Eloisa James Books

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Eloisa James is a tenured Shakespeare professor (Fordham University) that writes historical romance. Eloisa’s real name is Mary Bly. She was born in 1962 in Minnesota to Robert and Carol Bly.

Order of Desperate Duchesses Series

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1 Desperate Duchesses 2007 Description / Buy
2 An Affair Before Christmas 2007 Description / Buy
3 Duchess By Night 2007 Description / Buy
4 When the Duke Returns 2008 Description / Buy
5 This Duchess of Mine 2009 Description / Buy
6 A Duke of Her Own 2009 Description / Buy
7 Three Weeks With Lady X 2014 Description / Buy
8 Four Nights With the Duke 2015 Description / Buy
9 Seven Minutes in Heaven 2017 Description / Buy

Order of Duchess Quartet Series

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1 Duchess in Love 2002 Description / Buy
2 Fool for Love 2003 Description / Buy
3 A Wild Pursuit 2004 Description / Buy
4 Your Wicked Ways 2004 Description / Buy
5 A Fool Again (Short Story) 2011 Description / Buy

Order of Essex Sisters Series

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1 Much Ado About You 2004 Description / Buy
2 Kiss Me, Annabel 2005 Description / Buy
3 The Taming of the Duke 2006 Description / Buy
4 Pleasure for Pleasure 2006 Description / Buy
5 A Gentleman Never Tells 2016 Description / Buy

Order of Essex Sisters Non-Fiction Books

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1 The Official Essex Sisters Companion Guide 2016 Description / Buy

Order of Fairy Tales Series

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1 A Kiss at Midnight 2010 Description / Buy
2 When Beauty Tamed the Beast 2011 Description / Buy
3 The Duke Is Mine 2011 Description / Buy
4 The Ugly Duchess 2012 Description / Buy
5 Once Upon a Tower 2013 Description / Buy

Order of Happily Ever After... Series

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1 Storming the Castle (Short Story) 2010 Description / Buy
2 Winning the Wallflower 2011 Description / Buy
3 Seduced by a Pirate (Short Story) 2012 Description / Buy
4 With this Kiss: Part 1 2013 Description / Buy
5 With this Kiss: Part 2 2013 Description / Buy
6 With this Kiss: Part 3 2013 Description / Buy

Order of Lady Most Series with Julia Quinn, Connie Brockway

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1 The Lady Most Likely... ( With: Julia Quinn, Connie Brockway) 2010 Description / Buy
2 The Lady Most Willing... ( With: Julia Quinn, Connie Brockway) 2012 Description / Buy

Order of Pleasures Trilogy Series

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1 Potent Pleasures 1999 Description / Buy
2 Midnight Pleasures 2000 Description / Buy
3 Enchanting Pleasures 2002 Description / Buy

Order of Wildes Of Lindow Castle Series

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1 Wilde in Love 2017 Description / Buy
2 Too Wilde to Wed 2018 Description / Buy
3 Born to Be Wilde 2018 Description / Buy
4 Say No to the Duke 2019 Description / Buy
5 Say Yes to the Duke 2020 Description / Buy
6 My Last Duchess 2020 Description / Buy
7 Wilde Child 2021 Description / Buy

Order of Would-Be Wallflowers Series

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1 How to Be a Wallflower 2022 Description / Buy
2 The Reluctant Countess 2022 Description / Buy

Order of Eloisa James Standalone Novels

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1 My American Duchess 2015 Description / Buy

Order of Eloisa James Short Stories/Novellas

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1 To Wed a Rake (Short Story) 2005 Description / Buy

Order of Eloisa James Short Story Collections

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1 Talk of the Ton 2005 Description / Buy
2 As You Wish 2013 Description / Buy
3 Midsummer Delights (Short Story) 2018 Description / Buy

Order of Eloisa James Non-Fiction Books

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1 Paris in Love 2012 Description / Buy

Eloisa James Anthologies

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1 The One That Got Away 2004 Description / Buy
2 It Happened One Valentine's Day: An Avon Romance Valentine's Day Sampler 2013 Description / Buy
3 Mistletoe Christmas 2021 Description / Buy
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It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that writing runs in Eloisa’s blood. Her father was an award-winning poet. On the other hand, Carol Bly wrote short stories. In fact, Carol used her daughter for inspiration when she wrote ‘The Maternity Wing, Madison, Minnesota.’

