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Desperate Duchesses (Desperate Duchesses, #1) Desperate Duchesses by Eloisa James
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“It was also bitterly true that a person who doesn’t want you is twice as desirable.”
Eloisa James, Desperate Duchesses
“Chess is the most intimate game in the world. It's like making love. By the time we finish our first slow game, I will know all his thoughts.”
Eloisa James, Desperate Duchesses
tags: chess
“A fit encomium for marital bliss," Beaumont said, putting down his knife and fork. "Dancing to a tune one neither likes nor understands, with a partner who thinks you a cadaver.”
Eloisa James, Desperate Duchesses
“Virginity, like many things connected to men, was obviously vastly over-rated. And frankly, so was sexual intimacy. No wonder Villiers didn’t care if she’d had previous experiences. It was all a matter of a minute at most.”
Eloisa James, Desperate Duchesses
“Dowry doesn't rhyme with many words, so I had to rhyme dowry and peach tree [...] My nephew will inherit the estate, but the orchards are unentailed and will go to you.”
Eloisa James, Desperate Duchesses
tags: entail
“When you fall in love, your heart will pound so much you won't be able to throw a mouse let alone a cow pat.
I don't think I could throw a mouse now. I dislike the idea of scrabbling little feet in my palm, unless they are yours, of course.”
Eloisa James, Desperate Duchesses
“The last person Jemma expected to welcome into her bedchamber that night was her husband. Though of course she would have to invite him in at some point if they were to embark on their heir-making activities.”
Eloisa James, Desperate Duchesses
“How gorgeous this chess set is.' Each piece was a delicate marble fantasy of medieval warfare. The paint had long ago worn off, except for faint touches of red, in the fury of the king's eyes, on the queen's lower lip, in the bishop's robe.”
Eloisa James, Desperate Duchesses
tags: chess
“I do not let myself entertain regrets nor think about mistakes. My father always said, and he was right, that regret is a useless practice. But I find that in my thirties, regrets chase me down the street sometimes. It’s not so easy to shrug them away.”
Eloisa James, Desperate Duchesses