Thursday, March 4, 2010

Desperate Duchesses


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?

Desperate for something better than this...

This is the first Eloisa James book I have ever read and I'm not at all impressed. Her "frothy" style of writing is really not for me so I came close to closing the book before I was even into chapter 2. I also thought that James was a Regency author but this book is clearly Georgian. Nothing wrong there necessarily. It just wasn't what I expected.

So, this was a book that I really just had to make myself finish. I really wanted to give it a fair chance, but would the REAL main characters of this book please step forward?? I know they were supposed to be Roberta and Damon, but I think the author may have forgotten that. There was so much stuff crammed into this book leaving very little room for character development of the main hero and heroine. Jemma, Elijah and Villiers were more the main love triangle. And Roberta was just downright silly with her "I'm in love with Villiers" and "I'm going to marry Villiers" every other sentence. This is a grown woman?? Come on. There was no hint of chemistry between those two so it made the story all the more harder to digest. And the author likes to use a lot of filler - superfluous story fluff - that added nothing to the story and was often just completely dumb... like when Selina showed up with the Prince towards the end of the book. My eyes just rolled. And what's with the abrupt scene changes between sentences? I had to re-read some sections just to make sure I didn't miss something.

All in all, I want to give the author another chance, but I cannot offer a recommendation for this book as a stand alone. It's definitely part of a series but, really, I'm not sold on wanting to continue it.

My rating: 2 – I did not like it

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