In a sea of stuffy regency virgin novels The Duke Is Mine by Eloisa James stands out. Olivia Lytton, more prone to bawdy humor than propriety, is betrothed to the Duke of Canterwick. Marrying the Duke Of Canterwick will raise her family’s social standing and provide Olivia’s twin Georgianna with a substantial dowry. When the dowager of Sconce invites Georgianna to visit to see if she is suitable for son, Tarquin, the Duke of Scone, Olivia accompanies as chaperone. Unfortunately all does not go according to plan as Tarquin only has eyes for Olivia.
The Duke is Mine by Eloisa James is at turns charming and funny. Olivia is my sort of ideal heroine who chafes against the constraints of society, yet is resigned to her ate in life. I loved seeing her relationship with Tarquin who is pretty much Mr. Right At The Wrong Time unfold. Their relationship goes from flirtation to fierce attraction. Note: one of Tarquin’s attractive qualities is his intelligence AND he is NOT a rake.
The best part of The Duke Is Mine is the journey. Chances are you can guess the destination, or the ending, based on the summary. The twists and turns between Quin and Olivia kept me turning the pages of The Duke Is Mine. As a reader, I desperately wanted them to end up together despite their differences and the odds against it.
I would be remiss if I did not mention the minor characters in The Duke Is Mine. There is Lord Justin who is a fop with his fashion obsession, but he’s also really young. And hey y’all there’s nothing wrong with wanting to look good! AND THEN there is Lucy the ugly dog. That dog wormed her way into my heart. PLUS SHE DOESN’T DIE! YAY FOR NO DEAD DOGS. Then, there’s the Dowager of Sconce, she wrote this book all about the comportment of proper ladies and is a riot to read about because she is so different from Olivia. I love it.
The Duke Is Mine is a witty and fun novel. Eloisa James‘ work does not take it self too seriously and delivers on it’s promise — it is pure romance and an evening well spent.
Disclosure: Review copy provided by Amazon Vine.