The Duke Is Mine Eloisa James Book Review

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, Eloisa James, Book Cover

The Duke Is Mine

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.

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  1. A man who isn’t a rake yet still manages to be intelligent? That’s almost unheard of in romance! I think I want to read this for that fact alone. Not that I don’t love a rake, but sometimes, a change of pace is just what I’m looking for.

  2. I’m a sucker for a good dog! Not many of those in historical romance – intriguing. I’m definitely planning on getting this one when it is released, especially considering how much I loved the Beauty & the Beast retelling.

    I need to get the first one too, Kiss at Midnight I think? Do you have that one yet?

  3. Ooh, this one sounds fun! I love when Regencies don’t take themselves too seriously (and, of course, bawdy is always awesome). Plus, no dead dog? Score.

  4. Haha – I love how she based Lord Justin on her daughter’s obsession with The Biebs. Eloisa totally rocks, and she’s always doing something different with her books. Glad you had fun with this one.

  5. Yet another Eloisa James book to add to my TBR / wishlist. I love your romance novel reviews. They are quite convincing. I’ve been wanting to read a James novel for quite a while now but I just never seem to find the time to pick one up. I hope to remedy this situation within the next few weeks.

  6. I’m intrigued by the promise that our hero is not a rake…I like it when authors mix it up!


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