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A Duke is Never Enough by Darcy Burke
A Governess for the Brooding Duke
Bridget Barton - 2017
But when her attorney tells her that the family home must be sold to pay the debts, leaving her penniless and without a home, her only choice is to become a governess.In no time at all, Georgette finds herself in the grand mansion of the Duke of Draycott, teaching his delightful, orphaned nieces. But, the more time Georgette spends with the little girls, the more she realizes they are missing their home and life in Wales, not to mention their own language. Georgette must find a way to convince the Duke to take an interest in the girls’ lives, and she must also find a way to keep their native language alive despite his determined instructions to the contrary.As the tragic tale of the Duke’s sister and her forbidden love unfolds, Georgette must struggle with the deprivations of her lowered status, not to mention the spiteful plots and schemes of a jealous housekeeper and nurse. As her loneliness threatens to overwhelm her, Georgette must find a way put the splintered family back together, even as she battles her own feelings of love for the handsome, taciturn Duke. "A Governess for the Brooding Duke" is a historical romance novel of approximately 80,000 words. No cheating, no cliffhangers, and a guaranteed happily ever after.
A Little Mischief
Amelia Grey - 2003
Still, Daniel, Earl of Colebrooke is outraged that his marriageable sister, Gretchen, has joined such a resigned group of spinsters. Then he gets to know the fetching Miss Winslowe --- hardly a spinster and anything but resigned.A LITTLE MIX-UP ...As attraction blossoms, so does a predicament that could be disastrous for their romance. Gretchen's been discovered in Miss Winslowe's garden with a stone cupid in her hand and a man lying dead at her feet. Certainly Daniel's sister never intended to kill London's most eligible bachelor!A LITTLE SCANDAL ...It's up to Daniel to protect the family name and to keep the unfortunate accident a secret. But when the body disappears, they're all left to wonder just what in the ton is going on --- and where in the name of love could it possibly be headed?
The Way the Wallflower Wed
Eva Devon - 2020
The rakes, rogues, and dukes won't know what's hit them...Lady Pippa Post is one of London's most woeful wallflowers. With a father who has lost it all and an intellect as sharp as a cutlass, she's firmly on the shelf.But Pippa has no desire to retire to a wilting life in the country, even if she adores learning dead languages and pouring over ancient tomes. So, when a position opens, curating the Earl of Roxly's ever growing Egyptian collection, she knows exactly what must be done. But she doesn't expect that Roxly's rugged demeanor and wicked wit will entice her into a game of passion.Lord David Drake, Earl of Roxly, has no time for shrinking violets. He has no time for Londoners at all! He's a man of power, passion, and purpose. In but a short time, he is determined to leave English shores behind and return to the Nile he loves so well... But when a waspish wallflower shows up, determined to take care of his artifacts, he's intrigued and shocked to find that she is a mystery to be discovered... And adventurer that he is, there's nothing Roxly loves more than a mystery.Will Pippa shrink from a chance at love with this wild brute of a lord... or will the wallflower wed?
How to Enjoy a Scandal
Adrienne Basso - 2007
Now it's Jason's turn to try his hand at redemption by posing as his brother to investigate improprieties at one of the family estates. What he doesn't count on is the amorous attention of every eligible young lady in York. When one of them slips into his bed, Jason finds himself face-to-face with her sister...and falling madly in love with her. Smart, strong, and somewhat mysterious, Gwendolyn Ellingham brings out the best in Jason—as well as his most wicked desires.Equals Sweet Seduction...Rumors may have ruined Gwendolyn's social standing, but she has no intention of letting her sisters fall to the same fate. With one throwing herself at Viscount Fairhurst and the other unknowingly entangled in the estate's intrigues, Gwendolyn has no choice but to stay close to Jason and try to distract him from the truth. As sober and thoughtful as the gentleman appears, Gwendolyn senses a fire that blazes hotter whenever they're together—a fire that ignites her own longings in ways she never imagined. Jason is the one man who could tempt her to earn her scandalous reputation...and make her surrender to an all-consuming passion.
The Obscure Duchess of Godwin Hall
Hanna Hamilton - 2018
Not only does she see him as a friend but she is also madly in love with his brother Andrew who, torn between duty and the strongest feelings of love for his dazzling friend Rebecca, watches his life quickly fall apart. But when an unexpected tragedy hits Godwin Hall and all intentions are being questioned, the manor’s inhabitants will have to face a vicious murderer on the loose and a secret that drives them all into darker realms. *The Obscure Duchess of Godwin Hall is a historical Regency romance novel of 80,000 words (around 400 pages). No cheating, no cliffhangers, and a sweet happily ever after. Get this book for free with Kindle Unlimited!
