Duchess by Night by Eloisa James

Setting-1784, Georgian Period


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?


This book had a very interesting premise and it started off very well but I felt that somewhere along the middle the buzz just kind of died off. The ending was pretty good though but I think there could have been more romantic and sexual tension between the hero and heroine. It seemed that once Lord Strange discovered Harriet’s identity, everything else just kind of rushed on from there. It would have been better if there had been more tension between the two. A pretty good read but could have been better.


Plot Rating-3/5



Final Verdict-Worth a read

Rating: 3 and a half stars out of 5


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  1. […] James is simply amazing. I guess I must have judged her too quickly after reading her novel Duchess by Night which was not her best work. This new series of fairy tales is so much more fulfilling, though they […]

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