The Unexpected Duchess

Valerie Bowman

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IN THIS BATTLE OF WITS

Lady Lucy Upton’s tongue may be too sharp to attract suitors but her heart is good, and when her painfully shy friend Cassandra needs help she devises a brilliant scheme to help her discourage an unwanted suitor, the Duke of Claringdon. Lucy will hide behind the hedgerow and tell Cass just what to say to discourage the Duke of Claringdon…but it turns out that he’s made of sterner stuff than either of them anticipated. And Lucy is shocked to discover that tangling with the tenacious man is the most fun she’s had in ages.

 

KISSES ARE THE BEST WEAPON

Lord Derek Hunt made a promise to his dying friend to marry the demure Cassandra, and for a man who wants nothing more than peace and quiet after the horrors of war, she’ll make the perfect bride. If only the impudent Miss Upton will let him court the girl! Doing battle is the last thing on his mind, but bantering with Lucy behind the bushes is too tempting to resist. And in The Unexpected Duchess, the spoils of this war just may be true love…

 

Valerie Bowman’s Secret Brides novels are:

 

 

 “Intriguing [and] engaging.”—Publishers Weekly

 

“Too delightful to miss!”—Lisa Kleypas

 

“Sparkling…witty…engaging.” —RT Book Reviews

 

 

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CHAPTER ONE
 
 
London, Late June 1815
Lady Lucy Upton blew a leaf away from her lips. A twig in her eye and a mouthful of foliage were the unfortunate by-products of having her head lodged in a hedgerow. Not to mention, it was a bit chilly outside tonight. But this had been her idea, after all, and she intended to see it through.
Lucy was secure in her position behind the bushes in the Chamberses’ garden just steps away from her dearest friend, Cassandra Monroe. There might be a ball going on inside the stylish town house, but out here they were quite alone …

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IN THIS BATTLE OF WITS

Lady Lucy Upton’s tongue may be too sharp to attract suitors but her heart is good, and when her painfully shy friend Cassandra needs help she devises a brilliant scheme to help her discourage an unwanted suitor, the Duke of Claringdon. Lucy will hide behind the hedgerow and tell Cass just what to say to discourage the Duke of Claringdon…but it turns out that he’s made of sterner stuff than either of them anticipated. And Lucy is shocked to discover that tangling with the tenacious man is the most fun she’s had in ages.

 

KISSES ARE THE BEST WEAPON

Lord Derek Hunt made a promise to his dying friend to marry the demure Cassandra, and for a man who wants nothing more than peace and quiet after the horrors of war, she’ll make the perfect bride. If only the impudent Miss Upton will let him court the girl! Doing battle is the last thing on his mind, but bantering with Lucy behind the bushes is too tempting to resist. And in The Unexpected Duchess, the spoils of this war just may be true love…

 

Valerie Bowman’s Secret Brides novels are:

 

 

 “Intriguing [and] engaging.”—Publishers Weekly

 

“Too delightful to miss!”—Lisa Kleypas

 

“Sparkling…witty…engaging.” —RT Book Reviews

 

 

Praise for Valerie Bowman’s Secret Brides series

 

SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS MARRIAGE 

“From the gripping opening line to the highly satisfying climax, Bowman keeps readers in her grasp with her unique storytelling and unconventional plotting. Readers will be captivated by how her smart and sensual story unfolds.”—RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars!)

 

“Bowman woos Regency romance fans with this…refreshing page-turner.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) STARRED REVIEW

 

SECRETS OF A RUNWAY BRIDE

 

“A fantastic follow-up to Bowman’s dynamic debut… an enchanting, smart romance that shines with laugh-out loud humor, delectable dialogue, smart prose, wit, and wisdom. This entertaining and highly satisfying romp is a pure joy and delight to read.” —RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars! Top Pick!)

 

“A fun…yet emotionally poignant late-Regency romance which succeeds on every level.”—Kirkus Reviews

 

“This was an absolutely delightful book and an author that I look forward to reading more from.”—Night Owl Reviews

 

“The tale overall is incredibly charming, the writing dramatic and the characters bold.”—The Romance Reader

 

“Absolutely delightful.”—Fresh Fiction

 

 “A sexy, quirky, altogether fun read, Valerie Bowman’s Secrets of a Runaway Bride is everything a romance should be. Block out a few hours for this one...once you start reading, you won’t be able to stop!” —Sarah MacLean, New York Times bestselling author

 

“Valerie Bowman pens fabulous, sexy tales—it’s no secret she’s a Regency author to watch!”—USA Today bestselling author Kieran Kramer

  SECRETS OF A WEDDING NIGHT

 

“The most charming and clever debut I’ve read in years! With her sparkling dialogue, vivid characters, and self-assured writing style, Valerie Bowman has instantly established herself as a romance author with widespread appeal. This engaging and sweetly romantic story is just too delightful to miss.”—New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas

 

“Clever, fun, and fantastic!”— New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Enoch

  

“Ms. Bowman is quite the tease. How I love a good society scandal. The hero is absolutely yummy!”—Award-winning author Donna MacMeans

 

“Bowman’s engaging sense of characterization, gift for creating sexual chemistry, and graceful writing style give her debut romance a splendidly satisfying emotional depth.” —Booklist (starred review)

 

“This fast-paced, charming debut, sparkling with witty dialogue and engaging characters, marks Bowman for stardom.” —RT Book Reviews

 

“Bowman’s cast of intriguing, well-developed characters—particularly smart, sensible Lily—makes this an engaging debut that will have readers seeking future installments.”—Publishers Weekly

 

Secrets of a Wedding Night is positively enchanting. It became impossible to put down after reading just a few pages. I was up very late finishing this wonderful tale of love and second chances.”—Romance Junkies Book Reviews

 

“In Secrets of a Wedding Night we are given a great cast of charming characters and a nicely brisk pace. Valerie Bowman has created a great start to this series.”—Rakehell


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About the Author

Valerie Bowman

 

Valerie Bowman grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. 

 

Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her rascally rescue dog, Roo. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS.  

 

Valerie loves to hear from readers. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, and at her website.

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The Unexpected Duchess
Valerie Bowman

Mass Market Paperbound

Mass Market Paperbound
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks
4/29/2014
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9781250042071
ISBN10: 1250042070
4 1/8 x 6 3/4 inches, 368 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks
4/29/2014
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ISBN: 9781466839427
ISBN10: 1466839422
336 pages
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