Pdf ebook: Would I Lie to the Duke

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Summary: When an ambitious entrepreneur pretends to be a lady of means, she catches the eye—and heart—of a duke... Jessica McGale’s family business desperatel

  • Author : N.a
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN: 0062932438
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 368
  • Language: English
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Description: When an ambitious entrepreneur pretends to be a lady of means, she catches the eye—and heart—of a duke... Jessica McGale’s family business desperately needs investors and she’s determined to succeed at any cost. But she knows London’s elite will never look twice at a humble farm girl like herself. Posing as “Lady Whitfield,” however, places her in the orbit of wealthy, powerful people—most notably the Duke of Rotherby. His influence and support could save her company, but Jess never expected the effect he’d have on her. Society thinks Noel is a notorious, carefree duke who dabbles in investments, but there’s a side to him that only his closest friends see. When he crosses paths with Lady Whitfield at a business bazaar, his world tilts on its axis. She’s brilliant and compelling, and brings him to his knees like no woman has before. Trust is difficult for Noel, but Jess makes him believe anything is possible. . . As time ticks down on her Cinderella scheme, the thought of achieving her goal at Noel’s expense breaks Jess’s heart. He doesn’t just want her now, he wants her forever. But will her secret end their future before it begins? Meet the Union of the Rakes—Eva Leigh's latest Regency romance series inspired by the Breakfast Club and other classic 80s films!


Pdf ebook: The Blue Pistol

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Summary: "The Blue Pistol" and his allies use guns and magic to fight the Slavers Guild, the ruling power of the Settled Domains. They also use terror, deception, t

  • Author : Robert Collins
  • Publisher: Robert Collins
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  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: N.A
  • Language: English
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Description: "The Blue Pistol" and his allies use guns and magic to fight the Slavers Guild, the ruling power of the Settled Domains. They also use terror, deception, truth, and knowledge in their fight against slavery. This ebook combines the six novels that make up the series into a single digital compilation volume.


Pdf ebook: The Journey of Princess Anna

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Summary: Princess Anna takes an interest in fighting at an early age. She grows up to become a skilled and renowned warrior. But there’s little place in her kingd

  • Author : Robert Collins
  • Publisher: Robert Collins
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  • Genre: Fiction
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  • Language: English
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Description: Princess Anna takes an interest in fighting at an early age. She grows up to become a skilled and renowned warrior. But there’s little place in her kingdom for her, seeing as she’s also the youngest of three children. She chooses to leave her kingdom and explore the surrounding region. She hopes to learn more to benefit her father the King and her brother, the Prince and heir to the throne. Anna quickly finds war, injustice, and slavery. She refuses to let good folk suffer at the hands of bad rulers. She vows to fight for what is right, even if she must side with outlaws and common villagers. She also finds her affections challenged in a most unexpected way. Princess Anna journeys not only away from home but away from the life she was certain she’d lead…


Pdf ebook: William Shakespeare: The Complete Works

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Summary: The second Oxford edition of Shakespeare's Complete Works reconsiders every detail of their text and presentation in the light of modern scholarship. The n

  • Author : William Shakespeare
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • ISBN: 0191608394
  • Genre: Drama
  • Number of Pages: 1424
  • Language: English
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Description: The second Oxford edition of Shakespeare's Complete Works reconsiders every detail of their text and presentation in the light of modern scholarship. The nature and authority of the early documents are re-examined, and the canon and chronological order of composition freshly established. Spelling and punctuation are modernized, and there is a brief introduction to each work, as well as an illuminating and informative General Introduction. Included here for the first time is the play The Reign of King Edward the Third as well as the full text of Sir Thomas More. This new edition also features an essay on Shakespeare's language by David Crystal, and a bibliography of foundational works.


Pdf ebook: Not the Duke's Darling

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Summary: From the New York Times bestselling author of the Maiden Lane series comes the first book in a new series that "marries her irresistibly witty writing styl

