Tessa Dare a part-time librarian, full-time mommy, and swing-shift writer. She makes her home in Southern California, where she shares a cozy, cluttered bungalow with her husband, their two children, and a dog.
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Her eyes fluttered open. “Didn’t...didn’t you want to kiss me, too?”
Another girl’s prince has arrived.
That was Pauline’s first thought, when she stumbled in and spied the finely dressed man silhouetted in the door.
She watched it happen every few months in this village. These young ladies sought refuge in Spindle Cove for the oddest of reasons. Their harp-playing lacked grace, perhaps, or the color of their eyes was unfashionable at Court this season. And then—to the utter astonishment of everyone excerpt Pauline—some handsome earl or viscount or officer came along and married them.
None of them spared so much as a glance for the serving girl.
So which lady was this one after? Whoever she was, she’d be set for life. Everything about the man’s appearance—from ivory buttons to
fitted leather gloves—blared his wealth in trumpet notes. And if his garments screamed “riches,” everything beneath them spoke of power. It would be easy for a gentleman to go soft and paunchy, but he hadn’t. The close cut of his dark gree topcoat revealed broad shoulders and defined muscles in his upper arms.
His face was strong, too. Boldly sloped nose, squared jaw, and a wide, confident mouth. There was nothing pretty about his features, but when taken together, they had an undeniable masculine appeal.
In short, he was no trial to look at. But even if he weren’t—Pauline couldn’t take her eyes off the man.
Because he wasn’t taking his eyes off her.
Excerpt from Any Duchess Will Do ©2013 by Tessa Dare. All rights reserved.
What’s a duke to do, when the girl who’s perfectly wrong becomes the woman he can’t live without?
Griffin York, the Duke of Halford, has no desire to wed this season—or any season—but his diabolical mother abducts him to “Spinster Cove” and insists he select a bride from the ladies in residence. Griff decides to teach her a lesson that will end the marriage debate forever. He chooses the serving girl.
Overworked and struggling, Pauline Simms doesn’t dream about dukes. All she wants is to hang up her barmaid apron and open a bookshop. That dream becomes a possibility when an arrogant, sinfully attractive duke offers her a small fortune for a week’s employment. Her duties are simple: submit to his mother’s “duchess training”… and fail miserably.
But in London, Pauline isn’t a miserable failure. She’s a brave, quick-witted, beguiling failure—a woman who ignites Griff’s desire and soothes the darkness in his soul. Keeping Pauline by his side won’t be easy. Even if Society could accept a serving girl duchess—can a roguish duke convince a serving girl to trust him with her heart?
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