It is a truth
universally acknowledged, that the Duke of Villiers, a
single man in possession of a good fortune (not to mention
six illegitimate children), must be desperately in
want of a wife. But Leopold Dautry, the duke in question,
knows that not just any woman will fit the bill. So that
his children may be launched into society when they come of
age, Leopold needs to marry the daughter of a duke, for only
such a woman would hold enough clout in the eyes of Londonís
elite to have his children be accepted by the ton.
Luckily for Villiers, only two women meet his criteria.
Eleanor, the daughter of the Duke of Montague, is sensible,
intelligent, and irresistibly sensual. Lisette, the Duke of
Gilnerís daughter, is vivacious, creative, stunningly
beautiful, and as far as most people are concerned, a bit
mad. Torn between his instinct and his heart, Villiers must
decide which woman will be the duchess he can call his own.
Eloisa James has
ended her fantastic Desperate Duchess series on a high note
with this engrossing story. A Duke of Her Own
is an enchanting mix of romance and fun and I could not put
The Duke of
Villiers has grown into a fascinating character over the
course of this series. Iíll admit I wasnít his biggest fan
when the series began, but while he grew on me throughout
the books, I feel deeply in love with him in A Duke of
Her Own. His transformation has been one of the
finest Ms. James has ever written. As to which woman claims
the heart of the worldly dukeÖwhat fun would it be if I
revealed who she is? I will say that Villiersís heroine is
among my favorite of Ms. Jamesís characters. Sheís
everything I could wish for in a protagonist and she matches
Villiers perfectly; I simply adored her.
A Duke of Her
is the sixth
book in the Desperate Duchess series, but the story stands
on its own. I admit that I finished A Duke of Her Own
a bit sad that the series has ended and that Ė
barring re-reads Ė I have to leave the Desperate Duchess
heroes and heroines behind. Given the liveliness of these
characters, it is my hope that Ms. James writes stories for
their children one day, some of whom Ms. James has already
revealed to be quite intriguing. Until that wish comes
true, Iím content to hop over to the Readersí Pages on Ms.
Jamesís site and enjoy a bonus chapter for A Duke of
Her Own before I curl up and lose myself in
Villiersís story once more.