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Second Duke's the Charm

Kate Bateman



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26 December 2023
The wedding-night death of her much older husband - and one tiny lie - left Tess Townsend the Dowager Duchess of Wansford. Now she and her two best friends run King & co, London's most discreet investigative agency. Longing to taste the physical pleasure she’s never experienced but unwilling to risk her hard-won independence by marrying again, she realises a scandalous offer from the handsome new Duke could be the answer to her prayers . . .

Cynical shipping magnate Justin Thornton never expected to inherit a dukedom, but he’ll do his duty. He’ll marry some suitable chit, set the duchy to rights, and return to his old life within the year. So when the ravishing woman he kissed at a party turns out to be the Dowager Duchess, Justin makes the most logical suggestion: a year-long marriage of convenience - and passion - that will suit them both.

The attraction that sparks between them is undeniable, but as Tess works on a new case at the behest of Queen Charlotte, her increasingly suspicious behaviour makes Justin question her motives - and her past. The infuriating woman clearly can’t be trusted, but Justin doesn’t believe in love, so there’s absolutely no danger of him falling for his own wife . . . is there?

Imprint:   Miscellaneous
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 173mm,  Width: 104mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9781250907363
ISBN 10:   1250907365
Pages:   320
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Kate Bateman, (also writing as K. C. Bateman), is a bestselling author of historical romances, including her RITA(R) nominated Renaissance romp, The Devil To Pay, the Bow Street Bachelors series (This Earl of Mine, To Catch an Earl, and The Princess and the Rogue), along with the novels in the Secrets & Spies series (To Steal a Heart, A Raven's Heart, and A Counterfeit Heart). When not writing novels that feature feisty, intelligent heroines and sexy, snarky heroes you want to both strangle and kiss, Kate works as a fine art appraiser and on-screen antiques expert for several popular TV shows in the UK. She splits her time between Illinois and her native England. Follow her on Twitter to learn more.

Reviews for Second Duke's the Charm

"""The lovers' banter crackles and their sexual chemistry burns up the pages...The camaraderie between Tess, Ellie, and Daisy as they flaunt the status quo is delightful and spells good things for future installments."" - Publishers Weekly"

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