on July 10, 2017
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Four years ago, Alex, a second son, had planned a life together with Lady Patience. However, when Patience was betrothed to his brother, the heir, Alex left his family’s estate and joined the military.
Alex returns to assume the title Duke of Bedford when his brother unexpectedly dies. He is unprepared for both his new responsibilities and the reunion with Patience. The horrors of war are a heavy burden, and when he learns that Patience never married his brother, he is stunned.
Patience withstood the bullying of her fiancé and her father for four long years. She refuses to marry Alex just because he’s the duke, especially if he no longer loves her. How would that be better than what she has already endured? Promises made in their youth are not enough to overcome the changes life has wrought for them but love can grow and transform, if only Patience could believe that.
Denying the Duke
(Lord and Ladies in Love Series, Book 3)
Patience followed her father to the Abbey’s library. What could the man possibly want with her now? Cyrus was dead, and she was free. Once they entered the room, he motioned to the settee next to the fireplace. Patience sat and adjusted her skirts. Her father stood in front of her, his large frame blocking out the rest of the room. Something about the expression on his face started her stomach tightening. There was no point in asking him what he wanted with her, because he would speak in his own time.
“It is unfortunate that your betrothed is dead.”
Since it was not a question but a statement, she merely nodded.
“Be aware that I have no intention of allowing my connection to the Bedford Dukedom to cease.”
Tired and confused, she merely stared at him.“I’m afraid I do not understand, Father.”
He leaned in close, the brandy from his breath making her want to turn her head, but knowing ’twas better not to do that. “You will marry the new duke.”
“Lord Alex?” All the breath in her body left her in one fell swoop.
“No, my dear. Not Lord Alex. His Grace, the Eighth Duke of Bedford. Your former lover.
The very one your mother said you cried your eyes out over the night of your betrothal.”
Wagering for Miss Blake
(Lords and Ladies in Love Series, Book 4)
“You seem to have acquired an admirer.” Patience smiled at her over her teacup rim. “Mr. Templeton hasn’t taken his eyes off you since he entered the room.”
“I know.” Suzanna sighed. “He is really a very nice gentleman.” She continued speaking as her eyes once more drifted to the group of men. “Even before Alex mentioned it, I’d heard about Mr. Templeton’s reputation with the ladies.”
“Exaggerated, I am sure. I have spent some time with Alex’s three friends, and they all impress me as solid, responsible men.” She tilted her head sideways as she regarded them and smiled. “Although every one of them turns heads when they enter a ballroom.”
Patience placed her teacup on the table in front of her, stood, and shook out her skirts. “I believe I will retire for the evening. Would you care to join me for a few minutes in my sitting room before we go to bed?”
“I would love to. It’s been ages since we had a nice long visit.” Arms linked, they moved toward the group of men.
“Your Grace, I find myself a bit fatigued, so I will be retiring.”
Her betrothed broke away from the group and took Patience’s hand, moving her away from Suzanna. They bent their heads in conversation.
“I look forward to seeing you tomorrow, Miss Blake.” Mr. Templeton smiled down at her, and once more his near presence took her breath away. His eyes mesmerized her, and she had the silly urge to push back a lock of light brown hair that had fallen on his forehead.
Instead, she backed up a bit lest Patience’s mother, Aunt Harriet, notice the attention Mr. Templeton was paying her. Her aunt was fully aware of Suzanna’s mother’s edict about not encouraging any man without a title.
The last thing Suzanna needed was for Aunt Harriet to take it upon herself to pen a note to Mother. Despite her ague, her mother would surely rise from her sick bed and descend upon Suzanna at Lord and Lady Montford’s townhouse. “Thank you, Mr. Templeton.” She gave him a slight curtsy and took Patience’s arm as they headed upstairs to the future duchess’s sitting room.
Tomorrow would be an interesting day, and not just because her beloved cousin was marrying her true love.
Each Book in the LORDS AND LADIES IN LOVE SERIES is a STANDALONE.
Seducing the Marquess
Marrying the Wrong Earl
Denying the Duke
Wagering for Miss Blake