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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 Praise for The Unexpected Duchess:
 
"Engaging characters, snappy banter, and judicious infusion of smoldering sensuality will have readers clamoring for the next installment in this smart and sext series." —Booklist (Starred Review)
 
"A fun, smart comedy of errors and a sexy, satisfying romance."—Kirkus (Starred Review)
 
"Smart, witty, sassy and utterly delightful!"—Romantic Times (4 1/2 Stars; Top Pick!)
 
"...a charming take on Cyrano de Bergerac." —Publisher's Weekly
 
"Fun, engaging romance with great characters!" —Fresh Fiction
 
 

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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. She is the author of books including Secrets of a Wedding Night and Secrets of a Runaway Bride.

 

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
April 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
April 2014
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466839427
ISBN10: 1466839422
368 pages
$7.99
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