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The Duke Is Mine

(Fairy Tales #3)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  8,773 ratings  ·  810 reviews
Destiny will be decided between the sheets in this all-new tale of The Princess and the Pea.

For Olivia Lytton, betrothal to the Duke of Canterwick—hardly a Prince Charming—feels more like a curse than a happily-ever-after. At least his noble status will help her sister, Georgiana, secure an engagement with the brooding, handsome Tarquin, Duke of Sconce, a perfect match fo
Mass Market Paperback, 367 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by Avon
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Jul 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf-award
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
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was weird.
Before reading it, I looked over a few reviews and was prepared to be outraged because everyone talked about how there is a poor mentally challenged boy who is treated badly and made fun of. But, actually, even though the heroine makes fun of him to her sister, in private, because she isn't thrilled to be marrying a young boy, from there on - she defends him and is sweet and loyal to him. So, I don't know. It wasn't as offensive as everyone is making it out to be. Only a lit
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
Huma Rashid
Nov 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
*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
Christina ~ Brunette Reader

3,5 Stars

This was a an odd mix as far as fluffier Regency romances go, a blend of farce and some very touching moments, at times jarring, at times endearing, but that it ultimately quite worked as a whole for me. The writing smooth and full of wit and charm, and Ms. James surely had fun concocting extravagant names and peppering literary and pop-culture references throughout the story, besides the wink at a main fairy-tale theme, present in all the books in the series, which in this case was H.C. A
Beanbag Love
Dec 28, 2011 rated it did not like it
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.
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

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 mak/>He/>The ...more
Dec 30, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: own-it, historical
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.

Having read th
Jun 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
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
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
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
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 you
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical, series, 2-star
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
Jun 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
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.
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
Ruthie Knox
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 bec/>Olivia
Katie Gallagher
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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The Duke Is Mine is inspired by “The Princess and the Pea.” Just like in the original tale, the heroine arrives at a manor one stormy night soaked through to the bone. In James’s version, her destined duke greets her at the door and is immediately wildly attracted to her—a sodden gown clinging to every curve will do that. 😉 Too bad she’s engaged to a simpleton and is really only visiting the duke’s estate as her sister’s chaperone; it’s the sister who is bein
Jacob Proffitt
Aug 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: steamy, romance
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 i
Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Feb 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Olivia Lytton has been betrothed to Rupert, Duke of Canterwick, since she was five. For reasons known only to James, Olivia is introduced as a mocking, cruel woman who belittles a man she has known her whole life because he's disabled but don't worry: she only talks shit to her sister, so obviously she's GREAT.

Meanwhile, Tarquin, Duke of Sconce, is in need of a wife so his mother invites proper ladies to his crib. This includes Olivia's more attractive sister, Georgiana. Obviously, Quin and Oli
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
Yesy (The Book Vagrant)
DNF at around 70%

I honestly don't think I like the these two enough to put up with all this nonsense.
Manda Collins
May 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  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

I loved this book. It was entertaining, light, flirtatious and just fun. Twins Olivia & Georgiana Lytton was daughters raised and trained to be duchesses. Well, Georgiana took to her lessons, Olivia clearly had a rebellious streak that made her fight against all things proper.
Georgiana ended up betrothed to the Duke of Canterwick, who went off to fighting in the war defending England. Now Olivia is trying to help her twin make a match with Tarquin, The Duke of Scones.

The on
Al George
Jul 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Just Got Bored

Either I am entering in to one of my "Regency Romance Just Ain't Cutting It" phases, or this book really did get boring and horrible. Since when did it become OK to make fun of someone who might be mentally handi-capable? Why the (#*k did I pick up this book in the first place? And why is Eloisa James becoming an author I don't like? Apparently she's in to abusive men, whiny women, and poking at those who can't do the poking themselves. Hey, here's news Eloisa James, you're a woman,
The insta-love is strong in this one. It's the reason I lost interest in this book halfway through.
Jan 02, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  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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May 16, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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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 repeatedly received star ...more

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Fairy Tales (5 books)
  • A Kiss at Midnight (Fairy Tales, #1)
  • When Beauty Tamed the Beast (Fairy Tales, #2)
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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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