Desperate Duchesses (Desperate Duchesses, Book 1) by Eloisa James

By Eloisa James

Unique book: 2009

Welcome to a global of reckless sensuality and glittering sophistication . . . of dangerously good-looking gents and younger women longing to achieve a name . . . of video games performed for prime stakes, including—on occasion—a lady's virtue.

A marquess's sheltered merely daughter, girl Roberta St. Giles falls in love with a guy she glimpses throughout a crowded ballroom: a duke, a video game participant of consummate ability, a infamous rakehell who indicates little interest in marriage—until he lays eyes on Roberta.

Yet the Earl of Gryffyn understands too good that the cost required to achieve a coronet is usually too excessive. Damon Reeve, the earl, is decided to guard the beautiful Roberta from chasing after the inaccurate destiny.

Can Damon appeal to her right into a high-stakes online game of his personal, no matter if his center could be misplaced within the enterprise?

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It didn’t make the next half hour any easier. As they moved through the house, she prayed he would not discern her nervousness. In the study, she dared to breathe a little easier. They were almost done. There was a portrait of his father there, hanging over the mantel. He stood before it for the longest time, his hands behind his back, the set of his shoulders rigidly square. Though James St. Bride had hair of mahogany brown, there was a marked resemblance between father and son. Both possessed the same square chin, the same high cheekbones…the same intense blue eyes.

Briskly she set about lighting the candles. “My, but it’s frightfully da—” Hurriedly she revised what she’d been about to say. Emily now lived in a world of darkness. “It’s frightfully cool for a summer night. ” Emily’s fingers twitched at the fabric of her skirt. Her lovely brow was pleated with a frown. ” “I am, and I’m terribly sorry, love. ” She gave a quick laugh. “You must be feeling neglected, I suspect. ” Emily One Moonlit Night / 29 turned her head in the direction of her voice. ” “Of course I don’t.

Olivia was confused. “Ma’am? ” “He’s asked for you. ” Mrs. Templeton’s lips were thin. ” Olivia swallowed. She didn’t like the sound of that, nay, not at all! “Very well,” she murmured. Olivia turned to leave. Mrs. Templeton’s voice stopped her. ” She glanced back. “A good servant is neither seen nor heard, young woman. ” Her stomach felt as if it were tied up in knots. But so was his. He stood near the marble fireplace, his hands behind his back, his mind still reeling. Never had he 42 / Samantha James thought to find her at Ravenwood.

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