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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 end of the book This was arring for me but the minor character is a good female friend of the heroine which I liked and I think that if I were reading the whole series in order the subplot would be much enjoyableJames writes romance very well and after the first couple of chapters I found it difficult to put the book down except when the subplot showed up The hero and heroine are complex personalities whose characters both develop in the course of the story and they face some uite original situations that were fun to read about My favorite of these was an exploration of what can go wrong when eighteenth century innovative indoor plumbing isn t properly maintained It takes guts to write extensively about shit in the middle of a romance novel and James totally pulls it offThe book also contains what is possibly my new favorite first time sex scene ever It s believable sweet and funny It s the first time for the hero as well as for the heroine which I love because that s so rare in romance novels And it contains the following exchangeOne of the things that s odd is that we were so intimate Simeon said realizing he really meant it We oined our bodies together and yet I don t truly understand your bodyHow could you understand itWell he said reaching out delicately how does it feel to have breastsShe started laughingBut I found as many things to hate about this novel as I did to love which I had to skim over and pretend I hadn t seen in order to keep readingThe worst part I think is the hero s backstory The reason the hero is absent for years is that he s busy exploring parts of Africa and India I don t know of a single romance novel in fact I don t know of a single novel written by a white person period although this is probably due to selection bias in which this is handled from an intelligent anti colonial point of view so this was bad from the start Indeed it s worse than Loretta Chase She at least seems to research pretty thoroughly although I think a lot of it is within primary sources by European adventurers In the historical note at the end James says that she based the hero on a Scottish explorer who published a book called Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile she in fact says he discovered the source of the Blue Nile which would be a red flag if it weren t at the very end of the book However she also made up many of my duke s experiences while fabricating her hero s exciting meeting with a real historical Ethiopian political leaderOne major part of the hero s character arc is discovering the limitations of the approach to life he developed partly in response to his parents chaotic unpleasant way of living and partly through exposure to of course Eastern religion James has the hero refer to this as the Middle Way and says he learned it from a great teacher in India Valamksepa not a historical figure about whom we re told very little except that he lives in a tent by the Ganges According to the hero the Middle Way consists of always being in control of oneself and not succumbing to anger fear or lust This is a problem for the hero because in the heroine for the first time HE S MET A WOMAN WHO s met a woman who passionate emotions in him The way that the hero s character develops in response to his relationship with the heroine therefore is to reject his conception of the Middle Way as inadeuate On the final page of the story he reflects that the problem with his former approach was No life Real life In other words no loveI know almost nothing about Buddhism and even I could tell that this was a stupid insulting mischaracterization How cruel for an author to use a religion she clearly has no part in to present it falsely and then throw it away merely as a prop to illustrate how the hero realizes he really does want to have sex with the heroineIn her historical note James writesI make no claim to historical versimilitude in Simeon s recollections of Valamksepa s teachings The term Middle Way is drawn from Rudyard Kipling s novel Kim in which the titular hero meets a Tibetan holy man who seeks freedom from the Wheel of Things I drew Valamkempsa s wisdom from the flotsam and etsam of bowdlerized Eastern teaching and they have no basis in reality1 Kim was published in 1901 and is set in the 1890s When the Duke Returns is set in 17842 James really thought that a Rudyard Kipling novel was a good source of information on Buddhism REALLY Did she even realize that the Middle Way is actually a part of Buddhism and not Cezanne and Provence just some pretend spiritual sounding thing3 Flotsam andetsam Bowdlerized I do not think that word means what she thinks it means In fact I have no idea what she thinks it means What isn t based in reality the teachings or her representation of them If this is a disclaimer it might actually be the rudest disclaimer I have ever seenOn top of this we find out that part of the conflict between the hero and heroine the fact that the hero thinks that the best marriages are the ones in which the husband is in charge is something that he learned in the East Because what this book really needed was a casual reminder that even to an English lord in 1784 Eastern women are especially submissive Mary Wollstonecraft begs to differ Oh and also the reason the hero is still a virgin is only partly due to his respect for his wife it s also because a man has only to be in the East for a day before he becomes aware of ust what a syphilitic face looks like without a noseYou know there were some other Things That Bothered Me that bothered me this book like the way that the Thames dredgers from London who were brought in to clean out the sewer were portrayed and how the hero s mother whose age and mental health related issues had potential for interesting characterization was shuffled offstage too uickly But you know what I don t need to write about them These are symptomatic of problems I ve noticed in many romance novels Many romance novels have problems with Orientalism too but that seems to be