A Duke by Any Other Name

The Brides of North Barrows

Book 2
Deborah A. Cooke
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Daphne Goodenham has always been determined to wed a duke—not just because she loves fine dresses and parties, but because she wants to guarantee that she and her sister are never destitute again. When she meets the Duke of Inverfyre, a notorious fop, she immediately notices intriguing inconsistencies. Is there more to the duke than meets the eye? Why would he hide the truth if he were handsome, young, rich and a duke? Alexander, the Duke of Inverfyre, is bent on catching a notorious thief who injured his sister, no matter what the cost. But when the lovely Miss Goodenham is bent on charming him, Alexander’s disguise proves to be no defense against her curiosity—and he has no resistance to her kiss. Will Daphne inadvertently foil Alexander’s plan? Will he have to sacrifice her interest to avenge his sister? Or can Daphne ensure Alexander’s triumph and make her own Christmas wish come true?  

A Duke by Any Other Name is included in Charmed at Christmas, one of the Christmas at Castle Keyvnor anthologies. Those anthologies remain available

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The Brides of North Barrows Regency Romances
1. Something Wicked This Way Comes (Sophia and Lucien)
2. A Duke By Any Other Name (Daphne and Alexander)

Ultimately, there will be four stories in this series, including Anthea's story and Eurydice's story. 

This series also connects some of my fictional realms. Alexander is Duke of Inverfyre, which is the holding of the Hawk in The Warrior (The Rogues of Ravensmuir #3) and is a descendant of that line. He also lives at Airdfinnan, which is the holding of Angus MacGillivray in The Beauty (The Bride Quest #5). The vine that sprouts for Alexander has an earlier cameo in The Temptress (The Bride Quest #6).

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About the author

Deborah Cooke sold her first book in 1992, a medieval romance called The Romance of the Rose published under her pseudonym Claire Delacroix. Since then, she has published over fifty novels in a wide variety of sub-genres, including historical romance, contemporary romance, paranormal romance, fantasy romance, time-travel romance, women’s fiction, paranormal young adult and fantasy with romantic elements. She has published under the names Claire Delacroix, Claire Cross and Deborah Cooke. The Beauty, part of her successful Bride Quest series of historical romances, was her first title to land on the New York Times List of Bestselling Books. Her books routinely appear on other bestseller lists and have won numerous awards. In 2009, she was the writer-in-residence at the Toronto Public Library, the first time the library has hosted a residency focused on the romance genre. In 2012, she was honored to receive the Romance Writers of America’s Mentor of the Year Award.


Currently, she writes the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances and the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances under the name Deborah Cooke. She also is writing the Brides of Inverfyre series of medieval romances as Claire Delacroix, which continues the story of the family introduced in her popular title The Beauty Bride. Deborah lives in Canada with her husband and family, as well as far too many unfinished knitting projects.

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Deborah A. Cooke
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114
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ISBN
9781988479347
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English
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Fiction / Romance / Historical / Regency
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Seven years ago, Sophia Brisbane lost everything—her father, her brother, her family fortune—but worse, was rejected by the man she loved. She’s determined not to yearn for the past and its pleasures—until she encounters Lucien de Roye again. Although he knew Sophia could never be his own, Lucien vowed to retrieve her squandered inheritance—even wagering his very soul to a demon. When Sophia learns what he has done, no force on heaven or earth will convince her to let him pay the demon’s due, no matter what the cost to herself.

Something Wicked This Way Comes was originally published in Spellbound, one of the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor anthologies of Regency romance novellas.

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The Brides of North Barrows Regency Romances
1. Something Wicked This Way Comes (Sophia and Lucien)
2. A Duke By Any Other Name (Daphne and Alexander)

Ultimately, there will be four stories in this series, including Anthea's story and Eurydice's story. 

This series also connects some of my fictional realms. Alexander is Duke of Inverfyre, which is the holding of the Hawk in The Warrior (The Rogues of Ravensmuir #3) and is a descendant of that line. He also lives at Airdfinnan, which is the holding of Angus MacGillivray in The Beauty (The Bride Quest #5). The vine that sprouts for Alexander has an earlier cameo in The Temptress (The Bride Quest #6).

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A thief on his final mission…

Maximus Vale is one of London’s top jewel thieves, and he’s protected his orphaned siblings by breaking every rule in the book. But his youngest brother is in mortal danger, and Max needs one final job — one lucrative enough to help his family leave England forever. He boldly claims to be the lost heir to the Briarley fortune, planning to steal everything he can carry and escape before anyone proves that he’s lying. Love is a distraction he can’t afford….

A debutante with a devastating secret…

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An arrangement that can destroy them in a heartbeat…

An attraction that starts as a game becomes something too powerful to ignore. But falling in love is a mistake neither can make. Their secrets and schemes set them on a collision course — one that their families may not survive. Is the growing love between a daring, clever thief and a prim, determined debutante enough to conquer everything and win the Heiress Games?


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Duke of Thorns (Heiress #1)
Lord of Deceit (Heiress #2)

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Seven years ago, Sophia Brisbane lost everything—her father, her brother, her family fortune—but worse, was rejected by the man she loved. She’s determined not to yearn for the past and its pleasures—until she encounters Lucien de Roye again. Although he knew Sophia could never be his own, Lucien vowed to retrieve her squandered inheritance—even wagering his very soul to a demon. When Sophia learns what he has done, no force on heaven or earth will convince her to let him pay the demon’s due, no matter what the cost to herself.

Something Wicked This Way Comes was originally published in Spellbound, one of the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor anthologies of Regency romance novellas.

***
The Brides of North Barrows Regency Romances
1. Something Wicked This Way Comes (Sophia and Lucien)
2. A Duke By Any Other Name (Daphne and Alexander)

Ultimately, there will be four stories in this series, including Anthea's story and Eurydice's story. 

This series also connects some of my fictional realms. Alexander is Duke of Inverfyre, which is the holding of the Hawk in The Warrior (The Rogues of Ravensmuir #3) and is a descendant of that line. He also lives at Airdfinnan, which is the holding of Angus MacGillivray in The Beauty (The Bride Quest #5). The vine that sprouts for Alexander has an earlier cameo in The Temptress (The Bride Quest #6).

regency romance, regency romance novella, halloween, ghost, samhain, christmas, spies, action adventure, cursed hero, second chance at love, reunion, disguise, sexy romance, ghost, paranormal romance

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