Debra Dier - 1998
Devil’s Honor is set during the Regency period in England.This edition includes minor revisions to characters and plot while maintaining the original story. Devil’s Honor is the second book in the Beyond the First Blush series.Justin Trevelyan, the new Duke of Marlow, has everything a woman could want. Yet match-making mamas hide their daughters whenever he steps into a ballroom. They call him Devil Trevelyan—an arrogant beast of a man, a notorious libertine who has raised debauchery to an art form. No one sees the ugly scars hidden beneath his handsome face and reckless spirit. Isabel Darracott is determined to convince her negligent guardian to provide for her two younger sisters. Instead of the middle-aged gentleman she expected to find in London, she tangles with a half-clad barbarian intent on ravishing her. When she realizes the horrible truth, she insists Justin appoint an appropriate guardian.Astonished by his estranged father’s will, Justin abhors the idea of guardianship to this impertinent spinster and her two sisters. Yet, Isabel has tossed the gauntlet. She challenges him, defies him, captivates him with her gentle beauty and strong spirit. As they untangle an ancient mystery and investigate the murders of her father and brother, Justin realizes he must prove his honor to earn a chance for this angel to redeem his soul.Devil's Honor is a wonderful read with beautiful characterizations. Fabulous job, Ms. Dier! Ms. Dier's characterizations give Devil's Honor a romantic zing! Once again, Ms. Dier does not disappoint. Her heroes are simply dashing! Get out the drool buckets ladies, Ms. Dier's men will make you salivate! Roguish scamps, spunky women, and endearing secondary characters are trademark Debra Dier, and this book is full of them! Gloria Lower— Copyright © Literary Times, Inc. All rights reserved — From Literary Times“Debra Dier will keep you turning the pages in this entertaining, fast paced tale…It both charms and delights with a little mystery, passion and even a bit of humor.” —RT ReviewsVisit debradier.com to read the first four chapters of the book.
Kathleen Ayers - 2013
Her uncle is determined. He’s threatened to sell Helmsby Abbey, the only home Alexandra has ever known, and throw the estate’s staff into the streets if he doesn’t get his way. But her uncle has the intelligence of a turnip, surely Alexandra can manage to outwit him and save all she holds dear. After years of living in Macao, Sutton “Satan” Reynolds, the decadent, handsome Marquess of Cambourne, has finally returned to take his place in society. As beautiful as he is wealthy, the ladies of the ton are lining up to be ruined at his hands. He finds them all tedious and boring until he meets the delectable Miss Dunforth. Miss Dunforth seems immune to his charms. In fact, the tart-tongued spinster assures Sutton that she finds him arrogant. Annoying. And lacking in some way. One wicked kiss leads to a scandalous attraction.Determined to save her home, Alexandra has no time to flirt with scandalous rakes, especially one who sports a dragon tattoo and possesses a ridiculous nickname. Lord Cambourne is a distraction Alexandra can ill afford, even after he kisses her. Besides, she’s certain he is only toying with her for his own amusement. After all, notorious rakes don’t desire plain, bookish spinsters from Hampshire.Do they?
Kat Martin - 1997
Born in poverty, Jessica wandered the streets until fate found her a guardian in the aging Marquess of Belmore. Now, it is fate she tempts with her longing for the Marquess's son, the arrogant and handsome Captain Mathew Seaton.Upon his return from the sea, Matthew is forced to confront the sensuous beauty he believes has set her sights on the Belmore title. Though his mind tells him to beware, his blood boils with thoughts of luring her into his bed. To win his love, Jessica will do anything. But when desire flames and the dark shadow of her childhood lengthens, she risks everything she has dreamed of in a dangerous dance of denial.
