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  • Desperate Duchesses
  • Eloisa James
  • English
  • 02 August 2019
  • 9780060781934

10 thoughts on “Desperate Duchesses

  1. says:

    despite the gorgeous stepback this book wasn't a success for methis is definitely the most uniue historical i've ever read so it kind of pains me to rate it low but i just don't think it accomplished what it set out to do the story is told from multiple POVs and has sort of a Gossip Girl meets Pride and Prejudice feel you've got a wise duchess who has been neglected by her husband taking in a distant cousin who is looking to marry a sensib

  2. says:

    I'm not sure about this one It wasn't unreadable but it is definitely not one of my favorite Elosia James novels There are too many points of view and too many different story lines going on at the same time I didn't feel connected to any of them in particular I guess this story is about Roberta and Damon but I

  3. says:

    25 stars1 I hate chess #sorrynotsorry2 This reminded me of MANSFIELD PARK and not in a good way It wasn't uite as sordid but it was close3 Too many unresolved plot lines

  4. says:

    Life is a chessboardThere is a freedom of the Georgian period utter absence of bourgeois attitudes of propriety ridiculous morality born out of class distinction that is compelling to read James does beautiful characters in the style of Dangerous Liaisons as the first book in this series beginsI shall obfuscate the precise relationships in this book so as to avoid spoiling it Safe to say that this is a game and persons

  5. says:

    Trashy fun Love it Corsets

  6. says:

    At around mid story I'm giving this one up We jump into so many perspectives and I can't find any I actually like Roberta is closest to sympathetic but even she is mostly just pathetic as opposed to actively off putting Her crush on V

  7. says:

    Roberta wants Villiers Villiers wants Jemma badly but she Jemma who is also the sister to Damon and he Damon wants Roberta while she Roberta only wants Villiers though Villiers remember only wants Jemma while she Jemma is estranged in marital hell with her husband Elijah who he Elijah pulled Ass Hat Number Four by cheating on her Jemma years ago but who she Jemma still loves but who he Elijah was also once f

  8. says:

    35 stars

  9. says:

    Ah Ms James you certainly know how to make a girl want to stay up all night reading your entire series As the first installment in Ms James' Desperate Duchesses series Desperate Duchesses managed to introduce most of the characters we will be seeing in the coming books and still have time to fully develop a romance that was so sweet I will be

  10. says:

    I know that this is roberta's and damon's bookBut it feels like attention is paid to jemma and elijah even though their stor

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Desperate Duchesses

Oberta St Giles falls in love with a man she glimpses across a crowded ballroom a duke a game player of consummate skill a notorious rakehell who shows no interest in marriage until he lays eyes on Roberta Yet the Earl of Gryffyn knows too well that the pric. At around mid story I m giving this one up We jump into so many perspectives and I can t find any I actually like Roberta is closest to sympathetic but even she is mostly just pathetic as opposed to actively off putting Her crush on Villiers is absurd and it s made worse knowing that he isn t even the real love interest All the other friend circleduchesses are kind of vile too I mean Jemma is a calculating monster getting revenge for an old hurt and the others aren t far behind her in selfish stupidityAlso chess and sex Yeah I m not buying that byplay at all And it s worse that every single relationship revolves at least partially around chess Also chess and sword mastery Not linked by anything except apparently social status Just saying textbook-of-oral-pathology in love with a man she glimpses across a crowded ballroom a duke a game player of consummate skill a notorious rakehell who shows no theft-by-finding-diaries-1977-2002 interest no-mud-no-lotus-the-art-of-transforming-suffering in marriage until he lays eyes on Roberta Yet the Earl of Gryffyn knows too well that the pric. At around mid story I m giving this one up We jump ultimate-guide-wiring into so many perspectives and I can t find any I actually like Roberta american-muscle-cars-2019-calendar is closest to sympathetic but even she chateaux-de-gironde-plaquette is mostly just pathetic as opposed to actively off putting Her crush on Villiers making-mosaics-15-stylish-projects-from-start-to-finish-step-by-step-crafts is absurd and the-code-napoleon-or-the-french-civil-code-literally-translated-from-the-original-and-official-edition-published-at-paris-in-1804-by-a-barrister-of-the-inner-temple it s made worse knowing that he ballerina-girl-my-first-reader-paperback isn t even the real love will-shortz-presents-hard-sudoku-volume-3-200-challenging-puzzles interest All the other friend circleduchesses are kind of vile too I mean Jemma alexy-g-eacute-nesis-n-ordm-1 is a calculating monster getting revenge for an old hurt and the others aren t far behind her the-complete-ketogenic-diet-for-beginners-healthy-guide-for-weight-loss in selfish stupidityAlso chess and sex Yeah I m not buying that byplay at all And boswell-s-london-journal-1762-1763 it s worse that every single relationship revolves at least partially around chess Also chess and sword mastery Not linked by anything except apparently social status Just saying

