Hopeless Romantic

Reading is my favorite past time. I enjoy opening a book and knowing that there will always be a new experience. My genre of choice is romance.  Whether contemporary or historical, series or standalone. I love them all. 

COVER REVEAL: ENCOUNTERS IN DISGUISE (THE SIGNS SERIES) BY CATERINA PASSARELLI

 

 

 

 

 

 

Release Date: May 2

Cover Designer: Najla Qamber

Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

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BLURB

 

Dating in this decade is not for the faint of heart.

 

From going on a date with a guy secretly lusting after my best friend to one where I nearly died in Central Park … I've been there, done that.

 

And I'm over it!

 

Trying to shift my focus to my career as a high school psychologist proves difficult when I come head-to-head with a student’s rude uncle.

 

He has an old money arrogance, refuses to back down, and, the worst part, he’s handsome and chasing after my attention. But dating him is strictly prohibited at Riverside Academy.

 

In an effort to find some hope between love and losing my career, I agree to meet my coworker’s mysterious aunt for relationship guidance.

 

And that’s how I end up asking a higher power for a sign: bees.

 

Will those bees bring sweetness or sting harder than I ever imagined?

 

***Meet Eve & James in Encounters In Disguise coming on May 2! This is book 2 in The Signs Series -- a series of interconnected standalones. You can start from Eve’s journey or read Juliette’s in book 1, Fortunate Encounters.

 

 

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Dainty Darlings (The Church Dogs of Charleston #3) by Melissa Storm

Dainty Darlings (The Church Dogs of Charleston #3) - Melissa Storm

 

 

Hard knocks and life lessons are the heart of Dainty Darlings. Carolina finds strength in her weakest moments. Forced to abandon her dreams, she finds heart in the form a charmer named Cupcake. Darlings blends realistic drama with heartwarming humor. Storm is an ace when it comes to true emotion. She puts her heart in each story she writes and that's an appealing asset to storytelling.

NEW RELEASE: HIS WICKED TOUCH BY JULIE KENNER

 

 

 

 

 

She was his mate...the only one who could save him.

 

His Wicked Touch, a standalone paranormal romance from New York Times bestselling author @juliekenner is available now!

 

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Everyone Nicholas Bateman ever loved has died. Except Violet Caulfield, which must mean he never loved her. Eight years after she threw him over to marry a viscount, Nick is a widowed duke who prefers isolation. When a friend convinces him to leave his lair of self-imposed solitude, he considers taking another wife, provided she agrees to his terms: no emotional attachment of any kind.

 

Now widowed, Lady Violet Pendleton hopes for a second chance with the man she’s always loved. But she isn’t prepared for the desolation in his soul or the animosity he still bears toward her. Despite those obstacles, it’s clear their passion hasn’t dimmed. However, the heat between them isn’t enough to melt the Duke of Ice, and this time Violet may find herself the jilted party. Can love, once so tragically lost, finally be found?

 

 

REVIEWTHE DUKE OF ICE (THE UNTOUCHABLES) BY DARCY BURKE

 

The Duke of Ice (The Untouchables, #7)The Duke of Ice by Darcy Burke

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Dramatic, traumatic and romantic collide in an emotional tale of soul searching and second chances. The Duke of Ice is about facing fears and owning up to mistakes. Life's greatest fear is of the unknown. Things we can't control, but always weigh on our minds. Ms. Burke always creates great characters, but for me Nick proved to be breathtaking. The tortured soul with so much love to give, but a ton of guilt to bear. My heart broke for him. Love should be a beautiful adventure, but for him it seemed to be the beginning of something much darker. A lifetime of pain. Violet was the light at the end of the tunnel. She was the key to a mystery years in the making. All he has to do is trust his heart and open his soul. Darcy Burke went in an unexpected direction, but delivered one of her most human tales to date. Violet and Nick will leave readers breathless.



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TEASER THURSDAY: ALL IN (7 STUD CLUB) BY CHRISTIE RIDGWAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only great risk leads to great reward...
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Seven Poker Night buddies are very good with their hands…and are about to lose their hearts! Each one comes to learn that only great risk leads to great reward…

John Boone loves women, and avoids focusing on just one until he meets his temporary next-door-neighbor, Gemma Marquette. She’s fancy high heels to his scuffed construction boots and soft pop to his hard rock, yet there’s an attraction that neither can deny. But he also recognizes a woman who wants forever, so he’s determined to keep his hands off until Gemma suggests one way to manage their combustible chemistry…a fling!

