‘Duchess By Night’ by Eloisa James

dbn-ejSTORY: One night’s disguise could lead to a lifetime of passion…

A Mischievous Charade…

Harriet, Duchess of Berrow, is tired of her title and the responsibilities that come along with it. Enough with proper tea parties and elegant balls; what Harriet really wants is to attend an outrageous soiree where she can unleash her wildest whims and desires. But to attend such an event—especially if the event in question is Lord Justinian Strange’s rollicking fete, filled with noble rogues and rotters, risqué ladies and illicit lovers—would be certain scandal. That’s why she must disguise herself . . .

Looking forward to a night of uninhibited pleasure, Lord Strange is shocked to discover that beneath the clothes of a no-good rake is the most beautiful woman in the room. Why is a woman like her risking her reputation at his notorious affair? And can he possibly entice her to stay . . . forever?

REVIEW: The thing that I loved most in this third book in EJ’s Desperate Duchesses series, is the heroine who decides to attend a house party as a male. The whole concept was intriguing, but once initiated, I laughed throughout the story. Our heroine did her best to appear as male as possible, which in the end she thought was just amazing to do because it gave her a lot of freedom.

I was also impressed with the hero who was Alpha male through and through, yet had a lot of vulnerabilities and when it came to our heroine, at first thinking her a young man, was so dumb founded to be attracted to a “him”. Their interaction from the start gave me giggles galore.

Together these two characters were complex, interesting and very entertaining. Their attraction, romance and happily ever after was fraught with a lot of problems, and in the end only the strength of their characters and convictions with some compromises, gave them their happy ending.

Once more we encounter characters from the previous books, Roberta and Gryffyn, as well as Duchess of Beaumont, and [sigh] Villiers. At this point, it was like catching up with my old friends.

I just loved the fun in this story and highly recommend it.

Melanie for b2b

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