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E reuired to gain a coronet is often too high Damon Reeve the earl is determined to protect the exuisite Roberta from chasing after the wrong destiny Can Damon entice her into a high stakes game of his own even if his heart is likely to be lost in the ventur. Roberta wants Villiers Villiers wants Jemma badly but she Jemma who is also the sister to Damon and he Damon wants Roberta while she Roberta only wants Villiers though Villiers remember only wants Jemma while she Jemma is estranged in marital hell with her husband Elijah who he Elijah pulled Ass Hat Number Four by cheating on her Jemma years ago but who she Jemma still loves but who he Elijah was also once friends with Villiers who he Villiers only wants Jemma and not Roberta but who Damon the brother to her Jemma does Got that YeahTo say that Eliosa wasn t channeling Shakespeare in this novel would be the lie of the century Without uestion this book is a sort of homage to the concept of the divine comedytragedy Considering the fact that the book opens with an insta love connection whereupon Roberta meets Villiers the pseudo bad guy but not really character for the first time in November of 1780 and immediately decides she must marry him my first thought was Romeo and Juliette anyone After this wiz bang meeting comprising of the prologue the book dashes off to the next scene Well sort of dashes considering such takes place with the beginning of Chapter One which starts in April 1783nearly three years later And frankly that s only the start of my problems to this bookHere it is my Biggest Issue of All the Issues in This Issue y Book no direct emotion exists on page with Roberta or Damon While there is lust peppered throughout between the two lead characters at no point did I feel as though they were emotionally connected This becomes exemplified on page 333 whereupon not only is the ending of the novel coming to arise but the two characters have had a plethora of interaction and boinking During the river boat initial climax scene Roberta makes a half hearted attempt to learn about her lover This is even stated by her What do you do all day she asked impulsively She wanted to know everything about him what he ate for breakfast and what he named his mare and where he met his friends Less than half a page passes and this story thread is immediately dropped One or two sentences of Damon talking about himself arises and despite previously telling herself she was interested in learning about her lover Damon calls Roberta out on being bored with his reply Of which she totally was And thenyou guessed it boinking I think my second problem is of an explanation of why the emotional connection between Roberta and Damon was nonexistent in this novel Throughout the course of the story Eloisa ping pongs between Roberta s POV with Damon and life and all that jazz and the telling of the chess game and interplay between Jemma and Villiers Even though Eloisa does a brilliant job at meshing these two stories together in a believable way I still feel that despite such masterful story telling this turned out to be a big hindrance to this as a romance The emotional aspects of the novel went unmet I feel because so much time was spent developing the dynamic and plot drive of Jemma and Villiers there was almost no time for the emotions of the leading couple to ferment As a direct result of this limited time the only way to transmit the relationship of Roberta and Damon was via lust and sex While it s true lust and outward attraction are an integral part of love they are not the key motivators Lust is physical while romantic love is emotional and one can t experience romantic love until identity of the significant other is learned or at the very least broached Such knowledge doesn t have to be all encompassing either Even just learning the basics about personalities interests hobbies or passions would have been sufficient for me to buy into the romance being real between these two people Hell even just the character s learning or broaching ONE of these subjects about the other would have been nicely believable Ironically this is even as much as stated by Jemma on page 369 during the dueling scene at the end of the novel When Jemma tells Roberta that Damon does indeed play chess Roberta states she had no clue to which Jemma promptly replies Have you talked of nothing all this time you spent in bed together And most appallingly Roberta admits just thatAlong the same lines of thought specifically the lack of basic identity sharinglearning causing the lack of emotion on page arrives the issues I had with the actual characters in this story As said before I did find all the characters of Desperate Duchesses believable somewhat enjoyable to one degree or another and most importantly three dimensional Eliosa took an interesting route by creating characters that were in many respects unlikeable un relatable or just plain boring I say interesting because I m willing to submit that Roberta and Damon were in fact naturally boring As in life some individuals are fascinating some are not so I m not of the opinion this was sloppy or lazy writing on the author s part But still the two most important people of the book Roberta and Damon were unuestionably the most uninteresting characters I ve ever read before in my entire life As boring and cardboard as Damon was Roberta was as dislikable and irritating Damon had no personality to speak of whatsoever while Roberta came off as being air headed in decisions she made with Damon making no decisions except to get an erection every time Roberta was within grabbing distance I would say that Eloisa utilized the tell rather than show method for detailing Damon s attributes but the sad reality is that such didn t even occur At no point was the reader given any hints into just who Damon was so focused on the Chess playing Jemma Villiers Elijah Harriet reality that was the book Again I m inclined to believe this was deliberate Still intentional or no it was fundamentally very disappointingAs unimpressive as the two lead characters were the total antithesis was the reality for the secondary characters I hate the use of this term with this particular book however because the way in which the novel was constructed made it seem as though Jemma and Villiers and Elijah were the lead characters with the romance carrying Roberta and Damon shoved to the back burner I could be wrong but aside from feeling as though Jemma and Villiers attained page time than the romantic couple so too did they hog the market on personality For as dull and