The Secret Seduction of Lady Eliza

Tales From Seldon Park

Book 6
Bethany Sefchick
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Popularly known throughout England as "The Bloody Duke," Lord Nicholas Rosemont, Duke of Candlewood is not a spy.  No matter what anyone thinks.  He is simply extremely observant, a talent he has put to good use over the years - both to his benefit and his country's.  Lady Eliza Deaver, daughter of the Marquess of Framingham, has known Lord Candlewood for years, even though few in society realize their unlikely connection.  Eliza's brother Stephen was one of Nicholas' best friends.  That was, until Stephen walked away from his duties and his family to join the army and never returned, dying at sea and plunging the entire family into deep mourning.

Now a man has appeared claiming to be Stephen, but is he really?  Neither Eliza nor Nicholas think so, but then, after so many years away, who can say for certain?  Still, bringing this man back into the Framingham family is a risk, one Eliza is not willing to take without some little bit of confirmation that the man is really her brother.

Can Nicholas, who has always felt responsible for both Stephen's departure and Eliza's well-being, use his vast resources to determine if this man really is his long-lost friend?  More importantly, can he resist the sweet charms of the suddenly very delectable Lady Eliza?  Or will she manage to do the one thing no other woman has - seduce the Bloody Duke into marriage?
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Making her home in the mountains of central Pennsylvania, Bethany Sefchick lives with her husband, Ed, and a plethora of Betta fish that she’s constantly finding new ways to entertain. In addition to writing, Bethany owns a jewelry company, Easily Distracted Designs.

When not penning romance novels or creating sparkly treasures, she enjoys cooking, scrapbooking, and lavishing attention on any stray cats who happen to be hanging around. She always enjoys hearing from her fans at: bsefchickauthor@gmail.com

 

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Bethany Sefchick
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Sep 29, 2015
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285
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English
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Fiction / Romance / Historical / General
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Regency
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Lady Katherine Oakley, the widowed Countess of Crossbury, has decided that she needs a drastic change in her life.  Considered old and undesirable by much of Society, she has spent the last several years sitting on the edges of ballrooms.  Even her job writing for the gossip sheet, Town Tattler, as the infamous Madame C. brings her little pleasure these days.  At a loss, all Catherine can envision for her future is a life of empty, endless parties and even more empty and endless nights alone.  So when her good friend Lord Candlewood offers to make arrangements so that she might reside one last time at Hollywell, the grand castle that once belonged to her family, for the length of the Christmas season, Catherine eagerly agrees.

French nobleman Julian Valette, cousin of the infamous Comte De La Croix, has grown tired of chasing his thieving cousin across England in an attempt to regain his rightful title.  Instead, he has recently taken up life as a gentleman farmer at the behest of his old friend Lord Candlewood.  While Julian occasionally longs for the sparkle of London, for the most part he is content at Hollywell, his castle by the sea and the activity the nearby village provides.  So when a strange woman arrives at his doorstep claiming to be the dowager Countess of Crossbury and insisting that the castle is, for the Christmas season any way, her home, Julian is more than a little befuddled.  And more than a little attracted.

Can Julian and Catherine sort out the misunderstanding quickly or are both of them stuck with each other through Twelfth Night?  Provided they don't kill each other in the meantime, of course.
Lord Beaufort McCandless, the Marquess of Kingsford, has lived much of his life kept away from proper Society.  Born with mismatched eyes, Beau’s parents thought him the product of a gypsy curse and when he developed a stutter in his youth, they were certain of it.  Hidden away at his family’s ancestral home along the Suffolk coast, Beau has grown up nearly alone and convinced that he truly is the monster his family has long believed him to be.  Now, however, his parents are gone, taken by a fever, and Beau must somehow find the courage to return to the world outside of his castle walls.

Beautiful but penniless, Lady Dinah Crestfield is on her way to become governess to the unruly children of a duke in the wilds of Norfolk.  The daughter of a baron, she was once pampered and celebrated for miles around until her father died in debtor’s prison over unpaid gambling debts.  She had once imagined a very different life for herself, one lived in the glittering lights of London.  Now?  She will take whatever respectable job that is offered to her, no matter how far away it is from the place she most longs to be.

When her carriage overturns near the entrance to the notoriously reclusive Marquess of Kingsford’s home, Dinah is forced to either seek shelter with the so-called “cursed marquess” or freeze to death.  Can she swallow her fear long enough to spend a few nights beneath the man’s roof?  And if she does, is she brave enough to see past what others term his “unnatural” appearance to the man that lies beneath?

They say time heals all wounds ... but what of those left by love?Having barely survived the fire that killed his family, Joshua Wainwright reluctantly begins his reign as the new Duke of Chichester. He is still recovering from his burns when he returns to Wisborough Oaks, the family seat in Sussex where the fire occurred. With reconstruction underway and a backlog of estate business to complete, the very last thing Joshua can handle is the sudden appearance of Lady Charlotte, the daughter of the Earl of Ellsworth.

Once betrothed to Joshua’s older brother, Charlotte has spent her entire life training to be the Duchess of Chichester. Now that the man she was supposed to marry is dead, Charlotte is determined to marry Joshua, for despite the horrific scars that require him to wear a mask over one side of his face, she has secretly loved him since her coming-out. Never mind that her father has arranged a betrothal to the Earl of Gisborn!

The duke has no idea it was Charlotte who arranged for his medical care and transport to London after the fire. Given his scars and the gossip mongers in London who refer to him as “His Grace with half a face”, he’s determined to spare Charlotte from having to marry him, even if she feels duty-bound to do so. But Charlotte, hiding a hideous scar of her own, will do whatever it takes, including seduction, to secure a marriage to the man she loves.

Will Joshua’s apparent indifference send her into the arms of the earl who has come to claim her? Or will Charlotte choose a different path? Love proves it can heal even the deepest wounds in "The Grace of a Duke".
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