The Lost Duke of Wyndham (Two Dukes of Wyndham, Book 1)

By Julia Quinn

"Jack Audley has been a highwayman.

A soldier. And he has ""always"" been a rogue. What he isn't, and not desired to be, is a peer of the world, answerable for an old historical past and the livelihood of enormous quantities. but if he's well-known because the long-lost son of the home of Wyndham, his carefree lifestyles is over. And if his start proves to be valid, then he'll locate himself with the only name he by no means sought after: Duke of Wyndham.

Grace Eversleigh has spent the final 5 years toiling because the significant other to the dowager Duchess of Wyndham. it's a thankless activity, with little or no holiday from the regimen . . . until eventually Jack Audley lands in her existence, all rakish smiles and debonair attraction. he's not a guy who takes no for a solution, and whilst she is in his palms, she's no longer a girl who desires to say no. but when he's the real duke, then he's the only guy she will by no means have . . .
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An open-mouthed girl stood within the heart of front room, a cup of tea balanced precariously in her hands. “Good day,” Grace acknowledged with a rushed smile, pondering if the others had even troubled to knock. “Where is it? ” she heard the dowager call for, via the crash of a door slamming opposed to a wall. “How dare you permit with no me! the place is it? I call for to determine the sign in! ” Grace made it to the entrance, however it used to be nonetheless blocked by way of the others. She couldn’t see in. after which she did the very last thing she’d ever have anticipated of herself.

Not anything within the best drawer. only a quill that regarded as though it hadn’t noticeable use because the final King George governed the land. She moved to the second one, achieving to the again in case something was once hiding within the shadows, after which she heard anything. somebody. It used to be Thomas. He was once status within the doorway, taking a look quite peaked, or even within the dim gentle she may see that his eyes have been bloodshot. She gulped down a wave of guilt. He used to be a superb guy. She hated that she used to be falling in love along with his rival. No, that used to be now not it.

And Jack…Well, he used to be Jack, and so he easily lifted his brows, and he didn’t fairly smirk, yet he used to be relatively yes that his smile basically lacked sincerity. He regarded Thomas within the eye. “No. ” Thomas acknowledged not anything. “No, I don’t comprehend. ” Jack shrugged. “Sorry. ” Thomas checked out him. after which: “I think i'll kill you. ” woman Amelia let loose a shriek and leapt ahead, grabbing onto Thomas seconds earlier than he might assault Jack. “You could scouse borrow my lifestyles away,” Thomas growled, simply slightly permitting her to subdue him.

Extraordinarily sorry, yet I can’t visit eire, as I killed my cousin? Jack have been out of society for a couple of years, yet he used to be quite definite this is able to no longer be thought of strong breakfast desk dialog. And definite, he knew that he had no longer pulled a set off, and sure, he knew that he had now not compelled Arthur to shop for a fee and input the military in addition to him, and yes—and this used to be the worst of it—he knew that his aunt could by no means even dream of blaming him for Arthur’s dying. yet he had identified Arthur. And extra importantly, Arthur had recognized him.

It used to be nearly fun. It had taken Jack a yr or in an effort to locate his footing, yet he’d become a fabulous steward of the dukedom. His brain was once razor sharp, and his judgment was once such that Grace couldn't think he’d no longer been knowledgeable in land administration. The tenants cherished him, the servants worshipped him (especially as soon as the dowager used to be banished to the a long way part of the estate), and London society had absolutely fallen at his toes. It had helped, after all, that Thomas made it transparent that he believed Jack used to be the rightful Duke of Wyndham, yet nonetheless, Grace didn't imagine herself biased to think that Jack’s appeal and wit had whatever to do with it to boot.

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