uninteresting as Roberta was Jemma was as eually extravagant personable funny passionate and logical For as void and lackluster as Damon was Villiers was eually full of life expression opinion and thought Elijah the husband was eually impressive as an interesting guy impassioned with politics socially minded for the people and very much career and responsibility driven And yet the author makes it very clear that huge personality defects exist in all three of these people Villiers is irresponsible having fathered many bastards some uncared for and unloved He is a reckless and self absorbed man though thankfully not without his own moral code skewed though it might be He is very much an onion that is revealed slowly over the chapters of the book predominately within the scenes between he and Jemma Jemma likewise is flawed being almost calculating in her scheming primarily through her internal manipulation of managing the Harriet Benjamin revenge aspect with Villiers and her marriage Though blessedly this is done as a backdrop than as enacted in any actual ploy She is entirely self possessed and one could argue materialistic Her almost and occasionally uite deliberate flaunt of society s rules has marked her not just as eccentric but almost as nearly socially taboo And yet she too is not a completely dislikeable character for though she deliberately challenges and manipulates both her situation and her husband she is not without reasons Having caught her husband philandering soon after her marriage her abandonment of him in London and her subseuent eight year hiatus and thus scorned feelings and actions lend her creditability and relateability Elijah likewise in many respects contains obvious flaws such as his inexcusable actions of the past and seemingly unapologetic attitude for his past transgressions Interestingly he too seems redeemable since he depicts himself as not malicious not self possessed and not unbending but rather as a man of his time And yet still after all that the above book people held far interest and likability for me than the two nothings of characters Roberta and DamonStill another big BIG issue I had with Desperate Duchesses was of all the unresolved issues within this story First there s the fact that Eloisa makes a significant effort to paint the character of Villiers and his role in the story With as much time as this author put into this pivotal character one would think there would be at least a marginal resolution to his storyline in this book I understand not wrapping up everything in a neat tidy bow but some resolution at least as far as his influence in the book is concerned should be resolved The issue of Teddy s parentage goes completely afar in left field as well never once being resolved In truth Eloisa makes almost a small production over the identity of Teddy s mother plugging in a seemingly foreshadowing element When asked who the mother is Damon cryptically replies I promised never to tell Along with not resolving this issue at all never once referencing it again even the author also never once touched on the realistic complexity that A Roberta doesn t like kids but wants to hitch her bus to a dude who s got a kid and B the dramatic undertow of being with a man who previously had a child with an unknown woman While this concept might be common and acceptable in our time such an act would have been marginally dramatic during the time in which this novel was written Not to mention while it s not unusual today dialogue still exists about past lovers the parents of children not the mother and emotion about previous relationships being resolved or unresolved This Never Happened Even ignoring this fact and the fact that Roberta will now take over the role of mother to Teddy despite not liking children she s preggers at the end of the book Two big kids are here issues that go completely unresolvedAnd what s frustrating there exists even additional aspects to the book which go unanswered Another issue is the importance necessity and even logic or lack thereof in including the random appearance of the character Charlotte and why her perspective was even vital to the novel to begin with Granted while this character was only briefly on scene and only point of appearance being to develop a spontaneous crush on Elijah I still fail to understand why the author brought her into the book unless she s to be series bait So too might have been Selina and Mrs Grope and even Villiers perhaps But no apparently not because none of the subseuent books in this series that I examined contain any of the characters mentioned in this novel None of these characters appearance made any sense and all of their stories went unresolved Adding this to the fact that the huge dynamic that was almost the entire book among Elijah Jemma and Villiers as well as the bad marriage but things are lookin up aspect to Jemma and Elijah that all went unresolved and dropped hotter than a supernova and I m left wonderingwhat the crap did I just readThe subseuence problems I had with the novel were miniscule in comparison but still viable as being problematic for me I struggled greatly with the fact that Eloisa in the early stages of the book made a big production out of the fact that Damon and Roberta were related While I understand very logically in fact the need for this plot device what with Roberta reuiring some other believable means of staying within the Beaumont house aside from Jemma s eccentricity I still found its overuse annoying Many instances Eloisa uses the kinship of the hero and heroine as a way of an ice breaker mostly driven by Damon Many times throughout the book Damon would constantly reaffirm the family reality between himself and Roberta so as to bring Roberta into a comfortable mindset when dealing with intimate subjects or even disturbing in one instance even intimacy During a heavy make out session the hero actually reaffirms comfort during some smooching with the it s okay we re family shtick This was big time difficult for me truly It s one thing to utilize family dynamics even thin ones to establish logic in an historical romance especially one set in Georgian England I can handle that because when considering the small numbers in the society of that era with their emphasis on bloodlines I historically comprehend that plot device I do however find it seriously disgusting too much so for my modern mind to be reminded of the loose family connection during a physical scene Even so for that to be a driving force of sorts for said scene Big huge honkin no noAnother tiny problem I had was Eloisa s choice to bring in so many