Experience has taught Gemma to distrust commitment no matter how much she might desire it, so she’s on a guy hiatus when a handsome, sexy mountain of a man takes notice of her. All those muscles might be too hot to handle, but she finds herself compelled to give it a try…while still holding her heart safe. For as long as she can, that is…

ALL IN is book one in the 7 Stud Club series and is a STANDALONE CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE.

TEASER THURSDAY: LOSING LAUREL (ALASKA BLIZZARD) BY KAT MIZERA

 

 

 

 

 

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Losing Laurel by Kat Mizera releases on April 25th!
 
The line between love and hate isn’t always thin…

Professional hockey team owner Gage Caldwell has it all: Money, friends and a career some would kill for. But everything means nothing if you don’t have someone to share it with. The one thing missing is Laurel, the ex-wife he never stopped loving. Too bad she hates him.

Hockey coach Laurel Saunders will never forgive her ex-husband for not being there when she needed him most, but that doesn’t mean she stopped loving him. Desperate to let go of the past, she’s thrown herself into coaching women’s hockey and made a new life for herself. A life without Gage.

Sparks fly and history repeats itself, when they find themselves thrown together. This second chance might be their last, and Gage is determined to do whatever it takes to prove to Laurel this time will be different. Can he find a way to win her back or she always be the one who got away?

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Tombstones, the final standalone novel in the Beekman Hills series
by KC Enders is ready to set your heart on fire. Fans of military
and secret baby romance will love this angsty yet
humorous read. It was supposed to be just a month of
fun, but neither of them thought they’d find forever
between tragedy and tombstones.

 









 


No strings. No mess. No complications.

 


It was supposed to be just a month of fun.

 


But two blue lines have them both considering a future that
neither of them knew they wanted.




KATE BEARD

 


Kindergarten teacher.

 


Tequila connoisseur.

 


Expert in finding Mr. WRONG.

 


Ever since Kate discovered the man she thought she’d marry macking
on his boyfriend, she has had nothing but bad luck in love.

 


What she needs is a fresh start.

 


When MURPHY and his damn LAW drop the perfect man right
in front of her, it’s just her luck that he’s only there temporarily.




WYATT JACKSON

 


Captain, Special Forces.

 


Confirmed bachelor.

 


In the running for uncle of the year.

 


One month stateside to enjoy top-shelf tequila, lose himself
in a gorgeous woman, and to try and forget the desert.




What he needed was a reset. What he got, was a sassy
southern woman hellbent on bringing him to his knees.  




Neither thought they’d find forever between tragedy and tombstones.

 



 

 



 



 



 



 









Excerpt

 


Copyright @ 2019 KC Enders




I startle Martha laying a hand on her back as she’s gunning for
my class table. “Little Mr. Triplett needs a write-up to the office,
Miss Beard. In fact, I was just about to take him down there and
get things back in order here,” she huffs at me. Martha is the
elementary school equivalent of the SWAT. She runs a tight
ship, and nobody messes with that.

 


“Yeah, Jake’s had a rough morning, but let’s give him a hot
minute and just see if he can pull himself out of whatever
this is. What’s he been doing?” I ask glancing over my
shoulder toward the table reserved for my students.

 


Hot damn.

 


That is most definitely not one of my kindergartners.

 


Making a show of fanning myself, I tease, “Miss Martha,
you sure you don’t just want to go over there and flirt
with that fine specimen of man sitting next to Jake?”
Because holy fuck is he ever?

 


Martha pauses and looks at the tall man folded awkwardly
into the bench and table combo that perfectly fits our
smallest students. “Miss Beard,” she says exasperatedly.
“I’m old enough to be his mother.” She flutters her hand at
her throat, clutching at the neck of the candy cane printed
turtleneck that complements her black sweater vest,
presents and bows appliqued festively down the front.

 


“Doesn’t mean you can’t look.” I hit her with a wink and lean
in conspiratorially. “You calling dibs on him? Or can I go see
what has Jake all riled up?”

 


“Dear Lord, you’re just terrible,” she mutters.

 


The man sitting smack dab in the middle of the bench is
obviously a source of great interest to my kids. Jake
alternates between sitting so close to the man a piece
of tissue paper would feel squished, and standing,
holding court with his tall, muscly friend. Probably his dad.
He did mention that his father was home earlier. He’s got
all the tell-tale patience of a father visiting his excited kiddo
at school. Helping each child open whatever container or
snack bag they hand him. Chatting with each of them in turn.