this book s specialty and so I ll let that be the note this review ends onIn short If I ever find another Eloisa James novel and I m not going to be looking very hard I m going to screen it for setting beforehand The actual romance part of it was outstanding but reading the book was like looking for a diamond in a privy. E has in mind But Isidore will not give up her claim to the title or him without a fightShe will do whatever it takes to capture Simeon's heart even if it means sacrificing her virtue After all a consummated marriage cannot be annulledYet in forcing Simeon into a delicious surrender will Isidore risk not only her dignity but her hea. Ok for Simeon to realize that He was too uick to give up view spoiler So finally these two do have their HEA I liked this part when Simeon was thinking to himselfhe realized something his heart already knew They were partners She would always make impulsive decisions and he would make slow reasoned ones He would always be a little terrified that she would look at him with the scorn he saw in his mother s eyes And she would always be a little terrified that he would look at her and not love her enough In short they were made for each other hide spoiler It was ok Hero was in most my kind of hero and even heroine was uite nice That Eastern teachings thing was a bit stupid because she umped from Africa to India like it was few hours ride and like it was the same thing In other words adventureous side of the duke didn t impress me and I like adventureous characters and I mean real adventures not sexual ones I still don t understand no hair insistence and expected his hair to be frail too then Some of this little things were a bit too modern for me the representation of male beauty mostly that no hair thing and that muscled form from running you don t get muscled body from running look at all the marathon runners But still I kind of liked the story it was a bit different and finally both of them were virgins Even the story about Jemma was nice This wasn t uite a 4 star read but the ending of it was Contested Reproduction just fabulous so I bumped it upI 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 wellI think that from the first page Iust adored Isadore She is beautiful spunky witty and fun to read aboutI 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 See they married when she was 12 but the Duke was already traipsing about AfricaMiddle East so it was done by proxy but my point is that he has stayed faithful to her so that s actually a point in his favor I don t like how he has all these weird tendencies He runs I like it He used martial arts kicking not Divided by Color (American Politics and Political Economy Series) just punching in a fight I liked that What I didn t like was all the Middle Way stuff He kept saying he had to keep strict control over his body and his mind and he couldn t allow himself to show his anger lust passion emotions It was annoying rather than uirkyWell Isadore has been waiting for the duke to come and get her for over 8 yrs I think they ve been married for 11 yrs at this point At one point she was asking Simeon if he d ever even thought about her and what his waiting had done to herhe shrugs and says no Of course not heust wanted as far away from his crazy overly rigid motherI really didn t like him until after they d had sex Which was by the way hysterical For Simeon it was earth shattering and for Isadore it was meh OMG I was cracking up during the part where Simeon realized she didn t want to do it again that night and that she wasn t nearly as overcome as he THAT was true Eloisa James Witty and well writtenBut I did like the plot love Eloisa James writing loved the heroine and I LOVED the ending There was a small subplot that I didn t uite get at first and I m wondering if it s been on going throughout the whole series But as there was no closure between Jemma and Elijah it might not be til the next bookOverall a fun read but I Creating Country Music just couldn t get into the hero s character The writing saved himanyone else and I d have docked it a star but EJ has such a way with words that even not liking our meh hero I still enjoyed the book 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 attentionWell it worked his Duke i ness has finally decided to make his presence knownThe very beginning of the story is enchanting which was entriely unexpected since I hadn t cared for isadora in the slightest in previous duchess novels She always reminded me of Samantha from Sex in The City Flamboyant selfish hussyrific occasionally uite amusing in small doses Simeon on the other hand is a freakazoid He comes across sexy as hell once or twice But mostly he sust full of hot air vague eastern spiritual woo woo and constant whiningyapping on about how he needs to be in controlhis manhood I m all for He man HULK SMASH types of heroes but Alpha our Simeon ain t He s of a petulant Beta with a complex There s also a sub plot involving Jemma which is yawn city so I wont even waste your time summarizing itEarly on in the novel there are about 2 3 chapters full of way too many irksome side characters being introduced to the story and massive info dumps disguised as casual conversation I skimmed like the dickens to get through this novel towards the end and threw the paperback at the wall when the couple had a serious conversation about the need to have a silly foreign sounding secret code word when she needed to meekly acknowledge or comply to his demands no matter the reuest or the terrorists win With the exception of a sparse handful of delightful moments James is known for the book suckedhard I d advise skipping directly from Duchess By Night bk3 to A Duke of Her Own bk6a 1 star rating for me means literally what it flashes when you hover over it Didn t like it And I didn t like this book but I don t hate it I try to use a crap load of tags to differentiategive additional insight as to what level of non like I felt while reading itwhy In this case I enjoyed a few aspects of this book but the majority of its execution was WEAK Maybe I ll continue