The Duke and I

Saints and Sinners

Book 1
Heather Boyd
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Christmas is the season for family, fun and for falling in love in this delightful holiday romp by bestselling author Heather Boyd!

 Widowed Nicolas Westfall, the Duke of Stapleton, cannot prevent the upcoming debut for his youngest daughter no matter how much he wishes her eventual marriage wouldn’t leave him all alone. Convinced to host a Christmas Ball to prepare her for the season, he’s aware he’s considered a catch on the marriage mart too, but Nicolas is drawn to companion Gillian Thorpe instead.  

Gillian was hired to prepare the duke’s daughter for her first season, but its not easy when the girl hasn’t the least interest in the men and the widowed father makes her knees weak when he laughs with her. Gillian respects and admires (perhaps too frequently) the Duke of Stapleton and when she’s lured into a mistletoe kiss with him, will she be able to stop at one or even want to? 

Note: A shorter version of the Duke and I was previously published in the Hot Winter Nights Racy Regency Christmas Collection.

Saints and Sinners Series: 

Book 1: The Duke and I (Nicolas and Gillian)

Book 2: A Gentleman’s Vow (Gideon and Jessica)

Book 3: An Earl of Her Own (Coming February 2019)

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About the author

Heather Boyd is the bestselling author of over 30 steamy regency historical romances, including the Distinguished Rogues Series. She is happily married to her childhood sweetheart, mother of two rogues, and is owned by a rescued cat. Heather loves a good chinwag so say hello on social media anytime.

 

Find out more at:www.Heather-Boyd.com

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Heather Boyd
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Jul 5, 2018
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121
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ISBN
9781925239300
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English
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Fiction / Romance / Historical / Regency
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Victorian
Fiction / Romance / Holiday
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This is the 1st book in Amazon #1 & USA Today Bestselling Author, Carole Mortimer’s, hot new Regency romance series, Regency Club Venus.


As Lord Sebastian Forbes, the Earl of Shaftesbury, and one of the richest men in England, Bastian has always lived a charmed life. Until three months ago, when a man died because of Bastian’s actions. Knowing the other man to be a widower with a child, Bastian now feels it is his responsibility to care for the orphan. Except the child has disappeared into the foggy streets as if they had never been. Unfortunately, Bastian has no idea if it is a boy or a girl, only that he has to find and save them from the harsh reality of London’s scandalous underworld.


Having searched for the child for all these weeks with no success, Bastian’s actions, drinking and debauching too much, are becoming increasingly risky and dangerous to himself. To the point he awakens one morning secured naked to a bed and no memory of how he came to be there, with a beautiful golden-haired angel leaning over him wielding a knife.


Abigail is under no illusions regarding her place at Club Venus, she knows she is nothing more than another one of the ‘ladies’ available for the pleasure of the gentlemen who frequent the establishment owned by the aristocratic Duke of Blackborne.


She’s only lived at Club Venus for a few days and is shocked to come down the stairs in the early morning of the third day to discovering a naked gentleman in one of the public bedchambers, secured to the bed by four leather straps.


She easily recognizes this man as being Lord Sebastian Forbes, the Earl of Shaftesbury, and one of the Duke of Blackborne’s closest friends.


A man Abigail considers her personal nemesis. 

