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Destiny will be decided between the sheets in this all-new tale of The Princess and the Pea.For Olivia Lytton, betrothal to the Duke of Canterwick—hardly a Prince Charming—feels more like a curse than a happily-ever-after. At least his noble status will help her sister, Georgiana, secure an engagement with the brooding, handsome Tarquin, Duke of Sconce, a perfect match forDestiny will be decided between the sheets in this all-new tale of The Princess and the Pea.For Olivia Lytton, betrothal to the Duke of Canterwick—hardly a Prince Charming—feels more like a curse than a happily-ever-after. At least his noble status will help her sister, Georgiana, secure an engagement with the brooding, handsome Tarquin, Duke of Sconce, a perfect match for her in every way . . . every way but one. Tarquin has fallen in love with Olivia. Quin never puts passion before reason. And reason says that Georgiana is his ideal bride. But the sensual, fiery, strong-willed Olivia ignites an unknown longing in him—a desire they are both powerless to resist. When a scandalous affair begins, they risk losing everything—Olivia's engagement, her sister's friendship, and their own fragile love. Only one thing can save them—and it awaits in the bedroom, where a magnificent mattress holds life-changing answers to the greatest romantic riddle of all....

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the duke is mine Reviews

  • Katie(babs)
    2018-11-21 17:09

    I ended up DNFing The Duke is Mine a quarter of the way through because of something I found disturbing in regards to how a character is portrayed and handled, including the insensitive comments and actions of the heroine toward this character. I’m actually shocked that Eloisa and Avon would allow this character and the way he’s treated as a form of comic relief. Because of this, The Duke is Mine is a big fail of a historical romance and one I wouldn’t recommend to any historical romance reader.First of all, when an author creates a heroine who acts more like a spoiled brat and is better suited as a villain of the story, that’s where I have to raise some questions. The heroine here is Olivia Lytton. She’s engaged to be married, which she thinks of as a curse. The reason is because she can’t stand her fiance, Rupert, heir to the dukedom. Olivia has been engaged to the Duke of Canterwick’s son, Rupert, since the age of five. Olivia is five years older than Rupert and he’s now just turned eighteen. Olivia isn’t as beautiful as her younger sister Georgiana, and she should be grateful to her parents because she’ll end up a Duchess, which will excuse her faults. Olivia is far too sarcastic, witty and not at all gracious. Olivia also enjoys talking about sex and the male anatomy with Georgina. It seems that's all the two sisters talk about with each other.Olivia can’t stand Rupert. She thinks of him as a “beardy-weirdly bottle –headed chub” and she and Georgie has nicknamed Rupert the “FF” which means foolish fiance, “HH”, which means half-wit husband and “BB”, which means brain-less betrothed. From all these descriptions of Rupert, I wondered how dim-witted and a fool Rupert really was that Olivia and Georigiana would makes such cruel remarks about him.What we come to find out about Rupert is that he’s indeed dim-witted and fool because he’s mentally handicapped.Olivia thinks back to what Canterwick had said to her when she was fifteen and Rupert was eleven. He tells her his son is a “buffle-head idiot”. Rupert has a mind more of a boy, I’d say around a ten year old, because when he was born, he wasn’t breathing at birth and the doctors believed it had an effect on his brain. Canterwick, Olivia, Georgia and their parents all think Rupert is an idiot and that Olivia is making a great sacrifice marrying this man who has a mind of a boy because he’ll become a duke at one point. Canterwick is glad Olivia is marrying Rupert because Olivia has never made from of him. Of course he doesn’t have any clue the cruel and heartless things Olivia says about Rupert behind his back.To make certain that Olivia and Rupert’s marriage will definitely happen, Olivia and Rupert are forced into a room to consummate their relationship in the hopes that Olivia will get pregnant. This scene was disgusting and I was completely shocked by it because keep in mind Rupert doesn’t have a mind of an eighteen year old, but more of a boy because of his handicapped mind. Olivia lies on a sofa, lifts up her skirts and expect Rupert to know how to have sex. Rupert doesn’t understand the technicalities of sex. He can’t get hard because he’s not sexually attractive to Olivia, because again he has a mind of a boy. Olivia is somewhat pleased by this and all is well because their parents assume they consummated their relationship (I found this scene and the actions of the parents very strange because from every historical romance I’ve read, if a single woman like Olivia has sex before marriage, her reputation is ruined and she’s labeled a loose woman). Olivia tells Georgiana the next day that Rupert’s celery stick was lacking and he apparently needs more than a captive woman and a sofa to get the job done.At this point I almost stopped reading because of how a mentally disabled man has been used as a butt of many jokes from the heroine, forced to have sex when he has no idea what sex involves and is supposed to be used as a moment of comic relief in this otherwise slap-stick type story.I read until we meet Tarquin, Duke of Sconce the hero, who’s mentioned as being more like the villain of a fairy tale than the hero and has coal-black hair and stern eyes. But this is completely at odds at what we see the moment he meets the heroine and acts the complete opposite.I was so turned off by this story not only because Olivia is a heartless bitch and the hero Quin is a complete jackass, but mainly because of Rupert and his damaged mind is used for comedy. I found this beyond offensive.Some may say I’m overreacting and I might as well be. As someone who was the butt of many jokes and was called stupid and dumb by more than a few people in my life, including having a few family members and friends with mental handicaps, my reaction is completely subjective. Others may not have an issue with the way Rupert is portrayed or treated. I just don’t find the humor in making fun of a mentally handicapped character in this way for laughs or for a heroine who will ridicule and put down a weaker or fragile minded person because of a handicap like Rupert’s.Disappointed isn’t a strong enough work to describe how I’m feeling about The Duke is Mine, the author who wrote it and the publisher who had no qualms about publishing it.