  • Author : Elizabeth Hoyt
  • Publisher: Forever
  • ISBN: 1538763532
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 496
  • Language: English
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Description: From the New York Times bestselling author of the Maiden Lane series comes the first book in a new series that "marries her irresistibly witty writing style with an intrigue-steeped plot,"(Booklist) perfect for fans of Tessa Dare and Eloisa James. Freya de Moray is many things: a member of the secret order of Wise Women, the daughter of disgraced nobility, and a chaperone living under an assumed name. What she is not is forgiving. So when the Duke of Harlowe, the man who destroyed her brother and led to the downfall of her family, appears at the country house party she's attending, she does what any Wise Woman would do: she starts planning her revenge. Christopher Renshaw, the Duke of Harlowe, is being blackmailed. Intent on keeping his secrets safe, he agrees to attend a house party where he will put an end to this coercion once and for all. Until he recognizes Freya, masquerading among the party revelers, and realizes his troubles have just begun. Freya knows all about his sins-sins he'd much rather forget. But she's also fiery, bold, and sensuous-a temptation he can't resist. When it becomes clear Freya is in grave danger, he'll risk everything to keep her safe. But first, he will have to earn Freya's trust...by whatever means necessary. Features the bonus novella Patience for Christmas from New York Times bestselling author Grace Burrowes!


Pdf ebook: The Duke's Disaster

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Summary: "Exquisitely crafted, intensely memorable romance."—Library Journal, STARRED Review Between his high-handedness and her pride, what could possibly go wro

  • Author : Grace Burrowes
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
  • ISBN: 149260531X
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 312
  • Language: English
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Description: "Exquisitely crafted, intensely memorable romance."—Library Journal, STARRED Review Between his high-handedness and her pride, what could possibly go wrong? Noah Winters, Duke of Anselm, proposes to prim Lady Thea Collins because he refuses to waste time on courtship nonsense and Lady Thea should make a good, obedient duchess. Noah prides himself on his practicality, so he's dismayed when his engagement to Lady Thea embroils him in nothing but trouble. Is he courting a duchess of convenience or a ducal disaster? Lady Thea has fallen on hard times, and accepts His Grace's proposal because he shows every indication of being a distant and manageable husband. When the duke intrudes into every aspect of Thea's life, and adds humor, tenderness and passionate kisses to their bargain, Thea must take His Grace firmly in hand. Regency Romances from Grace Burrowes: The Heir (The Windhams: The Duke's Obsession, Book 1) Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish (The Windhams: The Duke's Daughters, Book 1) The Captive Duke (Captive Hearts, Book 1) Additional Praise for The Duke's Disaster: "I fell head-over-heels-in-love with this book, the characters, the plot...I think it's one of the best romances for years to come!"—Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick!


Pdf ebook: The Helmet of Navarre

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Summary: The Helmet of Navarre is a historical novel by American writer Bertha Runkle published in 1901. It first appeared in serial form in the magazine The Centur

  • Author : Runkle B.
  • Publisher: Aegitas
  • ISBN: 1772469947
  • Genre: History
  • Number of Pages: 278
  • Language: English
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Description: The Helmet of Navarre is a historical novel by American writer Bertha Runkle published in 1901. It first appeared in serial form in the magazine The Century Magazine in 1900. Later, she adapted the novel for the stage. "The book came out with a great shouting, a banging of drums, blaring of trumpets, and tons of advertising, and it was not a book that one could easily ignore, for great black letters heralding its power, its beauty, and its great worth stared at one from the pages of every newspaper and magazine. In fact, a line in large letters upon the paper wrapper of the very book itself, quoted a contemporary to the effect that "any writer of any age might rejoice in its equal." For this reason many read it who would not have otherwise done so, and the effect, on the whole, was very agreeable."


Pdf ebook: When You Give a Duke a Diamond

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Summary: He had had a perfectly orderly life...until she came along William, the sixth Duke of Pelham, enjoys his punctual. securely structured life. Orderly and pr

  • Author : Shana Galen
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
  • ISBN: 1402269749
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 384
  • Language: English
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Description: He had had a perfectly orderly life...until she came along William, the sixth Duke of Pelham, enjoys his punctual. securely structured life. Orderly and predictable-that's the way he likes it. But he's in the public eye, and the scandal sheets will make up anything to sell papers. When the gossips link him to Juliette, one of the most beautiful and celebrated courtesans in London, chaos doesn't begin to describe what happens next. Juliette is nicknamed the Duchess of Dalliance, and has the cream of the nobility at her beck and call. It's seriously disruptive to have the duke who's the biggest catch on the Marriage Mart scaring her other suitors away. Then she discovers William's darkest secret and decides what he needs in his life is the kind of excitement only she can provide. The first in a sparkling Regency romance trilogy from acclaimed author Shana Galen following a glittering trio of celebrated courtesans whose fortunes depend on the ton believing the rumors about their mysterious lives. Celebrate the 80th birthday of Regency Romance with great books from Sourcebooks Casablanca! Jewels of a Ton Trilogy: When You Give a Duke a Diamond (Book 1) If You Give a Rake a Ruby (Book 2) Sapphires Are an Earl's Best Friend (Book 3) Praise for Shana Galen: "BRILLIANT AND SEXY! Once you start a Shana Galen book, you won't put it down until you reach the end." -Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked in Your Arms "Her engaging characters and strong plotline enhance the spirited dialogue and sense of adventure." -RT Book Reviews