 


Chloe Triplett is a very lucky woman if that man is warming
her bed at night—when he’s in town, anyway. His broad
shoulders test the tensile strength of the fabric of his plaid
shirt, molding almost poetically around a muscular back,
tapering in that perfect V to a well-formed ass. God forgive
me for lusting after my student’s father-please and thank you.
I pray silently.

 


Closely cropped dark brown hair fades into maybe two-day
scruff that peppers a strong jawline. Plump lips hitch up
when the question of the moment is interrupted by
Amelia telling him he’s got pretty eyes. His shoulders
shake ever so slightly as he rumbles out a “thank you,
and so do you.” Be still my heart.









 


Author KC Enders:

 







Karin is a New York Girl living in a Midwest world. A connoisseur of great words, fine bourbon, and strong coffee, she’s married to the love of her life who is also her best friend. The mother of two grown men, she is proud to say that they can cook and clean up after themselves, and always open doors for the ladies (you’re welcome, world). Even though her boys no longer live at home, the big dogs she’s rescued have taken up their empty space.

 




 



 



 



 



 



 






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COVER REVEAL: SAVE ME BY ANDI JAXON, AJ ALEXANDER

 

 

 

 

Save Me by Andi Jaxon and AJ Alexander is coming May 9th!

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BLURB:

 

I might be the one who swore an oath to save lives, but they saved me...

 

Saving lives isn't just my job, it's my whole world. Working eighteen hour days, I live in the hospital, running from patient to patient until I encounter a mysterious woman who stops me in my tracks. Afraid of her own shadow, I quickly diagnose that not all of her injuries are physical and the helpless look in her eyes turns my world upside down.  

 

I follow up with her, trying to convince myself that my actions are that of a concerned doctor. But it's more than that... turns out there is more to her as well. She's a single mom, and the fear in her eyes isn't just for herself, but for her amazing daughter. Before I even realize what's happening, I'm determined to save them both and it has nothing to do with oaths or medicine. First, she will have to trust me. Not just with her life, but her heart.

 

** TRIGGER WARNING: This story contains mention of physical and emotional abuse. Although no abuse takes place during the story it is described, at times, in detail. **

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Andi Jaxon

 

 
From Dyslexic kid with a love of Algebra to a published author, no one is more surprised to find me here, than I am. I love to write about tortured pasts and hot sex, a happily ever after that has to be worked for. My stories tend to be a little dark but with some comic relief, typically in the form of sarcasm.
 

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About AJ Alexander

 

 

AJ Alexander is a wannabe psychologist, writer, and author of the recently completed, SEAL’ed Series. AJ’s passion is writing angst filled happily ever afters that have to be earned by her characters. Women with no backbone need not apply.  AJ uses sarcasm and an unlimited supply of song lyrics to bring her romance novels to life.

 

AJ lives in the angst capital of the world, Seattle Washington with her own personal knight in shining armour and her two beautiful girls.

 

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TEASER THURSDAY: IGNITED BY MISTY MALLOY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ignited by Misty Malloy is releasing on April 25th!
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WHAT’S BETTER THAN FOUR SEXY DRAGON SHIFTERS? FIVE OF THEM.

Especially when one’s a golden dragon.

My mates and I have finally got this family thing figured out—the six of us, on a beautiful island, with a new baby on the way.

Unfortunately, we’ve got one teeny tiny problem. We still haven’t healed the orestaia, the dragon fertility stone.

Danger looms up ahead of us. Enemy dragons abound. And an epic dragon battle brews -- one that threatens to tilt the balance of dark magick versus the light.

Can we get out of this with all our scales intact, and still manage to save the dragon race?

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TEASER THURSDAY: DISAPPOINTING HER DADDIES (TOUGH LOVE) BY MADDIE TAYLOR

 

 

 

 

One Daddy can bring the heat, but two...?

Tough Love 3: Disappointing Her Daddies by Maddie Taylor arrives April 30th!

 

 

 

 

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BLURB:

 

She's fallen for both her dominant bosses.

Luckily, these delicious daddies won't make her choose.

 

Erica is in deep trouble. After a costly mistake -- one she can't believe she made -- she must confess to her two bosses at D&G Construction and face the painful consequences. Most employees would be fired on the spot, but when it comes to Erica, Daniel and Grayson are more likely to take their naughty girl over their knees for a bare-bottom lesson she won't soon forget. Fortunately, their unconditional love for her, combined with an eleventh-hour solution to save the company, means these two dominant daddies can make it all better just by having their wicked ways with her.

