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Duchess in Love - Cinta Sang Duchess (Duchess Quartet #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  5,306 Ratings  ·  282 Reviews
Ambrogina, Duchess of Girton, masih perawan walaupun ia sudah menikah selama dua belas tahun. Gina menikah dengan sepupunya yang bernama Camden Serrard yang saat itu berusia delapan belas tahun. Tepat setelah pernikahan mereka, Cam melarikan diri melalui jendela dan pergi ke Yunani. Sekarang Cam kembali ke Inggris untuk membatalkan pernikahannya atas permintaan Gina.

Paperback, 508 pages
Published December 2010 by Dastanbooks (first published 2002)
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Anna D.
Oct 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hr
More like 2.5 stars

This is my first EL book. I was not thrilled about it because I was didn’t like how the book ended. I won’t, however, judge her other books by this and decided to give her the benefit of the doubt since she’s so highly recommended by GR members and Julia Quinn. I’ve already read some synopsis of her other books and I still have high hopes.

There are three stories in this book. 1) Camden & Gina, 2) Tuppy & Carola, and 3) Esme’s story. The only couple without a trace of i
Jacob Proffitt
I'm not sure how to explain this book or my reaction to it. It was energetic and scattered and not entirely off-putting. It was saved, for me, by Gina. I just liked her, even if I couldn't take her seriously as a character. There were too many inconsistencies both with the era and her background to really immerse in the novel but I found myself liking her anyway.

Most of the other characters were a dead loss. Well, not so much Cam. He was sweet, too. Which is nice as he was the romantic hero. But
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The only time this book caught my interest was when I read the Author's Introduction at the end. I didn't know Ms James was a Professor of English Literature and found it difficult to reconcile her academic expertise with this lack-lustre historical romance.

The main story was cute: a reluctant Duke forced to marry an 11-yr-old girl whom he thought was his cousin. Within hours of the marriage he flees to Greece, where he enjoys an idyllic life sculpting nude statues of Greek goddesses.

He returns
Too much drama at the end, but, overall, this was the best balanced of the James's books I've read in that I was into ALL the storylines.

I also liked that it depicted the reality that ton marriages weren't always that great, lots of married people didn't live together, slept with other people. Don't get me wrong, I love my happy romances, but that realism is something I've missed in a lot of Regency romances.

And it was an interesting take on the estranged marriage trope. This was a about a coupl
Oct 30, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-read
Oh dear me what a mess this book was!

A more fitting title would have been Desperate Housewives of the Ton!

The flow was very jumbled and I found myself going back and rereading sentences a lot. The excessive dialogue between numerous characters got very tedious. Somehow James lost my connection to these characters.

The one and only character that I believe had some depth and interest was that of Esme. Her and Miles story left me so sad.

I would give James a 2nd chance and perhaps Esme has a book!
Suzie Quint
3.5 stars. This would have been 4 stars but for a couple of things. At the very end there's a scene between Gina & Cam on the staircase that became a confused jumble in my mind. I tried reading and rereading it but it seemed like the author got shy and only wanted to infer what was happening and so the characters seemed to be lying down one minute (on the steps no less) and the next they were standing and then . . . but you get the idea. There's also the scene on the ship where the Gina sudd ...more
Sep 19, 2010 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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A more pathetic, mocking excuse of a friendship I have yet to come across.

At least I managed to finish this one. Yippee.
Mary B.
I don't even know what to say. This should have been an introductory novella to this series. Instead, it was a full length novel with a serious identity crisis. The supposed main characters - Gina and Cam - were uninteresting at best, and often quite annoying. With Gina's constant blithering back and forth about whether she wanted to stay married to her husband (Cam) or have her marriage annulled and marry Sebastian (who practically recoils at her slightest touch). But this only when the reader ...more
Leído en Septiembre 2009

Buen arranque de la serie con este primer libro.... me gustó la trama y tuvo buenos personajes
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
First I want to say it took me a long while to finish this book because I was busy adjusting to my work (I'm new at it^^)

You can say I didn't have any practically favorite characters, but instead I had favorites stories. From my perspective I divided the book to 3 segments, one is the main story that's focused on the main couple, our esteemed Duke and his Duchess. Two was about her best friend Lady Esme and the fiancee the Marquess, three is her other friend Lady Carola and Tuppy. I liked the fi
Oct 24, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was so disappointed in this book. The first few chapters hd such promise and then blew a tire and I quickly lost interest.

The side characters and plots were overwhelming. They added nothing to the story for me and took up so many pages. Frankly, I couldn't keep any of them straight. It was like trying to watch a long running soap opera for the first time. Bah.

Gina lost much of my respect by even considering marrying her dull and insipid fiance. He was so one-dimensional and wasn't
Sep 18, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terrible book. I don't know why I bothered to read the entire thing since I'm not shy about putting down books that are not engrossing to me. The writing style was amateurish and the tone of the entire story was off putting to me. There was not even a hint of humor to at least bide me through the pain and drudgery of reading this. None of the characters made me care a whit about them and in fact I wanted to do grievous harm to all as I struggled along to finish the book. Needless to say will not ...more
Andrea Jackson
Too many storylines and everybody acted childish and horny.
Lori McD
Fun book - not much unexpected, but lots of laughs, comedies of errors, and pure fun as we get to the happily-ever-afters. (Or do we?)

The book focuses on three Duchesses (Gina, Esme, and Carola) and their antics at a month-long country house party.

