Desperate Duchesses

By Eloisa James

Welcome to an international of reckless sensuality and glittering sophistication . . . of dangerously good-looking gents and younger women longing to achieve a name . . . of video games performed for prime stakes, including—on occasion—a lady's virtue.

A marquess's sheltered purely daughter, woman Roberta St. Giles falls in love with a guy she glimpses throughout a crowded ballroom: a duke, a video game participant of consummate ability, a infamous rakehell who indicates no real interest in marriage—until he lays eyes on Roberta.

Yet the Earl of Gryffyn is familiar with too good that the fee required to achieve a coronet is frequently too excessive. Damon Reeve, the earl, is set to guard the beautiful Roberta from chasing after the inaccurate destiny.

Can Damon attract her right into a high-stakes online game of his personal, whether his center may be misplaced within the venture?

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He cried. “You’re simply in time to aim my new chess video game. ” Villiers strolled to his facet and seemed down on the cacophony of items. “How many items during this model, Jourdain? ” “Twenty-eight,” Jourdain stated eagerly. “Ten rows and fourteen columns. I needed to make up a distinct board. ” “This piece? ” Villiers positioned a superbly manicured forefinger on a bit. “The concubine,” Jourdain acknowledged. “An errant piece, doubtless. ” “Only held in payment via extra bishops. ” “And those? ” “Crowned rooks. ” “I imagine not,” Villiers acknowledged, turning away.

She became clear of the duke with a palpable pang. this can by no means do, she informed herself. He’s married and he’s a duke. You’re not anything greater than an outdated maid, for all you someway chanced on your self at this occasion. yet she knew… She knew how she chanced on herself on the social gathering. Beaumont had requested to have her. the actual fact used to be like a hot blanket on a cold evening. For the 1st time in her existence, a guy used to be claiming her presence. He used to be married, that was once precise. His spouse used to be essentially the most appealing girls in Europe—and but he had requested her to supper.

Yet have you advised a lie approximately anything you actually felt deeply approximately? ” “Yes! i think deeply approximately Mrs. Grope’s hair! ” “I can take into account that. Now glance me within the face and inform me a lie approximately whatever you actually care approximately, anything you're feeling desperately approximately. ” What did she think determined approximately besides? The champagne had made her so pleased that she didn’t think determined approximately anything…except, maybe, seeing Damon take off his breeches. She should have appeared clean, simply because he stated, “Tell me that you’re now not in love with Villiers.

She raised an eyebrow. “I am the extra disconcerted to be disregarded of the legion, then. ” “That’s no longer what I intended. I’ve had many lovers…but few pals. ” And he used to be long gone, ahead of she inspiration the best way to answer. bankruptcy 32 “What occurred to you? the place did you move? ” Damon demanded. Roberta blinked. “What are you conversing approximately? ” “Why did you sneak off like a housemaid within the evening and go away me within the sitting room? ” She couldn’t aid giggling a bit. “Are you telling me that you simply sought after me to stick round and watch you snore?

I didn’t imagine you have been within the marital line,” His Majesty acknowledged. “Never brain. larger to stick a bachelor. glance how a lot enjoyable I’m having! ” He roared with laughter, after which sobered. “I’ve been desiring to problem you to a online game of chess this sort of days. I’ve obtained the hook of the game now and that i win virtually each fit. I’m able to take you on. ” Villiers bowed back. “It will be my maximum excitement. ” Then, because the prince settled his bulk again into Selina’s boat, he became to Jemma. “Would you're keen on to hitch the others for the get together?

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