When the Duke Returns (Desperate Duchesses, #4)



The Duchess Of Cosway Yearns For A Man She Has Never Met Her Husband.Married By Proxy As A Child, Lady Isidore Has Spent Years Fending Off Lecherous Men In Every European Court While Waiting To Meet Her Husband She S Determined To Accept Him, No Matter How Unattractive The Duke Turns Out To Be When She Finally Lures Simeon Jermyn Back To London, His Dark Handsomeness Puts Isidore S Worst Fears To Rest Until Disaster Strikes.The Duke Demands An Annulment.Forsaking His Adventuresome Past, Simeon Has Returned To London Ready To Embrace The Life Of A Proper Duke, Only To Find That His Supposed Wife Is Too Ravishing, Too Headstrong, And Too Sensual To Be The Docile Duchess He Has In Mind But Isidore Will Not Give Up Her Claim To The Title Or Him Without A Fight.She Will Do Whatever It Takes To Capture Simeon S Heart, Even If It Means Sacrificing Her Virtue After All, A Consummated Marriage Cannot Be Annulled.Yet In Forcing Simeon Into A Delicious Surrender, Will Isidore Risk Not Only Her Dignity But Her HeartWhen the Duke Returns (Desperate Duchesses, #4)

New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers Her novels have been published to great acclaim A reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa s very first book that she found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar later People Magazine raved that romance writing does not get much better than this Her novels have repeat New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers Her novels have been published to great acclaim A reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa s very first book that she found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar later People Magazine raved that romance writing does not get much better than this Her novels have repeatedly received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal and regularly appear on the best seller lists.After graduating from Harvard University, Eloisa got an M.Phil from Oxford University, a Ph.D from Yale and eventually became a Shakespeare professor, publishing an academic book with Oxford University Press Currently she is an associate professor and head of the Creative Writing program at Fordham University in New York City Her double life is a source of fascination to the media and her readers In her professorial guise, she s written a New York Times op ed defending romance, as well as articles published everywhere from women s magazines such as More to writers journals such as the Romance Writers ReportEloisaon her double life When I m not writing novels, I m a Shakespeare professor It s rather like having two lives The other day I bought a delicious pink suit to tape a television segment on romance I ll never wear that suit to teach in, nor even to give a paper at the Shakespeare Association of America conference It s like being Superman, with power suits for both lives Yet the literature professor in me certainly plays into my romances The Taming of the Duke April 2006 has obvious Shakespearean resonances, as do many of my novels I often weave early modern poetry into my work the same novel might contain bits of Catullus, Shakespeare and anonymous bawdy ballads from the 16th century.When I rip off my power suit, whether it s academic or romantic, underneath is the rather tired, chocolate stained sweatshirt of a mom Just as I use Shakespeare in my romances, I almost always employ my experiences as a mother When I wrote about a miscarriage in Midnight Pleasures, I used my own fears of premature birth when the little girl in Fool For Love threw up and threw up, I described my own daughter, who had that unsavory habit for well over her first year of life.So I m a writer, a professor, a mother and a wife My husband Alessandro is Italian, born in Florence We spend the lazy summer months with his mother and sister in Italy It always strikes me as a huge irony that as a romance writer I find myself married to a knight, a cavaliere, as you say in Italian.OnethingI m a friend I have girlfriends who are writers and girlfriends who are Shakespeare professors And I have girlfriends who are romance readers In fact, we have something of a community going on my website Please stop by and join the conversation on my readers pages

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  • Paperback
  • 375 pages
  • When the Duke Returns (Desperate Duchesses, #4)
  • Eloisa James
  • English
  • 04 July 2018
  • 0061245607

10 thoughts on “When the Duke Returns (Desperate Duchesses, #4)

  1. says:

    RAGE warning for abuse of Buddhism, Orientalist stereotypes that just stepped out one of Edward Said s footnotes.This is the first book I ve read by Eloisa James, so I don t know whether it s representative of her work.I bought it randomly at a used book store because I d heard good things about James s writing and the premise appealed to me The heroine was married to the hero by proxy as a child, but it s been years and they haven t met She has been waiting patiently for him, but when they m RAGE warning for abuse of Buddhism, Orientalist stereotypes that just stepped out one of Edward Said s footnotes.This is the first book I ve read by Eloisa James, so I don t know whether it s representative of her work.I bought it randomly at a used book store because I d heard good things about James s writing and the premise appealed to me The heroine was married to the hero by proxy as a child, but it s been years and they haven t met She has been waiting patiently for him, but when they meet, they re not what the other expects.It turns out this is part of a series, which means that a minor character s romance acts a subplot that s almost entirely unrelated to the main story, and which is unresolved at the...

