By Eloisa James
A duke needs to select properly . . .
Leopold Dautry, the infamous Duke of Villiers, needs to wed fast and nobly—and his offerings, unfortunately, are few. The Duke of Montague's daughter, Eleanor, is exquisitely appealing and fiercely clever. Villiers betroths himself to her with out extra ado.
After all, no different girl particularly qualifies. Lisette, the outspoken daughter of the Duke of Gilner, cares not anything for garments or decorum. She's engaged to a different guy, and doesn't supply a fig for prestige or name. part the ton believes Lisette mad—and Villiers is prone to agree.
Torn among good judgment and keenness, among intelligence and mind's eye, Villiers reveals himself interested in the very fringe of impropriety. however it isn't really till he's in a duel to the demise, battling for the acceptance of the lady he loves, that Villiers eventually realizes that the best chance is probably not within the dueling box . . .
But within the bed room. And the guts.
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Who, indeed? “It’s all right, Leod. This is Alexander de Monteneau. ” Leod gave a good snort. ” Knowing Leod’s stubborn, squint-eyed challenge all too well, Talia turned him on his heels. ” “You’re sure you’ll be all right, my lady? He’s a big one, he is,” Leod said, loud enough for all to hear. ” And quicker. And wiser. And far, far more handsome. A stray thought that went ﬂuttering through her chest. ” Leod whispered. Dear God! Had de Monteneau heard? Her ears ﬁlled with the slamming of her pulse.
A sound that drew a sharp but deeply concerned frown from the woman. He nodded toward the thundering sound. “What would that be, madam? ” Fear ﬂickered across her ﬁne features, softening them for an instant. ” And then they came swooping down the stairs, pounding footsteps and giggling voices and then a useless bellow from far above. 52 LINDA NEEDHAM “Come back here, young ladies! This minute! ” But the chaos only increased, until it spilled into the solar along with two girls, then Leod, who hadn’t a chance of catching up with them.
The agile old man boxed and protested every step as he was led by the elbows through the crowd. ” Leod climbed up onto the dais, threw himself between Talia and de Monteneau, and glared up at the towering warrior. ” She stood and put herself between Leod and His Lordship. “How are the children? ” “Oh, they all be ﬁne, my lady. ” Which, ﬁnally, soothed her fears, because Leod was a lion when it came to protecting her family. De Monteneau rose and stood directly behind her, a wall of heat and smoke and leather, surpassingly tall.
A Duke of Her Own (Desperate Duchesses, Book 6) by Eloisa James