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DUCHESS BY NIGHT
ELOISA JAMES
ISBN#: 978-0-06-124557-3
June 2008
Avon
10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022
Mass Market Paperback
$7.99
384 Pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 5 Cups

Harriet is the Duchess of Berrow. Her husband’s one passion was chess and he killed himself over a match. She runs the estate for his heir and is available to help her fellow duchesses in times of need.

Jem, Lord Strange is the richest man in England and runs a bizarre sort of house party with the best and brightest of England’s men and the loosest of its women.

When Harriet’s friend Isidore wants to get the attention of her absent husband by causing a scandal to bring him home, Harriet volunteers to support her. Dressed as a boy, the relative of the Duke of Villiers, she hopes not to attract much attention, but she attracts too much, particularly the owner of the house.

This book had me laughing out loud many times. Harriet may have thought that she was a plausible boy, but to the observant there was something off. It is really funny to read about Jem’s attempts to make her more manly, while fighting a disconcerting attraction for the pretty boy. Isidore (she actually has a man’s name but is very female) is pretty shocked at the goings on, but Harriet actually takes the time to get to know some of the actresses and models. Eugenia Strange is a wonderful character, with her father’s considerable intelligence in a little girl’s body. She is a little like a princess in a tower, rescued by Harriet. I really liked Jem despite his obliviousness to the goings on in his house. He and Harriet combine his formidable intelligence with her good sense. This is the first book of this series that I have read, and even though I started in the middle, I have to get the other two out of my to be read pile and fast.

Maura
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