An Affair Before Christmas : Desperate Duchesses

  • by Eloisa James
  • Narrated by Susan Duerden
  • Series: Desperate Duchesses
  • 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Magic under the mistletoe.
One spectacular Christmas, Lady Perdita Selby, known to her friends and family as Poppy, met the man she thought she would love forever. The devilishly attractive Duke of Fletcher was the perfect match for the innocent, breathtakingly beautiful young Englishwoman, and theirs was the most romantic wedding she had ever seen. Four years later, Poppy and the duke have become the toast of the town. But behind closed doors the spark of their love affair has burned out.
Unwilling to lose the woman he still lusts after, the duke is determined to win back his beguiling bride's delectable affections - and surpass the heady days of first love with a truly sinful seduction.


What the Critics Say

"Eloisa James’ elegantly written historical romance, sparkles with her distinctive brand of delicious sensuality and wicked wit." (Chicago Tribune)


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Customer Reviews

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Book 2 in a series!

I can understand the frustreration in the previous reviews as this book can not stand alone. Only two characters situations are wrapped up as the others stories continue to progress until their stories are told further along in the series. Poppy and Fletch are not introduced in the first book so a great deal of time is spent developing their characters. James creates an entire world for her characters to live in. There are complicated connections that must be explained and read in order to understand. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will read the other books in the series to find out what happens to the others. A decent love scene is not revealed until the last part of the book, but is entirely worth the wait. Of course the problem between this married couple could be solved by honest conversation but that is not how things were done in those times. In my opinion that is whay I read this type of novel. I enjoy the long suffering periods of struggle between the characters as it makes the resolution so much sweeter. I missed the characters after the story was over. Since an audio book does not exist for the last remaining books in the series, I have ordered the paperbacks. I must say I haven't read a book in years preffering the flexibily of audio titles. Worth it if you like the long suffering, minimal interaction that is characteristic of this genre. Also, PLEASE READ IN ORDER!
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- Michelle "I love to read! With kids, that hobby is impossible...enter Audible...problem solved. Chores that I dread are now quiet time for this Mommy!!!"

Don't Waste Your Time

I got so tired of this book in the first half. I put my ipod in double speed to finish it. All the characters in the book were all unhappy. In the end only 1 couple was happy and the rest who knows. I will not get anymore of her books if they are like this book.
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- Christine "Christine"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-13-2010
  • Publisher: HarperAudio