Gina was married at the age of 11 to Cam (Duke of Girton) who was 18. Until almost the day they were forced to be married by Cam's father, Gina and Cam thought they were first cousins. They'd grown up together, laughed and played together, and both wer
Apr 26, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Chris McFarland
Mar 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At an age when she should have still been in a school room, Gina was married off to Camden Serrard, a boy not much older than she was herself. Much to her indignation Cam does not stick around after the wedding, setting of directly for the Continent and vowing to never return. In the mean time Gina manages the estate and becomes the most vibrant woman in all of society; flirting with scandal, but never quite stepping over the line.

Twelve years later Cam, now the Duke of Girton, has returned, bu
This is the first book in yet another Eloisa James series about duchesses, and I didn't enjoy it quite as much as I have the others I've read, in the other two series I'm working on right now. I think there was more sex than sexual tension in this book, and I think characterization might have taken a bit of a back seat to the sex, too. Once they get down to it, the lead couple shags like rabbits, and in some highly imaginative places, too. I wearied of Gina's hyper-reactions to the slightest pro ...more
Sep 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This was a decent book, not as good as the Essex sisters or The Ugly Duchess, but really, somewhere between 3 and 4 stars.

The plot: We have Gina, the abandoned wife of the Duke of Girton, who has managed the estate for nearly 12 years alone, from the time she was 11 years old, and forced to marry Cam. Cam fled, leaving their marriage uncomsumated. The story begins with Cam returning to England to file for an annulment so that Gina can marry Sebastian.

While the love story of Gina and Cam was roma
Duchess in Love is advertised as classic historical romance, but I must admit that it delivered more than I expected. We get not only the romance between duchess Gina and her not-quite-husband Camden but also we get a glimpse into a structure of a society in historical England and it's attitude towards marriage and relationships.
The plot revolves around Gina and her circle of friends - and surprise surprise none of them has a conventional marriage. Although the focus is on a development (and of
Alex Morrison
Eloisa James is one of those authors that everyone seems to love and I just don't "get". Jude Deveraux and Sophie Jordan also come to mind. That said, I liked this book (published in 2002) more than her more recent offerings (though to be fair, I did give A Duke of Her Own 4 stars). I do love a good childhood romance/friends to lovers plot! My main issue with this is that the heroine was not very likable and didn't feel true to the time. Her willingness to shrug off social norms was supposed to ...more
Jane Night
I really liked the Cam and Gina story line but this book just had too much going on.

Aside from Cam and Gina there are about 5 other relationships that are presented and either are solved or crumble. Add to that a mystery and it is just too much to cram into one book. The reader spends time in so many characters heads and it gets to be a bit much.

I didn't love the Esme/Sebastian story line. I also thought Esme and her constant whining about Miles being a fat guy was inappropriate (even though ou
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Duke of Girton, Cam, has returned to London just for an annulment, so he can return to his sculpting in Greece. He didnt count on how hed react to his wife, though.
Gina is used to living the way she likes, and doesnt care too much about gossip. Now that Cam is back to set her free, shes more than ready to agree to everything. Even a fling, since hes irresistible.
Historical romance, feelings, smutty fluff and a lovely subplot I cant wait to see more from.
Listened to the audio version, and the n
Wicked Incognito Now
Eloisa James is a dependable romance writer. I can always count on her to write a well-crafted novel that holds my attention...and characters that surprise me.

James' novels always have an underlying Shakepearean theme, and I love that. She also always has an excellent sense of humor, character relationships, and pacing.

The storyline of this particular novel develops some complications near the end, the pacing falls off, and it becomes a bit madcap like a 70s sitcom.
Sep 13, 2011 rated it liked it
sebenernya suka yah sama ceritanya cam-gina, cuma agak males baca kalo ada banyak tokoh utama, jadi jesannya numpuk gimana gtu, jd kalo bukan tokoh utama skip aja daripada tumpang tindih ceritanya, ga suka sama si tokoh esme yang agak "murahan" apalagi main sama tunangan sahabatnya sendiri, tapi ceritanya cam-gina lumayan bagus walaupun awalnya agak bosan
Oct 22, 2013 marked it as never-to-read  ·  review of another edition
Cheating and adultery themes.
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm gonna be honest: anything with main characters as feisty as Benedick and Beatrice--indeed, with REFERENCES TO THOSE TWO--is gonna be a favorite of mine.
Ein unerhörter Ehemann (01.) - Eloisa James
Romantic History von der schwachen Sorte.

Ein unerhörter Ehemann


"Wie verführt man seinen Ehemann?

Bereits mit elf Jahren wurde Gina, die Herzogin von Girton, mit Camden Serrard verheiratet. Doch noch am Tag der Hochzeit flüchtete Cam außer Landes. Zwölf Jahre später hat sich Gina in den vornehmen Marquis Bonnington verliebt und bittet Cam um die Scheidung. Als dieser jedoch nach England zurückkehrt, muss Gina feststellen, dass ihr Ehemann ihr
Lynnee Argabright
I actually enjoyed this romance novel. I tried it out because I wanted to be open minded about more genres, including romance, and the plot sounded intriguing and not too scandalous (the hero and heroine are married, after all, so everything is legal and therefore pretty charming that it is the conflict). The characters are adorable, even if they are one-dimensional, and I liked how it wasn't just a book about the two heroes, but also focused on other characters' dilemmas. Some of the characters ...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 repeat ...more
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