  2. says:

    Reviewed for queuemyreview.com book release Dec08Just how long is too long to wait for your man In times of yore it s a historical there existed a practice of marriage by proxy Meaning one member usually the man wasn t actually present at the ceremony but the couple was considered legally wed Then once the absent member showed up and consummated the marriage, all was normal Eloisa James uses the concept of a proxy marriage in her latest book, When the Duke Returns Her heroine has Reviewed for queuemyreview.com book release Dec08Just how long is too long to wait for your man In times of yore it s a historical there existed a practice of marriage by proxy Meaning one member usually the man wasn t actually present at the ceremony but the couple was considered legally wed Then once the absent member showed up and consumm...

  3. says:

    Isadora has been married to the duke of cosway for 11yrsnever in that span of time has he bothered to meet the young lady he married by proxy She played the meek wifely role for sometimewaiting for his return but as the years passed she said to hell with itand indulged in seemly wicked activities to get his attention.Well it worked, his Duke i ness has finally decided to make his presence known.The very beginning of the story is enchanting which was entriely unexpected since I hadn t cared for Isadora has been married to the duke of cosway for ...

  4. says:

    3.5 3.75 starsWhen the Duke Returns kept me engaged from start to finish and I read it in a day but it was my least favorite in the series so far Maybe it was because I just didn t like the premise and the hero Isidore and Simeon were married by proxy 12 years earlier she was 12 and he was 18 He then left to go to Africa and kept no contact with her and virtually no contact with his mother Isidore is Italian, both her parents died suddenly and she was left alone in the world, ...

  5. says:

    This wasn t quite a 4 star read, but the ending of it was just fabulous, so I bumped it up.I haven t read the rest in the series I know, I know, bad Highland Hussy Read in order so I m hoping that would help as well.I think that from the first page I just adored Isadore She is beautiful, spunky, witty, and fun to read about.I didn t like our Duke, though I liked him in the first few pages, but then as I got to know him, I began to dislike him A lot And not because he s a virgin at 30 Se This wasn t quite a 4 star read, but the ending of it was just fabulous, so I bumped it up.I haven t read the rest in the series I know, I know, bad Highland Hussy Read in order so I m hoping that would help as well.I thin...

  6. says:

    I like this author, I liked the story, I even liked the premise both virgins I was surprised how sexy she was able to make Simeon and how sensible his decision to remain chaste was Their scenes together were well done but the dirty girl in me would have liked it a bit steamier I wondered too, how the author would explain Simeon s knowle...

  7. says:

    Lady Isidore Del Fino s husband by proxy returns to England from far away lands Simeon, Duke of Cosway, decides that Isidore won t do as his wife because she dares think she s her own person with ideas and opinions like some kind of man or something Also, his boners are uncomfortable because his bastardized Eastern religion says that he should not succumb to lust Except he totally does and they bone The end 1 I m going to address the shit covered elephant right away I m pretty sure Lady Isidore Del Fino s husband by proxy returns to England from far away lands Simeon, Duke of Cosway, decides that Isidore won t do as his wife because she dares think she s her own person with ideas and opinions like some kind of man or something Also, his boners are uncomfortable because his bastardized Eastern religion says that he should not succumb to lust Except he totally does and they bone The end 1 I m going to address the shit covered elephant right away I m pret...

  8. says:

    Despite the lower rating compared to Duchess By Night, I found myself enjoying reading this book.Isidore had been married by proxy at the age of 12, and her husband, the duke, at the age of 18 For such at tender age, the marriage was never consummated and the duke never returns home He went adventuring somewhere in the Sahara dessert, or at Nile river Isidore got tired of waiting and coveted for her husband to return to her, went to Lord...

  9. says:

    This was a pretty good one I liked that both characters had rather wrong expectations of each other and weren t entirely sure they wanted to make their marriage work And I liked that they were both virgins.I liked the central conflict of the hero thinking all successful marriages involve a biddable wife and the heroine being like, Uh, no, but I don t think it was ...

  10. says:

    WellI think my cravings in this genre are satisfied I was a little yawnsville because I read 3 of them in a row Don t get me wrong, enjoyable, but not challenging This is a series I might pick up sporadically when I m bored because the world is interesting enough fluffy guilty pleasure.

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