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Author: Eloisa James Narrator: Susan Duerden Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Desperate Duchesses Series Release Date: July 2010 ISBN: 9780062025432
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Magic under the mistletoe . . .

One spectacular Christmas, Lady Perdita Selby, known to her friends and family as Poppy, met the man she thought she would love forever. The devilishly attractive Duke of Fletcher was the perfect match for the innocent, breathtakingly beautiful young Englishwoman, and theirs was the most romantic wedding she had ever seen. Four years later, Poppy and the duke have become the toast of the ton . . . but behind closed doors the spark of their love affair has burned out.

Unwilling to lose the woman he still lusts after, the duke is determined to win back his beguiling bride's delectable affections . . . and surpass the heady days of first love with a truly sinful seduction.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Eloisa James’ elegantly written historical romance, sparkles with her distinctive brand of delicious sensuality and wicked wit.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “James is brilliant. Her stories are dazzling, her characters intelligent, her multilayered plots complex, her dialogue witty and sophisticated, and her storytelling superb. In three unique plotlines she explores the aspects of love. This depth is why James is one of the finest writers of the genre: She makes you believe in love and miracles. She doesn’t just write about one couple rekindling their love; she turns her attention to several couples. It’s overwhelming, joyful, painful—and James’ novel is a masterpiece.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “Entertaining and exciting throughout, there’s enough seduction, laughter, and surprises…to satisfy even the most demanding fans of historical fiction…With a menagerie of charming, unconventional characters and a great sense of fun, James’ latest foray into Georgian romance suffers not a single dull moment.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Richly imbued with James’ wicked wit, and once again, the resplendent combination of her exquisitely nuanced characters and lushly sensual romance is sublime.”


  • “This multilayered volume delivers a refreshingly frank (think women’s hairstyles and the attendant cleanliness issues), totally delightful glimpse into the bawdy Georgian era that preceded relatively buttoned-down periods…James is a rising star among historical romance writers.”

    Library Journal

  • A USA Today bestseller

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 3/11/2011

    " Really? Really now? THAT's what the problem was?

    Also, I really dislike books with characters who are just SO horribly malicious but no one calls them out on it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carlie | 2/8/2011

    " I enjoyed this much more than the first book in the series. Really, this series feels more like a soap opera than a romance book, and once I changed my way of thinking, I started to enjoy it more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele | 2/4/2011

    " well, it ended happily ever after. It was funny in spots. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nichole | 1/29/2011

    " A romance between people who are already married! How great is that?

    And the bits about the crazy and uncomfortable things ladies did to their hair? Really fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 10/23/2010

    " Loved this book. Funny as hell, and also touching "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 S | 6/26/2010

    " Interesting historical details about hair. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jae | 6/20/2010

    " Very boring indeed. How boring is a book, about people being in love but very cold with each other. I don't get it??? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kassie | 4/30/2010

    " Wasn't able to read right thru this book, so didn't get to enjoy it as much as I might have if I could have read it more was ok...lot's of cute parts, but hard to follow when put down as frequently as I had to do. "

About the Author

Eloisa James, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, wrote her first novel after graduating from Harvard, but alas, it was rejected by every possible publisher. After she got an MPhil from Oxford, a PhD from Yale, and a job as a Shakespeare professor, she tried again, with much greater success. In 2013 she won a RITA Award for Best Romance Novella. She teaches Shakespeare in the English department at Fordham University in New York. She is the mother of two children and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight.

About the Narrator

Susan Duerden is an actress and an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. Her reading of The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht earned her an AudioFile Best Voice Award and a Booklist Editors’ Choice Award. She has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards. Here career spans film, television, theater, voice-overs, and animation. She has played critically acclaimed and award-winning theatrical roles on London’s West End and Off Broadway; acted in the features Lovewrecked and Flushed Away; and held a recurring role on ABC’s Lost.