  • Wicked Incognito Now
    2018-11-25 18:28

    **note** a few other reviewers, who didn't read the book beyond a few first pages, suggest that EJ's MC treats a disabled character with a lack of respect. This is not how the novel shapes up. Actually, the MC is amazingly kind and respectful. I hope those of you contemplating reading this book don't give so much credence to those reviews that you end up missing out on an entirely lovely novel.***I loved every second of this book (except for, perhaps, the ending which was an episode of over-the-top action theatrics).Eloisa James excels at character development and dialogue. This is why I adore her writing. I often envision myself actually hanging out with these people. Quite often, I am irritated by historical romance heroines and just want to slap them silly. But EJ writes a type of heroine that is entirely likable. I find myself with a silly grin on my face as I read these novels. Olivia is the best of these heroines. She's extraordinarily good AND intelligent and silly all at once. Even the supposed villains of the novel turn out not to be villains so much as ordinarily flawed people. A reader normally goes into this expecting the duke she's being forced to marry to be a fat slobbering evil menace, and the hero's disapproving mother to be stupid, loud, obnoxious, and an evil menace. The perfect twin sister should of course be simpering, insipid, gorgeous, and an evil menace, and all those evil Frenchies at the end? Well, they, OF COURSE, should be outright evil menaces.These "villains" are none of those things. They are good people with issues who Olivia cares for. All of the them. Even the Frenchies. Books like these make me look at humanity and think--"yeah, we're not so bad."**EJ gives us a cute nod to Justin Bieber in her character Lord Justin.

  • Huma Rashid
    2018-12-03 17:35

    *SPOILER* I criticized Eloisa James on Twitter for:- having her heroine constantly mock a mentally disabled man (her fiance, later, ex-fiance)- writing an almost-sex-scene between the heroine and the mentally disabled fiance that bordered on sexual abuse- having the heroine be a spoiled fucking brat- having her steal her sister's fiance- having a hero that's a jackass- having a hero that leads one woman on while trying to bang her sister- having a character refer to an erection as "go diddly diddly up"- absurdly model a character off of Justin Bieber (yeah, if you are a grown ass woman lusting after Bieber, I judge the hell out of you)- basically writing a weak, lackluster, boring and at times cringe-inducing noveland she blocked me on Twitter. And I wasn't even mean in my tweets! All I said was that this book was offensive as hell, which it was, and that she should be ashamed of herself, which she and Avon absolutely should be. This book is DISGUSTING. If you know or love someone who is mentally disabled, you will be seeing red within the first twenty-five pages, I can guarantee it. I've read other Eloisa James books - The Ugly Duchess and Beauty Tamed the Beast - and they were okay. Not too bad. The Ugly Duchess was oddly paced and dragged, and the fashion was just god-awful (fashion was kind of a major motif in that story) and the romance part was uncomfortable at times, and Beauty Tamed the Beast just read like bad House fanfiction, but overall, they weren't terrible. I wouldn't have recommended them to anyone, but they weren't atrocious, and I've read some atrocious books.Still, I could never have imagined that the author of those admittedly unremarkable books could stoop so low as to write this offensive trash. Eloisa James is a weak writer in general, and with this book she just ... blows it completely.She has permanently lost a fan. (Well, after I review the ARC of that pirate book of hers. Hopefully it doesn't suck pondscum. It should be okay. I hope.)But yeah. Eloisa James is a weak writer who obviously can't handle criticism. A shame, since this books deserves nothing but.

  • Christina ~ Brunette Reader
    2018-12-11 19:17

    3,5 StarsThis was a an odd mix as far as fluffier Regency romances go, a blend of farce and some very touching moments, at times jarring, at times endearing, but that it ultimately quite worked as a whole for me. The writing smooth and full of wit and charm, and Ms. James surely had fun concocting extravagant names and peppering literary and pop-culture references throughout the story, besides the wink at a main fairy-tale theme, present in all the books in the series, which in this case was H.C. Andersen's The Princess and The Pea.It's a romance between a cheeky, "unsuitable" heroine and a duke hiding grief and turmoil under an imperturbable façade, and if it started as a light-hearted comedy, it took a more bittersweet-ish and overly dramatic turn in the last chapters that I found rather at odds with the tone set at the beginning (the same pattern I noticed, and frankly didn't appreciate, in book 2 When Beauty Tamed The Beast). The characterisations tended to be clichéd, with the only exception being the hero who was better flesh-out and rounded when compared to the rest, but I tried, and partly succeeded, to go with the flow and enjoy mostly the whimsical banter that resulted to be the strongest feature of the story, considering the thin plot and the uneven mood and pace. Buddy-read with Anna :)

  • UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
    2018-11-11 17:08

    4 'loved it though parts of it gutted me' stars!The Duke is Mine is the third in Eloisa James’ Fairy Tales series, re-tellings of the classic fairy tales we grew up with. I absolutely adore this series and am sorry I waited so long to read this “Princess and the Pea” installment.DescriptionHe is a duke in search of a perfect bride.She is a lady—but a long way from perfect.Tarquin, the powerful Duke of Sconce, knows perfectly well that the decorous and fashionably slender Georgiana Lytton will make him a proper duchess. So why can't he stop thinking about her twin sister, the curvy, headstrong, and altogether unconventional Olivia? Not only is Olivia betrothed to another man, but their improper, albeit intoxicating, flirtation makes her unsuitability all the more clear.Determined to make a perfect match, he methodically cuts Olivia from his thoughts, allowing logic and duty to triumph over passion…Until, in his darkest hour, Quin begins to question whether perfection has anything to do with love.To win Olivia's hand he would have to give up all the beliefs he holds most dear, and surrender heart, body and soul…Unless it's already too late.My review…Eloisa James is one of my favorite Historical Romance authors. Her stories are always clever, funny, romantic, passionate, and sometimes they’re even poignant. This is one of those times. There were moments I was nearly brought to tears, though explaining why would give away too much. And again, I can’t go into it too deeply, but there were things I wish had happened differently, things that would have made this a 5 star read for me. (view spoiler)[Rupert’s death gutted me. I wish there could have been some other way to end his and Olivia's betrothal without him having to die... some other way Olivia could have been free to wed Quin.(hide spoiler)]I know that given the times, the attitudes and expectations of London’s aristocracy, certain things would have happened and been acceptable. Certain circumstances, certain words, certain… well… events. To be honest, there were a couple of things that didn’t set well with me. But could they have been written differently, in a less heartbreaking way? The truth is, I don’t know. I’m just not creative enough to be able to lay it all out in a plot that wouldn’t have broken my heart the way parts of this story did. The bottom line…I truly do enjoy Ms. James’ writing and, when it’s all said and done, I fell hard for Olivia and Quin and their happily ever after. I hope there will be many more stories to come.

  • Beanbag Love
    2018-11-24 17:18

    Incoherent story, unlikable characters, absurd and forced climax ... this is a stinker for sure.And the most egregious thing: (view spoiler)[The only innocent, endearing character that I gave a hoot about was killed off to make way for a tidier HEA for a selfish couple. Yuk. (hide spoiler)]Seriously disappointing and NOT recommended.

  • Jennifer
    2018-11-17 17:34

    A bit much. I loved loved loved When Beauty Tamed the Beast, but this was more along the lines of A Kiss at Midnight. The heroine was relentlessly snarky. You know this person in real life: she is super annoying, because she NEVER takes a break and ALWAYS has to be the center of attention. There was no real connection between the leads beyond lust. I follow Eloisa on social, so I was not surprised by her homage to Justin Bieber, but all the silly names and pop culture references were exhausting. Having read the teaser chapters before the book was released, I was also turned off by how scathing Olivia was about Rupert: it was just terribly sad, and kind of strange.

  • Sarah
    2018-12-05 17:13

    OK, again I'd like to reiterate that Ms. James does not, EVER, make light of her character with mental illness. In fact, by the end of the book, this character ends up being more of an actual "hero" than the other duke. Please don't stop reading only to post hateful comments that are ignorant of the actual book. Let me explain.Olivia is betrothed to one duke and secretly yearns for another who is supposed to be checking out her sister for a wife. Blah, blah, blah....read the back.This book is actually very good if completely inaccurate as far as historical writings go. It was fun, funny, and light. Imagine if Mel Brooks wrote a romance and you have this book. The heroine says things a lady of that time period would not have said without demolishing her reputation, and the other characters are about the same.I loved how the two lovers didn't spend the whole book denying their feelings for each other as that can get old very quickly. I also liked how you got to see below the surface of the mother in law. The situation gets resolved easily, and admittedly, a little absurdly, but the whole book is absurd so why be surprised?Now about the "sensitive" issue - Yes, Olivia's fiance is mentally retarded. And in the very beginning of the book, Olivia reacts as any lady would have back then: with scorn and dread. Please realize that part of her scorn arises from the fact that they have been betrothed since birth, and he is very young, having only just turned 18 and she is around 26ish or so. Back then, this was a huge age difference, and she is dreading marrying "a boy" NOT disgusted by his mental issues. She dreads marrying a man she does not love, has nothing in common with, and will end up "mothering" because he can't really be a full "duke" with full duties. To be fair, they haven't really spent a lot of time alone together, and both sets of parents approach the subject with Olivia in very vulgar ways. When Olivia actually spends a few hours along with her fiance she starts to see his wonderful joy and innocence. From this point on, she becomes his one and only defender. She doesn't tell people not to poke fun, she tries to make them see that he is so much better than them because of his deficiencies. She saves him from pity when she can, and absolutely demolishes others when she cannot. She becomes his biggest ally. I won't go on, but just know that Ms. James is not a bully to people with mental issues.***Edited to add:I'd also like to ask all of those women who are so outraged over her treatment of this character to ask themselves if they would be so morally pure if they were suddenly engaged to someone with mental deficiencies. Imagine, all of your young life you dream of marrying your prince, of being a wife, a partner, an equal in your marriage. Then you find yourself engaged to a man who, while he may be sweet and kind and even handsome, is "not all there". Now you've gone from being a partner to being a mom for the rest of your life, not really having a partner to share it with, but in actuality, another child to care for. I don't think they would be so self righteous, at least in their thoughts, if they were in that position. So maybe jump down off your high-horses, and give the book a chance since we are all human, and therefore, subject to all the frailties and faults included.Rant over. Go read it and form your own opinion at least, please.

