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Desperate Duchesses by Eloisa James
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Jul 14, 11

bookshelves: ebooks, historical-romance
Recommended to Joy by: Johanie
Read from June 26 to July 14, 2011

3.5 stars

This is the first Eloisa James book I've read and all I can say is...what a mess! While the plot is in shambles, Ms James sure does like to muddy the story with a lot of characters, sly manipulations, it won't stop me for reading her other works. I find that I missed reading historical romance, but sometimes I'm lost in translation like I don't exactly get what "made a leg" means, and she uses it most often; but enough with those.

This historical take on "Desperate Housewives" was quite misleading. The story didn't exactly revolve around Jemma, Duchess of Beaumont, but she played a huge part in it, by guiding the country mouse Roberta, the Mad Marquess's daughter into society. In those times, 21 years old is considered almost on the shelf. The love scenes were really tame, not that I expected something more, and after I sorted through it and took a breather, Jemma is just the supporting character.

I don't care much for chess, because I don't like to think deeply of strategy but I liked how the characters talk of it and compare it with bedding women, especially the chess pieces. Though it may seem like frippery, I appreciated some of the thoughts here like "...laugh couldn't cause hurt, but cold indifference can..." or something along those lines.

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Joy It's been a long time since I've read a story with this genre

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