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Duke of Misfortune

(The fourth book in the Dukes of Destiny series)
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Mr. Gordon Judd is a versatile actor with dashing good looks and an impressive range. His career seems promising until, mysteriously, he goes into soldiering. When he returns to London, it’s clear he can’t resume his old life – a wound to the throat ruined his voice, obliterating his prospects. He tries to eke out a living as a stagehand, but his income dwindles. At a loss, he has little choice but to contact his older brother for help.

Unfortunately, Judd is actually Lord Emilian Valencourt, although he’s happier when he isn’t. His brother is Lord Thomas Valencourt, the Duke of Welburn. There’s an ocean of bad blood and secrets between them.

Thomas dies unexpectedly, and Emilian discovers that inheriting a title won’t solve his troubles. The late duke ran their family resources into the ground to fuel his vices, so Emilian’s best friend suggests looking for a rich woman to marry. Emilian finds the prospect slightly abhorrent, but it’s the best of a bad lot of options.

When he meets Miss Theodora Driffield, an opinionated and adventurous heiress chafing under her mother’s expectations, his misgivings intensify. She could be the answer to his problems, but he doesn’t want to deceive her. Still, compelled by attraction and desperation, the two begin an unconventional courtship – Theodora gives him a black eye after their first kiss; he proposes marriage after they’re spotted in a compromising situation.

They fall in love, but Theodora soon determines part of Emilian’s subterfuge: she doesn’t know that he trod the boards, but she does learn that he needs her money. True to form, she doesn’t react placidly. He’s utterly petrified when things begin to unravel between them. With everything to lose, he has to summon the nerve to make things right between them and be true to himself.

If he doesn’t, Theodora might just slip through his fingers, adding to a lifetime’s worth of losses.

Dukes of Destiny
Book 1 - Duke of Havoc
Book 2 - Duke of Sorrow
Book 3 - Duke of Disgrace
Book 4 - Duke of Misfortune
Book 5 - Duke of Silence
Book 6 - Duke of Shadow

Genre: Historical Romance

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