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By Eloisa James

“Eloisa James is extraordinary.”
—Lisa Kleypas

“Nothing will get me to the book place speedier than a brand new novel through Eloisa James.”
—Julia Quinn

New York Times bestselling writer Eloisa James offers the vintage Hans Christian Andersen tale of “The grotesque Duckling” a superb, witty, and delightfully passionate twist. The gruesome Duchess is one other fairytale encouraged romance from the remarkable storyteller whose writing, writer Teresa Medieros raves, “is actually scrumptious.” a horny and enjoyable old romance, James’s successful story of a wonderful reawakening doesn't function geese and swans—rather it’s a captivating tale of a tender lady blind to her personal good looks, without warning duty-bound to wed the speeding gentleman who has continually been her platonic most sensible friend…until now.

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And she or he could by no means forgive him. Theodora Saxby, identified to James as Daisy, yet to herself as Theo, was once making an attempt very demanding to not take into consideration woman Corning’s ball, which were held the evening prior to. yet, as is frequently the case while one attempts to prevent a subject matter, the one factor her brain observed healthy to check was once a scene from acknowledged ball. the ladies she had overheard chattering approximately her resemblance to a boy weren’t even being quite unkind. They weren’t asserting it to her, in spite of everything. and she or he wouldn’t have minded their reviews lots if she didn’t have the detailed effect that the gents on the ball agreed with them. yet what may well she in all probability do approximately it? She stared despairingly into her glass. Her mother’s worry of simply that assessment—though Mama refused to recognize it—had resulted in Theo’s hair being grew to become to ringlets with a curling iron. the robe she’d worn, like every thing else in her dresser, was once white and frilly and altogether female. It was once picked out in pearls and touches of purple, a mixture that (in her opinion) did not anything yet emphasize the decidedly unfeminine solid of her profile. She loathed her profile nearly up to she loathed the gown. If she didn’t need to fear approximately humans mistaking her for a boy—not that they truly did, yet they couldn’t cease remarking at the resemblance; at any cost, if she didn’t need to fear approximately that—she may by no means back put on crimson. Or pearls. there has been whatever dreadfully banal in regards to the means pearls shimmered. For a second she distracted herself by way of mentally ripping her costume aside, stripping it of its ruffles and pearls and tiny sleeves. Given a call, she could gown in plum-colored corded silk and smooth her hair clear of her face and not using a unmarried flyaway curl. Her in basic terms hair adornment will be a huge feather—a black one—arching backward so it brushed her shoulder. If her sleeves have been elbow-length, she might trim them with a slender edging of black fur. or maybe swansdown, with an analogous on the neck. Or she may perhaps positioned a feather trim on the neck; the white may glance surprising opposed to the plum velvet. That ended in the concept that she might positioned a ruff on the neck and trim that with a slim strip of swansdown. it'd be even higher if the sleeves weren’t opaque textile yet approximately obvious, like that new Indian silk her pal Lucinda were donning the former evening, and she or he may have them really extensive, in order that they billowed after which amassed tight on the elbow. or maybe the wrist will be extra dramatic. . . . She may well see herself getting into a ballroom in that dress. nobody could titter approximately even if she appeared like a woman or a boy. She might pause for a second at the most sensible of the stairs, accumulating everyone’s gaze, after which she may snap open her fan. . . . No, enthusiasts have been tiresomely overdone. She’d need to get a hold of anything new. the 1st guy who requested her to bounce, addressing her as pass over Saxby, will be taken care of to her a bit of weary but amused smile. “Call me Theo,” she may say, and the entire matrons will be so scandalized they might squeak approximately not anything else the full evening lengthy.

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