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A Duke of Her Own

(Desperate Duchesses #6)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  10,416 ratings  ·  660 reviews

Leopold Dautry, the notorious Duke of Villiers, must wed quickly and nobly—and his choices, alas, are few. The Duke of Montague's daughter, Eleanor, is exquisitely beautiful and fiercely intelligent. Villiers betroths himself to her without further ado.

After all, no other woman really qualifies. Lisette, the outspoken daughter of the Duke of Gil
Mass Market Paperback, 386 pages
Published July 28th 2009 by Avon
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Well, I just finished this book and maybe I should take a few days off to think things through. It's made me come to this conclusion: Men are idiots. Completely. Totally. All of them. Especially Villiers. I've read the entire series and really thought I got to know and understand him. But he's not as smart in life as he is at playing chess. Too bad.

All I can say is, Eleanor is a much more patient and forgiving person than I am. She's a great heroine despite the mistakes she's made. She has an i
Penny Watson
Aug 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cool-dogs
A Duke of Her Own by Eloisa James

I am seriously going to have to enter a 12-step program to get over my addiction to A Duke of Her Own. I cannot stop re-reading this sucker. I just re-read it for the third time in a matter of weeks.

It doesn't look like anything special (cheesy pastel romance cover).

It doesn't sound like anything special (book blurb on the back turned me off--I hate books where the hero is trying to choose between 2 women, and the whole duel thing sounds trite).

But Holy Christ On
Written October 20, 2015

3.8 Stars - Well made, entertaining audiobook HR with a light comic touch

A Duke of Her Own, a since a few weeks downloaded pretty cheap "Whispersync for Voice" audiobook, and also my very first historical by Eloisa James pen. — 11:30 hrs narrated by Susan Duerden in a splendid good way (she was simply great).

And? ~ Was it worth the time and money?
Oh yes, absolutely nothing to complain about. This is just good HR in a old-school, adorable steamy, funny romantic style. It
Feb 07, 2011 rated it did not like it
Bastards! Bastards all over the place!
I hate heroes with bastards.
The “Desperate Duchesses” series was very up and down for me and this last book was the most up and down of all; one minute I enjoyed it, the next I was bored, the next I wanted to throw it against the wall.

The book starts off with a bang, a dramatic, sensual moment between the Duke of Villiers, who is looking for a mother for his numerous illegitimate children, and Eleanor, a spinster who has never recovered from her first love marrying another woman. This mislead me about how the rest of the b
Aug 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
Lady Eleanor is still pining for a former lover so she won't marry anyone less than a Duke. The Duke of Villiers is in need of a wife and won't settle for anyone less than a Duke's daughter. Obviously there needs to be more angst, so let's throw in the "mad" Lisette and Eleanor's former lover and animal cruelty and bastard children to make things more exciting.

1. The handling of Lisette, the "mad" rival, was...not great. The text seems to lean heavily on the idea that Lisette is unable to form
Georgian hero with a very, very, very bad reputation wants to make amends to his small army of illegitimate children. He’s found the cynical chip off the old block who really needed more page time because their relationship was pretty entertaining as he tries to wangle together the rest of his children. When I say children I’m not talking three or four, but six I believe. The hunt for his own von Trapp family is hampered because his children were from different mistresses.

He’s also in search of
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A Duke of Her Own is the sixth installation of the 'Desperate Duchesses' written by Eloisa James. Leopold Dautry, the notorious Duke of Villiers, made a choice the changed his circumstance, which required that he marry right away. The Duke of Montague's daughter, Eleanor, accepts his proposal and their lives changed forever.