 

But something about the fiasco just doesn't add up. Although everything points to Erica's guilt, she's confident that it wasn't entirely her fault. And this little girl won't rest until she proves her innocence and reclaims her daddies' trust.

 

Publisher's note: Tough Love 3: Disappointing Her Daddies is a steamy, romantic ménage with alpha heroes, high heat, and BDSM themes (no age play). If this material offends you, please don't buy this book.

 

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About Maddie

 

A USA Today and #1 international bestselling author, Maddie is a lifelong reader who became a romance junkie as a teen with her first romance novel, The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss. From then on, she was hooked, and gobbled up everything she could get her hands on, whether contemporary, historical, paranormal or sci-fi. If there was romance to be found between a strong alpha male, and a sassy, adventurous and ofttimes defiant yet loving woman, Maddie was all over it. As an author, she stays true to those themes writing steamy erotic romance, with a side of kink, and adding elements of intrigue, danger and suspense to her plots.

 

Maddie started writing as a hobby. Her stories stayed private while she raised a family and worked full time as a registered nurse. It wasn't until 2012 that she decided to take the plunge and submit her first book for publication: Captain My Captain. She went on to publish eleven novels the first year.

 

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Baby Mine: Hunter & Lennon, #1 (Roommate Duet #1) by Kennedy Fox

Baby Mine: Hunter & Lennon, #1 (Roommate Duet #1) - Kennedy Fox

 

 

The girl that got away, becomes the woman he can't live without. There's much to love about Hunter and Lennon. Baby Mine is a wonderful look at the ironies of life. He saw her first, but finished last. From heartbreak to tragedy, Fox explores love at it's most real. These characters make us laugh, cry and hope, while imparting wisdom along with food for thought. Can love survive the roadblocks that fate keeps putting in the way? Kennedy Fox puts soul into an emotional tale of lost love and renewed hope.
 
 

 

The Cowboy's Heir by Mary Sue Jackson, Leslie North

The Cowboy's Heir - Leslie North, Mary Sue Jackson

 

 

Enjoying the best that life has to offer means stepping out of our comfort zone and trying something new. Parker and Chelsea are about to learn what can happen when taking a risk on love. The Cowboy's Heir gives heartache, a new outlook. Jackson gives a peek into the wounds of a battered heart and the antidote that makes everything better. On the verge of a new beginning, two strangers discover a brighter day. Home is just a heartbreak away in this tempting romance. Bumpy meets beautiful and finds perfect.

NEW COVER ALERT: THE MILLIONAIRE AND THE LIBRARIAN (THE PLEASURE OF HIS PUNISHMENT) BY J.S. SCOTT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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 The Millionaire and the Librarian is part of The Pleasure of His Punishment series by @AuthorJSScott has a HOT new cover and is #FREE on Kindle Unlimited.
 
Tory Price was just an ordinary librarian who's biggest excitement was being the "story lady" on friday evening for the children. Until Lucas Duncan, their biggest millionaire financial donor for the library fund, left his wallet in the library. 
 
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18+ Only - This book contains graphic sex, reluctant sex and other topics meant for adults only.  
 
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DEAL ALERT (FREE): RIVERSNOW (THE RIVER VALLEY SERIES) BY TESS THOMPSON

 

 

 

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A famous actress goes head-to-head with a powerful politician when she dares to name her abuser publicly in this small-town romance ripped from the headlines by USA Today bestselling author Tess Thompson. 

Genevieve Banks is one of Hollywood's most successful actresses. While on set in the small Oregon town of River Valley, she forms a deep friendship with her handsome male co-star. He wants more, but trauma deep in Genevieve's past holds her back.

When her closely guarded secret is revealed, Genevieve must make a painful choice: stay silent and let others suffer at the hand of the man who victimized her or confront the violence in her past and hold her abuser accountable.

COVER REVEAL: KISS ME TONIGHT (PUT A RING ON IT) BY MARIA LUIS

 

 

 














 



 



 



 



 



 


 


I had it all.

 


The Super Bowl rings.

 


The hot shot TV gig.

 



 


Then I got fired.

 



 


Now I’m living in
middle-of-nowhere Maine, playing assistant coach to the woman of my nightmares.

 



 


Did I mention that she
and her son are my new neighbors?