  • Daniella
    2018-12-01 19:38

    I AM SO MAD RIGHT NOW I CANT EVEN FIND IT IN ME TO WRITE A PROPER REVIEW!! All my feels:This is probably the worst book I have ever read in my life. I had low expectations at the start since Eloisa James has always been a hit-or-miss for me BUT DAMN I NEVER EXPECTED IT TO BE THIS BAD. GOD I CANT BELIEVE THIS GOT PUBLISHED. Any sane person would be offended by the characters' (especially the heroine's) offensive remarks!So for all you sane persons out there: STEER CLEAR OF THIS BOOK. ASDGHJLFLDS

  • Sharyn
    2018-11-11 16:26

    I did not like this book, which is disappointing since I absolutely loved When Beauty Tamed the Beast. I think the issue was I did not like the heroine, Olivia, at all. She was too brash and loved to make fun of everyone, mostly to annoy her mother. I actually liked, and identified, more with her sister Georgiana. Which is not good when the hero is deciding between Olivia and Georgiana as his next wife (I kept thinking "Pick Georgie!"). Also, Olivia has been promised to Rupert, a mentally challenged Duke's heir, since they were children, due to an agreement between their fathers. Again, I really sympathized with Rupert, and while I don't think Olivia is a good match for him, I still didn't like how things ended up for Rupert. And, it seemed to me that the only thing Quin, the hero Duke, likes about Olivia is her full-figured body. Truly, for him, it was love at first sight, just knowing it was a woman with a "fleshy" body ("fleshy" was used a lot). This also didn't make sense as his first wife seemed to be thin so Olivia shouldn't have been his "type". I think it would have made a difference if his first wife had been full-figured as well. Finally, the last part of the story, which had been taking place in London, or the Duke's country house, suddenly veers off into France and , to me, went further out of control. Too bad as I had been looking forward to this book.

  • Lisa
    2018-11-20 19:34

    Olivia Lytton has been betrothed since before she was born to the also yet unborn son of a duke, Rupert. Thanks to a promise made between her father and Ruperts father when they were friends in Eton, she has been 'duchified' since she was a child, along with her twin sister Georgiana. Olivia knows all the proper rules and etiquette but it is just not her personality. Olivia is bawdy, sarcastic, and far too witty to truly be contained in a perfect duchess box. But as she was born seven minutes earlier than Georgiana, who is exactly what one looks for in a duchess, she has accepted her fate to marry the five years younger Rupert. Olivia knows she will bear the marriage to the much simpler Rupert as she plans to dower Georgiana right away so her perfect, beautiful sister can find her true happiness. As the betrothal papers are signed, as Rupert is finally eighteen, and scandalous promises are made by Ruperts father, one of the funniest scenes in this book happens. As Rupert heads to war to achieve the glory he so desires, Georgiana is invited to the home of Tarquin Brook Chatfield, Duke of Sconce by his mother as a potential new wife for Tarquin. Georgiana, with Olivia at her side, heads to his home with hope alight in her heart.After his disastrous and heartbreaking first marriage, Quin knows it is his duty to remarry and he is more than willing to turn the process of choosing a wife over to his mother. She invites out two prospective women and is intent of putting them through a series of tests. It becomes clear quickly that Georgiana is the obvious choice but his mother continues on with her tests and in the process, asks Quin to entertain Olivia who is not in the running being betrothed already and totally unsuitable. The slight problem with that is Quin is quite attracted to Olivia but knows it can never be but the more time they spend together sparring and trading wits she slowly uncovers Quins hurtful past and together their hearts know they belong together. But the road to happiness has quite a few hurdles to overcome including Rupert, Georgiana, Quins mother and even Olivias belief that she is not good enough.This is a fun, quirky, delightful retelling of the fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea. I adored the beginning, it had me laughing quite a bit. Olivia is smart, sassy, and unconventional but honest, fierce, and protective at the same time and it was a delight to meet her. Quin is a bit proud and stuffy but he suffered a great loss and Olivia is the perfect balm for his heart and she, along with some words from Rupert, makes him complete again. I am sure there will be a bit of discussion about the situation that Quin and Olivia find themselves in. She is engaged to Rupert who is off at war and Georgiana thinks that Quin will be the perfect husband. But, I have to say in my opinion, Eloisa James handled the delicate situation well and the resulting actions are something that I could believe happening. I do not want to say to much because I don't want to give away to much of the storyline and I want you to be able to judge for yourself, but I believe fans will be happy with the situations. And then we get to the ending and it ties it all up perfectly. I was wondering how a pile of mattresses would fit in with this story but Eloisa James found a perfect solution so fairy tale fans will be pleased. Overall, a true delight that will make you laugh out loud. sigh, and root for this couple. 4 1/2 starsI received this ebook from Avon via netgalley.com

  • Anna
    2018-11-22 16:32

    Dear Eloisa James,What the hell were you thinking? You start your story by having the "heroine" ruthlessly mock her fiancee who turns out to be mentally handicapped. You then proceed to place these individuals in a situation that boarders on sexual abuse, as the man in question is barely 18 and clearly has the mental capacity of a much younger person. It's clear that you see his lack of understanding of sex as funny and the scene as comedic, but it's sad and horrifically cruel on your part. The "heroine" completes her descent into abhorrent villain when she then proceeds to steal the man her sister is interested in while being rude to everyone around her. I had to stop 1/4 of the way into this travesty because it was just so offensive. Shame on you Ms. James!

