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Publisher's Summary

Destiny will be decided betweenthe sheets in this all-new tale of “The Princess and the Pea.”
For Olivia Lytton, betrothal to the Duke of Canterwick - hardly a Prince Charming - feels more like a curse than a happily-ever-after. At least his noble status will help her sister, Georgiana, secure an engagement with the brooding, handsome Tarquin, Duke of Sconce,a perfect match for her in every way... every way but one. Tarquin has fallen in love with Olivia.
Quin never puts passion before reason. And reason says that Georgiana is his ideal bride. But the sensual, fiery, strong-willed Olivia ignites an unknown longing in him - a desire they are both powerless to resist.
When a scandalous affair begins, they risk losing everything - Olivia’s engagement, her sister’s friendship, and their own fragile love. Only one thing can save them - and it awaits in the bedroom, where a magnificent mattress holds life-changing answers to the greatest romantic riddle of all.
©2012 Eloisa James (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
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4 out of 5 stars
By Ramona on 02-07-12

Great Romance with a Twist

Would you listen to The Duke Is Mine again? Why?

Absolutely. Have listened several times already. A great, funny, wonderfully fascinating romantic book, with the disapproving mother-of-the-duke, and all. The characters are great with multiple twists in the plot. In the beginning, and most of the way through, you just can't figure out how all the twists will come out. The ending part was a little slow, but it was necessary to bring all the pieces together. I'd give it 4 1/2 stars out of 5.

What does Susan Duerden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She is just wonderful. Makes the different characters come alive. This was my first book by this author, but I bought the book half because Susan Duerden was the narrarator. She's one on the best!

Any additional comments?

This was my first book by Eloisa James. I'm definitely buying some more books by her.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Yvette on 12-01-13

Awe such a sweet, fairy tale! Loved it!

Eloisa James's writing is exquisite. Many times, I felt that I was taken away to an English country side because of her picturesque descriptions of the setting and background.

This was a delightful read about how the hero, Tarquin, Duke of Sconce, found his perfect duchess. For the duke the connection to Olivia Lytton was as quick as lightening when he first met her as she came to his door step one stormy night soaked through and ah-hem.....very indisposed. So pretty much the chemistry was on-fire immediately between the two. The problem presented in this story is that there are 2 dukes for 2 sisters, but the matches between these couples are all wrong.

I loved the challenge presented immediately in these mismatched couples as all of the characters were seeking some type of fulfillment while trying to please their parents.

It was so tricky as to how the resolution came about because the love between Tarquin and Olivia was the worst kind of forbidden love. I mean seriously.....Tarquin was Olivia's sister's dream, and Olivia was meant for another. Olivia was betrothed to the Rupert, Duke of Canterwick and it was clearly not going to be a fulfilling marriage, yet Olivia was very kind and caring toward Rupert and his predicament. I really liked how everything resolved itself.

In reading this fairy tale series, I have found that I really LOVE the verbally-intelligent characters James creates. Just as in "WHen Beauty Tamed the Beast" the verbal sparing and banter is excellent between the leads. I loved the quips, the metaphors, the innuendos, and so many twists of language that made this read so enjoyable! I love it when there are really smart, funny, sassy, and memorable leads in a love story; and Tarquin and Olivia were just fabulous.

I did not like the part of the book that covered the couples trip to France. I got turned off when Olivia pushed Tarquin into allowing her to come with him to rescue Rupert. It was a stupid move that endangered herself & Tarquin. However, part of that is just that Tarquin can't seem to say no to the girl LOL...(so it's his fault too). I just kept telling myself that James must have thought that the story needed a more dramatic conflict aside from the relationship conflicts already presented in the book. So...oh well...it worked out.

The epilogue was great because it gave you a sense of the HEA for all of the characters including the dowager duchess, Tarquin's mom. I love how even though she was diametrically opposed to Tarquin & Olivia's match...in the end she was thankful for indirectly being responsible for Olivia coming to their home and meeting her prince charming.

Nice HEA..... I have to read some more of James' books in between darker books because her books are smart, funny and overall enjoyable reads...

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