 



 


If you talk to the
locals, they’ll tell you Aspen Levi is the queen of high school football.

But if you ask me, my new head coach is a pain in my left nut sac.

 



 


She’s too blonde.

 


Too peppy.

 


And way too sexy for my
peace of mind.

 



 


Only, one minute we’re
fighting, and the next I can’t keep my hands off her. One hot kiss. One
forbidden touch. I don’t do love but . . .

 



 


What I want, I take, and
what I want is Aspen Levi.





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Maria Luis is the author of sexy contemporary
romances, though she may or may not have a few historical romances hiding
in the cobwebs of her computer.

 

 

 


When she's not writing about strong men and the sassy
women who sweep them off their feet, Maria is a historian who specializes
in medieval England and 19th century New Orleans. What do the two eras
have in common, you ask? Not much, except for disease, scandalous activities
and crime--Maria's favorite topics. 

 

 

 


Maria lives in New Orleans with her better half, where
she can generally be found hiking with her two dogs, Zeus and Athena, kayaking
in Louisiana's inter-coastal waterways, or curled up on the couch with a good
book.

 














SPOTLIGHT TOUR: ONE NIGHT FOR SEDUCTION (WICKED DUKES CLUB) BY ERICA RIDLEY

 

 

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Meet the unforgettable men of London's most notorious tavern, The Wicked Duke. Seductively handsome, with charm and wit to spare, one night with these rakes and rogues will never be enough…


One Night for Seduction, the first standalone in the all-new historical and romantic The Wicked Dukes Club Series from New York Times bestselling author Erica Ridley is available now!


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When the Wicked Duke dares the Duke of Colehaven to find a suitor for an unmanageable ward, Cole immediately accepts. He's on a winning streak, and besides, how unmarriageable can a pretty young lady be? He appoints himself bodyguard and duenna, only to discover his own desires may be the greatest danger of all.

 

 

 

Supposed wallflower Diana Middleton lives a double life, bringing dishonest businessmen to justice. Shaking off a meddling duke should be child's play. Yet the more they lock horns, the more she wants to lock lips. Her scandalous secrets would derail his political career. But surely there’s no harm in one little seduction…

 


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REVIEW: ONE NIGHT FOR SEDUCTION (WICKED DUKES CLUB) BY ERICA RIDLEY

 

One Night for Seduction (Wicked Dukes Club #1)One Night for Seduction by Erica Ridley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The thrill of Erica Ridley is that she is never boring. The lure of her characters is that loving them is never an easy feat, but a worthwhile experience. One Night for Seduction is the beginning of the end for two hostile hearts. Diana and Cole are as complicated as they are intriguing. The wallflower nobody dares to see is a puzzle waiting to be solved. Cole is the man with a plan, he's always a step ahead of the game, but he may have just met his match. Whether you lose your breath or find your heart, Ridley makes sure that The Wicked Dukes Club series gets off to a passionate start.



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Excerpt:

 

 


Movement caught the corner of the Duke of Colehaven’s eye and he turned to see a maid slip into the receiving salon. Possibly sent to offer him some sort of refreshment as he waited but, given how the mission was unfolding thus far, more likely the girl was simply going about her normal routine. Shaw would return at any moment to inform Cole his mistress had no wish to make his acquaintance.

He gave a subtle nod to acknowledge the maid’s presence and moved out of her way to sit upon the edge of a sofa.

The maid tilted her head as if considering him, but the brim of her mobcap flopped too low for Cole to discern the direction of her gaze. Of course a servant wouldn’t be so ill-trained as to stare rudely at her masters’ guests. Likely she was deciding between carrying on with her duties or returning later once the unexpected guest had gone.

“You’re one of Diana’s friends?” came the soft query.

Cole wasn’t certain what startled him more: confirmation that Diana Middleton did indeed have friends, or surprise that a maid would dare to address him directly.

Perhaps that was why his mouth answered automatically, “I’m here to see Miss Middleton, yes.”

Even that small evasion caused a ripple of discomfort beneath his skin. It was none of the maid’s business what the Duke of Colehaven was or was not up to, but Cole prided himself on being scrupulously honest in all his dealings, regardless of situation or class. Yet he could not bring himself to say No, I am not her friend aloud. Honesty was paramount, but so was honor, and he was not here to besmirch Miss Middleton’s.

“Is she expecting you?” the maid asked.

“She is not,” he replied tightly, and made a show of arranging his long limbs in the opposite direction as though he had become struck with sudden fascination at the wallpaper on the other side of the parlor.

