Published by Christi Caldwell Ink on January 14th 2017
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A Devil in Disguise
Years ago, when Nick Tallings, the recent Duke of Huntly, watched his family destroyed at the hands of a merciless nobleman, he vowed revenge. But his efforts had been futile, as his enemy, Lord Rutland is without weakness.
With his rival finally happily married, Nick is able to set his ruthless scheme into motion. His plot hinges upon Lord Rutland's innocent, empty-headed sister-in-law, Justina Barrett. Nick will ruin her, marry her, and then leave her brokenhearted.
A Lady Dreaming of Love
From the moment Justina Barrett makes her Come Out, she is labeled a Diamond. Even with her ruthless father determined to sell her off to the highest bidder, Justina never gives up on her hope for a good, honorable gentleman who values her wit more than her looks.
A Not-So-Chance Meeting
Nick's ploy to ensnare Justina falls neatly into place in the streets of London. With each carefully orchestrated encounter, he slips further and further inside the lady's heart, never anticipating that Justina, with her quick wit and strength, will break down his own defenses. As Nick's plans begins to unravel, he's left to determine which is more important--Justina's love or his vow for vengeance. But can Justina ever forgive the duke who deceived her?
A long, unspoken look passed between brother and sister. A silent battle that stretched on. With a sigh, Lord Andrew returned his focus to Nick.
“Proper introductions, I expect, are in order, given your heroics this day, Your Grace.”
Now, that would be beneficial, to continue this whole farce marching forward.
“My sister, Miss Justina Barrett. Justina, His Grace, the Duke of Huntly.”
The lady sank into a flawless curtsy. With the wind tossing her long golden tresses about her face and shoulders, she had the look of Botticelli’s Venus. “Your Grace,” she murmured in sweet, modulated tones. “Please, let me thank you for coming to my rescue.”
Nothing could have been farther from the truth where his actions toward this one were concerned. Nick sketched a deep bow, moving through the social pleasantries expected of them. After all, the image he’d presented to society, charming, affable rogue, had all been part of the scheme that led to this very meeting. “It was my honor, Miss Barrett.” He held her gaze for a long moment, eliciting another audible intake of air from the lady.
Lord Andrew hooked his thumbs in the waist of his pants and looked back and forth between them grinning like the village lackwit.
The lady worried away at her lower lip; a question in her eyes. A question that asked if she’d see him again. A look that said she longed to.
And she would.
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