Scandal and the Duchess

Mackenzies Series

Book 10
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A WOMAN’S REPUTATION

Scandal follows Rose Barclay, young widow of the Duke of Southdown, wherever she goes. It’s never her fault—honor bright—but newspapers love to write about the simple girl from Scotland and the much older duke, who died suddenly on their honeymoon. And now there is even more talk as the legitimacy of the marriage is being contested by the duke’s son and heir.

Steven McBride is a decorated soldier—and a notorious gambler and womanizer. The last thing he wants is marriage, but due to a series of unfortunate events, he and Rose’s names are linked in the papers, threatening the lovely lady with ruin. To save the day, Steven suggests they claim to be engaged. But as desire boils between them, Rose and Steven soon learn the difficulties of maintaining their deception, which might not be a lie after all …

Includes a preview for RULES FOR A PROPER GOVERNESS

Praise for the Mackenzie series


“Skillfully nuanced characterization and an abundance of steamy sensuality.” —Chicago Tribune

“Heartrending, funny, honest, and true… I want to marry the hero!” —Eloisa James, New York Times Bestselling Author

“A sexy, passion-filled romance that will keep you reading until dawn.” —Julianne MacLean, USA Today Bestselling Author

Jennifer Ashley, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and winner of a Romance Writers of America RITA Award, also writes as Allyson James and Ashley Gardner. She’s penned more than fifty-five novels and twenty novellas in historical romance, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy. She now lives in the Southwest with her husband and cats, spends most of her time in the wonderful world of her stories, and also enjoys hiking, music, and building dollhouses and dollhouse miniatures.
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Publisher
Penguin
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Published on
Sep 16, 2014
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Pages
160
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ISBN
9781101615935
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Historical / General
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Scottish
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Victorian
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Certain that she will never marry again and certainly not expecting such a thing from an inveterate womanizer like Jack Merrill, Kitty negotiates a deal with Jack that if he can wait until her divorce is complete, she will give him the money he desires if in return he becomes her lover! Seeing everything he desires falling into place, Jack agrees to a bargain that is to him a complete win/win scenario that leaves him free of dreaded matrimony.

But when Kitty’s life is threatened by her former husband and their 'bargain' suddenly becomes much more complicated, can Jack just stand aside and let this woman walk out of his life forever?
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