different perspectives all the while without ever mending every POV into the story There s Roberta s which makes sense There s Damon s which makes sense There s Villiers which makes decent sense There s Jemma s which makes decent sense There s Elijah s which makes less sense but okay There s Charlotte the chick who likeddancedhad a crush on Elijahremember which made even LESS sense And then there was the fact that Eloisa would briefly remove herself from perspective entirely operating as her own narrative This was predominately done in the river boat climax scene where no perspective was utilized to tell the events of Damon and Roberta s boat lagging behind the others Here Roberta s father yells that his daughter must have been abducted and Eloisa actually says on page 340 My daughter he roared She s been abducted Now you may think that there was nothing but cows to hear the maruess s howl of parental distress but in fact he was lucky That is a literal uote from the book and though it s infantile that one little you drove me nearly bonkers with nerd rage Grammatically it might be fine since Eloisa was operating in the narrative and outside of character perspective but holy Budda s belly from a reader point of view it was like finding a hair in my waffle The reasons are obvious and the rage is genuineDespite some of the epic book hate spewing forth I did find uite a number of things about this novel that were very enjoyable Over all despite its problems I did actually enjoy the plot of the story Such enjoyment though probably had to do with the style of writing as opposed to the actual seuence of events within the story I enjoyed the flow of the story how one event for the most part was integral to the story as a whole While there were scenes in the book that felt forced or ham fisted such as the river boat scene towards the end of the story overall I felt the book s actions were real The scenes between Jemma and Villiers even the lust and physical obsession Roberta and Damon and the subseuent actions of their story all felt as though it were actually happening The detail was never so sparse that I couldn t visualize what was happening around me but not so drenched into the story that I was ever denied my use of imagination I very much enjoyed the language of the writing and how genuine to the era the dialogue and internal monologues felt In addition to the enjoyable technical aspects to the book little gems were thrown in that were uite pleasant too Aside from learning that Chess was an extremely popular hobby among the ton in Georgian era I too learned that purposeful lisping was considered in vogue and a mark of high class uality Fashion too was subtly woven into the forgive the pun fabric of the story most especially with Villiers obsessive sense of outlandish fashionable colors and Jemma s style Lastly I so truly appreciated the direction Eloisa adopted in regards to depicting children in her romance Not only was Roberta not obsessed with children marginally fearing them and even disliking them but likewise was Teddy Damon s bastard never depicted as the classically cheesy Adorable Munchkin Not only were these two elements refreshing to see but they actually succeeded in bringing a degree of realism into the novelWhen proofreading this review it dawned on me that fundamentally I had far complaining than praise for this book and yet I stand this book at a two star rating Surprisingly if any book can prove that an author can run in direct contrast to a reader s personal taste and still manage to entertain this one proves just that Even though I cringed at many major and minor aspects of this book even though there were characters that drove me up the wall even though many aspects of the story remained unresolved at the conclusion I still enjoyed the story I was interested in how the novel would resolve itself I was invested in the characters even the ones that bored me and I cared enough to truly want to arrive at the happily ever afterEloisa did a marvelous job in creating a diverse cast of characters that succeeded in keeping the story fresh At no point did the pacing ever diminish never once did a scene drag unnecessarily or boringly and at the end of the day I did not walk away from this book in book rage While I now officially realize Eloisa James style isn t to my particular taste I accept that she knows her history and she does a marvelous job at painting a fictional landscape which pleases me to have been a part of truly pontiac-gto-50-years-the-original-muscle-car is often too high Damon Reeve the earl building-microservices-designing-fine-grained-systems-ebook-sam-newman-amazon-fr-amazon-media-eu-s--r-l is determined to protect the exuisite Roberta from chasing after the wrong destiny Can Damon entice her provenance-how-a-con-man-and-a-forger-rewrote-the-history-of-modern-art into a high stakes game of his own even la-vie-apr-egrave-s-la-vie if his heart flipping-the-script-bouncing-back-from-life-s-rock-bottom-moments is likely to be lost franzese-39-s-a-short-and-happy-guide-to-property-2d-short-and-happy-series-kindle-edition-by-paula-franzese-professional-amp-technical-kindle-ebooks-amazon-com in the ventur. Roberta wants Villiers Villiers wants Jemma badly but she Jemma who whatever-you-do-don-t-run-true-tales-of-a-botswana-safari-guide is also the sister to Damon and he Damon wants Roberta while she Roberta only wants Villiers though Villiers remember only wants Jemma while she Jemma god-is-not-a-christian-and-other-provocations is estranged manuale-blu-2-0-di-matematica-con-tutor-vol-a-b-per-le-scuole-superiori-con-aggiornamento-online-4 in marital hell with her husband Elijah who he Elijah pulled Ass Hat Number Four by cheating on her Jemma years ago but who she Jemma still loves but who he Elijah was also once friends with Villiers who he Villiers only wants Jemma and not Roberta but who Damon the brother to her Jemma does Got that YeahTo say that Eliosa wasn t channeling Shakespeare el-camino-de-santiago-a-pie-the-camino-de-santiago-on-foot-places-lodging-s-tages-and-services-lugares-albergues-etapas-servicios in this novel would be the lie of the century Without uestion this book fluid-mechanics-volume-6-course-of-theoretical-physics-s is a sort of homage to the concept of the divine comedytragedy Considering the fact that the book opens with an freedom-in-entangled-worlds-west-papua-and-the-architecture-of-global-power insta love connection whereupon Roberta meets Villiers the pseudo bad guy but not really character for the first time contemporary-canadian-business-law in November of 1780 and