Pdf ebook: Arden Shakespeare Third Series Complete Works

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Summary: This new Complete Works marks the completion of the Arden Shakespeare Third Series and includes the complete plays, poems and sonnets, edited by leading in

  • Author : Ann Thompson,David Scott Kastan,H. R. Woudhuysen,Richard Proudfoot
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1474296408
  • Genre: Drama
  • Number of Pages: 1512
  • Language: English
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Description: This new Complete Works marks the completion of the Arden Shakespeare Third Series and includes the complete plays, poems and sonnets, edited by leading international scholars. New to this edition are the 'apocryphal' plays, part-written by Shakespeare: Double Falsehood, Sir Thomas More and King Edward III. The anthology is unique in giving all three extant texts of Hamlet from Shakespeare's time: the first and second Quarto texts of 1603 and 1604-5, and the first Folio text of 1623. With a simple alphabetical arrangement the Complete Works are easy to navigate, and the reader's understanding and enjoyment are enhanced by the general introduction, short individual introductions to each text, a glossary and a bibliography. This handsome volume is ideal for readers keen to explore Shakespeare's work and for anyone building their literary library.


Pdf ebook: The Duke's Children

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Summary: 'I do not know that one ought to be surprised at anything.' The Duke of Omnium is overwhelmed by the death of his vivacious wife, Lady Glencora. Once the B

  • Author : Anthony Trollope
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • ISBN: 0191620475
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 576
  • Language: English
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Description: 'I do not know that one ought to be surprised at anything.' The Duke of Omnium is overwhelmed by the death of his vivacious wife, Lady Glencora. Once the British Prime Minister, he is now in sole charge of his three wilful children. Lord Gerald has been sent down from University; Lord Silverbridge has defected from the Liberal cause of his father's party to the Conservative, and is badly in debt; Lady Mary has fallen in love with Frank Tregear, a commoner with a will of iron but no money. The Duke, troubled and without easy relationships with any of his children, tries to impose his own will. But the result seems to move the novel towards calamity. Searching the great topics of compromise and principle, of obedience and dissent, of personal integrity and the conflicts between generations, The Duke's Children is a domestic story with far-reaching political issues at stake. It is a fitting end to the Palliser series, one of the most remarkable achievements of British fiction. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.


Pdf ebook: The Truth About Cads and Dukes

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Summary: When a wager goes wrong… Painfully shy Jane Huxley is the furthest thing from a diamond of the first water. Bookish, bespectacled, and, well, plain, she

  • Author : Elisa Braden
  • Publisher: Elisa Braden
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  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: N.A
  • Language: English
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Description: When a wager goes wrong… Painfully shy Jane Huxley is the furthest thing from a diamond of the first water. Bookish, bespectacled, and, well, plain, she never expected to befriend a dissolute charmer like Colin Lacey, much less agree to help him retrieve a lost family heirloom. Fortunately, he is nothing like his cold, rigid older brother. Unfortunately, he is not above deception if it means winning a wager. And that puts Jane in a most precarious position. A formidable duke will marry a plain Jane… For Harrison Lacey, the Duke of Blackmore, protecting his family honor is not a choice, it is a necessity. So, when his cad of a brother humiliates the unwitting Lady Jane, Harrison must make it right, even if it means marrying the chit himself. And a marriage of convenience will become so much more… Her reputation hanging by a thread, Jane agrees to wed the arrogant Duke of Blackmore, although she’s convinced it will result in frostbite. Only after lingering glances lead to devastating kisses does she begin to suspect the truth: Perhaps—just perhaps—her duke is not as cold as he appears.


