IT’S ALL ABOUT THE DUKE
New York Times Bestselling Author
Series: The Rakes of St. James Book 3
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: May 29, 2018
He could be a rake if he means only to steal a kiss but steals your heart as well.
Nearing thirty, the Duke of Rathburne is finally ready to make amends for the wager that caused him and his best friends such scandal, but taking on a ward who needs a husband is a feat heís not sure he can manage. The last he saw of Miss Marlena Fast, she was a spirited little ruffian, not the sort of bride most bachelors on the marriage mart sought. But one glance at the lovely lady she has become is enough to convince him otherwiseÖ
Orphaned young and shuffled from family to family, Marlena counts on her fierce independence and quick wits to keep herself content. Being the responsibility of a notoriously wicked duke who upended so many lives is an unexpected challenge when she realizes he arouses her decidedly feminine desire. Marlena must be careful. She has her own scandalous secret to protect. If he finds out, will it shatter her chances of a happily-ever-after with the notorious rake?
Marlena felt the dukeís fingers touching her bare skin. She couldnít have been more surprised, more intrigued, more fully engaged if his lips had actually been on hers instead of his warm touch under her chin. He wasnít looking at her face but on his task at her throat.
She should have been frightened but it wasnít fear she felt. It was something else.
Something far more worrisome.
It was attraction.
Inexplicable sensations stirred restlessly inside her. She didnít know exactly what was happening. He wasnít choking her, but she couldnít breathe. He wasnít hurting her, but she trembled. She wasnít in pain, yet she had the most intense yearning and urgency inside herself for something she couldnít describe.
ìWhat are you doing?î she whispered, unable to look up at him.
ìKissing you deeply, madly, and thoroughly,î he mumbled and continued with his undertaking.
ìWhat?î Her gaze flew up to his face.
He smiled down so innocently at her that for a spark of a second she thought he might be serious.
ìThatís ridiculous,î she said, reclaiming her good sense. ìHow can you say something like that? Itís so outrageously untrue. Youíre doing no such thing and you know it. You arenít kissing me. Youíre untying the knot in my ribbon which is highly inappropriate.î
He centered his attention on his job at hand again. ìIf you knew what I was doing then why did you ask?î
She didnít know. How could she think properly when the duke was this close to her? The tips of his fingers touching her. She had to say something.
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About Amelia Grey
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Amelia Grey read her first romance book when she was thirteen. She’s been a devoted reader of love stories ever since.
Amelia has been happily married to her high school sweetheart for over thirty-five years and she lives on the beautiful gulf coast of Northwest Florida.
With more than thirty books published, she is a two-time winner of the prestigious Booksellers Best Award. She’s also won the Aspen Gold, and the Golden Quill Awards. Writing as Gloria Dale Skinner, she won the coveted Romantic Times Award for Love and Laughter and the Maggie Award. Amelia’s books have been published in Europe, Indonesia, Turkey, Russia, and Japan.
Several of her books have been featured in Doubleday and Rhapsody Book Clubs.
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