The Duke and the Baron

Lords of Time

Book 2
Jenn LeBlanc
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A secret that could destroy her... 

Lady Amelia fears that her darkest secret will come to light, destroying her in society. She hopes to secure her future by marrying Charles Jackson, Duke of Castleberry. 

Planning to come between Amelia and the Duke, Amelia's oldest friend, Baron Endsleigh longs to have Amelia as his own. Ender is determined that nothing can stop him, not even a duke as powerful as Castleberry. 

But the Duke has other plans and he wants Amelia to himself... Charles will not rest until he destroys the one thing Amelia loves the most in this world--Baron Endsleigh. Now it's up to Amelia to choose between the one man she speaks her mind to and the other who holds her desire.

Unless....can the three of them find a common ground, one that pushes the boundaries but keeps them bound by the heart with want and passion? 

THE BOOKS IN THE LORDS OF TIME SERIES: 

THE RAKE AND THE RECLUSE : BOOK ONE in the Lords of Time Series 

THE DUKE AND THE BARON : BOOK TWO in the Lords of Time Series 

THE DUKE AND THE DOMINA : BOOK THREE in the Lords of Time Series 

THE TROUBLE WITH GRACE : BOOK FOUR in the Lords of Time Series 

THE SPARE AND THE HEIR : BOOK FIVE in the Lords of Time Series 

GRAY : BOOK SIX in the Lords of Time Series 

MADOC : BOOK SEVEN in the Lords of Time Series 


Keywords: Friends to lovers, Menage à trois, Historical Romance, Victorian romance, love triangle, Steamy romance, Alice in Wonderland romance, 

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About the author

Jenn writes "wildly original" Victorian erotic romance and hangs out at the Ripped Bodice bookstore in California. 

She created the Illustrated Romance(TM) and is Queen Of StudioSmexy. 

She loves getting new research books and chatting with fans and other readers. 

That's really about it.

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The print editions of the illustrated versions of the Lords of Time Series are available exclusively through the Ripped Bodice online or in the store in Los Angeles. 

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The Lords Of Time Series is available in a separate illustrated edition both in ebook and print. The illustrated editions are the primarily black covers. 

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The books in the Lords of Time Series are:

The Rake and The Recluse
The Duke and The Baron
The Duke and The Domina
The Teouble With Grace
The Spare and The Heir

COMING SOON:

MADOC (working title)
GRAY (working title)

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Publisher
Jenn LeBlanc
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Published on
Apr 8, 2014
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Pages
348
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ISBN
9780996030700
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Historical
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Victorian
Fiction / Romance / Time Travel
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My name is Amelia and I’m in love with two men. The first is my best friend, has been forever, as unconventional as that may be. 


The second is the man I’m contracted to marry, have been forever, or so it seems. 


The problem is I can’t live without Ender. He grounds me, understands me, he helps me when nobody else can. 

But Charles—Jacks… he has no intention of sharing me with another, friendship or otherwise. And Charles… he makes my head spin. I can’t seem to control myself around him and since I have such a hard time staying grounded to begin with… 

Well… that’s my dilemma.


...


Amelia is to be my wife. I don't like that there's a discussion about this, but here we are. I also don't like that the discussion includes another man and yet... here we are. I want her. I've always wanted her. She will be my wife, no matter what I have to do... or who I have to deal with. I will deal with it. 


...


Jacks doesn't understand her, he doesn't, He doesn't know why she acts the way she does or how to help her when she falls into a place that seems so terrifying from the outside that I can't imagine what it's like for her on the inside. I love Amelia. I always have, and I always thought we would end up together, I thought— wrongly, apparently—that Jacks would give up. But he didn't. He's here in London to claim his rights under the years-old contract their father's bartered for her hand. And it doesn't look like he'll relent. So I'll have to walk away and lose her forever, unless we can find another way, the three of us, to make this work.  

My family wants me to find a wife. It's my brother's fault really because he's behaving badly. Mother wants a nice marriage, to a nice girl. The problem with that is that I'm already in love with someone else. We could never be married though, it just isn't possible. 


