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 Julia Rosemont should be enjoying her first season among London's elite.  However nothing could be further from the truth.  Even though she's the sister to the Duke of Candlewood and has been schooled in all of the dictates of polite society, she's also slightly on the shelf and has lived a rather sheltered life at her family's country seat, Seldon Park, in Sussex.  Then, of course, there is the small matter of her scars.

Garish and all-together too visible, the unusual pattern of scars has defined Julia's entire life, for she cannot remember a time when they were not a part of her.  It seems as if they have always been present, the result of an animal attack when she was a child.  Now a debutante in town, Julia is finding it difficult to navigate the ballrooms of London, where being different is greatly frowned upon.  Thankfully, she has her best friend, Benjamin, to offer assistance on occasion.  That she is also deeply in love with him, and has been for ages, is entirely beside the point and of no consequence.

Benjamin Sinclair, the Duke of Radcliffe, has known both Julia and her brother Nicholas since they were all children.  There is nothing he wouldn't do to protect her.  Except that the only reason she's having a season at all is because he insisted - secretly, of course.  Her misery, therefore, is entirely his fault, and he will do anything he can to ease her pain.  Even if that means becoming her escort for the remainder of the season.  All he has to do is make certain that his heart does not become involved.  For the last thing he wants to do is risk his long-standing friendship with Lady Julia.

However when someone threatens to expose long-kept secrets about both Julia and Benjamin, secrets that could plunge both of their families deep into scandal, both of them must decide whether or not to face their fears.  Including how they feel about each other.  Is love worth the risk?  Can Julia finally catch the duke of her dreams?  Or will Benjamin forever be just beyond her reach?

 

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.
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