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A Duke of Her Own (Desperate Duchesses, Book 6) by Eloisa James

By Eloisa James

A duke needs to opt for correctly . . .

Leopold Dautry, the infamous Duke of Villiers, needs to wed quick and nobly—and his offerings, sadly, are few. The Duke of Montague's daughter, Eleanor, is exquisitely appealing and fiercely clever. Villiers betroths himself to her with out additional ado.

After all, no different girl quite qualifies. Lisette, the outspoken daughter of the Duke of Gilner, cares not anything for garments or decorum. She's engaged to a different guy, and doesn't supply a fig for prestige or name. part the ton believes Lisette mad—and Villiers is vulnerable to agree.

Torn among good judgment and keenness, among intelligence and mind's eye, Villiers unearths himself attracted to the very fringe of impropriety. however it isn't until eventually he's in a duel to the demise, battling for the popularity of the girl he loves, that Villiers ultimately realizes that the best possibility is probably not within the dueling box . . .

But within the bed room. And the guts.

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Sarah laughed, her voice deep and throaty, and started to take John’s arm, but the managed to slip away. ” Sarah stepped into their path. ” Her lower lip pulled out in a pout, but there was a hint of warning in her voice. “You just arrived, John. ” She lifted her eyes to Peterson. “My John has been hard to domesticate. ” Peterson murmured gallantly, lifting Sarah’s hand to his lips. 34 / Cathy Maxwell John rolled his eyes while Sarah basked in the glory of a new conquest. ” she asked, lightly touching one of the gold tassels decorating the chest of Peterson’s uniform.

Peterson laughed. “It has ever been that way, Lady Ramsgate. In Spain, the other officers and I used John and his handsome face to shamelessly attract women. ” The laughter in Peterson’s eyes vanished. “I was. ” John shared his friend’s sorrow. Liana Peterson had been his only female friend, the first woman he’d trusted. In fact, she’d died in childbirth in his arms. Peterson had been away on special duty at the time. It had fallen on John’s shoulders to sit beside her, praying for a miracle that had never come.

Conscious that all eyes in the room had turned to stare at him, John calmly nodded to Sarah and Peterson. ” As Sarah’s guests stepped aside to clear a path, John walked out into the hallway. Sir Everett Carpenter, an older man, stood weaving unsteadily near the front door. Titus had his hand on the man’s arm, as if he were prepared to physically eject him from the house. The party guests gathered around the dining room and drawing room doorways, avidly watching the confrontation. ” John asked, nodding for Titus to take a step back.

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