Lytton, Esq. Most betrothals spring from one of two fierce emotions: love or greed. In fact, the bride-to-be was liable, in moments of despair, to attribute her engagement to a curse. I would rather sleep for a hundred years.
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Start your review of The Duke Is Mine Fairy Tales, 3 Write a review Shelves: dnf-award I ended up DNFing The Duke is Mine a quarter of the way through because of something I found disturbing in regards to how a character is portrayed and handled, including the insensitive comments and actions of the heroine toward this character. Im actually shocked that Eloisa and Avon would allow this character and the way hes treated as a form of comic relief. Because of this, The Duke is Mine is a big fail of a historical romance and one I wouldnt recommend to any historical romance reader.
I ended up DNFing The Duke is Mine a quarter of the way through because of something I found disturbing in regards to how a character is portrayed and handled, including the insensitive comments and actions of the heroine toward this character. The heroine here is Olivia Lytton. Olivia is far too sarcastic, witty and not at all gracious. Olivia also enjoys talking about sex and the male anatomy with Georgina. From all these descriptions of Rupert, I wondered how dim-witted and a fool Rupert really was that Olivia and Georigiana would makes such cruel remarks about him.
Olivia thinks back to what Canterwick had said to her when she was fifteen and Rupert was eleven. Canterwick is glad Olivia is marrying Rupert because Olivia has never made from of him. Olivia lies on a sofa, lifts up her skirts and expect Rupert to know how to have sex. At this point I almost stopped reading because of how a mentally disabled man has been used as a butt of many jokes from the heroine, forced to have sex when he has no idea what sex involves and is supposed to be used as a moment of comic relief in this otherwise slap-stick type story.
But this is completely at odds at what we see the moment he meets the heroine and acts the complete opposite. I was so turned off by this story not only because Olivia is a heartless bitch and the hero Quin is a complete jackass, but mainly because of Rupert and his damaged mind is used for comedy. I found this beyond offensive. As someone who was the butt of many jokes and was called stupid and dumb by more than a few people in my life, including having a few family members and friends with mental handicaps, my reaction is completely subjective.
Others may not have an issue with the way Rupert is portrayed or treated.
The Duke is Mine
In describing relations between characters, I may wreck a book for you by making it clear who someone marries, or the outcome of a book. So, although it stands alone, some characters, such as the Duke of Villiers, appeared first in earlier books. Every book in the Desperate Duchess series opens with the party that closed the previous book. In the first four novels of the Desperate Duchess series, I left one tiny question unanswered.
This Duchess of Mine
Shelves: reviewed , romance-historical , meh-just-ok A girls guide to saving her train-wrecked marriage. This story had a bad start from many points of view. First of all we knew that Jemma and Elijahs situation was bad from the start. He cheated on her, she caught them, he told her that he loved his mistress and she left him.
The Duke Is Mine
Or, if one were so inclined, to invite a seduction…to engage in an affaire. Husbands were just there, like coals in Newcastle and pigs in the sty. Which made it all the harder for Jemma, the duchess in question, to decide what to wear to seduce her spouse. After all, Elijah had been her husband for years. Have a baby.