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The Duchess Deal

The Duke of Ashbury, hero of The Duchess Deal, has had a lot of bad days since a war injury left him with disfiguring scars. First, Ash almost died of his injuries. As he was recovering, he became addicted to the opium-based painkillers of the era and had to suffer through the withdrawal alone. Then, adding insult to injury, his fiancé broke off their engagement, leaving him bitter and alone.

Emma Gladstone, heroine of The Duchess Deal, has come through a number of bad days, too. She was forced to leave home at a young age and now supports herself working as a seamstress. Her biggest client has skipped town without paying for a wedding dress—and if Emma wants her money, she’ll have to demand it in person from the jilted groom. Who happens to be a scarred, intimidating duke.

Yes, that duke.

When Emma appears in Ash’s library one afternoon, dressed in the infamous wedding gown and demanding her wages, neither of them has any idea that their bad days are about to get much, much better. Emma brings the light back into Ash’s life. Ash is the rock Emma’s life has been missing. Despite appearances, they’re each what the other needs most.

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Meet Tessa Dare:

Tessa DareTessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of fourteen historical romance novels and five novellas. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award (twice) and the RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence. Booklist magazine named her one of the “new stars of historical romance,” and her books have been contracted for translation in more than a dozen languages.

Mixing wit, sensuality, and emotion, Tessa writes Regency-set romance novels that feel relatable to modern readers. With her bestselling “Spindle Cove” and “Castles Ever After” series, she has had great fun creating heroines who defy the conventions of their time—engaging in “unladylike” pursuits that range from paleontology to beer-making—and dreaming up the strong-willed, sexy heroes who find their hearts ensnared by them.

A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she lives with her husband, their two children, and a trio of cosmic kitties.

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