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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,163 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eloisa James Narrator: Rosalyn Landor Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Desperate Duchesses Series Release Date: July 2010 ISBN: 9780062025425
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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?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Our present-day Desperate Housewives can’t compete with these Desperate Duchesses for great drama, humor and troublemaking. James brilliantly re-creates the colorful atmosphere of the Georgian era, allowing her utterly delightful—and sometimes quirky—characters to play out their story. Known for her sophisticated, intelligent writing, James does everything brilliantly. Her characters and her wit are on target, and every moment is one to savor.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “If Shakespeare had written an eighteenth-century romantic comedy, it might look something like this novel…A colorful, spirited romance that will leave readers desperate for a sequel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The first in a sparkling new series set in the scandalously fun Georgian era by bestselling and award-winning James, this is a gracefully written, lusciously sensual, delectably witty, and exquisitely romantic historical romance.”

    Booklist

  • “Slightly bawdy, totally unconventional, and thoroughly delightful, James’ Georgian romp is the sparkling debut of a new series that promises to be remarkable.”

    Library Journal

  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandi | 2/16/2014

    " I enjoyed reading this quick, fun romp set in Georgian England. The sexy scenes were titillating and well written with lots of witty repartee. Eloisa James's characters are clever and entertaining. I am glad Kiala picked it for the Vaginal Fantasy Hangout book club. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nukia | 1/21/2014

    " All of the Desperate Duchesses are great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 mELT | 1/18/2014

    " I definitely wish this book was more about Roberta & Damon instead of all the side stories with Villiers & Jemma-- I know it's the first of the series, but it took so much away from the actual story that it took me awhile to read. The couple seemed charming enough; I just wish that the story revolved around them instead of chess matches. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire | 1/16/2014

    " Fun and quick read. Loved the chess aspect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 12/30/2013

    " Good start to the Desperate Duchessess series, but was surpassed by later entries "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcela Reyna | 12/23/2013

    " This is the first official romance book Ive read. It was hard starting it but after passing the 70% mark, it was hard to put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jo | 12/18/2013

    " oh my! Having never read one of these 'bodice rippers', i thought I'd give this a whirl. And yes, the bodice did get ripped , and yes, she does marry the right man! A bit of fun I suppose but I think 1 will do it for me anyway. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Titis Wardhana | 11/25/2013

    " lupa, padahal ngepruf :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 11/21/2013

    " Nice, light romance. Typical book. Like that her books are generally about more than one couple. Makes it more interesting to have those secondary characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Casey | 10/30/2013

    " This was my first book of this genre and I probably would of never read it if not for a certain book club I'm part of. I did, overall, enjoy it. However, I don't think I can review it well enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 8/26/2013

    " A very good book for what it is. I like the twist in male protagonists and all the characters are fairly interesting. Of course there's the mandatory pregnancy at the end, but you know, that's how these things go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amar | 5/24/2013

    " Really liked the lighthearted romance between Roberta and Damon (so refreshing not to have a brooding hero!) Couldn't see what on earth Roberta saw in Villiers in this book (he becomes more appealing as each book goes by) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 2/16/2013

    " Totally fun and in the tradition of historical romance. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daisy | 1/8/2013

    " I love Damon and Roberta!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dani Ristyawati | 11/29/2011

    " Cukup menghibur meskipun endingnya bisa ditebak as usual.. typically historical romance :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 6/25/2011

    " seriously, who dreams up these titles "

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

    " I was a bit disappointed with this book as the storyline dragged. Villiers has been my favourite character in this series so I was looking forward to his story. Parts of the book were good, others were a bit boring. 2-2.5 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 3/28/2011

    " Continuing with Megan's Romance Must-Reads list, another surprisingly fun read. James is an adept writer with a clear literary background. Enjoyed the details in this book, and again - a strong female lead who goes against the grain. Love that! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penney | 3/25/2011

    " Brilliant I love this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 2/24/2011

    " definitely my favorite of the series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 1/12/2011

    " Good, typical book of this type. I happened to pick this up at the library and then realized I had read the one previous to it, which made it even nicer to have a returning character to follow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittni | 12/29/2010

    " i just love that man lol "

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

    " Phenomenal. One of Eloisa's best and just a great Romance "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amar | 9/28/2010

    " Loved this book, Villiers and Eleanor were so well matched...Lisette got on my last nerve though, uggh! Can't believe Villiers considering for so long! "

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About the Author
Author Eloisa James

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

Rosalyn Landor has won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the Audie Award. She has worked as an actor since the age of seven, both in Europe and the United States. Her extensive list of credits includes leading roles in film, theater, and audio productions, as well as in various miniseries on all the major television networks and in such productions as Masterpiece Theatre’s Sherlock Holmes and Rumpole of the Bailey.