architect-s-drawing-kit-draw-your-home-in-3-d immediately decides she must marry him my first thought was Romeo and Juliette anyone After this wiz bang meeting comprising of the prologue the book dashes off to the next scene Well sort of dashes considering such takes place with the beginning of Chapter One which starts the-arts-and-the-creation-of-mind in April 1783nearly three years later And frankly that s only the start of my problems to this bookHere josephine-s-guest-house-quilt-east-perry-county-series-book-2-english-edition it treasure-island is my Biggest Issue of All the Issues first-100-words-bilingual-primeras-100-palabras-spanish-english-bilingual-spanish-edition in This Issue y Book no direct emotion exists on page with Roberta or Damon While there stone-soup is lust peppered throughout between the two lead characters at no point did I feel as though they were emotionally connected This becomes exemplified on page 333 whereupon not only hamilton-the-revolution is the ending of the novel coming to arise but the two characters have had a plethora of convaincre-dialogue-sur-l-eacute-loquence interaction and boinking During the river boat my-life-in-a-cat-house-true-tales-of-love-laughter-and-living-with-five-felines initial climax scene Roberta makes a half hearted attempt to learn about her lover This quantum-information-for-babies-baby-university is even stated by her What do you do all day she asked rabbit-a-memoir impulsively She wanted to know everything about him what he ate for breakfast and what he named his mare and where he met his friends Less than half a page passes and this story thread in-my-life-the-brian-epstein-story is the-yeast-connection-a-medical-breakthrough immediately dropped One or two sentences of Damon talking about himself arises and despite previously telling herself she was super-simple-hand-lettering-20-traceable-alphabets-easy-projects-practice-sheets-amp-more interested the-good-pub-guide-2019 in learning about her lover Damon calls Roberta out on being bored with his reply Of which she totally was And thenyou guessed thinking-in-systems it boinking I think my second problem fragments-of-horror is of an explanation of why the emotional connection between Roberta and Damon was nonexistent streetsmart-washington-dc-map-by-vandam-laminated-pocket-city-street-map-of-washington-dc-with-special-national-mall-detail-and-travel-guide-with-sights-hotels-and-metro-map-2018-edition in this novel Throughout the course of the story Eloisa ping pongs between Roberta s POV with Damon and life and all that jazz and the telling of the chess game and essentials-of-mmpi-ndash-2-assessment interplay between Jemma and Villiers Even though Eloisa does a brilliant job at meshing these two stories together epic-bike-rides-of-the-world-lonely-planet in a believable way I still feel that despite such masterful story telling this turned out to be a big hindrance to this as a romance The emotional aspects of the novel went unmet I feel because so much time was spent developing the dynamic and plot drive of Jemma and Villiers there was almost no time for the emotions of the leading couple to ferment As a direct result of this limited time the only way to transmit the relationship of Roberta and Damon was via lust and sex While stars-of-nascar-2018-calendar it s true lust and outward attraction are an pour-une-histoire-de-loyer-nouvelle-eacute-rotique-d-eacute-sir-amp-fantasme integral part of love they are not the key motivators Lust gemologue is physical while romantic love the-health-care-provider-s-guide-to-facing-the-malpractice-deposition is emotional and one can t experience romantic love until pour-ceux-qui-restent-puisque-l-amour-est-eacute-ternel identity of the significant other deal-met-rob-jansen-achter-de-schermen-van-het-topvoetbal is learned or at the very least broached Such knowledge doesn t have to be all encompassing either Even just learning the basics about personalities red-flags-why-xi-s-china-is-in-jeopardy interests hobbies or passions would have been sufficient for me to buy l-id-eacute-e-maconnique-essai-sur-une-philosophie-de-la-franc-ma-ccedil-onnerie into the romance being real between these two people Hell even just the character s learning or broaching ONE of these subjects about the other would have been nicely believable Ironically this a-wrinkle-in-time is even as much as stated by Jemma on page 369 during the dueling scene at the end of the novel When Jemma tells Roberta that Damon does cuentos-escogidos-selected-stories indeed play chess Roberta states she had no clue to which Jemma promptly replies Have you talked of nothing all this time you spent adobe-acrobat-dc-classroom-in-a-book in bed together And most appallingly Roberta admits just thatAlong the same lines of thought specifically the lack of basic delphi-32-bit-programming-secrets-the-secrets-series identity sharinglearning causing the lack of emotion on page arrives the apocalypse-culture issues I had with the actual characters masala-amp-meatballs-incredible-indian-dishes-with-an-american-twist in this story As said before I did find all the characters of Desperate Duchesses believable somewhat enjoyable to one degree or another and most 100-days-of-thanks importantly three dimensional Eliosa took an services-rds-de-windows-server-2016-remote-desktop-services-installation-et-administration interesting route by creating characters that were how-to-be-ultra-spiritual-12-1-2-steps-to-spiritual-superiority in many respects unlikeable un relatable or just plain boring I say the-legend-of-zelda-art-amp-artifacts-version-fran-ccedil-aise interesting because I m willing to submit that Roberta and Damon were wake-up-sir-a-novel in fact naturally boring As who-was-leonardo-da-vinci in life some berl-iacute-n-8-gu-iacute-as-de-ciudad-lonely-planet individuals are fascinating some are not so I m not of the opinion this was sloppy or lazy writing on the author s part But still the two most ami-acci-oacute-n-masiva-imperfecta-logra-todo-lo-que-te-propongas-en-tiempo-record-spanish-edition important people of the book Roberta and Damon were unuestionably the most uninteresting characters I ve ever read before fairy-tail-58 in my entire life As boring and cardboard as Damon was Roberta was as dislikable and the-art-of-negotiation-how-to-improvise-agreement-in-a-chaotic-world irritating Damon had no personality to speak of whatsoever while Roberta came off as being air headed warhol-basic-art-series-2-0 in decisions she made with Damon making no decisions except to get an erection every time Roberta was within grabbing distance I would say that Eloisa utilized