Duchess by Deception

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Book 1
Zebra Books
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In New York Times bestselling author Marie Force’s dazzling historical romance debut, the clock is ticking for a wealthy Duke who must marry by his thirtieth birthday—or lose his title . . .

Derek Eagan, the dashing Duke of Westwood, is well aware of his looming deadline. But weary of tiresome debutantes, he seeks a respite at his country home in Essex—and encounters a man digging on his property. Except he’s not a man. He’s a very lovely woman. Who suddenly faints at his feet.

Catherine McCabe’s disdain for the aristocracy has already led her to flee an arranged marriage with a boorish Viscount. The last thing she wants is to be waylaid in a Duke’s home. Yet, she is compelled to stay by the handsome, thoughtful man who introduces himself as the Duke’s estate manager.

Derek realizes two things immediately: he is captivated by her delicate beauty, and to figure out what she was up to, Catherine must not know he is the Duke. But as they fall passionately in love, Derek’s lie spins out of control. Will their bond survive his deception, not to mention the scorned Viscount’s pursuit? Most important, can Catherine fall in love all over again—this time with the Duke?

Praise for Marie Force

“Genuine and heartfelt. . . . Will have you swooning.”
RT Book Reviews on It's Only Love, 4.5 stars

An Official Military Spouse Book Club Pick
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About the author

Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 70 contemporary romances, including the Gansett Island Series and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books. In addition, she is the author of the Butler,Vermont Series, the Green Mountain Series and the erotic romance Quantum Series. All together, her books have sold 6 million copies worldwide. Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can, and to never be on a flight that makes the news. Please visit her online at marieforce.com.
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Publisher
Zebra Books
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Published on
Feb 1, 2019
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Pages
320
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ISBN
9781420147865
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Historical / General
Fiction / Romance / Historical / 20th Century
Fiction / Romance / Historical / General
Fiction / Sagas
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This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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Taming a Duke's Reckless Heart
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As their lives become more tangled, the question becomes… Is there anything more reckless than love?

Taming a Duke's Wild Rose
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Fearing for Rose's future, her father arranges a match with the scarred duke. Powerful and rich beyond reason, Lord Wentworth is convinced this is the man who can provide a real future for his daughter. But Rose knows better, or so she thinks. Now she is caught between two men, one handsome and dashing, the other scarred but intriguing none-the-less. As each vies for her hand, Rose finds it more difficult to discern whose intentions are pure.

The more Rose is entangled in the web of love and marriage the more she questions which man has the true heart and who can unlock hers.

Taming a Laird's Wild Lady
Miss Isabelle Maddox, known as Isla, has never been one to follow rules. She would much rather a reckless ride on horseback than a dance in a ballroom but her father has very different ideas about her future. To further the families' fortune, he would see her married to a Scottish lord. Isla fears this will be the end of the life she treasures above all else.

Gavin Campbell will never marry again. His past has taught him well, his first wife's spending has him teetering on the edge of financial ruin. Marriage is a disease, or so he thought until the headstrong Isla starts seeping into is heart and he begins to wonder if a woman like her might actually be a cure.

Can Isla's wild ways tame this laird's heart?
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Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.
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