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Who doesn’t want a wicked earl of their own?

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I am thrilled to introduce you to the Wicked Earls’ Club! These twelve bad boys know how to have a good time and have no intention of giving up their wild ways. My earls is the Earl of Grayson and you can preorder him today for just 99 cents! In fact, every novella in this series is just 99 cents, and to add a cherry to the treat, you can download the series prologue FREE!!

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Meet twelve of the most wickedly sinful earls in all of Regency England. Together they make up the Wicked Earls’ Club. A secret group, marked with a single golden W; it is a place where these deliciously devious earls can indulge in their darkest desires. Though fate may have something else planned for them entirely.

Read twelve standalone novellas as each wicked earl finds love and redemption.
This is the prologue only, and is offered FREE to introduce you to the Wicked Earls’ Club.

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Now that you have your free eBook allow me to introduce you to the Earl of Grayson!

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Damien Archer, Earl of Grayson and Lady Charlotte Lawson are opposite in every way. Where his coloring is dark, she has blond tresses and blue eyes. Charlotte’s alabaster skin tone is a stark contrast to Damien’s sun-kissed tan. He is tall at six feet three inches while she is short at barely over five feet tall. Furthermore, her cheerful disposition is in stark contrast to his brooding nature. But most bothersome of all is his tendency to flaunt society’s rules while she follows them without fail.

Damien desires nothing more than to spend his time carousing, drinking, and gambling while Charlotte spends hers at afternoon teas, balls, and musicals. She is a true lady and he a determined rake. When their paths cross they have every reason to turn in the opposite direction, and yet they cannot seem to avoid one another. Passions flair, putting them both at risk. They stand not only to lose their reputations, but more importantly, their hearts.

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USA Today Bestselling author Amanda Mariel dreams of days gone by when life moved at a slower pace. She enjoys taking pen to paper and exploring historical time periods through her imagination and the written word. When she is not writing she can be found reading, crocheting, traveling, practicing her photography skills, or spending time with her family.

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Be sure to check out all of the Wicked Earls’ Club novellas:

The Earl of Sussex by Tammy Andresen
Earl of Westcliff by Meara Platt
Earl of Wainthrope by Collette Cameron
Earl of Sunderland by Aubrey Wynne
Earl of Basingstoke by Aileen Fish
Earl of Weston by Anna St. Claire
Earl of Davenport by Maggie Dallen
Earl of Grayson by Amanda Mariel
Earl of Benton by Madeline Martin
Earl of Pembroke by Lauren Smith
Earl of St. Seville by Christina McKnight
Earl of Harrington by Dawn Brower

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Boxset Bonanza! Grab your copies!!

Do you love boxsets? Well then you have hit the jack pot!! Check out these sets sure to keep you reading 🙂 Some are on preorder at a discounted price, others are ending soon never to be sold again, still others are in their prime just waiting for you to click download. Don’t delay-find your next great read, discover a new author, or enjoy old favorites by downloading today!!

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WHAT A LADY DESIRES

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Fall in love with four swoon worthy Regency romances in the WHAT A LADY DESIRES boxset. These tales of passion are sure to delight you from beginning to end, leaving you satisfied.

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DUKE OF MY DREAMS

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Read these six enchanting love stories as each of these ladies finds, not just the love of her life, but the duke of her dreams.
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ROMANCE ON THE HIGH SEAS
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Seven best-selling authors of Pirate Romance take you on thrilling and epic high seas adventure with seven swashbuckling romances sure to satisfy the pirate lurking in your heart.
WICKED LOVE
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When love is this good, it’s wicked. Seven tales of passion, written by your favorite USA Today and bestselling authors, sure to make your heart flutter!

 

 

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LADIES AND SCOUNDRELS: VOLUME ONE

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Get swept away in the first three novels of the Ladies and Scoundrels series! These previous released, bestselling romances of love, loss, and redemption will keep you enthralled and leave you satisfied.
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BE MY LOVE
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TO LOVE A ROGUE

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Join two of historical romance’s bestselling authors in this four book set of first in series romances sure to leave you craving more.

 

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WICKED RAKES

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Join these wickedly bad rakes and the women who tame them.

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A MIDSUMMER’S KISS

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EVERY ROGUE’S HEART

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6 Brand new stories from Bestselling authors…

There is no love more worth while than the one you have to fight the hardest to attain… 6 ladies win the heart of their one true–rogue.

 

 

 

 

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UNTAMED LADIES

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These heroines seek adventure and excitement, but they’ll soon discover that risking their hearts is the greatest gamble of all. Six all new stories from some of today’s hottest USA Today and bestselling authors of Regency romance!