  • Crista
    2018-12-01 21:30

    After reading the stunning and hugely memorable When Beauty Tamed the Beast , I couldn't wait to read this book. I've always loved fairy tales, and Eloisa James's series that is loosely based on fairy tales has been incredible...up till this book.This Duke is Mine missed on many levels. It didn't sit right...almost from the opening chapter, and it never really improved.Olivia Lytton was my problem. She is described as a plump, loud, and somewhat crass lady. Although I believe her character was meant to be written as witty and unique, she came across to me as anything but. In my opinion, this character ruined this story for me. She was mean, cruel, and lacked integrity.There is cheating in this book, which is a deal breaker for me personally. She ends up attracted to her sister's intended....another deal breaker for me.This book just wasn't romantic for me...which completely defeats the purpose of reading this genre.If you are new to this author...I recommend the first two books in this series A Kiss at Midnight and When Beauty Tamed the Beast. I'd give this one a pass.

  • Kathy
    2018-11-27 14:31

    I was so excited when the UPS guy dropped off my package of new release books. This is the first book I grabbed for. My excitement was short lived. What the hell happened here? Did Eloisa James really write this? Really? In the dedication section she writes of having to throw out 175 pages and having to "start over". I wonder where she started over because it can't be at the beginning of the book, which is a total cluster. I had hoped there might be some redemption as far as what I was reading. Didn't happen. Maybe I should have kept reading to see if it would happen. But I was already too disgusted to wait for it. I didn't make it past page 74 and that was already pushing it.I am quite disappointed.

  • Josephina
    2018-11-28 20:34

    I'll be honest that I couldn't get past a quarter of the way into this book before I had to put it down for good. The problem is that the "heroine" of this novel is just - to be blunt - a horrible person.The setup is simple enough. She's engaged to be married to a duke. Not only does she not love him, but she's not really "duchess material" - she's on the curvaceous side, has a bawdy sense of humor, tends to lean towards impropriety at times...all of that has potential to be quite a bit of fun and enjoyable, as I like my heroines with personality.The problem is that she's mean. That's all there is to it. She's just a mean person. Her fiancé (the non-hero duke of the story) has legitimate brain damage from birth, when he went without oxygen for too long. These details are given fairly early on and permanently impacted both him and his mother (his mother, from the description, seems to have been left in something barely above a vegetative state after childbirth). The duke's brain damage is also used as "humor" in the novel, in the least humorous way imaginable. The way Olivia, the heroine, and her sister talk about her fiancé is just mean-spirited and horrible. And, to add insult to injury, the duke's father tells her at one point that (among a couple of awful reasons), he agreed to go forward with the engagement because she's "nice" to his son. To his face, perhaps. I do recognize that, at the period in which this book was set, the characters would not be as educated about the duke's situation as we are today, so I tried to give the characters a bit of the benefit of the doubt. I was willing to give her character a bit more of a pass about the comments she makes in the first couple of chapters because, at that point, she was truly ignorant about the situation. However, then there's a scene where the duke's father tells her what happened and she begins to feel genuine sympathy for the duke and his mental incapacity. She also recognizes that he's a kind-hearted and even somewhat sweet man. At that point, I figured that, while the heroine would be no more inclined to want to marry him, the bad-mouthing him behind his back would stop. Right?Wrong. A couple of chapters later she's again making horrible comments about him behind his back, about how stupid and witless he is.I don't understand why the author didn't realize how incredibly unsympathetic this makes her heroine - and how easy it would have been to avoid. If the intention was to create a situation where she's engaged to duke X almost all her life but doesn't want to go forward with the wedding, and then she meets duke Y...There are at least a dozen ways to accomplish that goal without making her a truly deplorable, reprehensible, unsympathetic, and downright mean-spirited character. The only thing that prevented me from writing "cruel" in that list is that she only says those awful things behind his back but is nice to his face. But is that really better?No. She's still a horrible character. I was somewhat disappointed by a previous book written by this author, but I had actually enjoyed several others she had written. However, this book gives me serious doubts as to whether I'll bother to pick up the next book by Ms. James.

  • Nikki
    2018-11-30 22:36

    4 stars.This started out so promising and was heavily laden with all the fabulous tongue-in-cheek humour that EJ does so well. It was a good read, great story, gorgeous H/h but it just didn't hit the spot completely for me.I can't describe exactly why it left me slightly bemused; perhaps because there seemed to be a lot of nonsensical goings on in the latter part of the book and it really wasn't needed.As per the blurb, Olivia Lytton has been betrothed to the son of a duke since before birth - never mind the fact that he is 5 years her junior and slightly (but adorably) dimwitted. Olivia and Rupert are being forced to marry by their parents and are therefore obediently doing what they must. The plot thickens when (prior to the betrothed pair being married) Olivia is sent with her sister, Georgiana, to the country estate of the Duke of Sconce (aka the hero, Quin), as Quin is seeking a wife and Olivia's future father-in-law has put in a good word for Georgie. Confused? It may seem a stretch but it all worked marvellously in the book.Of course Olivia and Quin start to fall for one another and while this would normally sound alarm bells for me, I found it refreshing that any tired romance formula that could have reared its ugliness in this scenario, didn't.Quin wandered among the guests feeling like a ghost: a human shell with a semblance of a face but no other distinctions than incredibly bad luck when it came to women.He danced with Georgiana after dinner. He tracked Olivia from the corner of his eye, saw how she passed from man to man, how they ogled her and laughed with her and generally fell in love with her and into envy of the marquess. [...]He walked from room to room, because if he kept moving, people didn't try to stop him and talk of the marquess. "Envy" was a pale word to describe the emotion he felt: it was more like rage, pure hatred, livid, bone-deep jealousy.But as I said, instead of digging a bit deeper and focussing on the characters and the emotions and what was happening, it just seemed that EJ took the setting to a place where it just didn't really need to be. That's my opinion anyway.I don't want to take away from the fabulous, witty writing or these entrancing characters, though; this was a lovely holiday read and I look forward to more stories in the Fairy Tales series.

