Duke of Deception (Wentworth Trilogy, Book 1) by Stephie Smith

By Stephie Smith

Winner of the Virginia Romance Writers of the USA Holt Medallion Award of advantage, Romance Writers of America's Gulf Coast Silken Sands Readers' selection big name Award, and Heartland Romance Writers of the US express Me The Spark Award. Voted one of many best 10 ancient Romances for 2013 via readers within the RomCon Readers' Crown Awards.

A determined younger lady ... woman Louisa Barrick will do whatever to avoid wasting her property and the village that will depend on it, but if she attempts to take advantage of a rakish privateer in her scheme, issues don't prove as deliberate.

A duke masquerading as a privateer ... Jonathan Derek Wentworth has a scheme of his personal: to trace down the ton-based smuggling gang chargeable for his father's loss of life. whilst he's stuck in a compromising state of affairs with girl Louisa, he makes a decision it's higher to marry her than to threat being ostracized via the London society whose invites are very important to his plan. yet Louisa refuses to marry him, until he meets her phrases, one in every of that's a month-long reprieve from consummation.

Intent on seduction, Derek doesn't expect his unforeseen jealousy wreaking havoc along with his feelings, his marriage, and his masquerade. Lucy, nonetheless grieving the dying of her father, desires desperately to prevent one other heartbreak, yet fears she can have schemed herself right into a marriage with the single guy destined to wreck her center: a guy who isn't what he turns out, who evidently can't be depended on, and who would certainly depart her the 1st likelihood he will get.

This is a full-length novel of 106,000 words...290 pp in a 6x9 exchange paperback (which equals nearly 420 pp in mass industry size).

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Why else would she flee in terror from a simple kiss? Her knees gave out. Sliding to the ground, she let her tears fall faster— not gusty sobs this time, but silent, hopeless sorrow. Jack had gotten his test. She'd failed it. There was no point in going back to apologize. He would be gone by now, never to return. Pain increased her tears. It would have been better if she had never seen him again. Before his arrival she had convinced herself that she was merely cursed with a callous guardian. Now she had to accept that she was flawed.

Sliding to the ground, she let her tears fall faster— not gusty sobs this time, but silent, hopeless sorrow. Jack had gotten his test. She'd failed it. There was no point in going back to apologize. He would be gone by now, never to return. Pain increased her tears. It would have been better if she had never seen him again. Before his arrival she had convinced herself that she was merely cursed with a callous guardian. Now she had to accept that she was flawed. She would never be normal again. Yet memories of this month would make settling for her usual activities difficult.

She demanded crossly. "Until Halworth is under my control, I can't leave. " You can start by sending Jack an apology. Describe your cowardice as a setback, then beg for another chance. A soldier should know that no campaign is easy. Twelve years of weakness cannot be overcome in a single month. " Send it with Hastings, of course. Must I think of everything? You know Hastings would walk on water if it would make you happy. He never approved of your solitude. And though he might question the propriety of meeting Jack alone, he would welcome the acquaintance of so honorable a man.

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