the tell rather than show method for detailing Damon s attributes but the sad reality how-not-to-be-wrong-the-power-of-mathematical-thinking is that such didn t even occur At no point was the reader given any hints slobberknocker-my-life-in-wrestling into just who Damon was so focused on the Chess playing Jemma Villiers Elijah Harriet reality that was the book Again I m rhs-gardening-month-by-month-what-to-do-when-in-the-garden inclined to believe this was deliberate Still a-book-of-surrealist-games intentional or no b-k-s-iyengar-yoga-the-path-to-holistic-health it was fundamentally very disappointingAs unimpressive as the two lead characters were the total antithesis was the reality for the secondary characters I hate the use of this term with this particular book however because the way dune-1 in which the novel was constructed made lockwood-amp-co-the-screaming-staircase it seem as though Jemma and Villiers and Elijah were the lead characters with the romance carrying Roberta and Damon shoved to the back burner I could be wrong but aside from feeling as though Jemma and Villiers attained page time than the romantic couple so too did they hog the market on personality For as dull and uninteresting as Roberta was Jemma was as eually extravagant personable funny passionate and logical For as void and lackluster as Damon was Villiers was eually full of life expression opinion and thought Elijah the husband was eually bioprocess-engineering-basic-concepts-3rd-edition-prentice-hall-international-series-in-the-physical-and-chemical-engineering-sciences impressive as an english-g-access-allgemeine-ausgabe-band-2-6-schuljahr-workbook-mit-audio-materialien interesting guy lo-schianto-2008-2018-come-un-decennio-di-crisi-economica-ha-cambiato-il-mondo impassioned with politics socially minded for the people and very much career and responsibility driven And yet the author makes mutant-origins-donatello-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles it very clear that huge personality defects exist ford-super-duty-f-250-amp-f-350-pick-ups-and-excursion-1999-2010-haynes-repair-manual in all three of these people Villiers portal-to-genius-english-edition is merian-momente-reisef-uuml-hrer-kapstadt-winelands-garden-route irresponsible having fathered many bastards some uncared for and unloved He the-complete-guide-to-landscape-astrophotography-understanding-planning-creating-and-processing-nightscape-images is a reckless and self absorbed man though thankfully not without his own moral code skewed though the-7-habits-of-highly-effective-people-powerful-lessons-in-personal-change it might be He pinkalicious-and-aqua-the-mini-mermaid is very much an onion that sigma-math-eacute-matiques-bts-cg-programme-2015 is revealed slowly over the chapters of the book predominately within the scenes between he and Jemma Jemma likewise the-mystery-of-capital-why-capitalism-triumphs-in-the-west-and-fails-everywhere-else is flawed being almost calculating the-grain-brain-cookbook-more-than-150-life-changing-gluten-free-recipes-to-transform-your-health in her scheming primarily through her confidences-d-un-t-eacute-nor-du-barreau internal manipulation of managing the Harriet Benjamin revenge aspect with Villiers and her marriage Though blessedly this good-days-start-with-gratitude-a-52-week-guide-to-cultivate-an-attitude-of-gratitude-gratitude-journal is done as a backdrop than as enacted son-partenaire-particulier-programme-des-eacute-pouses-interstellaires-t-2 in any actual ploy She fantastique-ma-icirc-tre-renard is entirely self possessed and one could argue materialistic Her almost and occasionally uite deliberate flaunt of society s rules has marked her not just as eccentric but almost as nearly socially taboo And yet she too autocourse-grand-prix-2019-calendar is not a completely dislikeable character for though she deliberately challenges and manipulates both her situation and her husband she the-assistants-system-for-success-teaming-up-for-top-performance is not without reasons Having caught her husband philandering soon after her marriage her abandonment of him the-complete-rice-cooker-meals-cookbook-bundle-over-100-recipes-for-breakfast-main-dishes-soups-and-desserts in London and her subseuent eight year hiatus and thus scorned feelings and actions lend her creditability and relateability Elijah likewise What Hath God Wrought in many respects contains obvious flaws such as his battlefield-of-the-mind-winning-the-battle-in-your-mind inexcusable actions of the past and seemingly unapologetic attitude for his past transgressions Interestingly he too seems redeemable since he depicts himself as not malicious not self possessed and not unbending but rather as a man of his time And yet still after all that the above book people held far platinum-end-5 interest and likability for me than the two nothings of characters Roberta and DamonStill another big BIG epaves-et-naufrages issue I had with Desperate Duchesses was of all the unresolved microsoft-project-2013-step-by-step issues within this story First there s the fact that Eloisa makes a significant effort to paint the character of Villiers and his role agenda-2018-2019-agenda-scolaire-de-juillet-2018-agrave-ao-ucirc-t-2019-licorne-mignonne-agenda-semainier-simple-a5 in the story With as much time as this author put shetland-cooking-on-the-edge-of-the-world into this pivotal character one would think there would be at least a marginal resolution to his storyline Tongues In Trees in this book I understand not wrapping up everything kebab-chic in a neat tidy bow but some resolution at least as far as his the-power-of-habit-why-we-do-what-we-do-in-life-and-business influence britain-after-rome-the-fall-and-rise-400-to-1070 in the book awareness-through-movement-easy-to-do-health-exercises-to-improve-your-posture-vision-imagination-and-personal-awareness is concerned should be resolved The alone-in-the-trenches-my-life-as-a-gay-man-in-the-nfl issue of Teddy s parentage goes completely afar murder-machine-onyx-true-crime in left field as well never once being resolved In truth Eloisa makes almost a small production over the les-mouches-de-p-ecirc-che identity of Teddy s mother plugging suddenly-gone-the-kansas-murders-of-serial-killer-richard-grissom in a seemingly foreshadowing element When asked who the mother big-magic-creative-living-beyond-fear is Damon cryptically replies I promised never to tell Along with not resolving this the-business-of-options-time-tested-principles-and-practice issue at all never once referencing the-secrets-of-closing-the-sale-included-bonus-selling-with-emotional-logic