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Top 5 Reasons NOT To Turn Down A Duke
by Anna Campbell
This book starts with my independent heroine Penelope Thorne turning down a proposal from the most eligible bachelor in England, Camden Rothermere, the Duke of Sedgemoor.
Why? Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out – although the first few pages should pretty much tell you! But believe me, she’s got good reasons.
Even so, if I’d been there, I’d have given her some girly advice about reconsidering. Jamie and Kati must agree with me because they suggested this topic!
Here are my five top reasons for not turning down a duke:
1. Dukes don’t like taking no for an answer. Turning him down is only likely to spur his interest—and his pique. When Cam and Pen meet up nine years later, he still hasn’t completely forgiven her for the rejection, although wild horses wouldn’t bring him to confess that publicly.
2. Did you see the bit about the most eligible bachelor in England? He’s a duke! Hello? As the opening paragraph of WHAT A DUKE DARES puts it: “Every young lady dreamed of a proposal from the heir to a dukedom. Especially when the heir was rich, feted, in possession of his wits, and still young enough to have all his teeth.”
3. It’s highly likely your family will be VERY keen for you to say yes to marrying a duke. Money. Influence. Prestige. Connections. Bragging rights. Especially when your mother and the duke’s mother were best friends. Turning down a duke is ends up in lots of family dramas, so many in fact that Pen runs off to live with a scandalous aunt in Italy to escape her mother’s tantrums. All of this could be avoided if she’d only said yes to Cam!
4. I’m not sure if this is a reason to say yes to every duke, but it’s definitely a reason to say yes to Cam – this tall, dark and handsome guy’s a great kisser, not to mention the other stuff. Pen’s seriously short-changing herself in the pleasure stakes when she says no to Cam. Even worse, she knows it!
5. The final reason for not saying no to a duke? The fact that if fate has you in its sights and wants you to end up a duchess, trying to escape will do you no good at all. And then, despite all your good reasons for saying no to the duke’s proposal, you’ll find yourself married to him anyway. And then fireworks really start.
Sadly, Pen went on her headstrong way and said no to Cam before I could fly in and give her all this wonderful advice! Sometimes you should wait and talk to your girlfriends before you do something as silly as knock back the chance to become a duchess!
So what advantages can you see for a girl in saying yes to a duke? Living in a stately home? Invitations to high society balls? Great clothes? We could go on and on, couldn’t we? And I hope we will! I look forward to seeing your suggestions. I’ve got a signed print copy of WHAT A DUKE DARES available internationally for someone who comments today. Good luck!
Length: 432 pages
Publisher: Forever (August 26, 2014)
A reputation at risk
What woman in her right mind would say no to marrying the dashing Duke of Sedgemoor? Miss Penelope Thorne, that's who. She's known Camden Rothermere since they were children - and she also knows she'd bring nothing but scandal to his name.
Cam can hardly believe Penelope turned down his proposal. But if she wants to run off to the Continent and set the rumor mill ablaze, he can't stop her. Then her brother's dying request sends him to bring home the one woman he thought he'd finally gotten over.
The only way they'll both get back to London without their reputations in tatters is to pretend they're married during the journey. That means kissing like they mean it and even sharing a bed - until it becomes hard to tell where the game ends and true desire begins...
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