  • Ruthie Knox
    2018-11-13 21:12

    The blurb and cover don't do this novel justice. Here's my rewrite:Olivia has been engaged since birth to Rupert, an affable dolt who will make a terrible husband — but who will also make her a duchess. Her twin sister, Georgiana, was made to suffer through childhood “duchification” lessons alongside Olivia, and she’s grown up to be perfect duchess material: thin, elegant, refined, and a dab hand at the harpsichord. Olivia, on the other hand, is fat, bawdy, and completely uninterested in becoming a duchess.She is also awesome.When Georgiana is invited to the estate of Tarquin, Duke of Sconce, as a candidate to become his bride, Olivia tags along to help. Which is all very well until she falls in love with Tarquin and he falls in love with her back (or, as he puts it, he falls in “compulsive lust” with her). Will they be able to resist their passion for the sake of their families and propriety?In a word, no.This book is so much fun. Olivia is hilarious, and perhaps the most flat-out likeable heroine I’ve ever read. Quin is abstracted, with an autism-spectrum-ish inability to understand or connect to most other people’s emotions. He can read Olivia, though, because everything she thinks and feels is written all over her face. Quin’s rather desperate, deeply inconvenient desire for Olivia — and his enjoyment of every aspect of her person and personality — is made all the more delectable by her plumpness. It’s so refreshing to see an overweight heroine objectified. I swear, by the time the novel ended, Quin had made me want to schtump Olivia.The Princess and the Pea aspect of the plot didn’t do much for me, but I did enjoy how far The Duke Is Mine departs from the conventional romance structure. The plot wanders off to France to rescue Rupert at the end, just after one might think the happy-ever-after ending had already come and gone.I was quite happy to wander off with it.

  • Keri
    2018-12-04 22:31

    I had a few issues with EJ's writing at the first of the book. I mean some of the wording and writing style. Eventually though the story really took over and I couldn't put the book down. I didn't have issues of what Olivia said about Rupert. Not because of how he was, but because she was frustrated and there was no way out for her. She knew since she was 10 that she was going to have to marry a boy 5 years younger than she was and mentally impaired. So I think for her the familiarity bred contempt. She only ever showed her frustration with her sister and she defended Rupert to anybody saying anything about him, later in the book. She also remained loyal to him in the end. Olivia's sister, Georgina, has been invited out to the Duchess of Sconce's house, as she is on the lookout for a wife for her son, Quin. Quin for his part doesn't care one way or the other, as he no longer trust his own judgment to picking women. His first attempt ended in a heart-breaking disaster all the way around. However, once Quin sets eyes on the voluptuous Olivia, all bets are off as he sets out to woo the one woman he shouldn't have. For Olivia's part, she is torn in half for Rupert, currently away on a mission for his country and the love she is feeling for her sister's possible fiancé. Can things get any more convoluted? Well with EJ, you can sure bet they will. I thought this was a lovely heart-warming story and I hope that we get to read Georgina's story one day.

  • Cata
    2018-11-27 22:38

    Opinião em vídeo: http://youtu.be/nnjzfeD6fHE?list=UUE7...

  • Jacob Proffitt
    2018-11-13 20:27

    This book had some problematical elements and I can see why it's the ugly duckling in the series. Both the beginning and end work to undermine the main characters in some crucial ways that left me wondering what to think.First off, Rupert. This marred the beginning as it's hard to tell what you're supposed to think about both him and Olivia's attitude towards him. We start off with Olivia and Georgiana saying some unkind things about him, but only to one another. That's a bad first impression of both him and them. I think the tone is supposed to be one of forbearance as Olivia has a distasteful future, even if she is kind to him in public and resigned to his deficiencies. The parents involved, both his and Olivia's are pretty much monsters. So nobody comes off well in this beginning and it isn't until later that you begin to see Olivia's loyalty and resignation for the trial they are.The ending is just farcical. (view spoiler)[An English Duke storming about the French countryside, throwing his weight around and making outrageous demands is just . . . it doesn't work. That whole garrison was crammed full of stereotypes and lazy characterization. Which wasn't helped by a stupid rescue bit with fire and smoke and lots of thrashing about (hide spoiler)]. I think we're supposed to see how awesome Quin is during those scenes, but it was so hard to believe that I found it doing the opposite for me.Anyway, bad bookending aside, I still liked Olivia and Quin rather a lot. Well, okay, I liked Olivia rather a lot and Quin was adequate support. His background is a ton of melodrama and he comes across as rather bewildered and weak given his history. It was hard to respect a man who let himself be walked all over by his first wife. Which also made it hard to squeeze out sympathy for his current damaged state as a follow-on result. But since that only came up every other page, he was fine the rest of the time.So really, when it comes down to it, Olivia made this book. It really is too bad that she makes such a confusing first impression with the dissonance over Rupert. If it hadn't been for the weird stuff, this would have been a solid four stars. As it stands, it was lucky to eek out three.A note about Steamy: Lower mid range of my personal tolerance. There were three explicit scenes, but two were almost skimpy. Indeed, the steamy scenes were as weak sauce as the rest of the novel with some good mixed with unnecessarily dissonant bits.

