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Four Nights with the Duke

(Desperate Duchesses by the Numbers #2)

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  6,168 Ratings  ·  725 Reviews
As a young girl, Emilia Gwendolyn Carrington told the annoying future Duke of Pindar that she would marry any man in the world before him—so years later she is horrified to realize that she has nowhere else to turn.

Evander Septimus Brody has his own reasons for agreeing to Mia's audacious proposal, but there's one thing he won't give his inconvenient wife: himself.

Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published March 31st 2015 by Avon
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Eloisa James Did you win it here on Goodreads, Jill? I think that was my publisher's give-away. Can you write me at and I'll forward the…moreDid you win it here on Goodreads, Jill? I think that was my publisher's give-away. Can you write me at and I'll forward the email to the right person? Sorry! You were supposed to get an early copy.(less)
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Mary Ann In the book, if you read it, Vander says its gentlemen's honour to not throw it into the fire. His best friend Thorn who wasnt a duke or nobility,…moreIn the book, if you read it, Vander says its gentlemen's honour to not throw it into the fire. His best friend Thorn who wasnt a duke or nobility, even offered to do the dirty deed. He had all the means, as you mentioned but he declined.

SPOILER ahead if you've not read the book yet, towards the end, it's because Vander had developed feelings for Mia from when they were younger as well. (less)

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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
HAPPY RELEASE DAY! Have you gotten your copy yet?!?

Full review now posted...

5 Vanderlicious stars!

I'll be honest, I wavered between 4 and 5 stars with this one, but Vander and the absolutely amazingly wonderful Charlie made this a 5 star read! Mia is a fun, unique heroine, but it's the two leading males who made this a joy to read!


As a young girl, Emilia Gwendolyn Carrington told the annoying future Duke of Pindar that she would marry any man in the world before him—so years later she is h
Tracy T.
Mar 31, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Geez I am glad this book is over. I will probably catch grief for this review but I have to be honest, and in my opinion this was a struggle to get through.

The book started out good, but by chapter 10 it started going down hill. I want to delete chapter 25 completely from the book. Actually I would have liked chapters 11-32 deleted and this been a novella, it would have been better..

He is a total jerk for the entire book until the last 5 minutes. She is so insecure it's pathetic. You can't sav
The hero is a man-child, who constantly runs around spewing cruel things & then, runs around to make amends. I like my heroes well-adjusted. Vander is a grade-A asshole. He's also very horny. So he makes the heroine cry - turned on. She runs away to her room & is sobbing 'like her heart is breaking' -turned on. Then he calls her ugly - turned on; ad nauseam. Sex is first on his mind, he says the cruelest things imaginable and while the heroine is crying about it, he fantasizes about how ...more
Milica's Bookshelf
Eloiza Džejms ima tu neverovatnu sposobnost da napravi likove koji su komplikovani i duhoviti, ali ne i glupi. Ovo je priča o dvoje ljudi koji su oduvek stvoreni jedno za drugo i koji su prošli dug put da se pronađu.

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Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

4 Stars!

I had a lot of fun reading this book! I have had Eloisa James on my radar for quite a while but somehow never have read one of her books. I did read a novella length piece by this author several years ago and really liked the writing style. I think I even bought a couple of her books that are patiently waiting for me to get to the chance to read them. I wish I could tell you why I waited so long to finally read a full length novel fro
2.5 stars

"So you are looking for a husband," he said agreeably. "And you thought, hey ho, I'll have a go at a duke?"

This had some humor to it through the couple's commentary back and forth that I liked. The whole story takes place pretty much within a week and I think this caused the lack of relationship I felt between the two. The hero Vander spends a vast majority of the time saying clueless slightly mean things to the heroine Mia while she spends the vast majority weeping and hurt. They're an
Becky Damoth
One of my favorite authors hits it out of the park again! I loved this book and had to fight with myself over sleeping or reading every night. The characters were wonderful and I looked forward to the book notes at the beginning of each chapter. The romance was very sweet and satisfying and I loved tiny tim...oops, I mean Charlie's story. I was so happy with the epilogue as well. I would def. recommend this book to my patrons.
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I'm thoroughly confused on how to go about rating this. On one hand loved the chemistry between the leads, on the other hand was not a fan of the contrived super-fast-paced plot and character motivations. What happened to sweet and sexy Vander? He was definitely sexy in here but sweet? This guy is not considerate or sweet by any stretch of the imagination. I don’t mind jerk heroes but I feel like the author did a disservice to his character to push the plot along. I honestly couldn't recognize
Cee (The Mistress Case)
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of EJ
Reviewed on January 15, 2015:

To those who are familiar with my taste in historical romance, you may know I’m not a big fan of Eloisa James. Never have been. May never will. I don’t dislike her, but I don’t like her either. I still don’t have a reason to like her. Her writing doesn’t have the “awe factor” to woo me and oftentimes her characters turn me off more than humanely possible. Eloisa comes up with these splendid synopses to lure me then once I’m snatched up by her book, I realize it’s alr
Rating: 3 1/2

A sweetly delightful romp of a book with an annoyingly insecure heroine who grew on me (somewhat) and a ruff-tumble hero with just the right amount of vulnerable and sexy grit. Horses, over-the-top villains, bedroom heat w/out being too much, eccentric supporting characters, angst-ridden history, clear/clean motivations and a plot-moppet keep the story line wheels and character development churning.

I will definitely try something else by this author. She knows her history and write
Jan 31, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure how I managed to finish this. Save to say, there is nothing wrong with the quality of writing, only the content, which leaves a whole darn lot to be desired.

To begin with, there was nothing romantic about this book, but worse than that, it was actively unkind.

I felt like I was party to an abusive relationship. I was very, very disturbed.

Mia was bearable and had her charms. Her nephew was cute. But Lah, the Hero was vicious and emotionally abusive. Also way too much focus was placed o
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating~ 4 charming stars

Emilia ‘Mia’ Gwendolyn Carrington is going to do something none of her heroines do, she is going to ask the duke to marry well, technically she’s going to blackmail him but lets not go there. Mia at the age of fiffteen had a crush on Vander, which ended up pretty badly to say the least and resulted in a outbrust; ‘she will not marry him even if he was the last man on England’. Mia wishes she could now take back….

Duke of Pindar Evander ‘Vander’ Septimus Brody has no plan
Aly is so frigging bored
2nd read: 11-12 February 2017

1st read: 11 April 2015
I loved it! I took breaks only to pee, otherwise I didn't even need food... it was that good!

I haven't read many historicals with the heroine working as a novelist(that I liked and finished), but EJ doesn't disappoint. Mia was great: she's loving, smart, has a great sense of humor and she's an amazing writer. Vander is a bit scared by his past(his father had bipolar disorder, or that's what it reads like, and his mum cheated on him with Mia's d
Apr 03, 2015 marked it as its-not-me-book-it-is-you  ·  review of another edition
since I am not a big fan of punishment reads, I think I'll pass this one.
The "hero" sounds like a total jerk, and I would probably spend the whole book wishing he was dead, so there: Mia, you're a widow, rejoice! :D
crni biser
7/12 - Knjiga iz žanra koji inače ne čitate (ili čitate retko)
I gave this audiobook a B+ for the story and A- for the narration at AudioGals*

As a romance junkie, I’m somewhat embarrassed to say that I had never listened to an Eloisa James romance until now. With dozens of published historical romances since 2000, and as a professor of creative writing with degrees from Harvard, Oxford and Yale to boot, it’s safe to say that Ms. James is a highly qualified, prolific historical romance writer. With this for a background, and after having taken one look at th
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was my first EJ novel and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it! I will be absolutely be putting more her books on my TBR list.

Things you should know:

1. I adored Vander- he got me from his first “showing.”
2. Vander’s uncle is a hoot!
3. The dialogue was awesome! It really captivated me- I laughed out
loud a few times.
4. Moonbeams and pearly portions.
5. This can absolutely be read as a stand-alone.
6. This book is steamy!
All I can say after finishing Four Nights with a Duke is that I loved this book. As soon as I started the prologue, I knew this one was a keeper. The novel starts off when both the hero and heroine are fifteen years old, not an easy age, and James captures the awkwardness of those teen years in a way that is truly inspired. The prologue (which you can read on the author's website) caught my attention, but the remainder of the book kept my interest with it’s well developed characters and delightf ...more
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At fifteen Mia Carrington declared she would not marry Evander Brody, future Duke of Pindar, if he were the only man in England. Thirteen years later, Evander Brody, Duke of Pindar, proclaimed that he would not marry Mia Carrington, daughter of his mother’s long-time lover, if she were the last woman in the world. Life proves them both wrong. Vander responds to Mia’s blackmail that threatens him with a scandal that makes the exploits of their disgraceful parents pale in comparison. Mia thinks th ...more
Marilyn Rondeau
In the past, as 15 year old youths, Vander, the future Duke of Pindar and Emilia “Mia” Gwendolyn Carrington the daughter of Vander’s mother’s lover were thrown together at different functions. Mia had developed a crush on Vander and had written a poem (not very good either) to him. As it turned out Vander got a hold of it and he and his school chums read it and they had great fun spinning it in a decidedly boorish and disgusting translation. Unfortunately, they did this in the library where Mia ...more
The Lusty Literate
4/4.5 Stars | Hot Steam