Leopold Dautry, the notorious Duke of Villiers, must wed quickly and nobly—and his choices, alas, are few. The Duke of Mont
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I came to this book from one that I found incredibly boring. So straight from the beginning I found our heroine very interesting. The book starts with a spunky dialogue between two sisters about the looks and dress of our heroine (one of the sisters) and it is not flattering.
She is described as someone who doesn't care about her looks because her heart has been broken so she is not at all interested in attracting anyone. I honestly can't think of a time I've read that in romance. Plus it is not
Aug 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Pretttty good! I love her characters, I really do. She makes all the tropes fresh with wit and humanity. Definitely a fan and was happy to see Villers in a more "humane" role, he's had quite the arc throughout these books. I enjoyed the ride! ...more
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
The premise wasn't very romantic: the hero needs to choose a wife to be a mother to his 6 illegitimate children and he has 2 options - the heroine and another lady. And during the entire book, he's convinced that the other lady is the better option as a mother, and even considers himself engaged to her for a while, all while seducing the heroine. It is only at the very end when the other lady has a huge tantrum that he realizes his mistake. He's supposed to be this very intelligent and sharp man ...more
Oh my god, this book. So many feels. I don't want to say too much and spoil, but this is a true gem. Eleanor is awesome, confident, headstrong, smart, just one of my favorite HR heroines EVER. And Leopold... at first he's so cold and reserved, almost aloof, but then he shows his true face and it's so freaking intense and hot. Don't get me wrong, there were some things that had me thinking like really, tho? and I hated that he was blind to how amazing Eleanor is for his family, how long it took h ...more
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
Eh, I liked the characters, but it dragged on.
Fangirl Musings
Jan 31, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one- it was an irritating read
Recommended to Fangirl Musings by: Impulse buy
Pages Survived: 34

So I may or may not be jumping the gun on this one, but alas, this book just wasn't cutting it for me.

In truth, there is not that much to say as to why I didn't like it. I suppose the reality is that the novel was a bit abrasive to me. One, I found the dialogue a bit spastic. I despise when authors write the spoken word of the characters without adding any descriptions to tone, inflection, and thoughts. I also thought the dialogue was a tad bit spastic, as well. One point would
Kim H
Aug 07, 2009 rated it liked it
A decent and ultimately satisfying wrap to EJ's Desperate Duchesses series, but like the rest of this series (& everything James in general) I found it a little windy. I appreciate the rich detail and strong sense of time & place that EJ puts into her stories, but there are times when I feel like she's talking over my head. IMO, it's tedious to have to stop & think about every subtle nuance of character dialogue and interaction, especially when she's going to rehash all of it two or three pages ...more
Feb 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to KatLynne by: Penny Watson
The last book in the Desperate Dutchess Series. Something I very rarely do is read a book out of order. But I found myself doing so with this one. This is the only book I've read from this series and it can easily be read as a stand alone.

Lady Eleanor is certainly an intelligent beauty and I enjoyed the banter between her and the oh-so-sexy Duke of Villiers. There is no deep, dark torment involved with either the hero or heroine. Rather, a perfect mix for a truly delightful romance. There is ang
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
Love and illegitimate kids

Leopold and Eleanor gave a solid love story despite their varied past issues. Eleanor lost her love to another woman and vowed that she would not be runner up to another man that she gave herself. That’s precisely what she does when she gets involved with the Duke Leopold.
Leopold had children so marriage had to take into account his illegitimate offspring as well as his station as a Duke.

