Desperate Duchesses

Desperate Duchesses

eBook - 2007
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Welcome to a world of reckless sensuality and glittering sophistication ... of 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 marquess's sheltered only daughter, Lady Roberta 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 price required to gain a coronet is often too high. Damon Reeve, the earl, is determined to protect the exquisite 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 venture?
Publisher: Pymble, NSW ; New York, NY : HarperCollins e-books, 2007
ISBN: 9780061800467
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Dec 11, 2018

Desperate Duchesses Series #1

Jul 15, 2012

I read this book because of Felicia Day's "Vaginal Fantasy" book club. I have never picked up a straight up romance before, but I enjoyed it. Chess is an obvious metaphor for romantic liaisons, but I liked the way it was done here. I'll probably read some of the others in the series.

Jul 14, 2012

So, Eloisa James is kind of hit and miss with me, and this one was more of a miss. (She is on the second tier of my romance writers list. I read her, but always want the writing to be a little better.) The first half of the book introduced too many characters and plot lines. It took me awhile to be convinced that Roberta and Damon where the main characters, because they were not nearly as interesting as anyone else. And this book was all over the place. I wanted to read about everyone except for the leads. And I kind of did, because there was so much going on.

I did find the second half to be better than the first and I am interested enough to read the other books in the series, because now that everyone in England has been introduced, the stories have to be more cohesive. (Or so I hope.) I would like to emphasize, that I did not hate this book; I had some fun. I just really wished it was better.

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