The Duke's Desire

12 Dukes of Christmas

Book 8
Erica Ridley
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From a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author:


Meg Church adores two things: life in a village of perennial Yuletide, and the freedom of being a spinster with no reputation to protect. Oh, very well, three things: She’s harbored a secret tendre for Christmas curmudgeon Lucien le Duc since the moment she first glimpsed him. But the sexy blacksmith won’t give her the time of day, much less a night of torrid passion.


Ever since Lucien le Duc was forced to flee his beloved France during the revolution, his all-consuming goal has been to recover not only his lost land and fortune, but also his rightful place among the French aristocracy. He would never be distracted by an English dairy maid’s sultry glances… or her soul-consuming kisses… or the temptation to turn one night into forever…


The 12 Dukes of Christmas is a series of heartwarming Regency romps nestled in a picturesque snow-covered village. Twelve delightful romances… and plenty of delicious dukes!

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Erica Ridley is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, and member of the Jewels of Historical Romance, a group of twelve internationally beloved novelists.


In the new 12 Dukes of Christmas series, enjoy witty, heartwarming Regency romps nestled in a picturesque snow-covered village. After all, nothing heats up a winter night quite like finding oneself in the arms of a duke!


Her two most popular series, the Dukes of War and Rogues to Riches, feature roguish peers and dashing war heroes who find love amongst the splendor and madness of Regency England. 


When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, zip-lining through rainforests in Central America, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest.

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Publisher
Erica Ridley
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Published on
Dec 24, 2019
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Pages
200
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ISBN
9781943794287
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Regency
Fiction / Romance / Holiday
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
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