by Eloisa James

December 2008
ISBN: 978-0-06-124560-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

The 4th in Eloisa James' Desperate Duchess series, the award winning author brings us Isidore's story...and what a doozie!

Married by proxy as a child, Lady Isidore has spent years fending off lecherous suitors while longing for her husband, Simeon Jermyn, the Duke of Cosway, to return. But when the prodigal duke finally returns, ready to take on his obligations, he finds the woman they call his wife too ravishing, too headstrong, too sensual to be a proper duchess. But Isidore will not give up her claim to the handsome duke without a fight, although she would like to smack him up-side-the-head, a couple of times!

Simeon had a lot of growing up to do and now that he's done, he's back to claim his bride, but Isidore isn't going to make it easy for him. By the time she's done with him, he'll be begging her to take him to her bed....or will that be the other way around? Simeon can be just as stubborn when he wants.

A wonderful story of a love story years in the making, if only the participants had seen each other in all that time. Isidore, having left to her own devices, has grown into a very indepentent person and Simeon has always taken it for granted that she would be the biddable wife he was promised. HA!!!

With a great storyline and characters that will warm your heart, When The Duke Returns is sure to be a keeper for your historical library.


Reviewed in February 2009 by Debbie.

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