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HOT WINTER NIGHTS

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A racy Regency Christmas collection: Eight brand new stories sure to keep you warm!

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Indulge in Daring a Rogue to Love: Six tales of unrepentant rogues and the women who win their hearts. These scoundrels don’t stand a chance!

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I would love to know what sets you picked up, which stories were your favorites, etc…

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Enticed by Lady Elianna: A Cinderella inspired Regency romance

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ENTICED BY LADY ELIANNA IS HERE!!!! Dive into Fabled Love book 3 today!!

A woman who has lost everything…

After her father’s death Lady Elianna was forced into servitude by her cousin and his family. For years she has done as told filling the roll of everything from a lady’s maid to a scullery maid without complaint. That is until Lord Sinclair shows up at the estate causing her to dare to dream once more.

A man determined to save her…

Lord Sinclair is intrigued by Elianna after a brief meeting in Hyde Park. He is convinced the woman is hiding something and he’s determined to discover her secrets. When the lady Elianna is accompanying extends an invitation to a country house party, he accepts.

Circumstances beyond their control…

Passion flairs to life as Elianna works to hide her secrets while Lord Sinclair does everything in his power to uncover them. One fateful night will change everything, dragging her secrets to the forefront and forcing action. Might their love be the key to overcoming her past?

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“London is calling for me.” Garrett rubbed his hand across his thigh, brushing away a bit of dust. If not for his interest in Miss Elianna the party would hold no appeal for him. He found the rituals of house parties rather tedious and the gaming, liquor, and loose women at this one in particular were in short supply.

It was his sense that she was in danger that drove his interest in her—the adventure and excitement of saving a damsel. He’d still intended to enjoy himself during the party, at the least partake in good gaming and a delectable widow on the side.

“The devil you say.” Aubry stomped his boot, dislodging a clump of straw from the stables. “I rather think it would suit you to find some enjoyment here. Perhaps a proper lady to court and wed?”

Garrett raised a brow in mock indignation. “Whoever needs that when London is full of improper ladies to bed?”

“London will kill you yet, old friend.”

Garrett grinned with amusement. “But what a way to go.”

“I can see the gossip column now.” He waved his hand out in front of himself. “Garrett Tumbly, Viscount Sinclair, perished last evening with a belly full of port and a widow beneath him after having spent several hours at a popular gaming hell.” Aubry chuckled.

The familiar figure of Miss Elianna near the rear of the house caught Garrett’s attention. She wore a deep green gown with gold accents—the same shade she’d worn on their previous meetings. Peculiar for any woman. In fact, he’d never meet one whose frocks all bore the same shade.

Come to think of it, the Berkly servants wore the same colors. Deep green and gold were the earl’s livery colors. But Miss Elianna was no servant. She was a companion to Lady Caroline. Or was she? Had the ladies deceived him? Was that her secret?

“Ugh.” A huff of air whooshed from him when Aubry jabbed his elbow into Garrett’s side. Recovered, he turned to his friend. “Take care, will you.”

“What interest do you have in that woman?” Aubry asked.

Garrett shot him a scathing look. “I met her in London along with Lady Caroline. Something about her caught my interest but not in the way you suppose.”

“Do you mean to tell me you’ve met a woman worth more to you than a quick tumble?” Aubry jested.

“Last night’s port must have gone directly to your head causing lasting damage.” He glanced back at Miss Elianna. “I have no wish to become romantically involved with anyone here. There is, however, something the girl is hiding, and I intend to figure out what it is.”

“The party is not so grand that we should have a hard time discovering more about her. Tell me what you have to go on?”

Garrett’s pulse increased as he watched Miss Elianna making her way across the lawn, toward the house. His opportunity to speak with her again shrank with each step she took. Before long she’d be out of sight and reach. He turned his attention back to Aubry. “Later. For now, you must excuse me.”

Aubry gave a nod.

Garrett turned to follow Miss Elianna intent on charming her further—on discovering at least a morsel about her. Bloody hell. The woman moved fast. He pursued the area, searching for her as he strode across the expanse of lawn between him and the residence. She could not have gotten far.

A streak of green skirts caught his eye disappearing into the veranda doors and he hurried his pace. Another few strides and he too entered the house.

“Lord Sinclair. How nice to see you.” Lady Caroline traipsed across the parlor, her hips swinging seductively.

He locked his gaze on Miss Elianna, who continued making her way across the room. “And you as well, Lady Caroline, though I fear I am in a hurry at the moment.”

She placed her hand boldly on his arm, stilling him. “Surely you have a moment for me.”

