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When the Duke Returns (Desperate Duchesses #4)
The Duchess of Cosway yearns for a man she has never met . . . her husband.
Married by proxy as a child, Lady Isidore has spent years fending off lecherous men in every European court while waiting to meet her husband. She's determined to accept him, no matter how unattractive the duke turns out to be. When she finally lures Simeon Jermyn back to London, his dark handsome...more
This is the first book I've read by Eloisa James, so I don't know whether it's representative of her work.
I bought it randomly at a used book store because I'd heard good things about James's writing and the premise appealed to me: The heroine was married to the hero by proxy as a child, but it's been years and they haven't met. She has been waiting patiently for him, but when they m ...more
Just how long is ‘too’ long to wait for your man? In times of yore (it’s a historical!) there existed a practice of marriage by proxy. Meaning one member (usually the man) wasn’t actually present at the ceremony but the couple was considered legally wed. Then once the absent member showed up and consummated the marriage, all was normal. Eloisa James uses the concept of a proxy marriage in her latest book, “When the Duke Returns”. Her heroine has ...more
never in that span of time has he bothered to meet the young lady he married by proxy. She played the meek wifely role for sometime
waiting for his return but as the years passed she said to hell with it
and indulged in seemly wicked activities to get his attention.
Well it worked, his Duke-i-ness has finally decided to make his presence known.
The very beginning of the story is enchanting which was entriely unexpected; since I hadn't cared for ...more
When the Duke Returns kept me engaged from start to finish and I read it in a day - but it was my least favorite in the series so far. Maybe it was because I just didn't like the premise and the hero. Isidore and Simeon were married by proxy 12 years earlier - she was 12 and he was 18. He then left to go to Africa and kept no contact with her and virtually no contact with his mother. Isidore is Italian, both her parents died suddenly and she was left alone in the world, save for he ...more
I haven't read the rest in the series (I know, I know, bad Highland Hussy! Read in order!) so I'm hoping that would help as well.
I think that from the first page I just adored Isadore. She is beautiful, spunky, witty, and fun to read about.
I didn't like our Duke, though.
I liked him in the first few pages, but then as I got to know him, I began to dislike him. A lot. And not because he's a virgin at 30 (Se ...more
1. I'm going to address the shit-covered elephant right away: I'm pretty sure ...more
For me, Isidore and Sim ...more
Isidore had been married by proxy at the age of 12, and her husband, the duke, at the age of 18. For such at tender age, the marriage was never consummated and the duke never returns home. He went adventuring somewhere in the Sahara dessert, or at Nile river. Isidore got tired of waiting and coveted for her husband to return to her, went to Lord Strange's scandalous home in ensuring that the duke ret ...more
I liked the central conflict of the hero thinking all successful marriages involve a "biddable" wife (!!!) and the heroine being like, "Uh, no," but I don't think it was ever quite resolved. In real life, I'd need a lot more from him.
The portrayal of "The Middle Way" that the hero followed w ...more
-Simeon’s tyrannical lunatic mother is so severe in formality and propriety that she doesn’t even address her own son by his given name in her own bedchamber. She’s the worst kind of penny pincher who is convinced people are out to scam the ducal family into paying outrageous bills. So obsessed that she doesn’t lift a finger to get the wa ...more
To say they were both PRIMED by the time they actually meet would be an understatement.
Their snark was run to read.
I didn't like the ending so much. I wish it could have been simpler. I also wish that we got to see the Duchess solving other issues in their area and her explaining to the Dowager that her behaviour is unacceptable... Except we get an ending about convicts escaping..
I listened to the audio and really enjoyed it! Susan Duerden is wonderful to listen to!
I loved that our heroine, Lady Isidore, was completely unwilling to compromise her beliefs, opinions, and ideas because a man and--more specifically--her husband told h ...more
Isadore was more fun than I would have imagined after the last book, and Simeon was seriously drool-worthy.
I liked that when he finally came home, he took charge of his estate and cleaned everything up. I was impressed by Isadore stepping up and working to help without being asked.
Simeon's continued push to be head of the household got a little tedious, and I think ...more
Isidore is my favorite lead heroine thus far in the series (though I suspect Jemma might oust her from that position as I continue to her book), she's a fiery Italian with a big heart and some realistic insecurities about her husband of eleven years that she's never met! Simeon has spent those years adventuring in Egypt and picking up some eccentric behaviors (in the mind of the English court at ...more
Why has it taken me so long to get back to this series? I think this is my favorite so far. Isidore and Simeon demonstrated the old adage of opposites attract to perfection. She tried his patience and his calm with her fiery personality. They had me laughing at their snarky conversations.
If you've read my reviews for the previous books in this series then you know of my love for Jemma, Duchess of Beaumont. She once again shined in this book. As did Villiers. I'm excited that her book ...more
And flying monkeys.
Backstory: Lady Isidore and Simeon, the Duke of Cosway, were married by proxy like a decade ago, sight unseen. He was abroad, you see. And he stayed abroad. And stayed. And now, at 23 years old, Isidore is pretty much fed up with it. In the last book she decided to pay ...more
Yeah, there is no mention of a masked ball at any point in the book. Excellent cover choice.
Okay, so Isidore and Simeon were married by proxy when she was 12 and he was … older, and she expected him to show up and collect her when she turned 16, but Simeon was too busy off traversing the globe and learning the ~*~ways of the world~*~ to make it back. The book opens when Simeon has finally got his (sexy, sculpted) ass back to England to see Isidore. Isidore has never met Simeon ...more
หนังสือเลมนีเปนเลมทีสีในชุด Desperate Duchesses ทีเลาเรืองเหลาบรรดาดัชเชสจอมวุนทังหลาย และเลมนีกเปนเรืองราวของไอสิดอเร ผูทีเปนดัชเชสตังแตอายุสิบสองปี (โดยการแตงงานดวยตัวแทน) และรอคอยการกลับมาของดยุคของเธอจนกระทังบัดนีเธอกอายุไดยีสิบสามแลว
ตอนตนของเรืองนีเปนฉากหนึงในเรือง Duchess by night (ซึงเปนเลมทีสามในชุด) แตไมจำเปนตองอานเลมกอนหนาทังสามเลมหรอกนะคะ เพราะยังไงกรูเรือง มันไมไดเกียวพันกันมาก อาจจะยกเวนกตรงเรืองราวของตัวละครรองอยางเจมมา และวิลาดย (ซึงจะเปนนางเอก ...more
First published: 2009
Length: 376 pages
Setting: London and regions, 1784 (Georgian).
Sex: Not frequent, reasonably explicit.
Hero: Has spent the last 12 years travelling Africa, now back in England to claim his title and wife. Virgin.
Heroine: Married by proxy at 12, now 23, has never met her husband. Virgin.
This book is part of a series. There is no question about that. Other characters begin or extend their stories, weaving them through Isidore and Simeon's. They affect each ot ...more
Lady Isidore was married to her husband by proxy when she was a little more than a child. Simeon was somewhere in the east, Africa, Asia but signed the papers and got married. He had ...more
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In short, they were made for each other.”