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When the Duke Returns by Eloisa James


When the Duke Returns by Eloisa James

For the Duke of Cosway, it was a marriage of convenience. For his bride, it was anything but... Isidore has waited for many long, frustrating years for her mysterious husband to return from exploring the world. They were married by proxy when she was just a child, but now she's fully grown and yearns for nothing more than for her duke to return. Until he does come back. And he is not what she expected. At all. Cosway refuses to conform to any of society's norms: he won't powder his hair, has little regard for cravats, and seems frighteningly keen on running around the countryside in nothing but short trousers. But - more shocking than any other revelation - he reveals that he is a virgin. While Cosway begins to discover that there may be more adventures in marriage than in all of the rest of the world, Isadore will learn whether her duke was truly worth waiting for...


'Sheer joy from beginning to end.' * Carole Matthews on Much Ado About You * It's guaranteed to get me hot under the collar . . . Bravo for Eloisa * Fiona Walker on Much Ado About You * It's charming, cheeky, funny and sexy and I know I'll re-read it in the future. And of course I'll definitely be reading more of Eloisa James's books. Highly recommended (even if you don't think it looks like your kind of thing!) * on DESPERATE DUCHESSES * 'Entertaining and exciting throughout [with] enough seduction, laughter and surprises . . . to satisfy even the most demanding fans of historical fiction.' * Publishers'

on AN AFFAIR BEFORE CHRISTMAS * A cheeky and evocative romp through the lives of the eighteenth century A-listers. Good characters and authentic settings...will have you laughing and cheering in equal measures * on AN AFFAIR BEFORE CHRISTMAS * An evocative tale of love and life' * Inside soap on AN AFFAIR BEFORE CHRISTMAS * 'More posh totty from the 18th century behaving disgracefully'. * Daily Mirror on AN AFFAIR BEFORE CHRISTMAS *

About the Author

Eloisa James is a professor of English literature, specializing in Shakespeare. She teaches at Fordham University in New York City, and lives in New Jersey. Oxford University Press published her academic book in 2000. She is the daughter of poet Robert Bly (winner of the American Book Award for Poetry) and short story author Carol Bly. Her father is a big fan. Eloisa’s godfather was the poet James Wright, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his Collected Poems. Among those poems – and one of Wright's most beloved – is a poem written for his goddaughter, Mary Bly (aka Eloisa James).

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Publication date

12th November 2009


Eloisa James

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Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division


384 pages


Historical romance



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