reading some of the books in the series maybe not There so many really great books out there and this isn t one of themHappy Reading Folks RAGE warning for abuse of Buddhism Orientalist stereotypes that Just Stepped Out One Of stepped out one of Said s footnotesThis is the first book I ve read by Eloisa James so I don t know whether it s representative of her workI bought it randomly at a so I don t know whether it s representative of her workI bought it randomly at a 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 expectsIt turns. To London his dark handsomeness puts Isidore's worst fears to rest until disaster strikesThe duke demands an annulmentForsaking 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 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 knowledge of things like oral sex and where his fingers should go when the author told us next to nothing about him Guess he was born knowing this is fiction after all lolI liked both characters very much The whole water closet subplot was very amusing as well I also really like Eloisa James writing style I hadn t read any of her books until A Kiss at Midnight which I loved As much as I liked this book I probably wouldn t re read it and that factors into how I rate them unless I start the series at the beginning and need to re read the parts about Jemma and her husbandJemma Villiers and her husband their storyline is my only real complaint about the book I know it s a series and I should have known better but if you re standing in a book store it doesn t SAY it s a series I spent uite a bit of time trying to figure out what was going on with them Hard to care about them when you re left with cryptic passages about affairs lovers weak hearts and asking your former best friend until he let your dog die WTF to woo your wife HuhThat starts another lament of mine called why can t anyone write stand alone romance novels any35 stars 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 that house needs to be CONDEMNED and BURNT TO THE GROUND Now and I could be understanding this incorrectly so please let me know if you have a different idea of things it sounds as though there are multiple water closets in the house connected by pipes with running water that feed to a central pit under the main closet on the ground floor The pipes were made of wood and are rotten meaning thatfor 5 years of people using the water closets waste was ustpiling up In the house Honeydew pointed to the ceiling Simeon looked up and saw a dingy stain that stretched from one corner over approximately a third of the room I m afraid that when the water closet pipes leaked they inundated the study causing the rot of a number of books THAT IS DISGUSTING I don t even mean this in a ewwww way but in a Your house is a hazard and will cause you many horrifying diseases if you continue to live there GET OUT NOW way Like I am not playing 2 Now the romance MEH 3 The handling of the Far and Middle Easts as well as Africa HUGELY PROBLEMATIC 4 The horrifying misogyny DISGUSTING 5 Overall reaction THROW IT IN A SEPTIC PIT From the start of this book I found that I liked it the best of all the books Interesting plot and Isidore and her Duke Simeon Jermyn make for a very interesting couple I loved his harridan of a mother and sympathized whole heartedly with Simeon s dismay after being gone so long both with his mother his estate and his bride who turned out to be nothing at all like he imagined Ongoing sub plot about Jemma and Villiers and The Chess Match Jemma S chess match Jemma s is having regrets about how he has treated her and that their problems may not get resolved in this When the Duke Returns was the fourth book of the Desperate Duchesses series It focuses on Lady Isidore who had submitted to an arranged marriage Reviewed for ueuemyreviewcom 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 one member usually the man wasn t actually present at the ceremony 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 waited twelve years for her husband the Duke to return and validate their marriage Twelve years 35375 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 *it was my least favorite in the series so far Maybe it was because ust 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 save for her aunt and her husband who was off on his travels She came from money and the marriage was arranged by the parents Isidore is beautiful independent and spunky but when Simeon meets her she is not the docile biddable agreeable wife he envisioned Honestly Simeon Evolutionary Patterns just annoyed me he didn t take care of any of his responsibilities for 12 years His father died three years before this and he still didn t even bother to return to England and care for his familyestate He was caught up in this Middle Way philosophy which taught he shouldn t fear get angry have lust blah blah blah I hate to sound so rude but after a while it wasust too much I wanted to reach into my kindle and strangle him He had all sorts of preconceived ideas of what a successful marriage would entail and his wife who had so patiently awaited his return didn t fit into the picture He was ready to annul the marriage Yeah great guy Like anyone really knows what they want in marriage and get everything they want This guy was delusional Isidore wanted to be his partner he wanted a wife who was blindly devoted to him and did everything he asked and had no opinions of her own She made decisions impulsively yet he never realized that it was his fault she did that if he had returned when she was 17 or 18 and assumed a married life she would have followed his lead Instead she had to manage her estates and her own life basically like a widow since he was nowhere in sight She had to make her own decisions and lived an independent life The melding of these two lives would not be easy Is marriage ever easy but the problem I had is that it took the entire bo. The Duchess of Cosway yearns for a man she has never met her husbandMarried 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. ,
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