Dare to Be a Duchess
Sapna Bhog - 2021
She’s his uncle’s ward. They have forever been at war, until one night, one masquerade, and one kiss…Lara Ramsay is no stranger to scandal. As the orphaned daughter of a British colonel and his beloved Indian wife, whispers follow her everywhere. Not even the protection of the formidable Duke of Wolverton, a man she can’t stand, keeps the gossips at bay.The audacious Lara has driven Tristan Wentworth, The Duke of Wolverton, to distraction since the day his uncle took her in—and he’s quite certain doing so is her favorite pastime. After catching her and his younger sister at a salacious masquerade, he’s had enough scandal and issues a marriage ultimatum: find a husband within six months or one will be chosen for her.Unfortunately, no one in the ton appeals to her. Except, perhaps, the duke himself. The battle of wills has only just begun, and when Lara kisses him, their fate is sealed. Sometimes even the most proper duke needs to break the rules to win the heart of the woman he loves…
What an Earl Wants
Kasey Michaels - 2012
He's built his life in London society around one rule: trust no one. So the last thing he wants is to play guardian and role model to a headstrong boy . . . or to engage in a battle of wills with the boy's spirited half sister, who is fighting Gideon for custody. Beautiful and bold, young widow Jessica Linden proves to be a formidable and passionate adversary. But the more they lock horns, the more Gideon realizes he'd prefer to have Jessica on his side . . . and in his arms. Especially now that a new threat—sprung from his father's supposedly defunct secret society—is poised to destroy the Redgraves once and for all.
Duke of Sin
Adele Ashworth - 2004
All's well, until someone threatens to reveal her married status and expose her to scandal—unless she can obtain an original, signed copy of a Shakespearian play, owned by none other than the reclusive and mysterious William Raleigh, Duke of Trent.Vivian is unexpectedly drawn to Raleigh, and, for the price of passion, he ends up joining her quest to catch the blackmailer, a discovery which only leads them to more danger. And although their bond only grows stronger, they soon realise the fruitlessness of their relationship—a married woman of noble background cannot enter into an illicit affair with the Duke of Sin...or can she?
Who Will Take This Man?
Jacquie D'Alessandro - 2003
This was the most anticipated wedding of the Season and would have secured her position. But now the word is out that the groom-to-be is cursed, making him the Most Unmarriageable Man in England. If Meredith is to have any hope of a future, she'll need to help him break this curse and marry him off. Unfortunately, the only woman he now wants is Meredith—the Most Unmarriageable Woman in England!
The Wild Marquis
Miranda Neville - 2010
The ladies of the ton would never allow him in their drawing rooms . . . though some of them have welcomed him into their bedchambers. Ejected from his father’s house at the age of sixteen, he now lives a life of wanton pleasure. So what could the Marquis of Chase possibly want with Juliana Merton, a lovely, perfectly upstanding shopkeeper with a mysterious past?A moment’s indiscretion?A night’s passion?Or a lifetime of love?Even the wildest rakes have their weaknesses . . .
To Lure a Proper Lady
Ashlyn Macnamara - 2016
He’s terribly ill, and Lizzie suspects poison. But when she seeks help from the Bow Street Runners, her request is answered by a rough-hewn rogue known only as Dysart. Though his irreverent charm by turns shocks and captivates her, a man of Dysart’s background is an altogether inappropriate choice for a duke’s daughter—isn’t he?Although Dysart has his reasons to disdain polite society, the promise of supplemental income from a noble’s coffers is too tempting to deny. But if Dysart means to apprehend the culprit who poisoned the duke, he’ll need to avoid any and all distractions—like the delicious swish of Lady Elizabeth’s hips. Yet as the investigation begins to unearth secrets he’d rather remain hidden, Dysart must decide at a moment’s notice whether to hold Elizabeth at arm’s length . . . or pull her dangerously close.
Duchess If You Dare
Anabelle Bryant - 2021
From the glittering ballrooms of the ton to the city's grittiest corners, London has no shortage of wrongs in need of righting—and the Maidens of Mayhem are prepared for the challenge. United by secrecy and sisterhood, these daring women from all walks of life aim to fight injustice wherever it takes them—even into the arms of unexpected love... These Regency Robin Hoods from USA Today bestselling author Anabelle Bryant are destined to storm into readers' hearts!Scarlett Wynn's tragic childhood taught her that life can be cruel to women with little power. So when a local seamstress disappears, Scarlett vows to find out why. Armed with a weapon and her courage, Scarlett scours London for clues—and crosses the unlikely path of Ambrose Cross, the Duke of Aylesford, at an unlikely place: an upscale brothel. The Duke is trying to solve a mystery of his own, and Scarlett is sure they can help each other—if she can resist the attraction that draws them together...As Duke, Ambrose is duty-bound to protect his family name from scandal, no matter the cost. But Scarlett's fearless spirit forces him to look beyond his world of privilege. Scarlett is as intoxicating as she is dangerous, igniting a fire in him like no other. But when the pair learn both mysteries they're trying to solve are tied to a string of missing women, the tangled scheme they uncover may put their lives, and their growing love, in mortal danger—and lead them to search their hearts like never before...