Duke of Deception (Wentworth Trilogy, Book 1)

By Stephie Smith

Winner of the Virginia Romance Writers of the United States Holt Medallion Award of benefit, Romance Writers of America's Gulf Coast Silken Sands Readers' selection big name Award, and Heartland Romance Writers of the USA exhibit Me The Spark Award. Voted one of many most sensible 10 old Romances for 2013 by means of 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 is determined by 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 dying. while he's stuck in a compromising state of affairs with woman Louisa, he comes to a decision it's greater to marry her than to threat being ostracized through the London society whose invites are important to his plan. yet Louisa refuses to marry him, except he meets her phrases, considered one 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 demise of her father, desires desperately to prevent one other heartbreak, yet fears she can have schemed herself right into a marriage with the only guy destined to damage her middle: a guy who isn't what he turns out, who evidently can't be depended on, and who would definitely go away her the 1st probability 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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The incorrect prince obviously got here to my rescue. If I had recognized I’d be conducted by way of the likes of you, i'd have concept back. think confronting a woman approximately her pretend-fainting. ” She straightened her bodice and brushed her skirts, swishing them over the ground and throughout his boots. “You don't have any manners in any respect. ” The American slid his gaze over her physique after which regarded again as much as meet her offended stare, his expression arrogant. “Perhaps you shouldn’t have spent final night flirting with each guy on the ball. Then perhaps there wouldn’t be this sort of weigh down of fellows on your drawing room—or sponsored up in carriages midway throughout London. in addition to, i believe you knew precisely who could trap you, my woman. and that i used to be simply attempting to train you. You evidently don’t comprehend the very first thing approximately swooning. in truth, I don’t imagine I’ve ever noticeable such an unconvincing swoon in my existence, and think me, I’ve noticeable a number of. ” “Oh! ” Lucy acknowledged, stamping her foot at his serious phrases. “I’m rather yes you might have. the ladies with the misfortune to run into you're most likely swooning far and wide, the bad dears. yet pray, don't worry, sir. I shall take your recommendation the following time I fake to swoon round you! ” She glared at him, as indignant for his rakish attractiveness as for something he’d stated. At that second her aunt bustled into the room. “Lucy! Thank goodness you’re alright! Bridget informs me there aren't any smelling salts to be present in this condo. try to be mendacity down,” Eleanor chided. She put her palm on Lucy’s brow. “You are hot. ” Lucy scoffed. “If i'm hot, it’s now not simply because i'm in poor health. It’s simply because this gentleman had the audacity to accuse me of pretending to swoon! ” Eleanor regarded from Lucy to the captain and again back, her eyes lit with curiosity. “And did you? ” “Did I what? ” “Pretend to swoon? ” “Well . . . yes,” Lucy admitted grudgingly, “but in simple terms as the state of affairs had develop into really insupportable. It makes no distinction if I pretended or now not. He used to be impolite to claim so. ” “Hmmm,” was once all her aunt stated prior to turning to the privateer. “Captain Wainright, I thanks on your advice right here at the present time, yet i need to insist that my niece relaxation now. ” “Then I shall take my go away, m’lady,” he acknowledged, “for I wouldn’t desire to retain woman Louisa from her relaxation. I got here simply to ask for forgiveness for what I’ve been advised was once impolite habit whilst I approached her on the ball. I do make an apology for that, and for whatever i could have performed at the present time to reason soreness. ” He bowed and directed a final pointed examine Lucy earlier than turning and exiting the room. “Thank goodness,” Lucy acknowledged, sinking onto the mattress the instant he used to be long past. “What a nightmare! I’m completely satisfied it’s over. ” Eleanor gave her a strange glance. “If I were over excited via this sort of guy, i wouldn't name the adventure a nightmare. Why, I don’t be aware of if I’ve ever visible such an enticing guy, other than maybe to your father. The captain even jogs my memory of him, in additional methods than one. ” “Papa? ” Lucy was once incredulous. “How are you able to even recommend any such factor?

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