  • Manda Collins
    2018-11-15 17:26

    At times poignant, at times laugh-out-loud hilarious this is Eloisa James at her playful best. The voluptuous heroine, Olivia, with her penchant for limericks and bawdy jokes is the perfect foil for the serious-minded, yummy mathematician, Tarquin. I especially loved how Quin broke down Olivia's defenses about her body, helping her see how much he appreciated her curves. And how Olivia helped him come to terms with his past. Intertwined with the romance was a colorful cast of characters, including a flea-bitten dog named, Lucy, a musical young fellow with a flair for fashion, and a sweetly innocent marquess determined to find glory on the battlefield. Charming, sexy, and just plain fun.

  • kris
    2018-11-18 20:28

    Olivia Lytton has been betrothed to Rupert, Duke of Canterwick, since she was five. For reasons known only to James, Olivia is introduced as a mocking, cruel woman who belittles a man she has known her whole life because he's disabled but don't worry: she only talks shit to her sister, so obviously she's GREAT. Meanwhile, Tarquin, Duke of Sconce, is in need of a wife so his mother invites proper ladies to his crib. This includes Olivia's more attractive sister, Georgiana. Obviously, Quin and Olivia light each other's pants on fire, so the rest of the book is two subpar humans figuring out how to shed their bothersome obligations so they can bone, romantically or something. 1. As many others more brilliant and beautiful than I have stated: this book does a fantastic job of making me wish that Georgiana was the lead. Olivia was just the grossest epitome of Modern Heroine stuffed in Historic Garb: she's spunky and sassy and dirty-minded and vulgar and just so free-wheelin', y'all. And it was exhausting and boring and dull. Especially when Quin gets involved. 2. Quin's Man Pain was so much. I can't. 3. I can take some winking asides to the audience in the form of cutesy anachronisms and whatnot, but James likes to just throw ALL THE GODDAMNED STUFF in and it's overwhelming and kind of lazy. 4. The pacing/plot was just ... not great. It's rushed and harried because it's got so much shit to unravel and it leads to a story and romance that is decidedly underdeveloped. I didn't believe in their insta-love, and I never felt like I had a solid understanding of Olivia and Quin because their characterization changed based on page count or something. IDK, it was ridic. 5. The ending was a goddamned disaster.6. The beginning, too. 7. I do want to say that I did like how the leads communicated once they got their hands off of each other's genitals. Like, they decided they liked each other and they were going to make it work and it was nice. 8. But nice doesn't fix the rest of that show, so 1 star.

  • Joanne Freitas
    2018-12-08 17:37

    É uma história "suave" que nos prende desde o início.

  • Ezinwanyi
    2018-12-04 22:26

    I loved this book. It was entertaining, light, flirtatious and just fun. Twins Olivia & Georgiana Lytton was daughters raised and trained to be duchesses. Well, Georgiana took to her lessons, Olivia clearly had a rebellious streak that made her fight against all things proper.Georgiana ended up betrothed to the Duke of Canterwick, who went off to fighting in the war defending England. Now Olivia is trying to help her twin make a match with Tarquin, The Duke of Scones.The only problem is that the Tarquin feels an attraction for Olivia and vice versa. So what's a girl to do? Should Olivia ignore her heart and push Tarquin towards Georgiana or should Olivia hold on to the passion she has found with Tarquin?Olivia and Georgiana were both characters I enjoyed. They loved each other, but they were opposites. Olivia was the "peach", plumb and round while Georgiana was the celery, tall and lanky.Olivia learned the crude jokes and Georgiana learned mathematics and science. But they still had each others back.Olivia and Tarquin felt seamless as couple. They fit, they were fun and they had witty banter. I enjoyed the way the author worked them towards each other considering Olivia's engagement, the mother etc. It made the book a tad angsty which added to the suspense. I love historical romances because they are romantic but Eloisa James has a way of interjecting humor, a little history, and great interpersonal relationships. The only reason I am not giving this story a full 5-star is the last few chapters with Olivia's fiance were superfluous. There could have been less dramatic ways of ending the engagement and Quinn not feeling like stole someone's woman. Still their love story made this book an awesome audiobook experience that I will be finishing the series soon.

  • Katherine 黄爱芬
    2018-11-29 17:15

    Siapa nyana menjadi pendamping si adik utk dijodohkan dgn seorang duke, malah berbalik keberuntungannya kpd dirinya? Inilah yg dialami Olivia saat mendampingi Georgiana utk bertemu dgn Tarquin aka Quin. Duke of Sconce, malah dirinya membuat kepincut si Duke yang rada-rada kaku ini.Sayangnya hampir nyaris 65% dari awal cerita saya merasa agak membosankan. Mungkin karena joke-joke dan permainan kata-katanya tidak kena (atau terjemahannya kurang kena?), saya malah merasa mati kutu dgn semua teori matematika dll. H/H mendapatkan terlalu banyak kemudahan utk jalan keluar konflik yg mereka hadapi. Tapi untungnya tertolong dgn ending yang bagus.Seperti kata author di bab tambahan di belakang, buku ini memiliki pesan moral sbg wanita kita harus mencintai diri kita sendiri (bukan berarti egois atau narsis ya), tetap percaya diri sekalipun diejek orang karena gendut, ketawa nyaring spt cewq Amazon dll, tetapi yg terpenting juga bisa menularkan kebahagiaan kita kpd pasangannya dan orang sekitarnya. Bravo author!!!! I always love your books. Selalu ada pesan dan motivasi terpendam utk mengatasi dan menghadapi masalah kita sehari-hari.