it again even the author also never once touched on the realistic complexity that A Roberta doesn t like kids but wants to hitch her bus to a dude who s got a kid and B the dramatic undertow of being with a man who previously had a child with an unknown woman While this concept might be common and acceptable girls-who-like-boys-who-like-boys-true-tales-of-friendship-between-straight-women-and-gay-men in our time such an act would have been marginally dramatic during the time red-line-1-ausgabe-bayern-vokabellernheft-klasse-5-red-line-ausgabe-f-uuml-r-bayern-ab-2017 in which this novel was written Not to mention while matematica-multimediale-azzurro-tutor-per-le-scuole-superiori-con-e-book-con-espansione-online it s not unusual today dialogue still exists about past lovers the parents of children not the mother and emotion about previous relationships being resolved or unresolved This Never Happened Even spirit-riding-free-coloring-book-30-exclusive-images-inside-this-amazing-coloring-book ignoring this fact and the fact that Roberta will now take over the role of mother to Teddy despite not liking children she s preggers at the end of the book Two big kids are here bob-ross-bobblehead-with-sound-miniature-editions issues that go completely unresolvedAnd what s frustrating there exists even additional aspects to the book which go unanswered Another journeys-to-the-past-travels-in-new-guinea-madagascar-and-the-northern-territory-of-australia issue our-mathematical-universe-my-quest-for-the-ultimate-nature-of-reality is the tangled-beginnings-a-whispering-pines-novel-celia-s-gifts-book-2-english-edition importance necessity and even logic or lack thereof amazon-com-sin-in-the-second-city-madams-ministers-playboys-and-the-battle-for-america-39-s-soul-ebook-karen-abbott-kindle-store in asset-protection-concepts-and-strategies-for-protecting-your-wealth including the random appearance of the character Charlotte and why her perspective was even vital to the novel to begin with Granted while this character was only briefly on scene and only point of appearance being to develop a spontaneous crush on Elijah I still fail to understand why the author brought her pippi-longstocking-puffin-modern-classics into the book unless she s to be series bait So too might have been Selina and Mrs Grope and even Villiers perhaps But no apparently not because none of the subseuent books medicine-in-translation-journeys-with-my-patients in this series that I examined contain any of the characters mentioned wicked-soul-broken-heart in this novel None of these characters appearance made any sense and all of their stories went unresolved Adding this to the fact that the huge dynamic that was almost the entire book among Elijah Jemma and Villiers as well as the bad marriage but things are lookin up aspect to Jemma and Elijah that all went unresolved and dropped hotter than a supernova and I m left wonderingwhat the crap did I just readThe subseuence problems I had with the novel were miniscule making-chair-seats-from-cane-rush-and-other-natural-materials in comparison but still viable as being problematic for me I struggled greatly with the fact that Eloisa maiden-voyage in the early stages of the book made a big production out of the fact that Damon and Roberta were related While I understand very logically la-risposta-giusta-alla-domanda-sbagliata-i-ragazzi-di-bourbon-street-vol-3 in fact the need for this plot device what with Roberta reuiring some other believable means of staying within the Beaumont house aside from Jemma s eccentricity I still found cooking-with-nonna-celebrate-food-amp-family-with-over-100-classic-recipes-from-italian-grandmothers its overuse annoying Many library-wars-love-amp-war-vol-3 instances Eloisa uses the kinship of the hero and heroine as a way of an the-second-amendment-a-biography ice breaker mostly driven by Damon Many times throughout the book Damon would constantly reaffirm the family reality between himself and Roberta so as to bring Roberta curious-george-in-the-snow into a comfortable mindset when dealing with when-harry-became-sally-responding-to-the-transgender-moment intimate subjects or even disturbing gardens-of-the-spirit-2018-calendar-japanese-garden-photography in one anne-of-green-gables-penguin-classics-deluxe-edition instance even bambino-n-deg-30529-enewton-saggistica intimacy During a heavy make out session the hero actually reaffirms comfort during some smooching with the a-people-s-history-of-the-supreme-court-the-men-and-women-whose-cases-and-decisions-have-shaped-ourconstitution-revised-edition it s okay we re family shtick This was big time difficult for me truly It s one thing to utilize family dynamics even thin ones to establish logic the-50th-law in an historical romance especially one set ted-talks-the-official-ted-guide-to-public-speaking in Georgian England I can handle that because when considering the small numbers moving-natures-mobility-and-the-environment-in-canadian-history in the society of that era with their emphasis on bloodlines I historically comprehend that plot device I do however find how-to-deliver-a-ted-talk-secrets-of-the-world-s-most-inspiring-presentations-revised-and-expanded-new-edition-with-a-foreword-by-richard-st-john-and-an-afterword-by-simon-sinek it seriously disgusting too much so for my modern mind to be reminded of the loose family connection during a physical scene Even so for that to be a driving force of sorts for said scene Big huge honkin no noAnother tiny problem I had was Eloisa s choice to bring r-eacute-alisez-votre-site-web-avec-html-5-et-css-3 in so many different perspectives all the while without ever mending every POV the-ketogenic-cookbook-nutritious-low-carb-high-fat-paleo-meals-to-heal-your-body into the story There s Roberta s which makes sense There s Damon s which makes sense There s Villiers which makes decent sense There s Jemma s which makes decent sense There s Elijah s which makes less sense but okay There s Charlotte the chick who likeddancedhad a crush on Elijahremember which made even LESS sense And then there was the fact that Eloisa would briefly remove herself from perspective entirely operating as her own narrative This was predominately done harry-potter-y-el-prisionero-de-azkaban-letras-de-bolsillo in the river boat climax scene where no perspective was utilized to tell the events of Damon and Roberta s boat lagging behind the others Here Roberta s father yells that his daughter must have been abducted and Eloisa actually says on page 340 My daughter he roared She s been abducted Now you may think that there was nothing but cows to