Desperate Duchesses

By Eloisa James

Welcome to an international of reckless sensuality and glittering sophistication . . . of dangerously good-looking gents and younger girls longing to realize a name . . . of video games performed for top stakes, including—on occasion—a lady's virtue.

A marquess's sheltered in basic terms daughter, girl Roberta St. Giles falls in love with a guy she glimpses throughout a crowded ballroom: a duke, a video game participant of consummate ability, a infamous rakehell who exhibits little interest in marriage—until he lays eyes on Roberta.

Yet the Earl of Gryffyn understands too good that the cost required to realize a coronet is frequently too excessive. Damon Reeve, the earl, is decided to guard the beautiful Roberta from chasing after the inaccurate destiny.

Can Damon attract her right into a high-stakes video game of his personal, no matter if his center is perhaps misplaced within the venture?

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She glanced at him from lower than her lashes. His blouse used to be so positive it used to be nearly obvious. He had superbly reduce muscle mass in his shoulders. As she watched he rolled up his sleeves. “Though why I bother,” he muttered. “I don’t feel I’ll have this blouse on my again for much longer. ” Roberta smiled to herself. yet to her vexation, it was once she who started to lose garments subsequent. Damon placed down the spinner he drew previous. She used to be experiencing the main deliciously fuzzy feeling, so instead of lean over, she easily pointed a foot at Damon. “Very small feet,” he acknowledged, retaining her ankle. “And sweetly became ankles. ” He drew off her correct shoe. A second later she misplaced the left one in addition. “I had larger no longer lose any more,” she stated, sitting up instantly. She positioned down a spinner. “It turns out that I’ll need to take off my shirt,” Damon acknowledged. His voice used to be as candy as strawberry champagne and much extra harmful. Roberta placed down her drink. in spite of everything, this used to be her first actual male chest, and she or he could in addition have a great view. He performed correct alongside, smiling at her as though he exhibited himself to younger girls each day. First he took his time pulling the blouse from his breeches, after which he slowly pulled it up over his head. Roberta’s lips made a silent O. He was once so attractive. gentle muscle groups rippled because the blouse flew to the floor. Her arms twitched, eager to contact them. “Your move,” Damon stated lightly. Roberta dragged her eyes clear of his physique. She reached ahead and collected a domino piece, cool and lengthy in her palms. She knew it was once a double with no taking a look. She became it over, pondering that he must take off his breeches— It used to be a 3. She made a bit, upset sound sooner than she discovered and he enable fly with a bellow of laughter. “One of the issues i like approximately you, Buttercup, is that you’re nearly obvious. ” “No, I’m not,” she acknowledged, stung. “I might be very Machiavellian whilst i would like to. ” “Oh fairly? ” he requested, his eyes dancing over the sting of his glass. “I wager you’re no reliable at mendacity whatever. you appear to be a woman who by no means instructed an honest lie in her lifestyles. ” “I definitely have,” she protested. “Why, I frequently inform Mrs. Grope that her hair is remarkably dependent. ” Damon visibly shuddered. “So you inform white lies. yet have you advised a lie approximately anything you actually felt deeply approximately? ” “Yes! i believe deeply approximately Mrs. Grope’s hair! ” “I can remember the fact that. Now glance me within the face and inform me a lie approximately anything you actually care approximately, anything you are feeling desperately approximately. ” What did she suppose determined approximately besides? The champagne had made her so pleased that she didn’t believe determined approximately anything…except, maybe, seeing Damon take off his breeches. She should have regarded clean, simply because he stated, “Tell me that you’re no longer in love with Villiers. pass on! ” “I’m no longer in love with Villiers,” she stated slowly. “Terrible! ” he acknowledged. “Your eyes went all smooth and moony even declaring his identify. ” In Roberta’s opinion, her eyes went smooth and moony because—the horror of it—for a second she couldn’t have in mind who Villiers used to be.

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