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Duchess by deception / Marie Force.
Publication Information:
New York, New York : Zebra Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., 2019.

Physical Description:
332 pages ; 18 cm


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In New York Times bestselling author Marie Force's dazzling historical romance debut, the clock is ticking for a wealthy Duke who must marry by his thirtieth birthday--or lose his title . . .

Derek Eagan, the dashing Duke of Westwood, is well aware of his looming deadline. But weary of tiresome debutantes, he seeks a respite at his country home in Essex--and encounters a man digging on his property. Except he's not a man. He's a very lovely woman. Who suddenly faints at his feet.

Catherine McCabe's disdain for the aristocracy has already led her to flee an arranged marriage with a boorish Viscount. The last thing she wants is to be waylaid in a Duke's home. Yet, she is compelled to stay by the handsome, thoughtful man who introduces himself as the Duke's estate manager.

Derek realizes two things immediately: he is captivated by her delicate beauty, and to figure out what she was up to, Catherine must not know he is the Duke. But as they fall passionately in love, Derek's lie spins out of control. Will their bond survive his deception, not to mention the scorned Viscount's pursuit? Most important, can Catherine fall in love all over again--this time with the Duke?

Praise for Marie Force

"Genuine and heartfelt. . . . Will have you swooning."
-- RT Book Reviews on It's Only Love , 4.5 stars

An Official Military Spouse Book Club Pick

Author Notes

Marie Force was born in Newport, Rhode Island and grew up in neighboring Middletown. She graduated from Middletown High School in 1984, and attended the University of Rhode Island, where she double majored in both journalism and political science. She graduated in 1988 and went to work for a local community newspaper, where she learned a great deal about writing and editing.

Marie went on to earn a master's degree in public administration through a program offered by the University of Maryland. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a communications director for a non-profit organization and editor-in-chief of a national trade magazine.

She is a member of RWA's New England, From the Heart and Published Authors Special Interest Chapters. She is the author of several bestselling series including the McCarthys of Gansett Island, Green Mountain, the Treading Water Trilogy and The Fatal Series. In 2015, her novel And I Love Her was listed on the New York Times Bestseller list. Marie's novel Desire after Dark, part of the McCarthy's of Gansett Island Series, became a 2016 New York Times Bestseller along with her stand alone novel, Sex Machine.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Despite the dramatic title of Force's magnificent Regency, she keeps the focus squarely on the romance as a suspenseful story unfolds. In order to keep his title, charismatic Derek Eagan, the seventh Duke of Westwood, must wed before his 30th birthday-which is 10 days away-but he refuses to marry a bland debutante. When he encounters the beautiful spitfire Lady Catherine McCabe, he believe he's finally met the one, but Catherine has a ticking clock of her own: an unwanted fiancAc who's chasing her down while she hunts a treasure that could save her from him. However, her days of lonely travel and little food have taken their toll on her health, and she passes out when Derek approaches her while she's digging in his yard. When Derek learns of Catherine's disdain for the aristocracy, he keeps his identity a secret until he can get to know her better. They end up marrying before the truth is revealed, and the newlyweds' future is tested by Derek's lies, his uncle's greed, and Catherine's evil former fiancAc. With a meet-cute that's as creative as the work itself, Force has crafted a masterpiece with the perfect amount of romance. Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.