Her godfather (James Wright) was even more awe-inspiring. Wright wrote a poem for Eloisa, which he included in ‘Collected Poems.’ The volume won a Pulitzer Prize. Eloisa grew up reading.

She did not have a choice in the matter. Her household did not have a television. Instead, her family had amassed a sizable collection of books. Eloisa’s father was always reading to his children, introducing their young minds to literary classics.

These stories sparked the author’s imagination. She started producing plays with her siblings and charging adults a fee to witness the results of her hard work. Her fascination with romance at that time was difficult to ignore.

She blames the obsession on Georgette Heyer. Eloisa couldn’t get enough of her work. And even though Robert wanted her to read the classics, he permitted Eloisa to consume one romance novel a week.

Eloisa, who attended Havard, Oxford, and Yale University, started writing romance during her stint at the University of Virginia. She already had one child, and her husband was hesitant to add a second one.

He wanted the couple to clear their student loans before expanding their family. The author responded by following in her parent’s footsteps. She wrote a story and made a submission to a publisher.

The advance she made cleared her student loans. However, despite her success, she was a little hesitant to pursue publishing. The author was an untenured professor. She wanted to keep her academic work separate from the romance novels she wrote.

This is where the ‘Eloisa James’ pen name emerged. She used the name to write multiple bestsellers. Eloisa was so determined to keep her publishing career a secret that she would ditch her glasses in favor of contacts whenever she attended functions under her pseudonym.

However, by the mid-2000s, Eloisa had decided to reveal her second career to her friends. The author realized that she kept her second career a secret because she was ashamed of her romance novels.

She rejected that attitude, walked into a faculty meeting at her university, and shared copies of her books with every professor at the gathering. She also defended the romance genre in an article in The New York Times.

Eloisa’s father, stepmother, and mother are proud of her publishing success. They support her decision to write romance novels. Carol went so far as to create a crossword puzzle for the author’s website.

When she died from ovarian cancer, Eloisa worked with her publisher to support a program that raised awareness about the illness.

Eloisa James Awards

Eloisa has won RT Reviewers Choice and Romance Readers Anonymous Awards.

Best Eloisa James Books

The author is married to an Italian knight (Alessandro Vettori). They have a son and daughter. Eloisa James’ best books include:

When Beauty Tamed The Beast: Linnet Berry Thrynne was a different kind of beauty. Some women were lovely. But Linnett was blessed with equally impressive wit and charm. She had brought princes to their knees, and in her esteem, Piers Yelverton would succumb to her wiles just as quickly.

People said the Earl of Marchant was immune to the seductive ways of women. They also spoke of his bad temper. But Linnet was confident she could bring him to his knees within weeks. She had no idea what awaited her.

A Kiss At Midnight: Kate Daltry was too old to believe in love or fairy tales. Gabriel proved her right when he appeared at a ball Kate’s mother forced her to attend. The pair couldn’t stop clashing with one another.

However, neither Kate nor Gabriel could ignore their attraction for each other. The only problem was Gabriel’s fiancee. Gabriel was already betrothed, and even though he liked his fiance, he was more interested in wooing the impoverished beauty he met at the ball.

This left him in a difficult position. Could he abandon everything he wanted for a chance at true love?

When Does The Next Eloisa James book come out?

Eloisa James doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The Reluctant Countess and was released on November, 29th 2022. It is the newest book in the Would-Be Wallflowers Series.

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