdy, and completely uninterested in becomin
I've struggled with this book until I was half-way through. That's when I decided to give up completely. Reading should be fun and rewarding, this book was neither. An while I can't have my money back I still can save my time.
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: December 27, 2011 (Available Now)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: Avon
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My Source for This Book: Wal-Mart
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Fairy Tales
Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone
Steam Level: Steamy

Cute and sweet and funny and exciting and sexy and occasionally heartbreaking, I loved Quin, and of course was all about Oliva, with her
Historical Romance 4.5 Stars!

I love the fairy tale feel to this story, especially the narrator's voice, the perfect combination of whimsy and pragmatism.

Once upon a time not so very long ago...(or to be exact, March 1812)...there was a girl who was destined to be a princess. Though to be absolutely precise, there was no prince in the offing.

I adored everything about Olivia, she's not your typical historic romance heroine. She's funny as can be, intelligent, outspoken, and sensitive about her
I'll be honest that I couldn't get past a quarter of the way into this book before I had to put it down for good. The problem is that the "heroine" of this novel is just - to be blunt - a horrible person.

The setup is simple enough. She's engaged to be married to a duke. Not only does she not love him, but she's not really "duchess material" - she's on the curvaceous side, has a bawdy sense of humor, tends to lean towards impropriety at times...all of that has potential to be quite a bit of fun a
Oh the anguish, this story was depressing, degrading and not at all like her previous books. Olivia Lytton, is one of the most despicable heroines. She has been engaged since childhood to a Duke who has some mental issues.She can't stop herself from calling him names and laughing about him. She was everything I dislike in a person. She degrades her finance', betrays her sister, and lies to their faces. Despicable behavior for a romantic character. But she was not the only one.
Enter Tarquin, Duke
I adore Mrs. James and most of her stories, and overall there was a lot I liked about this one. But, I have to admit that I was often bored with this book and skimmed a lot to get to the scenes where Olivia and Quin were actually together. So, I was very disappointed and annoyed when it took several chapters before we finally find them in a room together at all. But, I loved these two a whole lot! Both individually and as a couple they were adorable! So much so that it was what redeemed this boo ...more
Oct 03, 2014 Susana rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People I hate?
Recommended to Susana by: No one. I make my own stupid mistakes...
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More like 3 1/2 stars but I rounded it up to 4 stars because I read it so quickly -and because I enjoyed a few laughs!

Seeing how I absolutely LOVED the previous book in this series, When Beauty Tamed The Beast, I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of this book with very high hopes for another great read. But alas, this one did not charm me as much as the other.

Olivia and Quin definitely had a sexual attraction, but I really didn't feel a real connection between the two of them other than that. S
Well, this was not bad, but it was not that good ether ... I have to admit I.cried when .... No spoilers, but the Rupert thing, I sobbed like the pathetic sap I am... That was a cop -out as a plot device, but even so was touching and emotional... Still like the author, not so much this story ...
Opinião completa, aqui:

Já fazia algum tempo desde a última vez que tinha lido um bom romance histórico com pitadas de sensualidade. Confesso que, inclusive, sentia saudades dos inconfundíveis cenários vitorianos de uma época que tanto me fascina, assim como dos diálogos cuidados e elegantes que as suas personagens constantemente perpetuam. Várias são as autoras deste género literário que exercem um certo deslumbramento em mim, mas Eloisa James encontra-se,
Nikki Wilde
I can't help it, I loved this book. I had to force myself to put it down at 3am. I've honestly never read anything like it. It was refreshing and fun and different. This book has made me want to run out and buy up everything James has written. I cannot wait to get her other books. I can only hope they're as fun as this one.

Olivia is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Promised to a Duke since birth. Olivia finds herself smitten with her sister, Georgiana's, potential Duke, Tarquin. Not only t
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Mar 20, 2015 08:52AM  
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  • If You Give A Girl A Viscount (Impossible Bachelors, #4)
  • The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae (The Cynster Sisters Trilogy, #3)
  • A Week to Be Wicked (Spindle Cove, #2)
  • Trouble at the Wedding (Abandoned at the Altar, #3)
  • The Husband Trap (The Trap Trilogy, #1)
  • The Virtuoso (Duke's Obsession, #3) (Windham, #3)
  • The Art of Duke Hunting (Royal Entourage, #2)
  • The Lady Flees Her Lord
  • How to Marry a Duke (How To Series #1)
  • Silk Is for Seduction (The Dressmakers, #1)
  • The Pleasure of Your Kiss (Burke Brothers, #1)
  • Along Came a Duke (Rhymes With Love, #1)
  • How the Marquess Was Won (Pennyroyal Green, #6)
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

Fairy Tales (5 books)
  • A Kiss at Midnight (Fairy Tales, #1)
  • When Beauty Tamed the Beast (Fairy Tales, #2)
  • The Ugly Duchess (Fairy Tales, #4)
  • Once Upon a Tower (Fairy Tales, #5)
When Beauty Tamed the Beast (Fairy Tales, #2) A Kiss at Midnight (Fairy Tales, #1) Paris in Love The Ugly Duchess (Fairy Tales, #4) A Duke of Her Own (Desperate Duchesses, #6)

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“He rarely saw a doorway without advancing through it as if he owned it. Since he owned a good many doorways, he would have pointed out that this was a reasonable assumption.” 9 likes
“She's elegant," Olivia stated. "I would kill to have her figure."


"Of course. I have always wished to look precisely like her. Though obviously, not enough to avoid food," she added.

"That's madness. You have everything she doesn't."

Olivia opened her mouth, ready to argue.

"Everything she hasn't."

She frowned at him.

"Including me.”
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