Pdf ebook: Rufus Drake: Duke of Wickedness

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Summary: A tantalizing bargain… When innocent Anna Bishop finds herself in a compromising position, the only person who can save her is Rufus Drake, notorious rog

  • Author : Carole Mortimer
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • ISBN: 1460385969
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: N.A
  • Language: English
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Description: A tantalizing bargain… When innocent Anna Bishop finds herself in a compromising position, the only person who can save her is Rufus Drake, notorious rogue, new Duke of Northamptonshire and the man upon whose lands she's trespassing! But the duke's help comes with conditions… The deal: a single kiss in exchange for his assistance. The complication: that one kiss unleashes an insatiable desire and, suddenly, a single taste can never be enough…for Rufus or for Anna! Dangerous Dukes Rakes about town


Pdf ebook: Shadowforged

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Summary: With Catwin’s help, Miriel has captured the heart of the King, but their victory has come at a cost: the suspicion and enmity of the Duke, and the unrele

  • Author : Moira Katson
  • Publisher: Phix Publishing
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  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: N.A
  • Language: English
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Description: With Catwin’s help, Miriel has captured the heart of the King, but their victory has come at a cost: the suspicion and enmity of the Duke, and the unrelenting hatred of the Court. As they recover from the attempt on their lives, the two form a fragile alliance, promising that their first loyalty is to each other, and that their one goal is to survive. But to survive, Catwin and Miriel need power, and the search for power of their own draws them ever further into the Court and inexorably closer to the throne. Enemies surround them, ruthless and vengeful, and the only way forward is a dark path that threatens to sever them from themselves. For it is not only enemies that are a danger to Light and Shadow now, but the weakness of their own hearts. As she protects them both, Catwin struggles against her love for Temar, the Duke’s assassin; to capture the King’s heart, Miriel must forget both her love for Wilhelm, and her passionate belief in the populist uprising. A reckoning is coming, a betrayal that has been in the making for decades, and if they are to survive, both Catwin and Miriel must be prepared to give up everything they hold dear.


Pdf ebook: The Duke's Daughter

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Summary: The duke’s daughter, Lady Arianna Kent, is betrothed to a man she has never met. In willful defiance of her father, she boards a ship bound for America,

  • Author : Michelle Christine
  • Publisher: Page Publishing Inc
  • ISBN: 1640825886
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 610
  • Language: English
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Description: The duke’s daughter, Lady Arianna Kent, is betrothed to a man she has never met. In willful defiance of her father, she boards a ship bound for America, determined to live her life on her own terms. She never dreamed her own terms would include marauding pirates, her own kidnapping, and a handsome sea captain who would attempt her rescue. Derek Drake, captain of the Green-Eyed Lady, sails the seas, determined to find the man who murdered his fiancée. Making his living carry


Pdf ebook: The Duke's Secret Heir

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Summary: "This, madam, changes everything." Years ago, in the Egyptian desert, Ellen Tatham fell wildly in love and exchanged vows with Max Colnebrooke. But, when m

  • Author : Sarah Mallory
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • ISBN: 1488021139
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 288
  • Language: English
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Description: "This, madam, changes everything." Years ago, in the Egyptian desert, Ellen Tatham fell wildly in love and exchanged vows with Max Colnebrooke. But, when made to believe Max could not be trusted, she fled… Now, Max is back in England to take up the reins as Duke of Rossenhall. And when he spies Ellen at a ball, the sparks are hard to contain! Little does Max know, though, that Ellen has a secret… And soon, he must learn to embrace an unexpected heir, and an unexpected—and disconcertingly defiant—duchess!


Pdf ebook: Forbidden to Love the Duke

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Summary: Hailed for her “wicked wit and exquisite sensuality” (Booklist), Jillian Hunter, the New York Times bestselling author of the Boscastle Affairs novels

  • Author : Jillian Hunter
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 0698158059
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 352
  • Language: English
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Description: Hailed for her “wicked wit and exquisite sensuality” (Booklist), Jillian Hunter, the New York Times bestselling author of the Boscastle Affairs novels and the Bridal Pleasures novels returns with the Fenwick Sisters Affairs, her ravishing new series of four sisters bound by fortune, romance, and scandal.... Lady Ivy Fenwick is desperate. Since her father’s fatal duel, she and her sisters have sold off every valuable possession to make ends meet. With the manor stripped bare, Ivy has one last resort: Apply as governess to the Duke of Ellsworth’s wards. James should have known better than to hire the desirable lady who had fallen on hard times—and who tempts him at every turn. As her employer, he tries valiantly to remain noble and not let a kiss they shared as strangers years ago entice him. Yet the more he learns of Ivy’s secrets, the more he wants her. And when another suitor proves aggressive, James is confronted with a challenge: Surrender Ivy or fight for the woman he’s come to love against all odds, knowing that it takes a scoundrel to trump a scoundrel.