Feverishly frisky and wildly romantic, FOUR NIGHTS WITH THE DUKE delivers one of this year’s most astonishing and provocative couples. From their hasty, scandalous and deliciously debauched union until their emotional and heart-poundingly perfect happily ever after, Mia and Vander’s tantalizing love story enthralls and blissfully entertains page after sizzling page.

Still harboring an appreciative crush from meeting dashing and gentlemanly Duke of Pindar, Vander, in THREE W
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, aar
I've given this a B at AAR.

Eloisa James returns to her Desperate Duchesses universe for Four Nights With the Duke, the second in the series to feature characters we met as children in the earlier books. Emilia Carrington – known as Mia – is, at fifteen, infatuated with the handsome young Septimus Evander Brody, heir to the Duke of Pindar. Humiliated when she overhears him making fun of a romantic poem she has written about him, she refuses to be cowed, telling him that she wouldn’t marry him i
Jessica Grogan
Ah, yes, that's why I stopped reading Eloisa James' books. Mia is constantly described as "fat" yet is somehow also tiny and easily hoisted up and carried around by her husband. He's an ass, by the way, and only cares about screwing Mia. EVERY argument is solved with sex. "Mia's mad at me. What shall I do? Talk to her? Or screw the anger out of her?" "I'm so angry with Vander but he's made me horny so I'll give up all my self respect as long as he gives me an orgasm. Without touching my breasts! ...more
Michelle Young
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This is the most fun historical romance I've read in awhile. The heroine is a somewhat secret romance writer who admired the duke as a fifteen-year-old girl. But she was humiliated in front of him and his friends when they discovered a love poem she had written about him. Now (about ten years later) she needs the duke to marry her in order to protect her nephew Charlie. So she blackmails him. And...they fall in love, of course.
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book so much. The hero and heroine are two of my favorites and the supporting cast is endearing.

Oct 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable read.
Lover of Romance
Emilia Carrington, when she was foolish and young, made a poem, but not just any pem for the Duke of Pindar, that she would never lower herself to marry him no matter what. Well karma always has a balance and now Emilia has no choice but to go and marry him. Vander wants his choice of a bride to be of his own choosing, and not forced upon him. But when Emilia blackmails him, and he learns some truths about his father, he knows that he will have no choice. Emilia has a nephew that needs h
I'm not sure how I feel about this book. If all of Eloisa James' couples spend so much time fighting, the heros attempting to hurt the heroines as much as possible, she might not be an author for me. At the same time, I understand the allure and enjoyed many parts of this story.

But the hero never really managed to redeem himself. Everytime I started to forgive him, he'd do or say another awful thing. It was quite dramatic and the ending felt unresolved.

From everything I read of him, I might have
Brunette Librarian
Dec 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
My Thoughts

Horribly embarrassed as a teenager by the future Duke of Pindar after a love poem that she has written is discovered, Mia swears that she will find a way to have her revenge. Over a decade later, Mia is in a bind. Her entire family has passed away and she is left trying to keep custody of her young, disabled nephew. In order to keep her nephew from the clutches of an evil uncle, Mia must marry someone powerful enogh to stand up to the uncle while also staying respectable. Who else do
Once again I have to start with how much I love the writing style and melodic fluidity of language Eloisa James wealds with alacrity in her HRs!!! I have nothing but admiration and respect, and I try to read and own every scrap of her writing I can get my hands on. The way she strings words together makes me feel light and fluffy, bringing joy to my too solemn self just with its artistry... And once again I hate to note that I hated the male lead, thus making me despise the love connection as a ...more
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“I may not have been the first to wish to marry her, but I am the one who succeeded.” 4 likes
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