  • Yodamom
    2018-12-05 14:21

    Oh the anguish, this story was depressing, degrading and not at all like her previous books. Olivia Lytton, is one of the most despicable heroines. She has been engaged since childhood to a Duke who has some mental issues.She can't stop herself from calling him names and laughing about him. She was everything I dislike in a person. She degrades her finance', betrays her sister, and lies to their faces. Despicable behavior for a romantic character. But she was not the only one.Enter Tarquin, Duke of Sconce the hero ??? LOL. This man is a complete ass. He plays with the affections of one woman while fantasizing over another. the worst of this they are sisters ! There is no redemption beyond that.The title of the book should have been " Petty, Spoiled ToadsThe only worthwhile characters are Lucy and Rupert. Rupert the young Duke who loves his dog Lucy writes poems and fancies Olivia as his friend. He has some mental issues from the events of his birth, which everybody seems to use against him. I found him a lovable smart and a wholesome man. he was the only character beyond the dog that was a true hero. His story was riddled with sorrow and disrespect.I was offended by Ms. James writing in this book. I have loved her previous works so i will move on and hope this was a one book deal.

  • Nadia
    2018-11-11 22:26

    The insta-love is strong in this one. It's the reason I lost interest in this book halfway through.

  • Susana
    2018-11-17 18:15

    To say that I am disappointed with this book would be putting it mildly. When to that one adds the fact that author Eloisa James is or better yet, used to be one of my favourite writers, let's just say that this was a bloody disaster!What happened with this story? o_OWhat happened to the author who used to know how to create interesting characters, and deliver the perfect witty remarks?Because I didn't find that person in this....thing. :/ Unfortunately for me, this book sounded like a stupid farce.(but wait, according to a lovely post from the author a couple months ago, it is not the stories who are stupid....guess who are? The readers of course!!)I'll give you an example:There's this scene on chapter five, that is just....unbelievable. In a sad, pathetic way.Humiliating a person who has mental problems is not my idea of appropriate laughable material.But, what do I know?I am obviously stupid.I am aware that reading a romance involves placing reality on hold, but this was just...stupidity galore!For most of her 23 years Miss Olivia Lytton has been raised to be a proper duchess. To achieve "duchification". But since her fiancée is determined to achieve glory to his family name_ never-mind the fact that the battle is taking place in Spain, and that Rupert is being sent to Portugal,_ both their parents agree that Olivia and Rupert should just skip marriage, and proceed with trying to produce an heir immediately, on the Lytton's library.Propriety?Rules?Name?It is not as if those thing mattered back then...right?Wait! I know! Maybe this was some type of dystopian Regency!!;)*for dummies* coughAnd then there's Tarquin, "the powerful duke of Sconce" who never sounded "powerful" at all. Poor guy...What he did sounded like was... someone dominated by his mother!o_O I didn't find him interesting. Olivia?Yes, I just found her extremely annoying. And the final part was just....absurd,ridiculous, insane!Please tell me she smoked something! *on a daily basis* What was Olivia doing going back and forth to France? In THE MIDDLE OF A WAR?? WITH THE DOG??Honestly I was more concerned about the pooch, that I was about that brainless idiot!

  • Tori
    2018-12-03 18:35

    I adore Mrs. James and most of her stories, and overall there was a lot I liked about this one. But, I have to admit that I was often bored with this book and skimmed a lot to get to the scenes where Olivia and Quin were actually together. So, I was very disappointed and annoyed when it took several chapters before we finally find them in a room together at all. But, I loved these two a whole lot! Both individually and as a couple they were adorable! So much so that it was what redeemed this book for me in the end.I found Olivia to be one of the most likeable, relatable heroines I've come across in a historical in quite awhile. I loved her wry, intelligent, silly sense of humor. I loved that she was a bit coarse. And I loved how she really just didn't give much of a damn about social strictures as related to her and that not only did she have a backbone, but she could cut so sharply, that she didn't even touch a nerve of her unfortunate recipients.I loved how Quin was so buttoned up and dignified but yet so passionate about the things that he loved, including Olivia.And I loved the way they bantered with each other and balanced each other so well. Mrs. James did a wonderful job of developing their relationship with one another. It was delightful to watch it grow.My biggest problem with this book was the parts in between. The story wasn't bad at all, it just felt a little forced and not up to her usual standard of work. There was a lot of filler information in the conversations about science, and a lot of dragged out conversations that I think could have been left out which are what lead to the skimming.Overall though, if you like sharp, witty heroines, and passionate heroes, you'll probably enjoy this book too.

  • Jess the Romanceaholic
    2018-11-17 16:24

    This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.Expected Release Date: December 27, 2011 (Available Now)Publisher: HarperCollinsImprint: AvonAuthor’s Website: http://www.eloisajames.com/My Source for This Book: Wal-MartPart of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Fairy TalesSeries Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standaloneSteam Level: SteamyCute and sweet and funny and exciting and sexy and occasionally heartbreaking, I loved Quin, and of course was all about Oliva, with her overweight figure and bawdy sense of humor. For the most part, the story was quite lighthearted, even when things looked to be quite serious, and there were only a few spots that I didn’t really care for.I loved the dynamic between Olivia and her sister, and the angst caused by the forbidden romance between her and Quin, as well as the excitement that happened later in the book.Overall, I would recommend this to fans of realistically sized heroines, forbidden romance, and unconventional heroes.A solid 4/5 Stars