by Eloisa James
Paperback Edition – Read July 2, 2012
Cost: $7.99 (As of This Post)
Length: 400 pages
Official Description: (This is book 1 of the Desperate Duchesses series)
A marquess’s sheltered only daughter, Lady Roberta St. Giles falls in love with a man she glimpses across a crowded ballroom: a duke, a game player of consummate skill, a notorious rakehell who shows no interest in marriage–until he lays eyes on Roberta.
Yet the Earl of Gryffyn knows too well that the price required to gain a coronet is often too high. Damon Reeve, the earl, is determined to protect the exquisite Roberta from chasing after the wrong destiny.
Can Damon entice her into a high-stakes game of his own, even if his heart is likely to be lost in the venture?
Oh goodness, I really didn’t want to read this book. I really didn’t it isn’t my usual genre but it was for a book club so I sucked it up and read it anyway. At first, I thought, OH MY GOSH! THIS IS SOOO BORING! Then it picked up when Roberta moved to London. This book was picked for the month because of the “bodice ripping” good times and yes there are some sexy scenes, but they are at the end. So, it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting with the description the book club ladies gave. The characters were pretty entertaining, but you totally know where this book is going from the start. There were several stories within this stories and some characters are introduced that will be flushed out in later books. I didn’t feel exactly satisfied with Jemma’s ending but I guess this book wasn’t supposed to be focused on her, though I did find her character much more interesting than our lead, Roberta. The chess story line was interesting as well, and it was used a plot device, for Jemma… I think I might have enjoyed this more if Jemma was the lead in the story, but we followed the “love triangle’ that was Roberta. I don’t really have many books to compare to this one, but I found that the author did weave a good tale, and developed some vivid characters. Will I all of a sudden go delve into the regency romance books, no, I like my urban fantasies more, but this was a nice, light distraction.
“Love at first sight. I’m sure it must be most delicious. I would quite welcome it myself. I’ve fallen in love many times but never without thoroughly discussing the impulse with my closest friends.”