There. That should put paid to further inquiries.

“Then why are you here?” the maid insisted. “Have you come to press a suit?”

Nothing like that,” Cole blurted out more forcefully than he intended. He gave up on the far wallpaper and turned to glare at the impertinent maid in the doorway.

She was no longer in the doorway. The maid now stood an arm’s width from the other side of the sofa. Her enormous mobcap still flopped too low for her eyes to be visible, but her slender fingers worried at each other against the starched panel of her apron.

The chit ought to be worried. If one of the Middletons caught her interrogating a guest… Or if the head housekeeper should spy her underling shirking her duty…

“Haven’t you anything to do?” Cole said at last. He was not rude by nature, but then again, he normally did not find himself in conversation with other peoples’ chambermaids. Reminding her of her duty was doing her a favor, he told himself. If she lost her post due to such antics, Cole would not be to blame.

“I have more to do than time to do it,” the maid said.

Cole did not doubt this. He gestured toward the opposite side of the parlor. “Don’t let me stop you from what you came to do.”

To his surprise, her lithe hands retrieved a small journal from the pocket of her apron, jotted a quick note with the nub of a pencil, and tucked both objects back inside as though they’d never existed.

“Where’s your chaperone?”

I don’t require a chaperone. It’s Miss Middleton who—” He broke off as a sudden thought occurred to him, unlikely as it might seem. “Are you the young lady’s chaperone? Have you come to assess my character?”

“Did you hope for a stolen moment alone with her?” the maid countered.

“Heaven forbid.” He could not repress a shiver of horror. “I would never be caught alone with a marriageable young lady.”

“You’ve no wish to marry?”

“None,” he replied firmly. And definitely no wish to be compromised against his will.

“Then what makes you think Miss Middleton has any intention to marry?”

“Of course she intends to marry,” Cole said in exasperation. “All proper young ladies hope to find a worthy husband and become an equally worthy wife. What else is she going to do?”

“Mathematics,” the maid replied without hesitation.

He blinked at this non sequitur. “What sort of woman prefers mathematics to marriage?”

“A wise one,” the maid snapped. She ripped off her mobcap and glared at him, revealing a beautiful pair of angry blue eyes. “I’d rather devote the rest of my life to applied sums and long division than spend a single second in the presence of yet another man who thinks he knows what a woman wants without bothering to perform the most perfunctory of information gathering interviews to determine—”

“Miss Middleton?” stammered from his mouth, but Cole need not await verbal confirmation to recognize the truth. “Why are you dressed like a maid?”

“Why are you alone with me in this parlor?” she countered, hands on her hips.

At this unfortunate moment, Cole noticed that when the “maid” entered the salon, she’d shut the door behind her. His stomach bottomed in abject fear. If she hadn’t known he was coming, why on earth was she wearing a disguise? Had she known he was coming?

“Please tell me this was not an elaborate trick to compromise me into marriage,” he managed, every muscle tensing in anticipation of the worst.

“No,” Miss Middleton said, blue eyes flashing, “it is leverage which I intend to use to force you to leave me alone.”

“You mean to extort a duke?” He paused as full realization set in. “Into not marrying you?”

“Is it working?” she demanded.

He rose to his feet with alacrity. “I harbor no wish to marry you. None. At all.”

“Splendid,” she said. “Now hear this. I don’t need you or any man. Understood? If you’ve any sense of self-preservation, you’ll find your way out of this town house before someone catches us alone together and both our lives are ruined.”

God help them both.

He dashed to the door and flung it open wide, to prove no nefarious seduction was underway in the guest parlor. But Miss Middleton was right. Lack of misdeed would not be enough. He needed to make haste before the distinct lack of chaperonage in the parlor forced them into an unwanted marriage.

Sensing any act of politeness would only serve to irritate her further, Cole tipped his hat as he swept past her. “Pleasure to make your acquaintance, Miss Middleton. Have a lovely day.”

“I’m already delighted never to have to see you again,” she called after him, her plump lips pursed in victory.

He smiled to himself as he slipped on his gloves.

That was where the fiery Miss Middleton went wrong. They would definitely be seeing each other again. After all, he had a ten-year winning streak to protect.

And the Duke of Colehaven never backed down from a dare.

 

 

 

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Erica Ridley learned to read when she was three, which was about the same time she decided to be a writer when she grew up.

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The Dukes of War features roguish peers and dashing war heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England.

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