As a newlywed, Jemma, the Duchess of
Beaumont, had her heart broken when she discovered her
husband had a mistress. Having fled to France, Jemma set
herself up as the fashionable, scandalous duchess everyone
now talks about. But when her husband, Elijah, collapses in
the House of Lords, Jemma returns to England. The duke and
duchess may need to create an heir, but what each truly
desires is for the other to give them their heart. With
time seeming to slip away, Jemma and Elijah are locked head
to head in a match worthy of the two consummate chess
players they are. And the prize is a love that could last
beyond a lifetime.
Eloisa James has done it again!
This Duchess of Mine is a wonderfully romantic,
engaging tale that was a pure joy to read. I will admit,
Jemma and Elijah are the reason I fell in love with the
Desperate Duchesses series, and I have been eagerly awaiting
their story. Happily, I can say that This Duchess of
Mine was well worth the wait. I loved Jemma. Sheís
intelligent and witty and, for the most part, full of self
confidence, but Elijah brings out the vulnerability in her.
Elijah, in turn, has become one of if not my absolute
favorite hero of Ms. Jamesís to date. Heís sensual and so
very giving, wanting both to make a difference in the world
and to take time to spend with his wife. One of the things
I loved most about This Duchess of Mine is
that, for all their good qualities, neither Jemma nor Elijah
are perfect. Each has made huge mistakes in the past and
must work to forgive each other and overcome past hurts.
This humanizes them, and endears both characters to me even
Aside from the love story, the major
driving point of the plot is Elijahís heart condition. I
wonít give away any spoilers, but suffice it to say that Ms.
James definitely had me on the edge of my seat, unable to
put This Duchess of Mine down for fear that
something would happen to Elijah should I put the book down
even for a moment. The threat of love being lost just as it
was truly being found makes for some poignant moments in the
tale and I could feel my own heart break for Jemma and
Elijah. That being said, the worry I felt for them also
made the ending that much more satisfying.
This Duchess of Mine is everything Iíve come
to expect from the talented Ms. James. Itís an utterly
enchanting book with characters that have won my heart. I
must also admit, I find myself hoping Ms. James decides to
write stories for at least some of the children of the
Desperate Duchesses couples, as she intrigued me greatly in
the epilogue. For now, I shall curl up again with This
Duchess Mine and enjoy reading Jemma and Elijahís
tale once more as I eagerly await the Duke of Villiersís
story, A Duke of Her Own.