Following the sudden death of his rakish father, Seldon Burn unexpectedly inherits the title of Duke of Otterburn. Returning to the family estate, he swiftly discovers that the title is the only thing he has inherited - along with a mountain of his father's debts and nothing to pay them with. A brave and proud soldier, nothing has prepared the new Duke for the devastation to the family coffers caused by his late father's love of lavish entertainment, Gaiety Girls and good living. Meeting with the family Solicitor, the Duke is horrified to discover the Ducal properties are crumbling, everything of value is entailed and even the racehorses have not been schooled properly. Desperately seeking to rebuild the family fortune and honourably fulfil his duty of care to the old and infirm of the village, his cousin Edith, a sophisticated Socialite, offers a solution. She suggests that he follows in the footsteps of many an impoverished English aristocrat and marries a wealthy American heiress - she even has a fitting bride in mind from her recent visit to New York. With no viable alternative and a pressing demand for money, a wedding is hastily arranged - but will the English traditions of generations of the Burn's family be overshadowed by the razzle-dazzle of the Duke's mother-in-law to be, Mrs. Vandevilt, the renowned New York hostess? Horrified at being married for his title and not love, the Duke is so angry that he barely considers the feelings of his young and vulnerable bride. Meanwhile, the lovely Magnolia Vandevilt, one of the richest heiresses in America, is equally disgusted and contemptuous of a man who is marrying her only for her money. Joined together in holy matrimony, can this marriage of convenience ever be more than a disappointment and battleground as both parties dream of the love they might have had?
A New York Times Bestseller!

A luminous holiday tale of romance, passion, and dreams come true from Grace Burrowes, whose award-winning Regency romances are capturing hearts worldwide.

All She Wants is Peace and Anonymity...

Lady Sophie Windham has maneuvered a few days to herself at the ducal mansion in London before she must join her family for Christmas in Kent. Suddenly trapped by a London snowstorm, she finds herself with an abandoned baby and only the assistance of a kind, handsome stranger standing between her and complete disaster.

But Sophie's Holiday is About to Heat Up...

With his estate in ruins, Vim Charpentier sees little to feel festive about this Christmas. His growing attraction for Sophie Windham is the only thing that warms his spirits-but when Sophie's brothers whisk her away, Vim's most painful holiday memories are reawakened.

Windham series:
The Heir (Book 1)
The Soldier (Book 2)
The Virtuoso (Book 3)
Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish (Book 4)
Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal (Book 5)
Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight (Book 6)
Lady Eve's Indiscretion (Book 7)
Lady Jenny's Christmas Portrait (Book 8)

It seems Sophie's been keeping secrets, and now it will take much more than a mistletoe kiss to make her deepest wishes come true...

"Burrowes's sensual love story...rises above the crowd with deft dialogue and delightful characters."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Grace Burrowes passes 'the hair rose on the back of my neck' test...{her} voice embeds itself in your brain."—USA Today

Four years ago, Lady Cecelia Campbell fell head over heels in love with Lord Rupert Marlowe, the young Earl of Stanhope. Everybody knew they would marry and live happily ever after.


But then Rupert did the unthinkable. He enlisted as an officer in the army and left England for a post in South Africa. Cecelia was left alone in England, loving, yearning, and worrying about him from a distance. 


Now Rupert has returned. He is ready to take up his seat in the House of Lords, to assume the administration of the Stanhope estate from his mother, Lady Katya, and most importantly of all, to finally marry Cecelia.


Cece isn’t the same woman Rupert left behind, however. She has grown and flourished and become a woman of strength and opinion. And she’s not going to sit back and let Rupert get away with leaving her for so long. 


But when Cece takes a stand and declares her independence in a very public way, the scandal her defiance causes blows every expectation for her future happiness with Rupert to smithereens. It also gains her an exclusive invitation to join the elite group of politically-minded women known as the May Flowers. But the May Flowers are a group of shocking, defiant, sometimes wicked women. They are a bundle of scandals waiting to happen.


Can Rupert convince the new, more powerful Cecelia to forgive him for abandoning her, and can he woo her all over again? Will the scandal of their break-up tear them apart forever, or will it make their love stronger…and hotter?


PLEASE BE ADVISED: Steam level – very spicy!


THE MAY FLOWERS series is a continuation of THE SILVER FOXES OF WESTMINSTER series, involving the younger generation. It consists of:


A LADY’S FIRST SCANDAL

IT’S ONLY A SCANDAL IF YOU’RE CAUGHT

THE SCANDAL OF A PERFECT KISS

THE EARL’S SCANDALOUS BARGAIN

THE ROAD TO SCANDAL IS PAVED WITH WICKED INTENTIONS

WHEN LADY INNOCENCE MET DR. SCANDAL

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