Pdf ebook: Martin Hyde, the Duke's Messenger

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Summary: "Martin Hyde, the Duke's Messenger" by John Masefield. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. F

  • Author : John Masefield
  • Publisher: Good Press
  • ISBN:
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 242
  • Language: English
  • Views: 317
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Description: "Martin Hyde, the Duke's Messenger" by John Masefield. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.


Pdf ebook: The Duke's Unexpected Bride

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Summary: From country miss…to London duchess! Sophie Trevelyan has been enjoying her visit to London, even if her closest companion is an overweight pug! Then she

  • Author : Lara Temple
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • ISBN: 1488021384
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 288
  • Language: English
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Description: From country miss…to London duchess! Sophie Trevelyan has been enjoying her visit to London, even if her closest companion is an overweight pug! Then she encounters the dashing Duke of Harcourt, who intrigues her more than is strictly proper… Max knows he must marry. He's looking for the opposite of his high-spirited fiancée, who died some years ago, so he tries to keep his distance from bubbly Sophie. But when her life is endangered, Max feels compelled to rescue her…with a very unexpected proposal!


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Summary: The Duke of Ransley despairs of getting his ward safely launched. She'll be lucky to make it through her first Season without permanently blotting her copy

  • Author : Colleen Ladd
  • Publisher: Ravensgate Books
  • ISBN: 1941881025
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 225
  • Language: English
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Description: The Duke of Ransley despairs of getting his ward safely launched. She'll be lucky to make it through her first Season without permanently blotting her copybook. He’s somehow managed to raise a perfect hoyden, and fixing that will take some doing. The last thing he needs is the help of some marriage-mad woman using his ward to get close to him. Althea Ravenshaw has neither the need nor the desire to marry, especially not a man so blind that he’s failed to notice his ward’s run absolutely wild. Her heart goes out to Ransley’s ward, saddled with a fire-breathing dragon of a guardian, and she can’t help trying to keep the girl out of trouble. Someone has to, for Ransley clearly isn’t equal to the task.


Pdf ebook: The Duke's Promised Bride

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Summary: Fifteen years ago, a marriage of convenience was arranged between Quentin D'Arby and Vanessa Graham by their respective grandfathers. The union would unite

  • Author : Anne Marie Novark
  • Publisher: Anne Marie Novark Books
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  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 66
  • Language: English
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Description: Fifteen years ago, a marriage of convenience was arranged between Quentin D'Arby and Vanessa Graham by their respective grandfathers. The union would unite the vast wealth and landholdings of the Graham Heiress and the Duke of Straithe. From a very early age, Vanessa has been trained and educated to be the duchess. Now, as the wedding day fast approaches, she discovers she wants more than a marriage of convenience. Can she break through the barriers guarding the duke's impenetrable heart? Will she ever be able to win his love? EXCERPT: The duke approached the pianoforte and gave a little bow to Vanessa. "Please, be seated," he said, indicating the stool she'd just vacated. He searched through the stack of sheet music and handed her one. "Are you familiar with this piece?" Vanessa sat down and nodded. Speech was impossible; the duke was standing extremely close, and she could feel the warmth of his big body. Her own body tingled in response. How was she ever going to accompany him on the piano without disgracing herself? "Excellent." His arm brushed her shoulder when he reached over and arranged the sheet of music in front of her. Tiny slivers of awareness shot through her bloodstream, making it difficult to breathe. "Are you ready?" The deep voice washed over her like a caress. Straithe gripped her shoulder, and she felt the hot imprint of his fingers through her thin muslin dress. He stayed but a moment, his touch lingering before moving away to stand at the side of the pianoforte. Vanessa pressed her hands to her burning cheeks and tried to catch her breath. Goodness! What in the world was the matter with her? They were only going to perform together to entertain their grandparents. Vanessa scanned the music she was about to play, then glanced at the duke for the sign to begin. He inclined his head, and she plunged into the introduction. As she ran her fingers over the keys, she speedily overcame her fidgets. Losing herself in the music, Vanessa listened as Straithe sang the old love ballad. How easy it would be to pretend the words were meant for her. She peeked at the duke and her eyes collided with his. He held her spellbound, and when he smiled, Vanessa blushed. For that one fleeting moment, she thought that maybe he was singing to her after all. A warm feeling floated through her as she broke eye contact. When her fingers stumbled over several chords, she heard her grandfather harrumph in disapproval. Straithe slowly turned her way, inclined his head ever so slightly and smiled again, all the while continuing to sing. Was the duke offering her encouragement? Could his heart be thawing toward her just a little? KEYWORDS: alpha male, marriage of convenience, virgin, Regency romance, London Season