Duchess by Night Paperback
by Eloisa James
Disguise is a dangerous game ...After a lifetime as a wallflower Harriet, the Duchess of Berrow, is finally seeking a little pleasure of her own. And where better to begin than at the house of one of the most disreputable men in the country, Lord Strange?
The high-stakes games of lust and chance that rule Strange's household, however, mean that even being seen crossing his threshold could ruin her reputation forever.
So Harriet swaps her hoops and corsets for a pair of breeches and transforms herself into a young male relative of the Duke of Villiers.
Before she knows it, Harriet is writing bawdy missives on behalf of a young actress, not to mention winning card games played by the most powerful men in England.
But when she starts attracting male attention, Harriet must decide whether to stay in her disguise - or to reveal that she's really a duchess by night ...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 28/05/2009
- Category: Historical romance
- ISBN: 9780340961087
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Review by wyvernfriend
Harriet is seeking some excitement, she has had a boring existence up to this point but feels a need to do something. A widow whose husband killed himself over chess she feels inadequate and wants to prove that she isn't boring. So she decides to go to a house party but to pretend that she is male. Because people want to see her as such she gets away with it. Her host teaches her how to ride a horse properly and how to fence and she's enjoying herself hugely. However she's also falling for her host and she's not sure that he doesn't prefer her as a male.It's pretty light stuff and fairly predictable but I did enjoy it.
Review by riverwillow
This time the desperate Duchess is Harriet, widowed when her husband committed suicide after losing a chess match. Tired of feeling inadequate and boring she ends up masquerading as a man at one of Lord Strange's notorious house parties. Despite his best efforts Strange finds himself attracted to Harry. The fun ensues as they try and work this out, a fast and funny read.