hear the maruess s howl of parental distress but l-empire-de-l-or-rouge-enqu-ecirc-te-mondiale-sur-la-tomate-d-industrie in fact he was lucky That autophagy-extended-water-fasting-is-the-powerful-secret-of-healing-and-anti-aging-using-your-body-s-natural-intelligence is a literal uote from the book and though the-long-haul-a-trucker-s-tales-of-life-on-the-road it s american-originals-creative-interiors infantile that one little you drove me nearly bonkers with nerd rage Grammatically what-remains-a-memoir-of-fate-friendship-and-love it might be fine since Eloisa was operating oushata-massacre-arrow-and-saber-book-1-english-edition in the narrative and outside of character perspective but holy Budda s belly from a reader point of view harry-potter-and-the-sorcerer-s-stone it was like finding a hair and-i-love-her-a-green-mountain-romance-book-4 in my waffle The reasons are obvious and the rage blank-comic-book-for-kids-create-your-own-comics-pages-with-3-7-panels-quality-white-paper is genuineDespite some of the epic book hate spewing forth I did find uite a number of things about this novel that were very enjoyable Over all despite the-scarlet-letter-unabridged-cd-audiobook its problems I did actually enjoy the plot of the story Such enjoyment though probably had to do with the style of writing as opposed to the actual seuence of events within the story I enjoyed the flow of the story how one event for the most part was behave-the-biology-of-humans-at-our-best-and-worst integral to the story as a whole While there were scenes little-foodie-baby-food-recipes-for-babies-and-toddlers-with-taste in the book that felt forced or ham fisted such as the river boat scene towards the end of the story overall I felt the book s actions were real The scenes between Jemma and Villiers even the lust and physical obsession Roberta and Damon and the subseuent actions of their story all felt as though rapture it were actually happening The detail was never so sparse that I couldn t visualize what was happening around me but not so drenched mosaic-3-workbook-9780194652179 into the story that I was ever denied my use of val-eacute-rian-tome-4-bienvenue-sur-alflolol imagination I very much enjoyed the language of the writing and how genuine to the era the dialogue and shine-of-the-silver-dragon-a-branches-book-dragon-masters-11 internal monologues felt In addition to the enjoyable technical aspects to the book little gems were thrown celestial-maps-2017 in that were uite pleasant too Aside from learning that Chess was an extremely popular hobby among the ton The London Vampire Panic in Georgian era I too learned that purposeful lisping was considered divide-and-conquer-a-john-stone-action-thriller-book-2 in vogue and a mark of high class uality Fashion too was subtly woven origami-jewelry-more-than-40-exquisite-designs-to-fold-and-wear into the forgive the pun fabric of the story most especially with Villiers obsessive sense of outlandish fashionable colors and Jemma s style Lastly I so truly appreciated the direction Eloisa adopted chilow-eacute-paris-le-guide-qui-va-mettre-tout-le-monde-dehors in regards to depicting children the-dot in her romance Not only was Roberta not obsessed with children marginally fearing them and even disliking them but likewise was Teddy Damon s bastard never depicted as the classically cheesy Adorable Munchkin Not only were these two elements refreshing to see but they actually succeeded one-more-chance-a-secret-baby-second-chance-romance-english-edition in bringing a degree of realism errol-flynn into the novelWhen proofreading this review essentials-of-accounting-for-governmental-and-not-for-profit-organizations it dawned on me that fundamentally I had far complaining than praise for this book and yet I stand this book at a two star rating Surprisingly zeilen-naar-de-zon if any book can prove that an author can run I Claudia in direct contrast to a reader s personal taste and still manage to entertain this one proves just that Even though I cringed at many major and minor aspects of this book even though there were characters that drove me up the wall even though many aspects of the story remained unresolved at the conclusion I still enjoyed the story I was annie-sloan-s-painted-garden-25-easy-outdoor-paint-effects-to-transform-any-surface interested you-re-weird-a-creative-journal-for-misfits-oddballs-and-anyone-else-who-s-uniquely-awesome in how the novel would resolve the-mask-of-sanity-an-attempt-to-clarify-some-issues-about-the-so-called-psychopathic-personality itself I was lies-women-believe-and-the-truth-that-sets-them-free invested jean-luc-delarue-la-star-qui-ne-s-aimait-pas-documents in the characters even the ones that bored me and I cared enough to truly want to arrive at the happily ever afterEloisa did a marvelous job the-honey-factory-inside-the-ingenious-world-of-bees-english-edition-ebook-jrgen-tauz-diedrich-steen-amazon-fr-amazon-media-eu-s--r-l in creating a diverse cast of characters that succeeded budget-astrophotography-imaging-with-your-dslr-or-webcam-the-patrick-moore-practical-astronomy-series-2015-timothy-j-jensen-amazon-com in keeping the story fresh At no point did the pacing ever diminish never once did a scene drag unnecessarily or boringly and at the end of the day I did not walk away from this book unbridled-faith-100-devotions-from-the-horse-farm in book rage While I now officially realize Eloisa James style wayward-women-sexuality-and-agency-in-a-new-guinea-society isn t to my particular taste I accept that she knows her history and she does a marvelous job at painting a fictional landscape which pleases me to have been a part of truly

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Welcome to a world of reckless sensuality and glittering sophisticationof dangerously handsome gentlemen and young ladies longing to gain a title of games played for high stakes including on occasion a lady's virtue A maruess's sheltered only daughter Lady R. 25 stars1 I hate chess sorrynotsorry2 This reminded me of MANSFIELD PARK and not in a good way It wasn t uite as sordid but it was close3 Too many unresolved plot lines raymond-amp-hannah-a-love-story including on occasion a lady's virtue A maruess's sheltered only daughter Lady R. 25 stars1 I hate chess sorrynotsorry2 This reminded me of MANSFIELD PARK and not battlefield-of-the-mind-psalms-and-proverbs in a good way It wasn t uite as sordid but east-of-the-sun-and-west-of-the-moon-old-tales-from-the-north-illustrated it was close3 Too many unresolved plot lines


About the Author: Eloisa James

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