Duke of Deception
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A desperate young woman ... Lady Louisa Barrick will do anything to save her estate and the village that depends on it, but when she tries to use a rakish privateer in her scheme, things don't turn out as planned.
A duke masquerading as a privateer ... Jonathan Derek Wentworth has a scheme of his own: to track down the ton-based smuggling gang responsible for his father's death. When he's caught in a compromising situation with Lady Louisa, he decides it's better to marry her than to risk being ostracized by the London society whose invitations are vital to his plan. But Louisa refuses to marry him, unless he meets her terms, one of which is a month-long reprieve from consummation.
Intent on seduction, Derek doesn't count on his unexpected jealousy wreaking havoc with his emotions, his marriage, and his masquerade. Lucy, still grieving the death of her father, wants desperately to avoid another heartbreak, but fears she may have schemed herself into a marriage with the one man destined to break her heart: a man who isn't what he seems, who obviously can't be trusted, and who will surely leave her the first chance he gets.
I've missed these
I love Judith mcnaught books like Whitney my love and a kingdom of my dreams. I'm glad to read a book similar. This author has a lot of promise.
4.5 really. Great
Good read. Imaginative circumstances but too much reliance on misconceptions!! Practically a new one every few chapters!! Just wanted to shake the main characters into communication n a backbone.
great mystery, great romance, hero to die for
said it all in the title, but want to add that I also was reminded of Judith McNaught's books as I read it.