WHEN THE DUKE RETURNS: DESPERATE DUCHESSES SERIES BOOK 4
November 25, 2008
Avon Books (Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022-5299
Rating: 4 Cups
Simeon Jermyn, the Duke of Cosway was only eighteen when his father summoned him home from India to sign papers for his proxy wedding. After the papers were signed, he once again left for India to finish his training of being a man.
Lady Isidore was only eleven when she married a husband she never met. In fact after she turned sixteen, eighteen, and even twenty, she had yet to meet her husband. She has never been with a man and would like to before she grows older. She is surprised to learn he too, has never been with anyone.
Simeon was in India undergoing some rigorous solitude, while learning endurance as he keeps a calm of oasis around him. His teacher educated him in what it meant to be a man, and not fall to baser emotions. He learned never to fall under anger, fear or lust. At a time when Isidore’s friends were marrying and having children, she had yet to meet her husband. He was too busy traveling the source of the Nile. Not even aware of his appearance, she is surprised to discover he has never once been with a woman. She wonders can he even function in the bed. Arriving back in England, Simeon plans to clean up the estate, manage his family, and learn everything about his new bride. When an annulment is mentioned, will he find a way to keep his exquisite bride or will something happen to tear them apart before they even consummate their marriage?
Good writing, sharp dialogue, refreshing and believable characters that leave a lasting impression, make When the Duke Returns an impressible read. Isidore and Simeon are delightful. I love the part when they are trying to get to know the other and are speaking of an annulment. I could visualize the whole scene even getting a feel of the expressions on her face. Isidore is outspoken and bright. Eloisa James cleverly crafts a good premise of both characters marrying by proxy, yet neither having been with anyone. I found I could connect with the players and feel their sorrow and happiness. The secondary characters blend in well, seasoning the storyline to make the story flow at a good pace and a charming read.
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