Duchess By Night

Duchess By Night

by Eloisa James

One night's disguise could lead to a lifetime of passion...A Mischievous Charade...Harriet, Duchess of Berrow, is tired of her title and the responsibilities that come along with it.

Enough with proper tea parties and elegant balls; what Harriet really wants is to attend an outrageous soiree where she can unleash her wildest whims and desires.

But to attend such an eventespecially if the event in question is Lord Justinian Strange's rollicking fete, filled with noble rogues and rotters, risqué ladies and illicit loverswould be certain scandal.

. .Looking forward to a night of uninhibited pleasure, Lord Strange is shocked to discover that beneath the clothes of a no-good rake is the most beautiful woman in the room.

  • Series: Desperate Duchesses
  • Language: English
  • Category: Romance
  • Rating: 3.92
  • Pages: 366
  • Publish Date: June 24th 2008 by Avon
  • Isbn10: 0061245577
  • Isbn13: 9780061245572

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Part of the amusing part of this story was trying to pull off the ruse as well as the inner musings of Lord Jem who found himself attracted to Lord Cope.

The aspect I love most in this book was the same that made me start reading it: a woman going under disguise as a man. Duchess by Night, as you can tell, is the story of Lord Strange and Harriet. I was thinking why would I ever want to read a story about such a freaky guy? To explain my reaction better I will show you a picture of what I thought Strange looks like: Just looking at him makes me have shivers. After reading more of the book I found out that he looks like this: Yeah, I know. After my mind morphed Strange into the goodie illustrated above, the story got even better.

Harriet, Duchess of Berrow, is lonely so she dresses as a man to go to a wicked party with her friends. It was just this big unnecessary thing that made the first half of the book feel really...off-kilter. 3. That said, I thought the chemistry between Harry and Jem was pretty engrossing? 7. I think that's my takeaway from this book: it was interesting but not enough time was given to the things that needed it and too much to Harry's stint as a boy.

I read the first in this series, Desperate Duchesses, and then this one - so I already knew the heroine, Harriet d/b/a Harry in this book. Basically, Harriet needs to find some excitement in her life, do something different and un-duchess like. So they come up with this idea to go to Lord Strange's house party (he's the hero, also goes by the name of Jem, has an 8-year old daughter, and his wife dies in childbirth), which is basically so scandalous that Isidore hopes it will bring her estranged husband back from his travels abroad so she too can start her life. The story is basically that "Harry" was raised by an overprotective mama in the country and is a little effeminate and needs to be made into a "man" - which somehow the hero winds up helping in this job. One of the things she realizes she needs is a "passion" - she finds it in Jem's little girl and wishes she had a child.

I loved Harriet, her character was delightful to watch evolve through the book.

A little way in, I kept thinking I have heard of these characters and thought I was reading a book I had previously, only to discover I did previously read a book by the author that appears to follow on from this and enjoyed it greatly. I think (although I dont care what anyones sexual inclination is) my interest in the story waned and had something to do with the hero, not knowing that the heroine was really a woman from the start and fantasying about changing sides, that kind of lost the true romantic element in my mind.

New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. 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. Currently she is an associate professor and head of the Creative Writing program at Fordham University in New York City. Eloisa...on her double life: When I'm not writing novels, I'm a Shakespeare professor. Just as I use Shakespeare in my romances, I almost always employ my experiences as a mother.