So I dance with my friend Celeste, to protect her from the vultures who want her for her money. She would make a lovely wife, to someone who wants to be a husband. The thing is... I really like her, she's lovely and so brilliant. And when she discovers my secret she's the only person I can talk to about the pain he's left behind. 


But something else happens in his absence, nothing we'd planned, nothing I could have foreseen... and now that Celeste and I have become so much closer the only thing left to do is to figure out how to reconcile that with the one truth I've known my whole life... that I can not live without Calder. 


...


I don’t know what I want… but I do know what I don’t. I don’t want to be touched… not in the way a husband touches a wife. 

That would be fine except that my family wishes me to marry, to get me out of their home and under someone else’s responsibility. 


I met a man, Quinn, who may be amenable. He’s nice enough on the dance floor. We would suit well enough. I decided to follow him one night, to find out if he has a mistress and see if he’d be amenable to an arrangement of sorts. 


Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d discover that his mistress… is a mister. 


Never in my wildest dreams did I think seeing them together would arouse me in ways I never knew possible. 


Now I have a problem because I won’t come between them, not ever, not for anything. A love like that deserves to be together. And yet… I want for something I never wanted before… could there be another way?

He swore he'd never love again...
She'd risk her heart time and again to prove him wrong...

Much to his aggravation, the wickedly handsome Duke of Sethe, is wanted by every husband-hunting, title-chasing female in the country, or so it seems. Twice betrayed by women he loved, Nicholas Leighton is no longer the gullible young fool he was in his youth. Having grown cold and cynical, as well as older and wiser, he has vowed to never again allow another woman to affect him emotionally, for he has learned his lessons and learned them well. So, when the breathtakingly lovely Ashleigh St. John suddenly and unexpectedly enters his life, as well as his home, he is determined to keep the alluring interloper at an emotional and physical distance. Unfortunately, he quickly discovers that some things are easier said than done.

Reckless and daring, Ashleigh St. John is an unconventional young lady with the heart of a hopeless romantic. When she meets Nicholas Leighton she knows she has met the man of her dreams, but unfortunately, the man of her dreams seems bound and determined to keep her at a distance, hiding behind a self-erected wall of cool detachment and calculated indifference. Willing to do almost anything to break through the intractable barriers that guard his heart, she will willingly surrender her innocence and time and again risk her ravaged heart to ultimately win his trust, and more importantly his love.

The Reformed Rakes Series:

Book 1 – Until You (Nicholas)

Book 2 – You, and Only You (Alex)

Book 3 – When Only a Rake Will Do (Brendon) 

(Although these books are part of a series, each can be read as a stand alone novel.)

Publication Date: 6/1/2012

Dear Reader— 

Seductive and mysterious, Merlyn was the laird of Ravensmuir—never had a man so stirred my body and soul. I gave myself to him—willingly, trustingly, passionately—and we soon wed. Then a horrible revelation emerged, shattering my innocence and my marriage…

Five years later, Merlyn returned to my doorstep, desperate for my help. The scoundrel swore he was haunted by memories of me, that a treasure locked in Ravensmuir could clear his name. Yet I could not surrender to his will again. Now he is said to be murdered and Ravensmuir has fallen into my hands.

But even as I cross the threshold of this cursed keep, I hear his whisper in the darkness, feel his caress in the night, and I know that Merlyn has told me but part of his tale. Should I do as is right and expose his lair? Or dare I trust my alluring but deceptive spouse—the rogue who destroyed my heart?

—Ysabella 

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Claire has written numerous books featuring the Lammergeier family and set in her fictional medieval Scottish realm of Ravensmuir, Kinfairlie and Ravensmuir.  You can read all the books in order, or read each series in order.

A. The Rogues of Ravensmuir
The first trilogy. It all begins with Merlyn at Ravensmuir...

1. The Rogue - Merlyn and Ysabella's second chance romance
2. The Scoundrel - Gawain (Merlyn's brother) and Evangeline's mistaken identity/disguise romance.
3. The Warrior - Michael (the Hawk of Inverfyre and son of Gawain and Evangeline) and Aileen's marriage of convenience and second chance romance

B. The Jewels of Kinfairlie
This series tells the stories of the children of Roland, the younger son of Merlyn and Ysabella. There are eight children, and they appear briefly at the end of The Warrior.

