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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Features
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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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This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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See entire series

More than 1200 pages of vivid history and passionate romance!
3 Top Ten Google Play bestsellers from a New York Times bestselling author!

VIOLET - England, 1673 - Violet Ashcroft isn't planning to marry. She'd rather spend her time improving her mind than risking her tender heart. That is, until a handsome viscount named Ford Chase moves into the neighborhood...

LILY - England, 1677 - Lily Ashcroft fell for dashing Oxford professor Lord Randal Nesbitt at sixteen. Four years later, her sister Rose has now set her sights on Rand—and though it breaks her heart, what else can Lily do but help her beloved sister land the man of her dreams?

ROSE - England, 1677 - Determined to land a wealthy, titled husband, Rose Ashcroft heads off to Charles II's court to find love. And runs smack dab into Christopher "Kit" Martyn, the one man who could ruin all her plans.

Please visit the individual book pages to see more detailed descriptions of each title.

BOOK DETAILS

3 full-length, standalone romance novels—no cliffhangers!

Series: Chase Family Series: The Flowers
Style: Humorous historical romance
Length: 3 novels averaging 415 standard pages each (1,245 pages total)
Bonus Material: Author’s Notes, preview of next book, link to giveaway
R-rated Content: Steamy love scenes!*

* If you’d prefer to read a Sweet & Clean (kisses only) version of this story, look for “The Chase Brides Boxed Set Two: The Ashcrofts” by Lauren Royal & Devon Royal.

AWARDS

• All three books are Top 10 Bestsellers on Google Play, Amazon, iBooks, and Barnes & Noble!
• VIOLET: Rose Award Nominee
• LILY: Rose Award Nominee
• ROSE: Winner of the Golden Quill Award for Best Historical Romance

REVIEWS

“Captivating historical romance. Fans of Julia Quinn and Tessa Dare will love Lauren Royal!"
—Glynnis Campbell, USA Today Bestselling Author

"A wonderful read! With a deft pen, Lauren Royal captures all the pageantry, excitement, and color that was Restoration England."
—Romantic Times

"An impressive talent!"
—Publishers Weekly (Forecasted review)

CONNECTING BOOKS

While CHASE FAMILY SERIES: THE FLOWERS COLLECTION can be read on its own, many readers enjoy reading it as part of a series. All of Lauren’s books feature Chase family members. Should you wish to read them in chronological order, this is the sequence:

Chase Family Series: The Jewels
1666 - AMETHYST (Colin & Amy)
1667 - EMERALD (Jason & Caithren)
1667 - FOREVERMORE (Cameron & Clarice)
1668 - AMBER (Trick & Kendra)

Chase Family Series: The Flowers
1673 - VIOLET (Ford & Violet)
1677 - LILY (Rand & Lily)
1677 - ROSE (Kit & Rose)
1651 - A SECRET CHRISTMAS (Joseph & Chrystabel)

Chase Family Series: The Regency
1815 - LOST IN TEMPTATION (Tristan & Alexandra)
1816 - TEMPTING JULIANA (James & Juliana)
1817 - THE ART OF TEMPTATION (Sean & Corinna + Griffin & Rachael)

Chase Family Series: The Renaissance
1549 - ALICE BETROTHED (Adam & Alice)

Specially Priced Boxed Sets
CHASE FAMILY SERIES: THE JEWELS COLLECTION
CHASE FAMILY SERIES: THE FLOWERS COLLECTION
CHASE FAMILY SERIES: THE REGENCY COLLECTION

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Themes: sexy love stories, lords and ladies, wealthy and rich dukes, castles and country houses, England and English history, 17th century and 1600s, Restoration and Charles II, the royal court, sisters and brothers, children and single parents, family life and friendship, weddings and matchmaking, romantic comedy, bluestockings and wallflowers, Enlightenment science and philosophy, architecture, Oxford University professors, travel and foreign language, pets and animal rescue, cats and dogs
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