Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Duke is Mine by Eloisa James

Goodreads Description:

He 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, Tarquin 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 

This sexy, witty version of The Princess and the Pea turns the classic fairy tale into an enticing, funny, and moving romance

My Rating:

My Review:

Olivia has been raised from birth to become a Duchess.  Her father made a blood oath with the Duke of Canterwick while at Eton to marry their first born children.  Olivia is a few minutes older then her twin sister Georgiana and due to that she is destined to marry a half wit by the name of Rupert.

Georgiana despairs at not finding a husband because she was raised to become a Duchess just in case something happened to Olivia.  All the men avoid her because she is everything that is perfect and men don't want that, their mothers do.  Georgiana and Olivia and invited to the Tarquin, Duke of Sconce's household so the Dowager Duchess can pick Tarquin's second wife.  Georgiana is competing against a younger woman who quickly proves she isn't up to the tests the dowager puts to her.  Olivia meets Tarquin and there are instant flames.  She feels horrible that she has these feels and like she is betraying her betrothed and her sister.

I won't say any more but I love the twists and turns.  I thought the way Eloisa brought in the mattresses into the story was very cleaver!  I loved the little things that connected this story to the Princess and the Pea. Very very cleaver and original!  Definitely up to par with the other two in the fairy tale series!!  There are so many scenes that made me laugh.  I absolutely LOVE the banter and Olivia's whit and fondness for cracking jokes. My favorite scene is when everyone is at the table and Tarquin, Olivia, and Justin are discussing Justin's love of poetry and how he's written many stories about his Moon Goddess!  It was hilarious!  I highly recommend this book, especially if you like to laugh and love a good romance with a little adventure thrown in!

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