I loved Eleanor’s spirit. She definitely wasn’t conventional though she understood
Rose Lerner
May 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, especially Villiers's children. So adorable! I think my favorite thing about Eloisa James is how every character, even the small ones, even the nasty ones, feels like a person with their own point of view and their own complete life, even if we only get to see the edges of it. This book had a fabulous cast, and I loved Eleanor and her insecurities. When she told Villiers she deserved more I cheered! ...more
Lady Wesley
Nov 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the Duke of Villiers and admired his commitment to finally become a father to his six illegitimate children and enjoyed the strong, sensible Eleanor, who's still carrying a flame for her first love who dumped her for another woman. ...more
Merry Jewelhound
This book has been out for a while. My thoughts are it is a funny witty book that has a reformed rake and a pretty crazy lady and the heroine. It all just works! I give it 4.5 stars and rounded up.
May 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010
This book fell very flat for me. It seemed to plod along at a snail's pace until the final few chapters. It started out well, with snappy dialogue, but when they all trooped off to Lisette's country home, the plot s l o w e d way down and it seemd like not much happened, other than the trip to the orphanage.
I didn't like the hero, Leopold. At all. And I didn't like his behavior. At all. Tough for me to want him to end up with the heroine, whom I wasn't all that crazy about either, when I simply
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
MY FIRST HISTORICAL ROMANCE WAS SOOO GOOD! Wow i am thrilled and beaming! I loved this book with all of my heart! it was so wholesome and sweet and ahh i’m so obsessed! This love triangle had me HOOKED! you would never see a plot like this in a regular romance book and I think that’s what’s so great with historical romances! You get more options on where the story can go! I’m so happy that leopold chose the woman that he did. The kid content was soooo cute ahh i was hooked the entire time. There ...more
Lady Whitbrooke
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Anzu The Great Destroyer
Jan 16, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the genre, series, author, etc
Recommended to Anzu by: Aly is so frigging bored
So I started the book thinking: OMG finally a book about Villiers!!! He’s like Batman of the 1700s or something! The previous book showed him being all superhero on the dudes who used the orphans and stuff. I can see a comic book coming out of this:

So after this I start the book. And I stare…. And keep on staring…. And final I ask the big question: where is the true Villiers? This one is a fake!

Yep! It seemed to me like that. Like the character I so far admired disappeared and left this little m
Oct 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
I have never read an Eloisa James book before. My preferred romance category is the contemporary. ButLynne Connolly's Richard and Rose series has whetted my appetite again for historical romance and I had read a pretty good review of this book.

I was pleasantly surprised by it. I do think there were a couple of situations that strained credibility a bit, but over all this was a really nicely written book with great characters and excellent dialogue.

In this story the hero is a Duke, Villiers, who
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shades of "Gone With The Wind". I wondered just what Eloisa James was going to do with the Duke of Villiers. He is such a disreputable scoundrel in the other books and now I know why I just couldn't get enough of him. He is very much the Rhett Butler of the Ton. I loved the audio version of this book. In fact, I loved it so much I had a really hard time turning it off after my workouts.

Leopold Dautry, Duke of Villiers, has decided that he is going to see to the rearing of his six illegitimate ch
Dec 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Reading this book was such a weird experience. It was addicting but at the same time I didn't like or care about the couple or their romance. I read about the witty dialogues in other reviews but at times it felt more like rude and cruel to me. I also never enjoy love triangles, and this was one was even worse, since love wasn't even involved.

I basically liked his children and the dog. The end of the book was great but it felt like I was reading a different book. It had nothing to do with the L
My first read of A Duke of Her Own I gave it a 3-stars. However, I had the opportunity to listen to this story again and loved it even better. You have to hand it to Leopold who has taken accountability of his illegitimate offspring and finding a wife to help him raise them.

A delightful read and I enjoyed Susan Duerdan's narration of this book.

This book is the BOTM 1 - January 2021 of the HISTORICAL ROMANCE BOOK CLUB
The discussion thread can be found here

The Hero Villiers is 35 and the Heroine Eleanor is 23.
I liked the character development of Villiers in the other books in the series. And in this book, the Hero, for want of a better word, is - An idiot!!!

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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

Other books in the series

Desperate Duchesses (9 books)
  • Desperate Duchesses (Desperate Duchesses, #1)
  • An Affair Before Christmas (Desperate Duchesses, #2)
  • Duchess By Night (Desperate Duchesses, #3)
  • When the Duke Returns (Desperate Duchesses, #4)
  • This Duchess of Mine (Desperate Duchesses, #5)
  • Three Weeks With Lady X (Desperate Duchesses by the Numbers, #1; Desperate Duchesses, #7)
  • Four Nights With the Duke (Desperate Duchesses by the Numbers #2; Desperate Duchesses #8)
  • Seven Minutes in Heaven  (Desperate Duchesses by the Numbers, #3; Desperate Duchesses, #9)

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