Reluctantly, he turned to regard her and offered a smile. A pout tugged at her lower lip while her eyes danced playfully. He should refrain from being rude. Devil take it! She should not be approaching him in such an unabashed and inappropriate way.

He shook his arm free. “Perhaps later.”

“Lord Sinclair,” Lady Caroline called after him, an edge in her tone.

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About the author:

USA Today Bestselling author Amanda Mariel dreams of days gone by when life moved at a slower pace. She enjoys taking pen to paper and exploring historical time periods through her imagination and the written word. When she is not writing she can be found reading, crocheting, traveling, practicing her photography skills, or spending time with her family.

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Seven Wicked Historical Love Stories

When love is this good, it’s wicked. Seven tales of passion, written by your favorite USA Today and bestselling authors, sure to make your heart flutter!

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The Mistress Enchants Her Marquis by Christina McKnight
Elijah Watson, Marquis of Ridgefeld, has spent his life away from society. As the illegitimate daughter of London’s disreputable Craven House Madame, Miss Samantha Pengarden has never had to face society alone—until now. When Samantha is named Elijah’s mistress in White’s betting book, her reputation is in ruins—and only Elijah can save her.

Surrendering to My Spy by Dawn Brower
A rogue, a marquess and a spy… Each an integral part of Dominic Rossington’s life and he does them all rather well. Love throws him off balance and he’ll do everything in his power to protect the one who holds his heart, Lady Rosanna. Danger lurks on the horizon and he’ll have to put it all on the line to save her.

Scandalous Redemption by Amanda Mariel
Can two wary people overcome past hurts, an old scandal, and social strictures to embrace true love?

For The Love of A Viscount by Callie Hutton
Bluestocking Lady Elise Smith and content bachelor Lord St. George made a pact to thwart Lady Elise’s father’s plans for her to marry. What they don’t understand is a pretend courtship can only if work if you don’t fall in love . . .

Beauty and the Rake by Erica Monroe
Police inspector Michael Strickland sees the beauty inside Abigail Vautille, not the scarred beast she believes herself to be–and he’ll do anything to protect her from the blackguard who left her disfigured.

Wicked Designs by Lauren Smith
Emily, a rebellious debutante, is kidnapped by a devilish duke and his infamous league of rogues as part of a revenge plan, but Emily gives the duke more than he’s bargained for.

Mad About the Marquess by Elizabeth Essex
Lady Quince Winthrop has been robbing from society’s rich and giving to the poor for years–but when the Marquess of Cairn returns to Edinburgh, Quince discovers love is even harder to resist than temptation.

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Release day: Georgina-Lady Archer’s Creed, book 2

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I am thrilled beyond belief to share my new release, Georgina with you! This book is very special to me because it is a collaboration with my dear friend Christina McKnight. It is not often we get to work with other authors that we admire and I have the double blessing of calling her friend as well.

This all started when I came across an article about female archer’s during the Regency and Victorian eras and posted it to Face Book saying that I wanted to write a lady archer. Within second’s Christina saw the post and messaged me about what a great idea it was, and before long we had come up with the Lady Archer’s Creed.

I just know you will love our lady archer’s as much as we do, so allow me to introduce you to Lady Georgina Seton:

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A determined woman…

Wild and reckless, Lady Georgina Seton has plans for her future. Driven by the pain of past heartbreak, she will do whatever it takes to gain what she wants… and she is determined to control her own destiny. By becoming the best female archer England has ever known she will safeguard her future without the need to marry.

An ambitious man…

Born the spare, Felton Crauford is hell bent to secure his own future by amassing wealth. The mineral vein he discovered promises to be a boon, but there is one problem…the deposit runs into a neighboring estate. To his fury, the hoyden next door does whatever she can to get in his way. All while presenting a temptation he cannot ignore.

Felton and Georgina are caught up in an unstoppable yearning that threatens to destroy both of their plans. Worse, they are powerless to stop the white-hot desire blazing between them. Georgina must place her wager: Open her heart once more or risk losing everything.

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A love of archery brings four young girls together to form The Lady Archer’s Creed. Through their mutual love of the sport, they solidify an unbreakable bond, and each woman has a unique quality that adds to their dynamic friendship:

Theodora, Lady Archer’s Creed Series (Book One)

Lady Theodora with her sharp mind and love of academics becomes the perfect archery coach. Despite being the last to join their group, and the obvious outcast, she will risk her future for her friends.

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Lady Georgina makes the perfect financier. The forgotten daughter of a wealthy duke, she seeks to belong to something—or someone—by any means necessary.

Adeline, Lady Archer’s Creed Series (Book Three)

Miss Adeline is a natural leader. Having grown up in a large and often spirited family, she now allows no one to place her in the shadows.

