Daring Deception

Hiatt Regency Classics

Book 4
Brenda Hiatt
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He won a wife in a game of cards!
 

Dashing Major Gavin Alexander, recently elevated to sixth Earl of Seabrooke, needs a fortune-fast! His new title came with a mountain of debt, and it is only a matter of time before he’s denied entrance to the clubs where he’s eking out a living by gaming. When Sir Thomas Chesterton cannot pay his losses at the table and offers his sister-and her inheritance-instead, Gavin jumps at the seemingly perfect solution to his troubles and agrees to wed Miss Chesterton sight unseen.

No biddable spinster
 

Frederica Chesterton is appalled to learn what her brother has done without her consent. Determined to undo the bargain, she wrests a promise from Sir Thomas that if she can find proof Lord Seabrook is a rogue, he will release her from the betrothal. Without her brother’s knowledge, Frederica infiltrates Lord Seabrooke’s household as a frumpy servant to ferret out the man’s secrets-and finds more of them than she bargained for! But even as she gathers her evidence against the handsome Earl, she finds herself perilously close to losing her heart. Will revealing her true identity lead to disaster, or to a happy ending neither she nor Lord Seabrooke ever expected?
 

Themes: disguise, arranged marriage, nobleman, aristocracy, Regency England, secret identity, sweet romance, clean romance, children

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Brenda Hiatt
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Published on
Aug 19, 2013
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Pages
205
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ISBN
9781940618005
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Regency
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Having never left Upper Barrington in her twenty years, orphan Miss Emma Hastings is  overjoyed when the uncle she's never met invites her to come live with him in London. Everything about living in the Capital lures her. She doesn't even mind sharing her seat in the mail coach with a gargantuan man whose belly rests on his lap. Even when her uncle fails to meet her at the posting inn in London, she's too exhilarated over the city's sights and sounds to be worried. After many hours pass and her uncle does not collect her, she determines to lug her trunk behind her as she struggles through London's streets at night to find her uncle's home.

Spurned by his mistress and vowing to never love again, Adam Birmingham, whose family is the richest in Britain, decides to get very drunk. As he's staggering home, he takes pity on a very small young lady who's lugging a very large trunk behind her. In the rain. Her destination is the home of his next-door neighbor, but no one answers the bell. Adam is compelled to ask the young woman to spend the night at his home. Promptly after showing her the chamber in which she'll sleep, Adam passes out on her chaise. It's not until the following morning he remembers that the lady's uncle has died.

When Adam learns that Emma cannot return to Upper Barrington and that she has nowhere to go, he offers marriage to the hysterical lady. His heart is so shattered, he will never love again. Why not make this helpless orphan happy? Soon after they wed, they become convinced that someone has forged her uncle's will--and likely murdered her uncle. Their resolve to bring the murderer to justice jeopardizes Emma's life. Knowing she's in danger brings out Adam's protective instincts--and something far deeper, something he'd thought to never feel again. . . 

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