Four Nights with the Duke by Eloisa James
(Desperate Duchesses)

78%

18 Critic Reviews

Overall, Four Nights With the Duke is an angsty and absorbing read, in which the raw emotion is well-balanced out by the humour and more tender moments.
-All About Romance

Synopsis

Eloisa James returns with another fabulous romance in her New York Times bestselling Desperate Duchesses series!

As a young girl, Emilia Gwendolyn Carrington told the annoying future Duke of Pindar that she would marry any man in the world before him—so years later she is horrified to realize that she has nowhere else to turn.

Evander Septimus Brody has his own reasons for agreeing to Mia's audacious proposal, but there's one thing he won't give his inconvenient wife: himself.

Instead, he offers Mia a devil's bargain . . . he will spend four nights a year with her. Four nights, and nothing more. And those only when she begs for them.

Which Mia will never do.

Now Vander faces the most crucial challenge of his life: he must seduce his own wife in order to win her heart—and no matter what it takes, this is the one battle he can't afford to lose.

 

About Eloisa James

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Eloisa James is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author, and professor of English literature who lives with her family in New York, but who can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. (Her husband is an honest-to-goodness Italian knight!) Eloisa’s website offers short stories, extra chapters, and even a guide to shopping in Florence. Visit her at www.eloisajames.com. 
 
Published March 31, 2015 by Avon. 390 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Four Nights with the Duke
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Jan 08 2015

James follows Three Weeks With Lady X (2014) with a sequel that matches its excellence and intensity. With peeks at Thorn and India from Lady X...James gives readers a welcome opportunity to revisit a popular community and flexes her powerful romantic storytelling muscles, somehow getting even stronger.

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All About Romance

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Reviewed by Caz Owens on Apr 27 2015

Overall, Four Nights With the Duke is an angsty and absorbing read, in which the raw emotion is well-balanced out by the humour and more tender moments.

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Examiner

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Reviewed by Pamela Kramer on Apr 02 2015

It's all beautifully written and carefully crafted, featuring characters from previous novels, including "Three Weeks with Lady X." Don't miss reading both romance stories!

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RT Book Reviews

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Reviewed by Kathe Robin on Apr 21 2015

James proves that wit is sexy and romance is smart. Her latest Desperate Duchesses novel does it again with an unforgettable heroine...

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CK2S Kwips and Kritiques

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Reviewed by Marilyn Rondeau on Apr 02 2015

I’ve never been disappointed with Ms. James effervescent wit, fabulous plotting and wonderful storytelling. A winner every time!

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Fresh Fiction

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Reviewed by Linda Green on Mar 21 2015

FOUR NIGHTS WITH THE DUKE by Eloisa James is Regency romance at its finest. Full of seduction and adventure, the characters jump off the page and into the readers' hearts.

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Smexy Books

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Reviewed by May on Mar 30 2015

To sum this up- this book is Eloisa James at her finest. It is a light, fast paced read and she balances tender moments and sweet emotion with smoldering heat and dazzling dialogue too

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The Good, The Bad and The Unread

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Reviewed by Veena on Apr 01 2015

That horse is a character in itself that definitely adds to the overall story. If you enjoy light-hearted romance set in a historical setting, then this is a great book for you.

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The Book Reading Gals

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Reviewed by Nathifa on Apr 16 2015

I love how Emilia had the power to send Vander away, even though she loves him. It showed a tremendous strength within her, since even though she loved him, he threw her away like mouldy bread. Wondering about that part, you HAVE to read the book to find out. Thoughts: Men can be so full of themselves.

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Smart B***s Trashy Books

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Reviewed by Elyse on Apr 21 2015

If Four Nights with a Duke is one thing, it’s fun. The hero wasn’t my favorite, but drunk uncle Chuffy and Mia’s romance-writing notes were so enjoyable. While I enjoyed all the crazysauce–the lonely horse, the adulterous parents, the absent fiance, Vander coming to terms with his father’s madness–they did detract from the overall conflict.

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Ticket to Anywhere

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Reviewed by Irish on May 15 2015

Four Nights with the Duke is the second in a series, and the eighth in a larger series by Eloisa James none of which I’d read prior to this book. Despite this I didn’t feel at all lost while reading this story and it did make me curious about the book that came before...

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Supernatural Snark

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Reviewed by Jenny on Apr 02 2015

Overall, Four Nights with a Duke is beautifully emotional, leaving us feeling raw and on edge much of the time before soothing us with a tender moment between the two of them or a laugh thanks to Vander’s charming lush of an uncle. Lovers of historical romance will not want to miss out on this one.

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The Librarian Next Door

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Reviewed by Meredith on Mar 31 2015

So if you love fun, tongue-in-cheek references to other literary sources, appallingly bad poetry (seriously, it’s bad), novel-writing heroines, and a devastatingly handsome duke groveling and atoning for his errors, then you will certainly want to read Four Nights with the Duke. It’s classic, wonderful, delightful Eloisa James at her best.

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Manga Maniac Cafe

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Reviewed by Julie on Apr 09 2015

This is a fast read with cleaver dialog, two wounded people trying to heal, and lots of smexy times. I was entertained from the first page to the last, and found Mia and Vander’s courtship both amusing and touching.

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Kay's Blog

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Reviewed by SidneyKay on Apr 20 2015

There were some fine moments between the characters in the book. The prose was excellent. Mia was humorous and strong when she was in her author mode. I could even understand some of her insecurity, at least for part of the time. However, her insecurity went on too long and wasn't always understandable. But the real irritant for me was Vander.

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WTF Are You Reading?

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Reviewed by Frishawn Rasheed on May 02 2015

Four Nights With the Duke is a complex novel brimming with emotion, wit, charm, and hard won romance. The juxtaposition of the necessity of their union, and the obvious hurdle that their wounded prides present, makes this a story that readers must see to its conclusion.

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Reviewed by Mrs Giggles on Apr 19 2015

The entire story is basically two children in adult’s bodies wringing their hands, moaning. grumbling, and whining. The whole thing should be familiar to readers who have read stories of two moping-moaning meenies in a forced relationship before.

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Reviewed by La Deetda Reads on Jun 16 2015

what we have here is powerful writing by a talented author. That these two find common ground is also skillfully accomplished. This is a sexy, well written, totally engrossing Historical Romance. It is number eight in the series but is a standalone book. I recommend it for all romance aficionados.

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