Josephine, Lady Archer’s Creed Series (Book Four)

Lady Josephine, having a sweet and impressionable nature, strives to please everyone—and keep their bond intact, even after they return to London for the Season.

Adeline, Georgie, Theo, and Josie live each day by the Lady Archer’s Creed, which they developed during their school days at Miss Emmeline’s School of Education and Decorum for Ladies of Outstanding Quality. “Friendship, loyalty, and honor above all” is their mantra. Now, as they face the challenges that come with adulthood, the creed is more important than ever.

Lady_Archers_Creed_LogoVisit www.christinamcknight.com or www.amandamariel.com for more information on USA Today Bestselling Authors Amanda Mariel and Christina McKnight as well as the Lady Archer’s Creed series.

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7 tales of deception, scandal, love and loyalty for just 99 cents!

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Traverse time with seven historical romance novels of revenge, loyalty, betrayal, scandal, and ultimately love that are sure to keep you enthralled.

TRUST IN ME by bestselling author LANA WILLIAMS
Lord Nicholas de Bremont is determined to get revenge against the man who harmed his brother. He joins Lord Crefton’s daughter Elizabeth in a chaste marriage as punishment, but he soon finds himself falling for the woman he’s determined to ruin…

LOYAL HEART by bestselling author ANNA MARKLAND
An impossible choice…love or family loyalty.

Sophia falls in love with a guest at her brother’s wedding, but he is an envoy sent by her father’s enemies.
Brandt intends to return home as soon as his unwelcome obligation to attend the wedding is fulfilled. It quickly becomes apparent he’ll be lucky to leave the celebrations alive.

SCANDALOUS REDEMPTION by USA Today Bestselling author AMANDA MARIEL
Ruined by scandal, Claudia Akford survived years of marriage to a cruel brute. Widowed, she is determined to regain her standing in society, but Lord Shillington personifies temptation. Kind and gentle, yet masculine and sinfully handsome, he would make the perfect lover, but he wants more than she is willing to give.

While Henry Shillington knows a little of the beautiful but notorious Lady Claudia Akford, he is struck by her kindhearted, accomplished, and witty demeanor. The more time he spends in her company, the more he dreams of a future with her. But the lady resists his honorable overtures, and a mistress will never do for him.

Can two wary people overcome past hurts, an old scandal, and social strictures to embrace true love?

ONE KNIGHT IN THE FOREST by bestselling author CATHERINE KEAN
When Lady Magdalen Suffield finds a letter ordering her best friend’s husband to commit murder, she flees into the woods. Pursued and injured, she collapses into the strong arms of Lord Cynric Woodrow, the local sheriff. As Cyn treats her wound in his forest home, he wonders why she’s running from a man he considers an honorable friend. She refuses to confide in Cyn, but as his fascination with her grows, he must choose between loyalty to her or to his friend. Can Magdalen win his trust and stop the murder, or will the danger destroy far more than the love Cyn and Magdalen seem destined to share?

MY ONCE & FUTURE LOVE by bestselling author RUTH KAUFMAN
En route to rescue his imprisoned father, an arrow wound saps Morgan ap Myrddin’s powers. Annora of Amberton, who fled her castle to prove she’s not the lunatic her uncle claimed when seeking wardship, reluctantly helps him. Desire and respect spark as he aids her in return, but danger, destiny and his mysterious past thwart the power of love.

HEART OF THE HIGHLANDS by award-winning author APRIL HOLTHAUS
Rylan has spent most of his life keeping his identity a secret, even from those he loves. But in order to secure his future, he has to face his past. On the run as an outlaw, trying to clear his name, Rylan comes across a woman who he discovers has dark secrets of her own.

Living a simple life with her young son, nothing seemed as if it could go wrong, until a Highland drifter shows up on her doorstep. Dragging her into his world of chaos and deception, Fallon finds herself at a crossroads that may impact both of their lives.

As secrets become exposed, will Fallon choose the right path to change her life, and will it be enough to save Rylan from the noose?

A FLAWED JEWEL by bestselling author DAWN BROWER
Pieretta boards a ship, unaware that Thor is waiting to kidnap her for revenge against her grandfather. Will love intervene, altering both their courses?

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Anna Markland: http://www.annamarkland.com/

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It’s here! Get SCANDALOUS WALLFLOWER by USA Today Bestselling author Amanda Mariel today!