1. The Beauty Bride - Madeline and Rhys' marriage of (in)convenience romance
2. The Rose Red Bride - Vivienne and Erik's mistaken identity and marriage of (in)convenience romance
3. The Snow White Bride - Alexander and Eleanor's marriage of convenience Christmas romance
4. The Ballad of Rosamunde - a short story featuring Rosamunde (the pirate queen) and Padraig and a friends-to-lovers romance.

The True Love Brides
This series follows the next four siblings and features a battle against the Fae for the hearts of those from Kinfairlie.

1. The Renegade's Heart - Isabella and Murdoch's forbidden love and protector romance
2. The Highlander's Curse - Annelise and Garrett's outcast and protector romance
3. The Frost Maiden's Kiss - Malcolm and Catriona's protector and marriage of convenience romance
4. The Warrior's Prize - Elizabeth and Rafael's protector, forbidden love, and outcast romance

The Brides of Inverfyre
This series (in progress) takes us into the Highlands to Inverfyre for the story of Ross, the eighth sibling, as well as the stories of the children of the Hawk and Aileen.

1. The Mercenary's Bride - Mhairi and Quentin's second chance Christmas romance
2. The Runaway Bride - Ross and Aiofe's runaway bride, protector and forbidden love romance.

You can download free family trees from Claire's website, right here:
https://delacroix.net/ravensmuir/family-trees/

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rogue, medieval, disguise, second chance, secret baby, intrigue, thief, hidden heiress, protector, gothic, reincarnation, on the rocks, class war, protector, knight, warrior, bride
From New York Times bestselling author Wendy Lindstrom comes a heartwarming novel that it carries one down a path of rediscovery and what it means to truly love.

“This is one of the loveliest books I have ever read! It was very emotional. Definitely a keeper.” ~Starjessame

"This story is so purely romantic, I cried! It is a beautiful representation of true love and what a person will do for another that holds their heart. —Cara A. Lichtenegger

“Such a touching story! Brought tears to my eyes ... in a good way!” ~S. Benson

BOOK DESCRIPTION

On the eve of her wedding Rebecca Grayson suffers a tragic accident and wakes to a world of strangers. She is surrounded by a loving family and a handsome fiancé she doesn't recognize. Devastated that she can’t remember Adam and their tender past or passionate plans for the future, Rebecca wonders if she can find her way back to the boy who promised her forever.

CONNECTING BOOKS

Grayson Brothers series:

Book 1:  WHEN I FALL IN LOVE

Book 2:  SHADES OF HONOR - RITA Winner! 

Book 3:  THE LONGING - Romantic Times 4-1/2 star Top Pick! 

Book 4:  LIPS THAT TOUCH MINE

Book 5:  KISSING IN THE DARK

Book 6:  SLEIGH OF HOPE

Book 7:  LEAVE IT FOR THE RAIN

Book 8:  THE PROMISE IN YOUR EYES


WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:

 “I honestly have no words to express the deep feelings stirred as I read Wendy Lindstrom's Grayson Series - what an awesome talent as an author! This series is a must-read for every person that enjoys getting lost in a wonderful story & not afraid to shed some tears along the way!”

“Each book was a piece of the Grayson family pain, love, and strong family bond as each brother found love. The #6 kept me reading to the wee hours of the night wanting to know the surprise climax ending.”

“Love this series, the characters feel so real they are like family.”

“I couldn’t stop reading!”

“Another great addition to the series. I could not put this book down. The characters feel like old friends. The integrity is so inspiring!”

“I loved this book, I couldn't put it down. The writing is great and the story compelling. Sad and heartwarming and hopeful.”

“To turn the tide of what a person knows and feels into what it is meant to be takes Rebecca and Adam both on a path of rediscovery.”

“Such a touching story! Brought tears to my eyes ... in a good way!”

“I loved this book, I couldn't put it down.”


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