 

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Amanda Mariel

Release Date: March 20, 2017

Length: 19k

Heat Rating: 3

Genre: Historical Romance, Victorian

Blurb:

A wallflower by nature, Jane long ago accepted she would become a spinster. Perhaps such a fate was for the best. After all she’d witnessed firsthand how miserable marriage could make a lady. Still she dared to dream-that is until she finds herself thoroughly scandalized by a lord with the manners of a wild boar.

After Caleb Wesley, Lord Keery, failed to protect the one person who’d counted on him, he embraced his role of blackguard. He holds his vices close-light skirts, gambling, and liquor-and has no intention of giving them up. Even after he accidentally ruins a lady and is forced to offer marriage.

Two people brought together through an unwanted circumstance discover something neither one believed they’d ever have. Can they let go of their old hurts and beliefs long enough to embrace the gift fate bestowed upon them?

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He glanced at the mussed bed, then raked his gaze over her body before meeting her eyes. “It seems you welcomed me with open legs, madam.”

The chill in his tone sliced through her. To think she was bemoaning the fact they had not made love mere minutes ago. Anger flared to life, burning her from the inside out. She jabbed finger into the bone and muscle of his chest. “That is an invitation you shall never receive from me! You are a blackguard unfit for the company of ladies.”

“If that is true, it is a damn good thing there are no ladies present.” He pulled his shirt over his head.

“There seems to be a shortage of gentleman as well.” She bent to retrieve his breeches before flinging them at him.

The door swung open behind her, spinning her around. To her horror, her brother and his wife had entered her room, worse still, the Countess of Bailey, an older woman renowned for her gossiping, stood wide-eyed in the hallway. The blood drained from Jane’s face as she averted her gaze to the pained glass window wishing she could fling herself out of it.

“Explain yourself,” her brother, Henry, demanded of Lord Keery. Claudia remained behind her husband, her hand on her chest and her mouth agape.

Jane’s heart pounded head spun with all the excuses she could make, but no words came. Nothing she could say would make any difference. She stood in the middle of her room in nothing more than a chemise with a more than half naked man. Hells bells! She was ruined. Her cheeks burned with embarrassment.

Claudia moved to the door and pushed it shut, closing off the Countess’s view as well as any other houseguests who may come upon them. “Do lower your voice, Henry. Is it your wish to see Jane ruined?”

“Keery has already seen to that, I daresay. Bloody hell, the countess stood witness to this…this atrocity.” His attention remained riveted on Lord Keery. “You took advantage of my sister. Have you nothing to say?”

Jane found her strength and rushed forward. “All is not as it appears. I swear it on my life.”

“Silence!” Henry bit the word out from between clenched teeth, his eyes burning with unsuppressed anger.

Jane pressed her lips together, but stood her ground. She could not allow Lord Keery to shoulder all of the blame for their predicament—not when she’d been a willing accomplice.

Henry removed his glove and slapped it across Lord Keery’s cheek. “I challenge you to a duel.”

Lord Keery stepped back to lean casually against the dressing table. “There is no need for that, Shillington, for I intend to do right by your sister.”

Jane’s stomach lurched as she took in his words. Doing right by her could only mean one thing. Lord Keery wanted to marry her. An hour ago, she would have thrilled, but now the prospect terrified her. She fought through the fog and pinned Keery with her gaze. “I would not marry this scoundrel were he the last man on earth.”

Her brother jumped in, his gaze as condemning as her own. “You forfeited any say in the matter, dear sister, the moment he entered your chamber.”

Keery shook out his wrinkled breeches. “I will procure a special license right away.” He pulled them on, tucked in his linen shirt, and secured them. “Just as soon as I find the remainder of my clothing.”

Jane fisted her hands, wanting to scream. How could he be so casual? His nonchalance further enraged her. He no more wanted to wed her than she wanted a rogue with the manners of a wild boar for a husband. Fuming and flustered, she went about the room collecting his garments before pushing them against his chest. “Do not bother. I refuse to marry you, regardless of what my brother demands.” Even as the words left her mouth, she knew they were untrue. She could not refuse his offer when doing so would bring shame upon her entire family.

Henry took hold of her arm and gave a gentle shake. “That is quite enough, Jane. You will marry Keery. Not another word from you unless it is ‘I do’.”

Lord Keery, clothing in hand, moved toward the door. Before he took his leave, he turned back and flashed her a rakish grin. “It seems you do not have a choice in the matter, my future bride.”

Jane was perplexed and enraged by his contradictory behavior. Why offer her marriage to save her reputation one moment only to ruin her good name the next moment by leaving her room in so shocking a state of undress? “Surely you do not intend to go out there like that.”

His mouth hitched up into a devilish grin. “Whyever not, when you are already compromised?”

And, at that, he took his leave.

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